Statutory report 2004

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

At their 909th meeting on 15 December (item 10.2), the Deputies adopted Recommendation Rec(2004)20 of the Committee of Ministers to member states on judicial review of administrative acts, taking note of the Explanatory Memorandum thereto.

At their 907th meeting on 24 November (item 10.2) the Deputies held an exchange of views with Professor Pinheiro, Special Rapporteur to the United Nations Secretary General for the “Study on violence against children: regional consultation”, and took note of the work that would be carried out by the United Nations concerning violence against children. They supported the United Nations' study on this subject, and requested the Secretariat to keep them informed on the progress of the work in this field.

At their 896th meeting on 22 September (item 10.4) the Deputies adopted Recommendation Rec(2004)10 of the Committee of Ministers to member states concerning the protection of human rights and dignity of persons with mental disorder, and took note of the explanatory memorandum to the Recommendation with the amendments resulting from the consultation with the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) and the Steering Committee on Bioethics (CDBI).

At their 894th meeting on 9 September (item 10.1), the Deputies authorised the Secretary General to sign the Memorandum of Understanding between the Council of Europe and the Government of the Republic of Turkey concerning the Programme Support Office of the Secretariat of the Council of Europe in the Republic of Turkey (Ankara) established under the joint European Community/Council of Europe Programme “Judicial modernisation and penal reform”.

At their 893rd meeting on 13 July (item 10.2) the Deputies decided to transmit the draft Recommendation of the Committee of Ministers to member states concerning the protection of human rights and dignity of persons with mental disorder to the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) for an opinion, to be submitted at the latest on 1 September 2004. They agreed to resume consideration of the draft Recommendation at their 894th meeting on 9 September 2004, in the light of the opinion of the CPT and of any further comments by the Steering Committee on Bioethics (CDBI).

At their 892nd meeting on 8 July (item 10.2) the Deputies adopted the reply to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1629 (2003) on the future of democracy: strengthening democratic institutions.

At their 888th meeting on 16 June (item 10.4) the Deputies adopted supplementary replies to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1595 (2004) on the Code of Good Practice in Electoral Matters and to the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe Recommendation 124 (2003) on the Code of Good Practice in Electoral Matters (item 10.5). They also adopted replies to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1639 (2004) on family mediation and equality of sexes (item 10.6) and to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1648 (2004) on consequences of European Union enlargement for freedom of movement (item 10.7).

At their 887th meeting on 3 June (item 10.4) the Deputies adopted the reply to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1656 (2004) on the situation of European prisons and pre-trial detention centres.

At their 884th meeting on 19 May (item 10.4) the Deputies The Deputies adopted the reply to Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe Recommendation 134 (2003) on tackling terrorism – the role and responsibilities of local authorities.

At their 883rd meeting on 5 May (item 10.3) the Deputies approved the draft Declaration on the Code of Good Practice in Electoral Matters, and agreed to transmit the draft Declaration to the 114th Ministerial Session (Strasbourg, 12-13 May 2004), for adoption.

At their 880th meeting on 7 April (item 10.3) the Deputies took note of the oral report presented by the Chair of the Rapporteur Group on legal co-operation (GR-J) on the Group's work programme for 2004.

At the 870th meeting on 4 February (item 10.2) the Deputies adopted the reply to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1602 (2003) on the role of the public prosecutor's office in a democratic society governed by the rule of law.

At their 867th meeting on 8 January (item 10.2) the Deputies invited their Rapporteur Group on legal co-operation (GR-J) to examine its draft work programme for 2004 in the light of its Chairman's proposals and to report back.

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)

At their 908th meeting on 7 December (item 10.2) the Deputies examined the list of possibly problematic reservations to international treaties applicable to the fight against terrorism, which appears in Appendix II to document CM(2004)174, and invited the member states concerned to consider withdrawing their respective reservations. They invited the Secretary General to notify the non-member states concerned of the conclusions of CAHDI with regard to their respective reservations, and member states to volunteer to approach the non-member states concerned with regard to their respective reservations.

