Ministers' Deputies / Working Parties
Ad hoc working party on the follow-up process
to the Interlaken Declaration
GT-SUIVI.Interlaken(2011)3 29 April 20111
Meeting of 3 May 2011
1. Examination of the results of the Izmir Conference and preparation of a report on the follow-up to the Interlaken process for the 121st Session of the Committee of Ministers
It is recalled that the question of the future of the European Convention on Human Rights will be on the agenda of the 121st Ministerial Session. The group will accordingly be invited to examine the draft report prepared by the Secretariat in document CM(2011)57 prov on the follow-up to the Interlaken process for presentation at the Session. The draft report, as amended by the group, if necessary, will then be forwarded to the Ministers’ Deputies on 4 May 2011 so that they can take note of it and decide to submit it to the Session.
Furthermore, the attention of the group is drawn to the following draft decisions, which have been prepared for examination by the Deputies at their meeting on 4 May, with a view to their transmission to the Ministerial Session for adoption:
The Committee of Ministers
1. took note of the measures taken so far to implement the Interlaken Declaration and invited all concerned to pursue this work in order to meet the deadlines set forth in the Declaration;
2. welcomed the first measures taken by the Court to adapt its procedures to the new provisions of the Convention as amended by Protocol No 14;
3. endorsed the Declaration and Follow-up Plan unanimously adopted at the High-level Conference on the future of the European Court of Human Rights held in Izmir on 26 and 27 April 2011 and paid tribute to the Turkish authorities for this initiative;
4. expressed its determination to implement, as a matter of priority, the İzmir Declaration and its Follow-up Plan which builds on the Interlaken Action Plan and, in this context, instructed its Deputies to take the necessary decisions to this end;
5. invited the Court and the Secretary General to ensure on their own part implementation of the Follow-up Plan;
6. instructed also its Deputies to report at its next session on further measures to be taken and amendments to the Convention which may be required in order to secure the long-term effectiveness of the supervisory mechanism of the European Convention of Human Rights.
In the light of the conclusions of the examination of the aforementioned draft report, the group might wish to express views on the draft decisions.
2. Possible structure for national reports on measures taken to implement relevant parts of the Interlaken Declaration
It is recalled that the Interlaken Declaration called upon the States Parties to the European Convention on Human Rights to inform the Committee of Ministers, before the end of 2011, of the measures taken to implement its relevant parts. In order to assist member states when providing the requested information and ensure a uniform structure for national reports, the Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH) has prepared in Appendix 2 to document CM(2011)53 a possible structure for the national reports to be submitted by member states to the Committee of Ministers by the end of 2011.
The group will be invited to examine this proposed structure with a view to forwarding it to the Ministers’ Deputies so that they can adopt it and send it to the States Parties to the Convention, asking them to submit their reports using the on-line system that is to be introduced by the Secretariat for this purpose.
3. Any other business
None at this stage.
4. Date of the next meeting
To be fixed later.
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.