Statutory Report 2002 / Last updated 6 December 2002

    10. Legal

    Legal co-operation - in general
    Conventions and Treaties
    European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission)
    European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages
    Asylum and Refugees
    Bioethics
    Corruption / GRECO
    Crime
    Data Protection
    Protection of Animals
    Transfrontier Co-operation
    Local Democracy
    Multidisciplinary Group on international action against Terrorism (GMT)

    Legal co-operation - in general

    On 27 February (785/10.5) the Deputies adopted a reply to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1443 (2000) on international adoption: respecting children's rights.

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    CAHDI (Committee of Legal Advisers on Public International Law)
    CCJE (Consultative Council of European Judges)
    CDCJ (European Committee on Legal Co-operation)
    T-TA (Multilateral Committee on the European Agreement on the Transmission of Applications for Legal Aid)
    CEPEJ
    (European Commission for the efficiency of justice)

    CAHDI
    (Committee of Legal Advisers on Public International Law)

    On 30 April (794/10.1) the Deputies took note of the opinion of the Committee of Legal Advisers on Public International Law (CAHDI) on Assembly Recommendation 1523 (2001) on domestic slavery.

    On 13 November (816/10.1) the Deputies adopted specific terms of reference of the CAHDI for the period 2003-2004. They also took note of the CAHDI's opinion concerning the possibility of partial denunciation of the 1963 Convention on the Reduction of Cases of Multiple Nationality and on Military Obligations in Cases of Multiple Nationality (ETS No. 43).

    CCJE
    (Consultative Council of European Judges)

    On 21 February (784/10.2) the Deputies adopted the revised specific terms of reference of the Consultative Council of European Judges (CCJE).

    They also took note of CCJE Opinions No. 1 (2001) on standards concerning the independence of the judiciary and the irremoveability of judges and No. 2 (2001) on the funding and management of courts with reference to the efficiency of the judiciary and to Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

    CDCJ
    (European Committee on Legal Co-operation)

    On 21 February (784/10.1) the Deputies approved the revised specific terms of reference of the Project Group on Administrative Law (CJ-DA) and of the Committee of Experts on Nationality (CJ-NA).

    They also took note of the opinions of the CDCJ on Assembly Recommendations 1500 (2001) on participation of immigrants and foreign residents in political life in the Council of Europe member States and 1443 (2000) on international adoption: respecting children's rights.

    On 18 April (793/3.1) the Deputies adopted Decision No. CM/829/18042002 assigning ad hoc terms of reference to the CDCJ to give an opinion on Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1551 (2002) on Building a 21st century society with and for children: follow-up to the European strategy for children (Recommendation 1286 (1996)).

    The Committee of Ministers, at its 110th session on 3 May 2002, adopted the text of the Convention on contact concerning children and decided to open the Convention for signature in Strasbourg on 14 October 2002 on the occasion of the 6th European Conference on family law.

    On 11 September (807/10.1a) the Deputies adopted the revised specific terms of reference of the CDCJ and approved the specific terms of reference of the Group of Specialists on Identity and Terrorism (CJ-S-ID). The CJ-S-ID will report to the CDCJ on whether legal or practical problems exist in the field of identity and identity documents and whether, and if so how, the Council of Europe could make a useful contribution.

    On 18 September (808/10.8) the Deputies adopted Recommendation Rec(2002)10 on mediation in civil matters.

    On 10 October (811/10.3) the Deputies extended the ad hoc terms of reference of the European Committee on Legal Co-operation (CDCJ) until 31 December 2002 in order to enable this committee to complete its examination of Recommendation 1544 (2001), in consultation with the Committee of Experts on Nationality (CJ-NA).

    T-TA
    (Multilateral Committee on the European Agreement on the Transmission of Applications for Legal Aid)

    Since January 2002, there have been no specific decisions taken within the Committee of Ministers on this subject.

    CEPEJ
    (European Commission for the efficiency of justice)

    On 18 September (808/10.4) the Deputies adopted Resolution Res(2002)12 establishing the European Commission for Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ).