At their 907th meeting on 24 November (item 10.3) the Deputies took note of the Final activity report of the Steering Committee on Local and Regional Democracy (CDLR). They recognised that neither of the two draft legal instruments contained therein currently had the degree of political support necessary for adoption, and invited the Conference of Ministers responsible for Local and Regional Government meeting in Budapest in February 2005 to consider adopting a political statement, building on the Helsinki Declaration of 2002, that would recognise the right of each member state to decide according to its own constitutional order and European standards for democratic government, what, if any, forms of regional self government it should adopt, and would highlight the benefits in terms of good governance and economic performance that in appropriate circumstances such regional self government could bring. The Deputies assigned to the CDLR terms of reference requiring it to prepare a draft of a political statement to be presented to that Conference for the Ministers to consider; and having regard to the Helsinki Declaration and any declaration adopted at Budapest, to monitor developments in regional self government across member states during the years 2005 to 2007, and by 30 June 2008 to report on such developments to the Committee of Ministers, identifying in particular innovations and any issues common to a number of states. They agreed to send to that Conference a message setting out and explaining the above decisions, together with a copy of the CDLR Final Activity Report.

At their 904th meeting on 17 November (item 10.1) the Deputies took note of the abridged report of the Committee of Legal Advisers on Public International Law, CAHDI's, 28th meeting as it appears in document CM(2004)174, and approved the specific terms of reference of the CAHDI.

With reference to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1602 (2003) on immunities of the members of the Parliamentary Assembly, the Deputies invited member states, where the national legislation permits, to acknowledge unilaterally as an official document, the laissez-passer issued by the competent Council of Europe authorities to the members of the Parliamentary Assembly. They instructed the Secretary General to transmit this invitation to member states. The Deputies went on to instruct the Secretariat to prepare a draft supplementary reply to Recommendation 1602 (2003) in the light of the above decision. They examined the list of possibly problematic reservations to international treaties applicable to the fight against terrorism, which appears in Appendix II to document CM(2004)174, and decided to resume consideration of this item at their 908th meeting (7 December 2004).

At their 883rd meeting on 5 May (item 10.1) the Deputies approved the revised specific terms of reference of the Committee of Legal Advisers on Public International Law (CAHDI), taking note of the abridged report of CAHDI's 27th meeting.

CCJE (Consultative Council of European Judges)

At their 888th meeting on 16 June (item 10.3) the Deputies exceptionally authorised holding the meeting of the Working Party of the Consultative Council of European Judges (CCJE-GT) in Rome, from 12 to 14 July 2004 and the participation of the CCJE-GT in the debate in the Italian Supreme Judicial Council on case management.

CDCJ (European Committee on Legal Co-operation)

At their 890th meeting on 30 June (item 10.3a) the Deputies took note of the abridged report of the 79th meeting of the CDCJ, held in Strasbourg on 11-14 May 2004. In so doing, the Deputies approved the specific terms of reference of the Project Group on administrative law (CJ DA) and of the Committee of Experts on family law (CJ FA). They also authorised the publication of the “White Paper” on the principles concerning the legal consequences of parentage, with the foreword, as approved by the European Committee on Legal Co-operation (CDCJ).

At the same meeting, the Deputies noted the adoption by the CDCJ of the Guiding Principles for the Protection of Personal Data with regard to Smart Cards, prepared by the Project Group on Data Protection (CJ-PD), and of the Final Activity Report of the Group of Specialists on Identity and Terrorism (CJ S IT), deciding to transmit it to the Committee of Experts on Terrorism (CODEXTER) in order to be taken into account in the CODEXTER's work.

Bearing in mind the ad hoc terms of reference given to the CDCJ concerning the freedom of movement (Decision No. CM/863/05052004), and the opinion expressed by the CDCJ, the Deputies invited the European Committee on Crime Problems (CDPC) to give an opinion on Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1648 (2004) on the “consequences of European Union enlargement for freedom of movement between Council of Europe member states.

At their 883rd meeting on 5 May (item 10.4) the Deputies adopted Decision No. CM/863/05052004, giving ad hoc terms of reference to the Steering Committee on Legal Co-operation (CDCJ), and invited the CDCJ to give an opinion on Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1648 (2004) on the "consequences of European Union enlargement for freedom of movement between Council of Europe member states”.

At their 870th meeting on 4 February (item 10.3) the Deputies approved the specific terms of reference for the Committee of Experts on Nationality (CJ-NA) for 2004-2005.

