Statutory report 2010

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
Refugees and asylum
Bioethics
Corruption / GRECO
Crime
Data Protection
Protection of Animals
Transfrontier Co-operation
Local Democracy
Committee of Experts on Terrorism (CODEXTER)

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Legal co-operation - in general

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At their 1101st meeting (8 December 2010) (CM/Del/Dec(2010)1101/10.8), the Deputies, underlining the importance of the draft instrument(s) under elaboration by the CAHVIO, while recalling their decision taken at the 1089th meeting (30 June 2010) where they encouraged the CAHVIO to finalise its work by 31 December 2010, agreed that the CAHVIO may, if necessary, hold an additional meeting in January 2011.

At their 1101st meeting (8 December 2010) (CM/Del/Dec(2010)1101/10.7), the Deputies took note of the information provided by the Secretary General concerning possible follow-up to Resolution No. 3 adopted by the Ministers of Justice at their 29th Conference (Tromsø, 18-19 June 2009).

At their 1101st meeting (8 December 2010) (CM/Del/Dec(2010)1101/10.6), the Deputies adopted the reply to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1906 (2010) on “Rethinking creative rights for the Internet age” (CM/AS(2010)Rec1906 final).

At their 1101st meeting (8 December 2010) (CM/Del/Dec(2010)1101/10.5), the Deputies adopted the reply to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1896 (2010) on “Judicial corruption” (CM/AS(2010)Rec1896 final).

At their 1095th meeting (13 October 2010) (CM/Del/Dec(2010)1095/10.6), the Deputies adopted the reply to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1889 (2009) on “Improving the quality and consistency of asylum decisions in the Council of Europe member states” (CM/AS(2010)Rec1889 final).

At their 1090th meeting (7 July 2010) (CM/Del/Dec(2010)1090/10.7), the Deputies adopted the reply to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1871 (2009) on a “Ban on cluster munitions”.

At their 1090th meeting (7 July 2010) (CM/Del/Dec(2010)1090/10.5), the Deputies adopted the reply to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1888 (2009) on “Towards a new ocean governance”.

At their 1089th meeting (30 June 2010) (CM/Del/Dec(2010)1089/10.2), the Deputies, underlining the importance of the draft instrument(s) under elaboration, welcomed the work already undertaken by the Ad hoc committee on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (CAHVIO) and encouraged the Ad hoc committee to finalise its work by 31 December 2010, if necessary through an additional meeting.

At their 1085th meeting (26 May 2010) (CM/Del/Dec(2010)1085/10.5), the Deputies agreed that the European Group of National Human Rights Institutions may be invited to the meetings of the Ad hoc Committee on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (CAHVIO) as observer, with no right to vote nor defrayal of expenses.

At their 1083rd meeting (21 April 2010) (CM/Del/Dec(2010)1083/10.4), the Deputies took note of the request of Brazil to be invited to accede to the European Convention on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters (ETS No. 30) and noted that the member states Parties to the Convention unanimously agreed in principle to granting this request. They also instructed the Secretariat to consult the non-member state which is a Party to the Convention, i.e. Israel, and set 11 June 2010 as the deadline for a reply. It was agreed that if there was no objection from Israel, the decision to invite Brazil to accede to the European Convention on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters (ETS No. 30) would be regarded as adopted on 16 June 2010 (1088th meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies) and the Deputies agreed to resume consideration of this item if Israel raised an objection concerning the accession of Brazil to this Convention.

At their 1083rd meeting (21 April 2010) (CM/Del/Dec(2010)1083/10.1), the Deputies adopted the reply to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1858 (2009) on “Private military and security firms and the erosion of the state monopoly on the use of force”. At the same meeting, the Deputies adopted Decision No. CM/881/21042010 giving ad hoc terms of reference to the European Committee on Crime Problems (CDPC), the Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH) and the Committee of Legal Advisers on Public International Law (CAHDI), to study the suggestions made in the Venice Commission’s report on Private military and security firms and erosion of the state monopoly on the use of force (document CDL-AD(2009)038), in the light of the Parliamentary Assembly’s Recommendation 1858 (2009) on the same subject, and to report back.