    Conventions and Treaties

    Information on signatures and ratifications of treaties since 1 January 2001 is available on the Treaty Office's website on http://conventions.coe.int, where the file “recent changes” is updated following each of these acts.

    It is recalled that the Treaty Office's website enables searches both as regards treaties and partial agreements regarding, inter alia, signatures ratifications, declarations, reservations, objections, etc., as well as by state, by treaty, by period, by subject matter as well as by nature of declaration.

    On 16 January (780/2.1a) the Deputies examined the request by the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia to be invited to accede to the European Convention on Information on Foreign Law (ETS No. 62). There was agreement in principle to give a positive reply to the request on condition that the non-member States Party to the Convention (Belarus and Costa Rica) had no objection (deadline 15 April). In the absence of objections, the request for accession to ETS No. 62 was considered on 18 April.

    On 6 February (782/2.1a) the Deputies invited the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia to accede to the Council of Europe's Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data (ETS No.108), it being understood that prior legislative counselling on the compatibility of the Yugoslav legislation with Convention No. 108 would be carried out by the Secretariat in co-operation with the members of the Advisory Committee set up within the framework of this convention.

    On 6 March (786/2.1a) the Deputies invited the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia to accede to the European Convention on the Transfer of Proceedings in Criminal Matters (ETS No. 73).

    At the same meeting it took note of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia's request to be invited to accede to the European Convention on Extradition (ETS No. 24) and to the European Convention on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters (ETS No. 30) and noted that the Committee of Ministers agreed in principle to granting this request on condition that the non-member State Party to the Conventions (Israel) had no objection (deadline 6 May 2002). In the absence of objections, the request for accession to ETS No. 24 and 30 was considered as adopted on 22 May.

    On 15 May (795/10.1) the Deputies examined the request of the Republic of Mauritius to be invited to accede to the Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons (ETS No. 112) and noted that there was agreement in principle to granting this request on condition that the non-member states which are Contracting States to the Convention (Bahamas, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Israel, Panama, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, the United States of America and Yugoslavia) had no objection (deadline 1 July). In the absence of objections, the request for accession to ETS No. 112 was considered as adopted on 17 July.

    At the same meeting (800/10.1) the Deputies adopted a reply to Assembly Recommendation 1458 (200) – Towards a uniform interpretation of Council of Europe conventions: creation of a general judicial authority.
    On 20 June (800/2.1a) the Deputies examined the request by the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia to be invited to accede to the European Convention for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (ETS No. 126). There was agreement in principle to give a positive reply to the request on condition that the Committee for the Prevention of Torture had no objection. In the absence of objections, the decision to invite the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia to accede to the Convention was considered as adopted on 21 June, subject to a financial contribution to the expenses entailed by the implementation of the Convention's supervisory machinery.

    On 17 July (805/10.2) the Deputies examined the request of Tunisia to be invited to accede to the Anti-Doping Convention (ETS No. 135) and took note of the monitoring group's opinion in favour of this request, opinion expressed in the report of the monitoring group's 15th meeting, which was held in Strasbourg on 29 and 30 May. They noted that there was agreement in principle to granting this request on condition that the non-member states which are Contracting States to the Convention (Australia, Canada and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia) had no objection (deadline 30 August). In the absence of objections, the request for accession to ETS No. 135 was considered as adopted on 4 September.

    On 2 December 2001 (776/10.4) the Deputies examined the request by Monaco to be invited to accede to the Convention on Laundering, Search, Seizure and Confiscation of the Proceeds from Crime (ETS No.141). There was agreement in principle to give a positive reply to the request on condition that Australia, the only non-member State Party to the Convention had no objection (deadline 15 February 2002). In the absence of objections, the decision to invite Monaco to accede to ETS No. 141 was regarded as adopted on 21 February 2002. Pursuant to the deposit by Monaco of its instrument of accession to Convention ETS No. 141 on 10 May 2002, this Convention entered into force in regard of Monaco on 1 September 2002.

