Ministers' Deputies / Rapporteur Groups
GR-SOC
Rapporteur Group for Social and Health Questions

GR-SOC(2007)9 rev 7 September 20071
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Notes on the Agenda
Meeting of 20 September 2007

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1. Report of the European Roma and Travellers Forum on its activities in 2005-2007
Three years of activities under the partnership agreement with the Council of Europe
(2005-2007)

DD(2007)458, GR-SOC(2007)14, CM/Del/Dec(2004)902/6.1, CM/Del/Dec(2004)902/6.1/Appendix 8

1. During their 902nd meeting in November 2004 (CM/Del/Dec(2004)902/6.1), the Deputies authorised the Secretary General to sign the Partnership Agreement between the Council of Europe and the European Roma and Travellers Forum (CM/Del/Dec(2004)902/6.1/Appendix 8). The agreement, which was signed on 15 December 2004, lays out, inter alia, the contribution provided by the Council of Europe for the functioning of the Forum in terms of human resources, technical facilities and financial resources. The annual financial contribution towards the functioning of the Forum is subject to the budgetary decisions which the Committee of Ministers takes each year. The agreement also provides that the Committee of Ministers will review the principle of a Council of Europe financial contribution to the Forum every three years (cf. paragraph II.iii of the agreement). In the absence of any specific decision, the agreement may be tacitly renewed for subsequent periods of one year.

2. The Forum has submitted a report “three years of activities under the partnership agreement with the Council of Europe (2005-2007) (cf. DD(2007)458). The report looks at the achievements over the period and presents its outlook for the future. A summary of the Council of Europe’s contributions to the Forum over the 2005-2007 period is set out in document GR-SOC(2007)14, together with information on the draft contribution for 2008 (programme IV.1.8 – Roma and Travellers).

3. The GR-SOC is invited to examine this item with a view to recommending the adoption by the Deputies of the following draft decision:

    “The Deputies agreed that the Partnership Agreement between the Council of Europe and the European Roma and Travellers Forum could be renewed for another year.”

2. “Child victims: stamping out all forms of violence, exploitation and abuse” –
Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1778 (2007)

REC_1778 (2007), CM/AS(2007)Rec1778 prov, GR-SOC(2007)10

4. The Secretariat has prepared a draft reply to the Assembly Recommendation 1778 (2007), contained in document CM/AS(2007)Rec1788 prov. The comments received from the CDDH and the CDPC are appended to the draft reply. Comments received from other relevant committees have been distributed in document GR-SOC(2007)10; these are not appended to the draft reply as the essential elements contained in those contributions are reflected in the text of the draft reply.

3. Agriculture and illegal employment in Europe –
Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1781 (2007)

REC_1781 (2007), CM/AS(2006)Rec1781 prov, GR-SOC(2007)11

5. The Secretariat has prepared a draft reply to the Assembly Recommendation 1781 (2007), contained in document CM/AS(2007)Rec1781 prov. The comments received from relevant committees have been distributed in document GR-SOC(2007)11; these are not appended to the draft reply as the essential elements contained in those contributions are reflected in the text of the draft reply.

4. “The situation of migrant workers in temporary employment agencies (TEAs)” –
Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1782 (2007)

REC_1782 (2007), CM/AS(2007)Rec1782 prov, GR-SOC(2007)12

6. The Secretariat has prepared a draft reply to the Assembly Recommendation 1782 (2007), contained in document CM/AS(2007)Rec1782 prov. The comments received from relevant committees have been distributed in document GR-SOC(2007)12; these are not appended to the draft reply as the essential elements contained in those contributions are reflected in the text of the draft reply.

5. “HIV/AIDS in Europe” – Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1784 (2007) and

    “The spread of the HIV/AIDS epidemic to women and girls in Europe” –
    Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1785 (2007)

REC_1784 (2007), REC_1785 (2007), CM/AS(2007)Rec1784_1785 prov, GR-SOC(2007)13

7. The Secretariat has prepared a joint draft reply to the Assembly Recommendation 1784 (2007) and Recommendation 1785 (2007), contained in document CM/AS(2007)Rec1784-1785 prov, in consultation with the Thematic coordinator on equality between women and men. The comments received from relevant committees have been distributed in document GR-SOC(2007)13; these are not appended to the draft reply as the essential elements contained in those contributions are reflected in the text of the draft reply.

6. “Towards responsible food consumption” –
Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1786 (2007)
REC_1786 (2007), CM/AS(2007)Rec1786 prov

8. The Secretariat has prepared a draft reply to the Assembly Recommendation 1786 (2007), contained in document CM/AS(2007)Rec1786 prov. The comments received from relevant committees are appended to the draft reply.

7. The quality of medicines in Europe” – Parliamentary Recommendation 1794 (2007)
REC_1794 (2007), CM/AS(2007)Rec1794 prov

9. The Secretariat has prepared a draft reply to the Assembly Recommendation 1786 (2007), contained in document CM/AS(2007)Rec1786 prov. The comments received from relevant committees are appended to the draft reply.

10. The Group is invited to examine items 2 to 7 with a view to submitting the draft replies to the Deputies for adoption without further debate at their 1005th meeting on 26 September.

8. Other business

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9. Date of next meeting

Thursday, 11 October 2007 at 10 a.m.

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.


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