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

CEPEJ (European Commission for the efficiency of justice)

At their 895th meeting on 15 September (item 10.1a), the Deputies took note of the abridged report of the 3rd meeting of the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) held in Strasbourg on 9-11 June 2004, and approved the first General Activity Report (2003) of the CEPEJ.

The Deputies took note of the report on the efficiency of the national judicial systems in their responses to terrorism (item 10.1b) while paying special attention to the conclusions of this report, and decided to forward it to CODEXTER, as a contribution to the work of the Council of Europe in the field of terrorism, in conformity with Resolution No. 1 adopted by the European Ministers of Justice at their 25th Conference (Sofia, October 2003) and with their decision taken at their 864th meeting. They also took note of the Framework Programme: “A new objective for judicial systems: the processing of each case within an optimum and foreseeable timeframe” and encouraged member states to inform the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) about their observations and priorities in view of drafting concrete proposals for its implementation.

They went on to instruct the CEPEJ to elaborate and forward to the Committee of Ministers concrete proposals for implementing the Framework Programme and invited member states to develop initiatives at national level within the framework of the next European Day of Civil Justice (EDCJ), which will take place in the last week of October 2004, and to inform the Secretariat of these events as soon as possible.

At their 870th meeting on 4 February (item 10.1) the Deputies took note of the abridged report of the 2nd plenary meeting of the CEPEJ held in Strasbourg, on 3-5 December 2003.They approved the Pilot-Scheme for the evaluation of judicial systems, as well as the Organisational Charter of the European Day of Civil Justice (EDCJ).

At the same meeting, the Deputies adopted an amendment to Resolution Res(2002)12 establishing the CEPEJ, in order to include in its Appendix 2 the recently adopted Recommendations: Rec(2003)17 on enforcement, Rec(2003)14 on interoperability of information systems in the justice sector and Rec(2003)16 on execution of administrative and judicial decisions in the field of administrative law.

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.

At their 904th meeting on 17 November (item 10.2) the Deputies took note of the request of the Republic of Korea and of Ecuador to be invited to accede to the Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons (ETS No. 112) and noted that the Committee of Ministers agreed in principle to granting this request. They instructed the Secretariat to consult the non-member states which are Contracting States to the Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons (ETS No. 112), i.e. Australia, the Bahamas, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Israel, Japan, Mauritius, Panama, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, the United States of America and Venezuela, and set 10 January 2005 as the deadline for a reply, and agreed that if there was no objection from the non-member states consulted, the decision to invite the Republic of Korea and Ecuador to accede to the Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons (ETS No. 112) would be regarded as adopted on 19 January 2005 (912th meeting of the Deputies). Finally the Deputies agreed to resume consideration of this item if the non-member states consulted raised an objection concerning the accession of the Republic of Korea and/or Ecuador.

At their 904th meeting on 17 November (item 10.4) the Deputies decided that the Additional Protocol to the Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine, concerning Biomedical Research, adopted on 30 June 2004 by the Committee of Ministers, would be opened for signature on the occasion of the First Part of the 2005 Session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, from 24 to 28 January 2005.

At their 883rd meeting on 5 May (item 10.2) the Deputies took note of the state of ratification of the Protocol amending the European Convention on the Suppression of Terrorism (CETS No. 190), inviting the states that have not yet done so, to sign and ratify the Protocol as soon as possible. They agreed to consider the state of ratification of the Protocol at regular intervals. 

European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission)

At their 881st meeting on 14 April (item 10.1b) the Deputies took note of the Annual Report of Activities for 2003 of the European Commission for Democracy through Law.

European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages

At their 909th meeting on 15 December (item 10.1), the Deputies took note of the second report of the Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages in respect of the Netherlands, and adopted Recommendation RecChL(2004)7 on the application of the European Charter by the Netherlands, agreeing to forward it to the Dutch authorities.

At their 900th meeting on 20 October (item 10.1) the Deputies took note of the second report of the Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages in respect of Finland. They adopted Recommendation RecChL2004)6 on the application of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages and agreed to forward it to the Finnish authorities.

At their 896th meeting on 22 September (item 10.1a) the Deputies, taking account of Article 17, paragraph 2, of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, modified their decision of 21 November 2001 (CM/Del/Dec(2001)773/10.4) in the sense that the current mandate of the expert in respect of Finland ended on the date of the present decision. In accordance with Article 17, paragraph 1, of the Charter, they declared Mrs Irja Seurujärvi-Kari elected as a member of the Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages in respect of Finland, for a period of six years.