At their 1080th meeting (24 and 26 March 2010) (CM/Del/Dec(2010)1080/10.1), the Deputies took note of the Parliamentary Assembly’s opinion on the draft Protocol amending the Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters (ETS No. 127).

The Deputies then adopted the Protocol amending the Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters (ETS No. 127) and took note of the declaration made by the member states of the European Union. The Deputies agreed, subject to a corresponding decision by the Council of the OECD, to open the amending Protocol for signature on the occasion of the OECD Ministerial Council meeting “From Policy driven recovery to sustained growth” (Paris, 27-28 May 2010), and took note of the Explanatory Report to the amending Protocol (CM(2010)26 add).

At their 1079th meeting (10 March 2010) (CM/Del/Dec(2010)1079/10.7), the Deputies agreed that the International Lesbian and Gay Association (Europe) (ILGA) would be invited to meetings of the Ad hoc Committee on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (CAHVIO) as an observer, without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses.

At their 1075th meeting (20 January 2010) (CM/Del/Dec(2010)1075/10.6), the Deputies welcomed the Council of Europe/United Nations study on trafficking in organs, tissues and cells (OTC) and trafficking in human beings for the purpose of the removal of organs. They invited the CDBI, the CDPC, the CD-P-TO and GRETA to give their opinion, by 30 June 2010, on the recommendations made in the study, in particular to elaborate an international legal instrument setting out a definition of trafficking in organs, tissues and cells and the measures to prevent such trafficking and protect the victims, as well as the criminal law measures to punish the crime. In doing so, the Deputies invited these bodies to take into consideration the work carried out in this field by other international or regional organisations. They also agreed to transmit the above-mentioned study to the CDDH and the CDEG, for information and possible comments.

At their 1075th meeting (20 January 2010) (CM/Del/Dec(2010)1075/10.1), the Deputies approved the terms of reference of the Consultative Council of European Judges (CCJE).

At the same meeting, the Deputies took note of the joint opinion of the CCJE and the Consultative Council of European Prosecutors (CCPE) on the relationships between judges and prosecutors (Opinion No. 12 (2009) of the CCJE and Opinion No. 4 (2009) of the CCPE) (CM(2009)192). They also took note of the opinion of the European Committee on Crime Problems (CDPC) on the joint opinion (CM(2009)201). The Deputies agreed to forward the joint opinion and the opinion of the CDPC to the competent authorities in the member states with a view, where appropriate, to having them translated into the corresponding languages and also agreed to forward the joint opinion and the opinion of the CDPC to the Venice Commission, the European Committee on Legal Co-operation (CDCJ) and the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ), so that these bodies can take it into account within the framework of their work.

The Deputies then took note of the abridged reports of the 10th plenary meeting of the CCJE and of the 4th plenary meeting of the CCPE (CM(2009)190 and 191).

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 1101st meeting (8 December 2010) (CM/Del/Dec(2010)1101/10.3), the Deputies took note of the abridged report of the 40th meeting of the CAHDI (CM(2010)139).

At their 1089th meeting (30 June 2010) (CM/Del/Dec(2010)1089/10.1b), the Deputies took note of the abridged report of the 39th meeting of the Committee of Legal Advisers on Public International Law (CAHDI) (CM(2010)44).

CCJE (Consultative Council of European Judges)

CDCJ (European Committee on Legal Co-operation)

At their 1099th (Budget) meeting (23 November 2010) (CM/Del/Dec(2010)1099/10.1), the Deputies adopted Recommendation CM/Rec(2010)13 of the Committee of Ministers to member states on the protection of individuals with regard to automatic processing of personal data in the context of profiling, and took note of its Explanatory Memorandum (CM(2010)147 add3rev). They also noted the wider implications of profiling for society as a whole and invited the Secretary General to make arrangements for a more profound and transversal reflection on the subject, associating the relevant intergovernmental co-operation structures.