    On 11 September (807/2.1) the Deputies invited the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia to accede to the Criminal Law Convention on Corruption (ETS No. 173). They also instructed the Secretariat to submit to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia the questionnaire on money-laundering prepared by the CDPC. In this context, the Deputies agreed to resume consideration of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia's request to be invited to accede to the Convention on Laundering, Search, Seizure and Confiscation of the Proceeds from Crime (ETS No. 141) following the reception by the Secretariat of the answers to this questionnaire.

    On 10 October (811/10.2) the Deputies invited the United Mexican States to accede to the Convention for the protection of human rights and dignity of the human being with regard to the application of biology and medicine: Convention on human rights and biomedicine (ETS No. 164) and took note of their request to be invited to accede to the European Convention on Information on Foreign Law (ETS No. 62) and the additional protocol thereto (ETS No. 97). An agreement in principle was reached to give a positive reply to the request on condition that the non-member States Party to ETS No. 62 (Belarus, Costa Rica and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia) and to ETS No. 97 (Belarus) had no objection (deadline 1 December). In the absence of objections, the request for accession to ETS No. 62 and 97 was considered as adopted on 11 December.

    European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission)

    On 21 February (784/10.3) the Deputies adopted Resolution Res(2002)3 adopting the revised statute of the European Commission for Democracy through Law.

    On 26 March (790/10.1) the Deputies adopted a reply to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1542 (2001) on the composition of the European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission).

    On 22 May (796/10.1b) the Deputies held an exchange of views with the President of the European Commission for Democracy through Law and took note of its annual report for 2001.

    European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages

    (http://conventions.coe.int/Treaty/EN/cadreprincipal.htm)

    On 16 January (780/10.2) the Deputies, in accordance with Article 17, paragraph 1, of the Charter, declared Mr Dieter Kolonovits elected as a member of the Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages in respect of Austria for a six-year term commencing on 16 January 2002.

    On 6 February (782/10.3) the Deputies approved the Outline for three-yearly periodical reports to be submitted by contracting Parties to the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages.

    On 4 December (820/10.1) the Deputies took note of the report of the Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages in respect of Germany and adopted Recommendation RecChL(2002)1 on the application of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages by Germany.

    Asylum and Refugees

    CAHAR
    (Ad hoc Committee of Experts on the Legal Aspects of Territorial Asylum, Refugees and Stateless Persons)

    On 6 February (782/3.1) the Deputies, concerning Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1547 (2002) on Expulsion procedures in conformity with human rights and enforced with respect for safety and dignity, adopted Decision No. CM/824/06022002 assigning ad hoc terms of reference to the CAHAR.

    On 27 February (785/10.6) the Deputies adopted a reply to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1475 (2000) on arrival of asylum seekers at European airports.

    On 18 April (793/3.1) the Deputies adopted Decision No. CM/831/18042002 assigning ad hoc terms of reference to the CAHAR to give an opinion on Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1552 (2002) on Vocational training of young asylum seekers in host countries.

    On 13 June (799/10.3) the Deputies adopted a reply to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1410 (1999) on links between European living abroad and their countries of origin.

    On 11 July (804/3.1) the Deputies decided to transmit Recommendations 1569 (2002) on the situation of refugees and internally displaced persons in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and 1570 (2002) on the situation of refugees and displaced persons in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia to the CAHAR, for this committee to take them into account in its future activities.

    At the same meeting (804/10.1a) the Deputies took note of the opinions of the CAHAR on Assembly Recommendations 1544 (2001) on the propiska system applied to migrants, asylum seekers and refugees in Council of Europe member states: effects and remedies and 1547 (2002) on expulsion procedures in conformity with human rights and enforced with respect for safety and dignity.