At the same meeting (item 10.1b) the Deputies declared Mrs M. Sanders-Ten Holte elected as a member of the Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages in respect of the Netherlands.

The Deputies went on (item 10.3) to take note of the second report of the Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages in respect of Switzerland, and consequently adopted Recommendation RecChL(2004)5 on the application of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages by Switzerland, agreeing to forward it to the Swiss authorities.  

At their 890th meeting on 30 June (item 10.4) the Deputies took note of the second report of the Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages in respect of Hungary, and adopted Recommendation RecChL(2004)4 on the application of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages by Hungary, agreeing to forward it to the Hungarian authorities.

At their 887th meeting on 3 June (items 10.1a, b, c and d) the Deputies, in accordance with Article 17, paragraph 1, of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, declared elected as members of the Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, in respect of Croatia Ms Vesna CRNIĆ GROTIĆ, in respect of Norway Mr Sigve GRAMSTAD, in respect of Switzerland Ms Anna-Alice DAZZI GROSS and in respect of Liechtenstein Mr Franz-Xaver GOOP.

At the same meeting (item 10.2a) the Deputies took note of the second report of the Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages in respect of Liechtenstein and expressed to the Government of Liechtenstein its appreciation of the contribution it has made to the protection and promotion of regional or minority languages in Europe by its ratification and active contribution to the promotion of the Charter.

The Deputies also took note of the first report of the Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages in respect of Slovenia and adopted the recommendations proposed by the Committee of Experts, agreeing to forward them to the Slovenian authorities.

At their 884th meeting on 19 May (item 10.1) the Deputies, in accordance with Article 17, paragraph 1, of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, declared Mr. Gábor KARDOS elected as a member of the Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, in respect of Hungary.

At the same meeting (item 10.5) the Deputies took note of the first report of the Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages in respect of Denmark, and consequently adopted Recommendation RecChL(2004)2 proposed by the Committee of Experts, agreeing to forward it to the Danish authorities.

At their 880th meeting on 7 April (item 10.2) the Deputies agreed that the questionnaires addressed by the Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages to the States Parties, and the replies to them, would be made public at the same time as the publication, in conformity with Article 16, paragraph 3 of the Charter, of the evaluation report adopted and submitted by the Committee of Experts, unless a State Party agreed to this being done at an earlier stage.

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

Asylum and Refugees

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

At their 890th meeting on 30 June (item 10.1) the Deputies adopted Recommendation Rec(2004)9 of the Committee of Ministers to member states on the concept of “membership of a particular social group” (MPSG) in the context of the 1951 Convention relating to the status of refugees, and took note of the Explanatory Memorandum, as it appears in document CM(2004)90 Addendum.

Bioethics

At their 899th meeting on 13 October (item 1.4) the Deputies decided to postpone the opening for signature of the Additional Protocol to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Dignity of the Human Being with regard to the Application of Biology and Medicine, on Biomedical Research, and invited the Secretariat to propose a new date at one of their forthcoming meetings.

At their 894th meeting on 9 September (item 10.3), the Deputies took note that the new date set for the opening for signature in Oslo of the Additional Protocol to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Dignity of the Human Being with regard to the Application of Biology and Medicine, on Biomedical Research, was 22 October 2004.

At their 893rd meeting on 13 July (item 10.3) the Deputies decided to open the Additional Protocol to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Dignity of the Human Being with regard to the Application of Biology and Medicine, on Biomedical Research, for signature in Oslo on 18 October 2004.

At their 890th meeting on 30 June (item 10.2a) the Deputies took note of the abridged report of the 26th meeting of the Steering Committee on Bioethics (CDBI) held in Strasbourg on 16-19 March 2004.

the Deputies also (item 10.2b) took note of Opinion No. 252 of the Parliamentary Assembly on the draft Additional Protocol to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Dignity of the Human Being with regard to the Application of Biology and Medicine, on Biomedical Research. They adopted the Additional Protocol on Biomedical Research and took note of the Explanatory Report thereto, and decided to come back to the question of the opening for signature of the Additional Protocol at their 892nd meeting (8 July 2004).