At their 1098th meeting (17 November 2010) (CM/Del/Dec(2010)1098/10.2abc), the Deputies adopted Recommendation CM/Rec(2010)12 of the Committee of Ministers to member states on judges: independence, efficiency and responsibilities, and took note of its Explanatory Memorandum (CM(2010)147 add1). They also adopted the Guidelines of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on child friendly justice, and took note of their Explanatory Memorandum (CM(2010)147 add2rev). Finally, the Deputies took note of the abridged report of the 85th plenary meeting of the CDCJ (CM(2010)147).

At their 1096th meeting (21 October 2010) (CM/Del/Dec(2010)1096/10.1), the Deputies took note of the evaluation of the implementation of Recommendation CM/Rec(2007)14 on the legal status of non-governmental organisations in Europe carried out by the CDCJ, as it appears in document CM(2010)120 and agreed to transmit the evaluation report to the Conference of International Non-Governmental Organisations (INGOs) of the Council of Europe for information.

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 1098th meeting (17 November 2010) (CM/Del/Dec(2010)1098/10.1), the Deputies approved the 2009 activity report of the CEPEJ (CM(2010)134 add1). They also took note of the report on “European judicial systems – Edition 2010: efficiency and quality of justice” (CM(2010)134 add2) and of the handbook for conducting satisfaction surveys aimed at court users in Council of Europe member states (CM(2010)134 add3). The Deputies then agreed to ensure a wide dissemination of the abovementioned report and handbook among the relevant national institutions and organisations. Finally, they took note of the abridged report of the 15th meeting of the CEPEJ (CM(2010)134).

At their 1079th meeting (10 March 2010) (CM/Del/Dec(2010)1079/10.4), the Deputies took note of the Guidelines for a better implementation of Recommendation Rec(2003)17 of the Committee of Ministers to member states on enforcement elaborated by the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) (CM(2010)11 add3) and invited member states to ensure their wide dissemination to policy makers and courts, including by facilitating their translation. They also took note of the CEPEJ's activity programme for 2010 and of its medium-term activity programme (CM(2010)11 add1 and CM(2010)11 add2).

At the same meeting, the Deputies took note of the abridged report of the 14th plenary meeting of the CEPEJ (CM(2010)11).

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.

European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission)

At their 1085th meeting (26 May 2010) (CM/Del/Dec(2010)1085/10.1b), the Deputies took note of the annual activity report for 2009 of the European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission) (CM(2010)47).

At their 1076th meeting (3-4 February 2010) (CM/Del/Dec(2010)1076/10.1), the Deputies agreed to the request by Mexico to join the Enlarged Agreement establishing the Venice Commission and invited Mexico to appoint a member to sit on the Commission.

European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages

At their 1101st meeting (8 December 2010) (CM/Del/Dec(2010)1101/10.1c), the Deputies took note of the 4th report of the Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages in respect of Croatia (CM(2010)144). They then adopted Recommendation CM/RecChL(2010)8 on the application of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages by Croatia and agreed to forward it to the Croatian authorities.

At their 1101st meeting (8 December 2010) (CM/Del/Dec(2010)1101/10.1b), the Deputies took note of the 4th report of the Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages in respect of Switzerland (CM(2010)140). They then adopted Recommendation CM/RecChL(2010)7 on the application of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages by Switzerland, and agreed to forward it to the Swiss authorities.

At their 1101st meeting (8 December 2010) (CM/Del/Dec(2010)1101/10.1a), the Deputies, in accordance with Article 17, paragraph 1, of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, declared Mr Ion DIACONU elected as a member of the Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, in respect of Romania, for a period of six years.

At their 1095th meeting (13 October 2010) (CM/Del/Dec(2010)1095/10.3), the Deputies took note of the second evaluation report of the Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages in respect of Luxembourg (CM(2010)88) and expressed their appreciation to the Government of Luxembourg for the valuable contribution it has made to the protection and promotion of regional or minority languages in Europe through the ratification of the Charter and its active contribution to its promotion.

At their 1090th meeting (7 July 2010) (CM/Del/Dec(2010)1090/10.8), 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 Ukraine (document CM(2009)43). They then adopted Recommendation CM/RecChL(2010)6 on the application of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages by Ukraine and agreed to forward it to the Ukrainian authorities.