    Bioethics

    On 27 February (785/10.3) the Deputies approved the extension until 31 December 2002 of the specific terms of reference of the following working parties of the Steering Committee on Bioethics (CDBI): the Working Party on Biomedical Research (CDBI-CO-GT2), the Working Party on the Protection of the Human Embryo and Foetus (CDBI-CO-GT3), the Working Party on Human Genetics (CDBI-CO-GT4) and the the Working Party on Xenotransplantation (CDBI/CDSP-XENO).

    They also took note of the CDBI's opinions on Assembly Recommendations 1468 (2000) on biotechnology and 1512 (2001) on protection of the human genome by the Council of Europe.

    Concerning Assembly Recommendation 1418 (1999) on the protection of the human rights and dignity of the terminally ill and the dying, they adopted Decision No. CM/828/27022002 assigning extended ad hoc terms of reference to the CDBI.

    On 20 March (789/10.1) the Deputies adopted a reply to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1399 (1999) on xenotransplantation.

    On 10 April (791/10.4) the Deputies adopted a reply to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1468 (2000) on biotechnologies.

    On 13 June (799/10.4) the Deputies adopted a reply to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1512 (2001) on protection of the human genome by the Council of Europe.

    Corruption / GRECO

    On 18 April (793/10.1) the Deputies held an exchange of views with the President of GRECO and took note of the second general activity report of GRECO for the year 2001. They also took note of the consolidated activity report of GRECO relating to its initial trial period.

    They adopted Resolution Res(2002)6 authorising the continuation of the partial and enlarged Agreement “Group of States against Corruption – GRECO”.

    On 22 May (796/10.3b) the Deputies took note of the final activity report of the Multidisciplinary Group on Corruption (GMC).

    At the same meeting (796/10.3d) they transmitted to the Parliamentary Assembly, for opinion, the draft additional Protocol to the Criminal Law Convention on Corruption and its Explanatory Memorandum and agreed to resume its consideration in the light of the Parliamentary Assembly's opinion.

    On 18 September (808/10.7) the Deputies adopted a reply to Assembly Recommendation 516 (2001) on the financing of political parties.

    Crime

    CDPC
    (European Committee on Crime Problems)

    On 30 January (781/10.6) the Deputies decided to prolong the ad hoc terms of reference assigned to the European Committee on Crime Problems (CDPC) (No. CM/818/30012002) asking it to give an opinion on Assembly Recommendation 1507 (2001) on Europe's fight against economic and transnational organised crime: progress or retreat?

    At the same meeting (781/10.7) they also decided to prolong ad hoc terms of reference No. CM/819/30012002 and No. CM/820/30012002 assigned to the CDPC asking it to give opinions on Assembly Recommendations 1523 (2001) on domestic slavery and 1531 (2001) on security and crime prevention in cities: setting up a European observatory.

    The terms of reference were extended until 30 June 2002 to allow their examination at the CDPC's 51st plenary session in June 2002.

    On 6 February (782/3.1) the Deputies, concerning Assembly Recommendation 1545 (2002) on the Campaign against trafficking in women, adopted Decision No. CM/822/06022002 assigning ad hoc terms of reference to the European Committee on Crime Problems (CDPC).

    On 30 April (794/10.2) the Deputies approved the specific terms of reference of the Group of Specialists on the protection of children against sexual exploitation (PC-S-ES) to develop measures designed to ensure the protection of children against sexual exploitation. They also approved revised terms of reference of the Committee of Experts on the management of life-sentenced and other long-term prisoners (PC-LT), with appointment of a third consultant, and of the Select Committee of Experts on the evaluation of anti-money laundering measures (PC-R-EV).

    On this occasion the Deputies invited their Rapporteur Group on Legal Co-operation (GR-J) to consider the request by the Principality of Monaco to be evaluated by the PC-R-EV and took note of the opinion of the Bureau of the CDPC on the draft Declaration on the freedom of political debate in the media and sent it to the Steering Committee on the Mass Media (CDMM), for this committee to take account of it in finalising the draft text.