At their 873rd meeting on 17 and 18 February (item 10.1a) the Deputies took note of the abridged report of the 25th meeting of the CDBI held in Strasbourg on 2-5 December 2003. They renewed until 31 December 2004 the terms of reference of the Working Parties on the protection of the human embryo and foetus, on human genetics and on psychiatry and human rights it being understood that the Working Party on the protection of the human embryo and foetus would not resume its work in 2004.

At the same meeting (item 10.1b) the Deputies took note of the report of the 7th European Conference of National Ethics Committees (COMETH) held in Strasbourg, on 1 and 2 December 2003.

Corruption / GRECO

At their 884th meeting on 19 May (item 10.3a) the Deputies took note of the 4th General Activity Report for 2003 of the Group of States against corruption (GRECO) adopted at its 17th plenary meeting (Strasbourg, 22-25 March 2004).

At their 878th meeting on 31 March (item 10.1) the Deputies took note of the Group of States against Corruption's (GRECO) opinion on corruption in sport and transmitted it to the Committee for the Development of Sport (CDDS) for information and advice on the desirability for it to be included in the file of the 10th Conference of European Ministers responsible for Sport in the context of the discussions on Good Governance in Sport.

Crime

CDPC (European Committee on Crime Problems)

At their 908th meeting on 7 December (item 10.1) the Deputies agreed to extend the specific terms of reference of the Committee of experts on the revision of the Convention on laundering, search, seizure and confiscation of the proceeds from crime (PC-RM) until 31 March 2005.

At their 884th meeting on 19 May (item 10.2) the Deputies took note of the abridged report of the 53rd Plenary Session of the CDPC (Strasbourg, 16-19 March 2004). In so doing they approved the specific terms of reference for the Committee of Experts on special investigation techniques (PC-TI), for the Committee of Experts on the protection of witnesses and collaborators of justice (PC-PW), the revised specific terms of reference for the Group of Specialists on the protection of children against sexual exploitation (PC-S-ES), and the revised specific terms of reference for the Committee of Experts on the Revision of the Convention on Laundering, Search, Seizure and Confiscation of the Proceeds from Crime (PC-RM). They agreed to cover the travel and subsistence expenses of the Chairman of PC-RM, in addition to those of the national expert of the country in the chair.

Data Protection

Protection of Animals

Transfrontier Co-operation

At their 887th meeting on 3 June (item 10.3) the Deputies approved and appointed the following members of the Committee of Advisers for the Development of Transfrontier Co-operation in Central and Eastern Europe for a new three-year term beginning on 1 July 2004:

- Mr Jan OLBRYCHT and Mr Jan MANS, as full members, and Mrs Imre KERN and

Mr Hans-Martin TSCHUDI, as their substitutes, following their nomination by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe (CLRAE);

-Mrs Judith Rosemary BATT and Mr Mijat DAMJANOVIC, following their nomination by the Secretary General.

They also declared Mr Sergey ARTOBOLEVSKIY (Russian Federation) and Mrs Doina Mihaela BUBULETE (Romania) appointed as members of the Committee of Advisers, on behalf of the Committee of Ministers, for the same period.

At their 877th meeting on 24 March (item 10.2) the Deputies held an exchange of views on the basis of the Third Annual Report 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 Committee. They noted with satisfaction the activities implemented in 2003, which had contributed to the goals of making the European Outline Convention on Transfrontier Co-operation between Territorial Communities or Authorities and its Protocols more widely accepted, strengthening cross-border co-operation between territorial communities or authorities and raising awareness of the consequences of the impending enlargement of the European Union for transfrontier co-operation between future member states and non-member states of the European Union.

The Deputies reiterated the view 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, joint action and institution-building at local and cross-border level.

They went on to invite the Committee of Advisers and the Secretariat to bear in mind the remarks and suggestions made during the exchange of views, when planning and implementing future activities, in particular in continuing the analysis of the role of the Council of Europe in the development of transfrontier co-operation in Europe following European Union enlargement. The Deputies also invited the Secretary General to explore with the European Commission means of achieving complementarity and co-ordination in the design and implementation of measures to promote transfrontier co-operation in the light of the enlargement of the European Union.