At their 1090th meeting (7 July 2010) (CM/Del/Dec(2010)1090/10.3b), the Deputies declared Mrs Marieke SANDERS elected as a member of the Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, in respect of the Netherlands, for a period of six years starting on 22 September 2010.

At their 1090th meeting (7 July 2010) (CM/Del/Dec(2010)1090/10.3a), the Deputies declared Mrs Päivi MAJANIEMI 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 starting on 22 September 2010.

At their 1085th meeting (26 May 2010) (CM/Del/Dec(2010)1085/10.4d), the Deputies declared Mrs Andrea WILLI elected as a member of the Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, in respect of Liechtenstein, for a period of six years starting on 9 June 2010.

At their 1085th meeting (26 May 2010) (CM/Del/Dec(2010)1085/10.4c), the Deputies declared Mrs Vesna CRNIĆ-GROTIĆ elected as a member of the Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, in respect of Croatia, for a period of six years starting on 9 June 2010.

At their 1085th meeting (26 May 2010) (CM/Del/Dec(2010)1085/10.4b), the Deputies declared Mr Sigve GRAMSTAD elected as a member of the Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, in respect of Norway, for a period of six years starting on 9 June 2010.

At their 1085th meeting (26 May 2010) (CM/Del/Dec(2010)1085/10.4a), the Deputies took note of the third report of the Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages in respect of Slovenia (CM(2010)45) and adopted Recommendation CM/RecChL(2010)5 on the application of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages by Slovenia and agreed to forward it to the Slovenian authorities.

At their 1083rd meeting (21 April 2010) (CM/Del/Dec(2010)1083/10.3a), the Deputies took note of the third report of the Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages in respect of the United Kingdom (CM(2010)28). They also adopted Recommendation CM/RecChL(2010)4 on the application of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages by the United Kingdom and agreed to forward it to the UK authorities.

At their 1083rd meeting (21 April 2010) (CM/Del/Dec(2010)1083/10.3b), the Deputies 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, for a period of six years starting on 20 May 2010.

At their 1083rd meeting (21 April 2010) (CM/Del/Dec(2010)1083/10.3b), the Deputies declared Ms Claudine BROHY elected as a member of the Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, in respect of Switzerland, for a period of six years starting on 10 June 2010.

At their 1079th meeting (10 March 2010) (CM/Del/Dec(2010)1079/10.6), the Deputies took note of the fourth report of the Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages in respect of Hungary (CM(2009)193). They adopted Recommendation CM/RecChL(2010)3 on the application of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages by Hungary, and agreed to forward it to the Hungarian authorities.

At their 1079th meeting (10 March 2010) (CM/Del/Dec(2010)1079/10.3), the Deputies took note of the fourth report of the Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages in respect of Norway (CM(2010)13). They adopted Recommendation CM/RecChL(2010)2 on the application of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages by Norway, and agreed to forward it to the Norwegian authorities.

Refugees and asylum

Bioethics

At their 1095th meeting (13 October 2010) (CM/Del/Dec(2010)1095/10.5), the Deputies took note of the abridged report of the 38th meeting of the CDBI (CM(2010)116).

At their 1075th meeting (20 January 2010) (CM/Del/Dec(2010)1075/10.5), the Deputies took note of the abridged report of the 37th meeting of the CDBI (CM(2009)186).

Corruption / GRECO

At their 1091st meeting (16 September 2010) (CM/Del/Dec(2010)1091/10.1), the Deputies took note of the favourable opinion of the Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) concerning participation by the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) in its work and in accordance with Article 7, paragraph 2 of the Statute of the GRECO (Appendix to Resolution Res(99)5 establishing the Group of States against Corruption), invited the CEB to appoint a representative to attend plenary meetings of the GRECO, under the conditions laid down in paragraph 4 of said Article 7.

At their 1087th meeting (9 June 2010) (CM/Del/Dec(2010)1087/10.1), the Deputies took note of the General Activity Report for 2009 of the Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) adopted at its 46th plenary meeting (Strasbourg, 22-26 March 2010) (CM(2010)55).