    On 13 June (799/10.1) the Deputies approved the revised specific terms of reference of the Select Committee of Experts on the evaluation of anti-money laundering measures and authorised the Select Committee to undertake evaluation of the anti-money laundering system of the Principality of Monaco, on the basis of the revised terms of reference, as soon as this state will have confirmed officially its request to be evaluated. They also approved the change of the acronym of the Select Committee of Experts on the evaluation of anti-money laundering measures, from PC-R-EV to MONEYVAL.

    On 17 July (805/10.1) the Deputies decided to transmit to the Parliamentary Assembly the text of the draft Additional Protocol to the Convention on Cybercrime concerning the criminalisation of acts of a racist and xenophobic nature committed through computer systems (CM(2002)94), together with the Explanatory Report thereto (CM(2002)94 Addendum) and agreed to examine the question of the adoption of this Protocol and its opening for signature after receipt of the Parliamentary Assembly's Opinion.

    On 18 September (808/10.6) the Deputies adopted a reply to Assembly Recommendation 1507 (2001) on Europe's fight against economic and transnational organized crime: progress or retreat?

    At the same meeting (808/10.3) the Deputies took note of the final activity report of the Reflection Group on Developments in International Co-operation in Criminal Matters (PC-S-NS) and approved a number of terms of reference of sub-committees of the CDPC.

    They also took note of the opinions of the CDPC on the following Assembly recommendations
    :
    - 1507 (2001) - Europe's fight against economic and transnational organised crime;
    - 1523 (2001) - Domestic slavery;
    - 1531 (2001) - Security and crime prevention in cities;
    - 1543 (2001) - Racism and xenophobia in cyberspace;
    - 1545 (2002) - Campaign against trafficking in women

    On 10 October (811/10.5) the Deputies adopted a reply to Assembly Recommendation 1531 (2001) on Security and crime prevention in cities: setting up a European observatory.

    On 10 October (811/3.1) the Deputies, concerning Recommendation 1582 (2002) on domestic violence against women, decided to communicate it to the European Committee on Crime Problems (CDPC) for possible comments by 31 January 2003.

    On 16 October (812/10.1) the Deputies approved the text of the additional Protocol to the Convention on cybercrime concerning the criminalisation of acts of a racist and xenophobic nature committed through computer systems and agreed to transmit it with a view to its adoption on 7 November 2002 at their 111th Ministerial Session and its opening for signature on the occasion of the Parliamentary Assembly Session in January 2003.

    On 27 November (818/3.1) the Deputies decided to communicate Assembly Recommendation 1583 (2002) on the prevention of recidivism in crimes against minors to the CDPC for possible comments by 31 January 2003.

    At the same meeting (818/3.1) the Deputies decided to communicate Assembly Recommendation 1584 (2002) on the need for intensified international co-operation to neutralise funds for terrorist purposes to the Select Committee of Experts on the Evaluation of Anti-Money-Laundering Measures / MONEYVAL (PC-R-AV) for possible comments by 31 January 2003.

    Data Protection

    On 18 September (808/10.1) the Deputies adopted Recommendation Rec(2002)9 on the Protection of Personal Data Collected and Processed for Insurance Purposes.

    Protection of Animals

    On 23 October (813/10.2) the Deputies decided to transmit to the Parliamentary Assembly the text of the draft revised Convention for the protection of animals during international transport, together with the Explanatory Report thereto for opinion and agreed to examine the question of the adoption of this revised Convention and its opening for signature after receipt of the Parliamentary Assembly's Opinion.

    Transfrontier Co-operation

    On 6 March (786/10.1a) the Deputies took note of the statement adopted by the Steering Committee on Local and Regional Democracy (CDLR) on the state of transfrontier co-operation in Europe and the implementation of the European Outline Convention on transfrontier co-operation of territorial communities and authorities in the framework of the follow-up to Recommendation 85 (2000) of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe and noted that the first part of the ad hoc terms of reference given to the CDLR by Decision CM/719/06092000 were implemented and requested the Secretariat to bear it in mind when preparing a draft reply to Recommendation 85 (2000) for consideration at one of their forthcoming meetings.