Local Democracy

(http://www.coe.int/T/E/Legal_Affairs/Local_and_regional_Democracy/)

CDLR
(Steering Committee on Local and Regional Democracy)


At their 900th meeting on 20 October (item 10.3) the Deputies adopted Recommendation Rec(2004)12 of the Committee of Ministers to member states on the processes of reform of boundaries and/or structure of local and regional authorities, and took note of the Explanatory Memorandum to the Recommendation. The Deputies took note (item 10.5) of the conclusions of the Chair of the Conference on “Strengthening local democracy and democratic participation in a changing world” held in Oslo on 30 September and 1 October 2004, and agreed to forward the conclusions to the Steering Committee on Local and Regional Democracy (CDLR), in order for it to take them into account in its future work.

At their 896th meeting on 22 September (item 10.5a) the Deputies took note of the abridged report of the 33rd meeting of the CDLR held in Strasbourg on 17-19 May 2004. They also took note of the Steering CDLR's opinion on Congress Recommendation 130 (2003) on the European Charter for Mountains, and invited the RAP-LARC to take it into account when preparing a draft reply to this Recommendation. The Deputies also took note of the Declaration on Public Ethics and Local Government adopted at the Conference on Ethical Standards in the Public Sector (Noordwijkerhout, 31 March-1 April 2002), as it appears in document CM/Inf(2004)29 and of the intention of the CDLR to follow it up in the framework of its programme of activities;

At the same meeting (item 10.5a) the Deputies agreed to resume consideration of the final activity report on the elaboration of legal instruments of different types on regional self-government at their 899th meeting (13 October 2004), in the light of a Secretariat document to be prepared commenting on the statements made at the meeting.

At their 867th meeting on 8 January (items 10.1a and b) the Deputies took note of the abridged meeting report of the 32nd meeting of the CDLR. They noted the comments adopted by the CDLR on Recommendation 1609(2003) of the Parliamentary Assembly on Autonomous regions as a source of inspiration for conflict resolutions in Europe and asked the Secretariat to take them into account when preparing a draft reply;

They also took note of the Final activity report of the CDLR on Monitoring the impact of the Convention on the participation of foreigners in public life at local level and of the Recommendation on the participation of citizens in local public life. They extended the deadline for the completion of ad hoc terms of reference, given to the CDLR by decisions CM/850/10102002 and CM/856/02072003 respectively, to 30 June 2004. The Deputies also adopted Recommendation Rec(2004)1 on financial and budgetary management at local and regional levels and authorised the publication of the explanatory report thereto. They went on to approve the specific terms of reference of the CDLR's subordinate committees of experts.

Multidisciplinary Group on international action against Terrorism (GMT)

(See also "Follow-up to the 114th Session of the Committee of Ministers" under 2, political items)

At their 893rd meeting on 13 July (item 10.1) the Deputies took note of the abridged report of the 3rd meeting of the CODEXTER held in Strasbourg on 6-8 July 2004.

At their 887th meeting on 3 June (item 10.5) the Deputies on the basis of the Communiqué of the 114th Session, the Ministers' discussions and decisions on that occasion, and likewise having regard to the Conclusions of the Chair and their own decisions at their 884th meeting, adopted revised specific terms of reference for the Committee of Experts on Terrorism (CODEXTER). They instructed the Secretariat to prepare an overview of the work in hand within the Council of Europe in this field, and requested the CODEXTER to submit a progress report by November 2004 with a view to enabling the Deputies to take further decisions on possible Council of Europe action in the fight against terrorism.

At their 881bis meeting on 21 April (item 10.2) the Deputies took note of the abridged report of the 2nd CODEXTER meeting. They agreed to place on the agenda of the 114th Session of the Committee of Ministers the question of the Council of Europe's contribution to international action against terrorism and to include document CM(2004)61 in the Session papers for that purpose. Finally, they agreed to resume consideration of the question at a forthcoming meeting in order to adopt the appropriate terms of reference in the light of the conclusions of the 114th Ministerial Session.

At their 873rd meeting on 17 and 18 February (item 10.2) the Deputies decided to bring Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1644 (2004) on terrorism: a threat to democracies to the attention of their governments, and adopted the reply to the recommendation. They decided to communicate it to the Committee of Experts on Terrorism (CODEXTER), together with the reply of the Committee of Ministers.



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