Crime

At their 1095th meeting (13 October 2010) (CM/Del/Dec(2010)1095/10.4), the Deputies encouraged non-member states with the required legislation and proven co-operation capacity to accede to the Convention on Cybercrime (ETS No. 185, Budapest Convention). They also invited the T-CY, in close co-operation with the European Committee on Crime Problems (CDPC), to provide an opinion to the Committee of Ministers on the criteria and procedure to be followed, in conformity with Article 37 of the Convention, as regards the accession of non-members of the Council of Europe to the Budapest Convention. Finally, in the light of the decisions above, the Deputies took note of the abridged report of the 5th plenary meeting of the T-CY as a whole (CM(2010)109).

At their 1095th meeting (13 October 2010) (CM/Del/Dec(2010)1095/10.2), the Deputies adopted Resolution CM/Res(2010)12 on the Statute of the Committee of Experts on the Evaluation of Anti-Money Laundering Measures and the Financing of Terrorism (MONEYVAL), which will enter into force on 1 January 2011. They also decided that those states which are currently evaluated by MONEYVAL will continue to be evaluated under the appropriate provisions of the statute.

At their 1090th meeting (7 July 2010) (CM/Del/Dec(2010)1090/10.2b), the Deputies took note of the request of Australia to be invited to accede to the Council of Europe's Convention on Cybercrime (ETS No. 185), noted that the Committee of Ministers agreed in principle to granting this request and instructed the Secretariat to consult the non-member state which is a Contracting State to the Convention, i.e. the United States of America, and set 31 August 2010 as the deadline for a reply.

They then agreed that, if there was no objection from the United States of America, the decision to invite Australia to accede to the Convention on Cybercrime (ETS No. 185) would be regarded as adopted on 16 September 2010 (1091st meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies) and agreed to resume consideration of this item if the United States of America raised an objection concerning the accession of Australia to the convention.

At their 1090th meeting (7 July 2010) (CM/Del/Dec(2010)1090/10.2a), the Deputies took note of the request of Argentina to be invited to accede to the Council of Europe's Convention on Cybercrime (ETS No. 185), noted that the Committee of Ministers agreed in principle to granting this request and instructed the Secretariat to consult the non-member state which is a Contracting State to the Convention, i.e. the United States of America, and set 31 August 2010 as the deadline for a reply.

They then agreed that, if there was no objection from the United States of America, the decision to invite Argentina to accede to the Convention on Cybercrime (ETS No. 185) would be regarded as adopted on 16 September 2010 (1091st meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies) and agreed to resume consideration of this item if the United States of America raise an objection concerning the accession of Argentina to the convention.

CDPC (European Committee on Crime Problems)

At their 1101st meeting (8 December 2010) (CM/Del/Dec(2010)1101/10.9), the Deputies took note of Parliamentary Assembly Opinion No. 276 (2010) on the “Draft Council of Europe Convention on the Counterfeiting of Medical Products and Similar Crimes involving Threats to Public Health” and adopted the Council of Europe Convention on the Counterfeiting of Medical Products and Similar Crimes involving Threats to Public Health (CM/Del/Dec(2010)1101/10.9/appendix17) and took note of its Explanatory Report (CM(2010)30 addprov6). They then invited the Secretary General to disseminate the Convention widely among non-member states that may be interested in becoming parties, in particular among those states with observer status with the European Pharmacopeia and agreed to come back to the issue of the date and place of the opening for signature of the Convention at a forthcoming meeting.

At their 1095th meeting (13 October 2010) (CM/Del/Dec(2010)1095/10.1), the Deputies invited the CDPC to provide an opinion to the Committee of Ministers on the criteria and procedure to be followed as regards the accession of non-member states to Council of Europe conventions in the criminal law field, in order to contribute to the extension of these conventions beyond Europe. They also took note of the CDPC’s opinion on Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1905 (2010) on “Children who witness domestic violence” (Appendix 6 to document CM(2010)91). Finally, in the light of the decisions above, the Deputies took note of the abridged report of the 59th plenary session of the CDPC as a whole (CM(2010)91).

