Ministers' Deputies / Rapporteur Groups
Rapporteur Group on Social and Health Questions
GR-SOC(2009)CB4 3 July 20091
Meeting of 30 June 2009
1. The Rapporteur Group on Social and Health Questions (GR-SOC) was chaired by Ambassador Margarita Gega, Permanent Representative of Albania. The Group considered the following items in the light of the annotated agenda (document GR-SOC(2009)4).
1. Communication by the Director General of DG III
2. The Group took note of the Director General’s communication on DG III’s main activities in recent and coming months (DD(2009)367).
2. European Co-ordination Forum for the Council of Europe Disability Action Plan 2006-2015 (CAHPAH) – Draft Recommendation CM/Rec(2009)... of the Committee of Ministers to member states on ageing and disability in the 21st century: sustainable frameworks to enable greater quality of life in an inclusive society
3. The Group agreed to recommend that the Deputies adopt the Recommendation on ageing and disability in the 21st century: sustainable frameworks to enable greater quality of life in an inclusive society, as it appears in document CM(2009)97, without further debate, at their 1063rd meeting on 8 July 2008.
3. European Committee on Migration (CDMG)
CM(2009)99, CM(2009)99 add
a. Abridged report of the 57th meeting (Strasbourg, 28-29 May 2009)
4. The Group examined the abridged report of the 57th meeting of the CDMG as set out in document CM(2009)99. It agreed to recommend that the Deputies, at their 1062nd meeting on 1 July 2009, (a) accede to the request of the CDMG to revise the terms of reference of the Committee of Experts of Roma and Travellers (MG-S-ROM)2 with a view to including three new observers (Secretariat of the Decade for Roma Inclusion, the Roma Education Fund (REF), the Forum of European Roma Young People (FERYP)); (b) take note of the updated opinion on the return of Roma to Kosovo3 and to South-East Europe (cf. Appendix III to CM(2009)99); (c) take note of the opinions of the CDMG on two recommendations of the Congress (cf. Appendices IV and V to CM(2009)99), and (d) take note of the abridged report as a whole, without further debate.
b. Draft terms of reference of the Ad hoc Advisory Group on migrants who suffer injury, violence or trauma whilst crossing borders (MG-S-VT)
5. The Chair recalled that the GR-SOC had examined this item at its meetings on 4 and 26 May 2009. Following these discussions, the Group had agreed to invite the CDMG to review the revised terms of reference in the light of the comments by delegations. The CDMG had accordingly re-examined and amended the proposed draft terms of reference together with the revised information document prepared in support of the activity. The Group was thus called on to resume consideration of these revised texts, with a view to concluding discussions on this item.
6. In the discussions which ensued, positions were largely divided among those delegations which expressed a view on the terms of reference. Certain delegations were able to support the terms of reference, subject to minor amendments, considering that the extensive debates within the GR-SOC and in the CDMG had resulted in a text which responded to the hesitations and queries that had been expressed. Other delegations remained firmly opposed to the creation of such an ad hoc advisory group, being of the opinion, inter alia, that the Council of Europe was not the organisation best placed to deal with this question, and expressing strong reservations with regard to the added value of the work proposed.
7. To conclude the discussions, the Chair noted that given the extensive discussions that had already taken place and the fact that the positions of delegations remained firmly divided, there was little possibility that further debate, either in the GR-SOC or in the CDMG, would allow for a consensus to be found. She proposed to inform the Deputies of this situation at their 1062nd meeting (1 July 2009) and to conclude discussions on this item within the GR-SOC. This was agreed.
4. European Pharmacopoeia (EDQM)
a. European Committee on Pharmaceuticals and Pharmaceutical Care (Partial Agreement)
(CD-P-PH) – Abridged report of the 2nd meeting (Brussels, 2-3 April 2009)
b. Consumer Health Protection Committee (CD-P-SC) – Abridged report of the 1st meeting (Strasbourg, 14-15 May 2009)
9. The Group examined the above mentioned abridged meeting reports and recommended that the Deputies, in their composition restricted to Representatives of the States Parties to the Convention on the Elaboration of a European Pharmacopoeia,4 take note of them without further debate, at their 1063rd meeting on 8 July 2008.
5. “Environmentally induced migration and displacement: a 21st century challenge” – Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1862 (2009) – Draft reply
REC_1862 (2008), CM/AS(2009)Rec1862 prov, DD(2009)365
10. The group examined the draft reply to the Assembly Recommendation 1862 (2008), as it appears in document CM/AS(2009)Rec1862 prov together with a number of amendments submitted by one delegation (cf. DD(2009)365). The Chair concluded that the group could recommend to the Deputies the adoption of the draft reply, as revised during the meeting (cf. CM/AS(2009)Rec1862 prov2), without further debate at their 1063rd meeting on 8 July 2008.
7. Any other business
8. Date of next meeting
Thursday, 24 September 2009 at 3 p.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.
Note 2 CM/Del/Dec(2008)1032/6.3/appendix11.
Note 3 All reference to Kosovo, whether to the territory, institutions or population, in this text shall be understood in full compliance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo.
Note 4 States concerned: Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”, Turkey and United Kingdom.