    On 13 March (788/10.1) the Deputies, having held an exchange of views on transfrontier co-operation on the basis of the First annual report for the year 2001 of the Committee of Advisers for the development of transfrontier co-operation in central and eastern Europe, with the participation of Ambassador Alfred Rüegg, member of the said Committee, considered that transfrontier co-operation remains an essential feature of the action pursued by the Council of Europe to promote democratic stability and mutual understanding between the nations, through enhanced dialogue and institution-building at local and sub-regional level. They invited the Committee of Advisers and the Secretariat to bear in mind the remarks and suggestions made during the exchange of views, when implementing the activities planned for 2002 and 2003 and they agreed to transmit the First and subsequent annual reports to the Parliamentary Assembly and the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe, for information. Furthermore, they authorised the Secretariat to convene to the meetings of the Committee of Advisers those substitute members who have taken part in the events organised within the Committee's remit, if they would not otherwise attend in replacement of a titular member.

    On 23 October (813/10.1) the Deputies approved the nomination of Mr Peter Torkler as substitute member of the Committee of Advisers for the Development of Transfrontier Co-operation in Central and Eastern Europe, in replacement of Mr Lubomir Plai, for a term of office expiring on 30 June 2004.

    Local Democracy

    (http://www.local.coe.int/)

    On 16 January (780/2.1a) the Deputies authorised the Secretary General to conclude an institutional agreement between the Council of Europe and the Association of Local Democracy Agencies in order to place existing co-operation on an official footing.

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    CDLR
    (Steering Committee on Local and Regional Democracy)


    On 9 January (
    762/1.5) the Deputies took note that the 13th Session of the Conference of European Ministers responsible for Local and Regional Government would take place on 27-28 June in Helsinki, Finland on the theme: “Regional self-government: different methods of implementation”.

    On 6 March (786/10.1a) the Deputies took note of the statement adopted by the CDLR on the state of transfrontier co-operation in Europe and the implementation of the European Outline Convention on transfrontier co-operation of territorial communities and authorities in the framework of the follow-up to Recommendation 85 (2000) of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe and noted that the first part of the ad hoc terms of reference given to the CDLR by Decision CM/719/06092000 were implemented and requested the Secretariat to bear it in mind when preparing a draft reply to Recommendation 85 (2000) for consideration at one of their forthcoming meetings.

    At the same meeting, the Deputies took note of the opinion delivered by the CDLR on a draft recommendation of the Committee of Ministers to member states on the legal status of persons admitted for family reunion, and agreed to bear it in mind when considering the above-mentioned draft recommendation, with a view to its adoption, at one of their forthcoming meetings.

    They also took note of the activity report submitted by the CDLR on the instrument of the Council of Europe on regional self-government, requested the CDLR to re-examine the said report at their 29th meeting (27-29 May) in the light of the comments made during the present meeting and agreed that any additional information resulting from the CDLR meeting be forwarded to the 13th Session of the Conference of European Ministers responsible for Local and Regional Government. They agreed to resume consideration of the issue of the instrument of the Council of Europe on regional self-government at one of their forthcoming meetings, in the light inter alia of the opinion to be delivered by the said Conference of specialised ministers.

    The specific terms of reference of the subordinate bodies of the CDLR and the group of specialists were also approved.

    On 6 March (786/10.1b) the Deputies adopted Recommendation Rec(2002)3 on transfrontier co-operation in civil protection and mutual assistance in the event of natural and technological disasters occurring in frontier areas.

    On 4 September (806/10.2) the Deputies agreed to postpone the completion date of the ad hoc terms of reference given to the CDLR by decision CM/759/06092000 until 31 December 2002 and took note of the abridged report of the 29th meeting of the CDLR.

    On 18 September (808/10.5) the Deputies adopted a reply to Assembly Recommendation 1500 (2001) on the participation of immigrants and foreign residents in political life in the Council of Europe member states.