At their 1090th meeting (7 July 2010) (CM/Del/Dec(2010)1090/10.4), the Deputies took note of Parliamentary Assembly Opinion No. 278 (2010) on the draft Third Additional Protocol to the European Convention on Extradition (ETS No. 24). They then adopted the Third Additional Protocol to the European Convention on Extradition (ETS No. 24) and took note of its Explanatory Report (CM(2009)187add1). Finally they agreed to come back to the issue of the date and place of the opening for signature of the Protocol at a forthcoming meeting.

At their 1083rd meeting (21 April 2010) (CM/Del/Dec(2010)1083/10.5), the Deputies approved the terms of reference for the Council of Penological Co-operation (PC-CP) relating to detained foreign nationals.

At their 1075th meeting (20 January 2010) (CM/Del/Dec(2010)1075/10.3), the Deputies agreed to transmit the draft Third Additional Protocol to the European Convention on Extradition (ETS No. 24) and its Explanatory Report (CM(2009)187, Appendix 2, and CM(2009)187 add1) to the Parliamentary Assembly and invited the Assembly to give its opinion on the draft Additional Protocol.

At the same meeting, the Deputies agreed to transmit the draft Council of Europe Convention on the Counterfeiting of Medical Products and Similar Crimes involving Threats to Public Health and its Explanatory Report (CM(2009)187, Appendix 3, and CM(2009)187 add2) to the Parliamentary Assembly and invited the Assembly to give its opinion on the draft Convention.

Also at the 1075th meeting, the Deputies adopted Recommendation CM/Rec(2010)1 on the Council of Europe Probation Rules, and took note of its Commentary (CM(2009)187 add3).

The Deputies then took note of the abridged report of the 58th plenary meeting of the CDPC (CM(2009)187).

Data Protection

At their 1079th meeting (10 March 2010) (CM/Del/Dec(2010)1079/10.2), the Deputies welcomed the adoption of the T-PD work programme and encouraged the T-PD to start preparing, in accordance with priorities mentioned in the work programme, a draft additional protocol to the Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data (ETS No. 108).

The Deputies then took note of the T-PD statement on the joint proposal for a draft of International Standards on the Protection of Privacy with Regard to the Processing of Personal Data and of the Stockholm Programme adopted by the Council of the European Union and encouraged the T-PD to increase co-operation with the European Union in the field of promotion of international standards for personal data protection and to seek its support for encouraging non-member states to accede to Convention No. 108. They joined the position of the T-PD that the Data Protection Day should be 28 January and encouraged member states to organise awareness-raising activities at regional and national level.

Finally, the Deputies took note of the abridged report of the 25th plenary meeting of the T-PD (CM(2009)189).

Protection of Animals

Transfrontier Co-operation

Committee of Advisers for the development of transfrontier co-operation in Central and Eastern Europe

Local Democracy

CDLR (Steering Committee on Local and Regional Democracy)

Committee of Experts on Terrorism (CODEXTER)

At their 1090th meeting (7 July 2010) (CM/Del/Dec(2010)1090/10.1abde), the Deputies took note of the follow-up mechanism agreed by the Committee of Experts on Terrorism (CODEXTER) to follow-up the effective use and implementation of the Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism (CETS No. 196) between consultations of the Parties to the said Convention (CM(2010)78, Appendix II).

They also took note of the synoptic and analytical report on the questionnaire on “false identity information as a challenge to immigration authorities” submitted to it by CODEXTER (CM(2010)78 add1) and invited the CDPC, the CDCJ, the CDDH, the CDMG and the Consultative Committee of the Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data (ETS No. 108) (T-PD) to submit any comments on the issues covered by the study to CODEXTER by 31 December 2010.

The Deputies then took note of the updated progress report on future priority areas for the work of the Council of Europe against terrorism (CM(2010)78 add2) and instructed the CODEXTER to continue its work on identification of lacunae in international law and action against terrorism.

Finally, they took note of the abridged report of the 18th meeting of the CODEXTER (CM(2010)78).

At their 1076th meeting (3-4 February 2010) (CM/Del/Dec(2010)1076/10.2), the Deputies took note of the abridged report of the 17th meeting of the CODEXTER (CM(2009)188).



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