Ministers Deputies / Rapporteur Groups
GR-J
Rapporteur Group on Legal Co-operation

GR-J(2008)CB4 2 June 20081
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Synopsis
Meeting of 27 May 2008

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1. The Rapporteur Group on Legal Co-operation (GR-J) met on 27 May 2008, with Mr Bruno GAIN, Permanent Representative of France, in the chair. The agenda (GR-J(2008)OJ4 revised) was adopted.

03/08 “Situation of longstanding refugees and displaced persons in South-Eastern Europe” -
Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1802(2007)
REC_1802 (2007), CM/AS(2007)Rec1802 prov2, DD(2008)7

2. The Chair emphasised that the draft reply had been on the Group’s agenda for a long time and that many efforts had been made, between meetings too, towards a compromise that would satisfy all delegations. Though of the opinion that the Group was close to finding a solution, he considered that if no agreement could be reached during the current meeting, the Group should forward the draft reply to the Deputies for decision.

3. The Group examined a proposal for a compromise worked out by the Chair, presented in document DD(2008)323.

4. Following the discussion, the Chair noted that all delegations but one, which asked to be allowed time to consult its authorities, expressed their agreement with the proposed compromise. The Group provisionally agreed on the draft reply set out in document CM/AS(2008)Rec1802prov2 (including the proposed compromise) and decided to forward it to the Deputies for adoption at their 1029th meeting (11 June 2008). The Chair also recorded the Group’s agreement that the delegation unable to align itself with the other delegations should have until noon on 30 May 2008 to signify its final position.2

19/08 “Towards decriminalisation of defamation” – Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1814 (2007)
REC_1814 (2007), CM/AS(2008)Rec1814 prov

5. The Group examined the draft reply prepared by the Secretariat in the light of the comments received, as it appears in CM/AS(2008)Rec1814 prov, and decided to submit it to the Deputies for adoption at their 1029th meeting (11 June 2008) without further debate (item placed in the box).

20/08 “Prostitution – Which stance to take?” – Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1815 (2007)
REC_1815 (2007), CM/AS(2008)Rec1815 prov

6. The GR-J discussed the draft reply in document CM/AS(2008)Rec1815 prov., the proposal for an amendment to paragraph 4 made by a delegation, to be found in document DD(2008)330, and a fresh proposal concerning paragraphs 2 and 6 made by another. With regard to paragraph 2, several delegations stated that they could not accept the proposed amendment. The delegation which had put forward the proposal asked to be allowed time to consult its authorities.

7. The Chair noted that the Group agreed to let the delegation unable to align itself with the other delegations have until noon on 30 May 2008 to signify its final position. If, at the end of that time, the delegation could join in the consensus, the draft reply as amended, contained in document CM/AS(2008)Rec1815prov2., would be forwarded to the Deputies for adoption at their 1029th meeting
(11 June 2008) without further debate (item placed in the box).

21/08 ”Co-operation between the Assembly and the Conference of INGOs” – Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1820 (2007)
REC_1820 (2007), CM/AS(2008)Rec1820 prov

8. The Group examined the draft reply prepared by the Secretariat, and introduced two amendments to paragraphs 5 and 6. The text of the draft reply as amended appears in document CM/AS(2008)Rec1820prov2. The Group agreed to submit it to the Deputies for adoption at their 1029th meeting (11 June 2008) without further debate (item placed in the box).

22/08 Committee of Experts on Terrorism (CODEXTER)

a. Abridged report of the 14th meeting (Strasbourg, 7-9 April 2008)

b. Opinion on Recommendation 1824 (2008) of the Parliamentary Assembly “United Nations Security Council and European Union blacklists”
CM(2008)70

9. The Group examined the abridged report of the 14th meeting of the Committee of Experts on Terrorism (CODEXTER) and the Opinion on Recommendation 1824 (2008) of the Parliamentary Assembly, as set out in document CM(2008)70. It agreed to forward the document to the Deputies for adoption of the relevant decisions at their 1029th meeting (11 June 2008) without further debate (item placed in the box).

c. Updating the treaty list appended to the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism

10. Introducing this item, the Chair recalled that CODEXTER had invited the Committee of Ministers to set in motion an update of the list of treaties appended to the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism in accordance with the simplified procedure provided for in Article 28 of the convention.

11. The Director of Legal Advice and Public International Law explained to the delegations the requisite procedure prescribed by Article 28 of the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism.

12. The Moldovan delegation informed the Group that it had deposited the instruments of ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism. The Chair welcomed the ratification.

13. The Group agreed to propose that the Deputies adopt the draft decisions as set out in document CM/Notes/1029/10.1 at their 1029th meeting (11 June 2008) without further debate (item placed in the box).

Other business

14. None.

Date of the next meeting

15. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 1 July 2008 at 10 am.

Note 1 This document has been classified restricted at the date of issue; it will be declassified in accordance with Resolution Res(2001)6 on access to Council of Europe documents.
Note 2 At the expiry of the deadline, the delegation in question declared that it could accept the compromise proposal.


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