    On 10 October (811/10.4) the Deputies took note of the Helsinki Declaration on Regional Self-Government, adopted by the 13th session of the Conference of European Ministers responsible for local and regional government (Helsinki, 27-28 June) and agreed to communicate it to the Secretary General of the United Nations, to the European Union, the OSCE and the OECD. Having heard the statement of their Rapporteur on Local and Regional Authorities (RAP-LOC) at that meeting, who recalled the ideas and positions expressed and the proposals submitted before and during the Helsinki Conference, as set out in the Secretary General's report (CM(2002)125), assigned ad hoc terms of reference to the Steering Committee for Local and Regional Democracy (CDLR).

    On 4 December (820/1.5) the Deputies took a number of decisions concerning the 14th Session of the Conference of European Ministers responsible for Local and Regional Government to be held in 2004 in Budapest, Hungary.

    Multidisciplinary Group on international action against Terrorism (GMT)

    On 6 February (782/3.1) the Deputies, concerning Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1549 (2002) on Air transport and terrorism: how to enhance security?, instructed the GMT to take account of it at its next plenary session.

    Concerning Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1550 (2002) on Combating terrorism and respect for human rights, they adopted Decision No. CM/826/06022002 assigning ad hoc terms of reference to the GMT.

    On 27 February the Deputies held an exchange of views with the Chair of the GMT and they took note of the report of the 1st meeting of the Multidisciplinary Group on International Action against Terrorism (GMT) (12-14 December 2001) (785/10.2b).

    On 18 April the Deputies held an exchange of views with the Chair of the GMT and they took note of the Progress Report on the action which the Council of Europe could usefully carry out in the field of the fight against terrorism and of the Executive Summary prepared by the Secretariat (793/10.2b).

    At the 110th Session (2-3 May), the contribution of the Council of Europe to the international action against terrorism was one of the two main themes considered by the Ministers (the other being regional co-operation and its impact on stability and democratic reforms in Europe).

    On 22 May (796/10.2) the Deputies took note of the opinion of the GMT on the question of cyber-terrorism and decided to extend the deadline set in Decision No. CM/826/06022002 (see above) to 31 December 2002.

    On 4 September (806/10.1) the Deputies took note of the progress of work by the Multidisciplinary Group on International Action against Terrorism (GMT) concerning updating of the European Convention for the Suppression of Terrorism (ETS No 90) (CM(2002)110 Appendix II) and the action proposed for following up the 110th Session of the Committee of Ministers (CM(2002)110 Appendix III) and of the abridged report of the 4th meeting of the GMT.

    On 30 October (815/10.2b) the Deputies took note of the abridged report of the GMT's 5th meeting and (815/10.2c) agreed to include the proposals for follow-up to the 110th Session of the Committee of Ministers, in the Ministers' file for the 111th Session (Strasbourg, November 2002) in order to allow the Ministers to approve the priorities for action and take decisions for their implementation.

    At the same meeting (815/10.2d) they agreed on the content of the draft Amending Protocol to the European Convention on the Suppression of Terrorism (CM(2002)149 rev.) and agreed to include this Protocol in the file of the Ministers for the 111th Session, with a view to enabling the Ministers to:
    a. approve the content of this Protocol and instruct the GMT to make any necessary technical adjustments to it,
    b. instruct the GMT to examine the draft Explanatory Report at its next meeting from 11 to 13 December 2002,
    c. instruct the Ministers' Deputies to (a) transmit the text of the draft amending protocol, accompanied by its explanatory report, once finalised by the GMT, to the Parliamentary Assembly for it to give its opinion, if possible, at its first Part Session in January 2003, (b) adopt the text of the draft Amending Protocol at one of their meetings in 2003, in the light of the Assembly's Opinion, (c) decide on the date and place of the opening for signature and (d) authorise the publication of the Explanatory Report thereto.

    On 27 November (818/3.1) the Deputies decided to communicate Assembly Recommendation 1584 (2002) on the need for intensified international co-operation to neutralise funds for terrorist purposes to the GMT for possible comments by 31 January 2003.



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