Ministers' Deputies / Rapporteur Groups
Rapporteur Group on relations between the Council of Europe and the OSCE
GR-OSCE(2005)9 19 September 20051
Notes on the agenda
Meeting of 23 September 2005
1. Preparation of the 2nd meeting of the Coordination Group between the Council of Europe and the OSCE (Strasbourg, 30 September 2005)
CM(2005)65, GR-OSCE(2005)7, GR–OSCE(2005)CB4, DGAP/PR/Inf(2005)11
As part of the process, launched in the summer of 2004, to enhance co-operation between the Council of Europe and the OSCE, a Co-ordination Group between the two organisations was established in December 2004. This group held its first meeting in Vienna on 7 March 2005 (see documents GR-OSCE(2005)4 and addenda). On 18 April the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe and the Permanent Council of the OSCE held a joint meeting in Strasbourg (the report of this meeting is set out in document CM(2005)65).
Following that meeting, at the beginning of May the Committee of Ministers and the Permanent Council adopted, in parallel, a declaration on co-operation between the Council of Europe and the OSCE. This declaration was signed by the Chairman of the Committee of Ministers, Mr Rotfeld, and the Chairman-in-Office of the OSCE, Mr Rupel, on 17 May in Warsaw on the occasion of the Third Summit of the Council of Europe.
The meeting of the GR–OSCE held on 30 June 2005 was an opportunity to take initial stock of developments, notably in the four priority areas of co-operation identified in the declaration, namely the fight against terrorism, protection of the rights of persons belonging to national minorities, combating trafficking in human beings and promoting tolerance and non–discrimination (see the meeting synopsis, GR–OSCE(2005)CB4). It also allowed a first exchange of views on the preparation of the second meeting of the Co-ordination Group scheduled in September.
On that basis, after consulting the representatives of the Committee of Ministers within the Co-ordination Group, the Chairman sent an official invitation to the Slovenian Chairmanship of the OSCE, with a view to the meeting to be held in Strasbourg on 30 September (see Appendix 1). The OSCE has for its part prepared reports for this meeting (see document DGAP/PR/Inf(2005)11), and a list of participants was sent to the Chair and the secretariat (see Appendix 2).
In the light of the written reports prepared by the OSCE and the reports to be submitted to it by the Council of Europe's correspondents in the four priority areas of co-operation (Chairs of GR–J and GR–H and RAP–EG), the group is invited to hold an exchange of views on the agenda and expected results of the Co-ordination Group's meeting.
2 Information on recent or forthcoming events:
a. "3+3" meeting at the level of high civil servants (Strasbourg, 8 July 2005)
The Council of Europe and the OSCE take turns to organise the "3+3" meetings at senior civil servant level. They usually take place around the middle of the year. They are a useful complement to the high-level "3+3" meetings, since they place emphasis on pragmatic, action-oriented co-operation combined with concrete follow-up.
The last meeting of this kind was held in Strasbourg on 8 July, at the invitation of the Council of Europe. The report of this meeting is set out in document DGAP/PR/Inf(2005)9. The group is invited to take note of it in the light of any additional explanations it may wish to receive from the Secretariat and/or the Committee of Ministers' representatives who attended the meeting.
b. OSCE 2005 Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (Warsaw, 19-30 September 2005)
In years when the OSCE does not hold a Review Conference, the ODIHR organises a Human Dimension Implementation Meeting of all the participating states at its headquarters, with the aim of discussing implementation of the OSCE human dimension commitments. The participating states are represented at these high-level meetings by officials from their OSCE delegations and from the capitals. The OSCE Chairperson-in-Office and heads of OSCE institutions also attend. Representatives of international organisations – including the Council of Europe – and of NGOs are invited to take part.
The programme for the Warsaw meeting has been distributed in document DGAP/PR/inf(2005)10. The Secretariat will give the group oral information on the Council of Europe's contribution to this meeting.
3. Other business
None at this stage.
4. Date of the next meeting
Will be set at a later date.
Appendix 1 TRANSLATION
Strasbourg, 7 September 2005
It is my pleasure to invite you and the members representing the OSCE on the Co-ordination Group to the 2nd meeting of the Co-ordination Group between the Council of Europe and the OSCE to be held in Strasbourg on 30 September 2005.
Following consultation with the members of the Group in Strasbourg, the proposed agenda is as follows:
1. Developments on CoE/OSCE co-operation since April 2005 in the four priority areas, and prospects for additional progress in the weeks and months to come.
2. Next step/s in the reinforcement of CoE/OSCE cooperation
3. Date of the next meeting of the Coordination Group
Chairman of the Ministers’ Deputies
Ambassador Janez Lenarčič
Chairman of the Permanent Council
of the OSCE
Gumpedorferstr. 11/II/Top 18
2nd Meeting of the OSCE-CoE Co-ordination Group
Strasbourg, 30 September 2005
List of Participants – OSCE (as of 15 September 2005)
- Ambassador Janez Lenarčič, Chairman of the Permanent Council, Permanent Representative of Slovenia to the OSCE,
- Ms. Blažka Kepic, Deputy Head of Mission, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Slovenia to the OSCE,
- Ms. Daniela Boudinova, Counsellor, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Bulgaria to the OSCE.
- Mr. Pascal Heyman, Deputy Head of Mission, Permanent Mission of Belgium to the OSCE
- Mr Marc Perrin de Brichambaut, Secretary General of the OSCE,
- Mr Olexandr Pavlyuk, Acting Head of External Co-operation Section,
- Ms Biliana Hristova, External Co-operation Officer.
- Ambassador Rolf Ekeus, OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities,
- Ms. Rebecca Soderberg, Assistant of the High Commissioner,
- Ms. Helga Konrad, Special Representative (tbc),
- Mr. Berry Kralj, Executive Assistant to the Special Representative,
- Mr. Dimitar Jalnev, Programme Co-ordinator, Action Against Terrorism Unit, OSCE Secretariat,
- Mr. Maximilian Hennig, Special Adviser, ODIHR
Note 1 This document has been classified restricted at the date of issue. Unless the Committee of Ministers decides otherwise, it will be declassified according to the rules set up in Resolution Res(2001)6 on access to Council of Europe documents.