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CM/Bur/Del(2008)2 revised1 11 March 20082
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Hearings and exchanges of views
within the Ministers’ Deputies
Secretariat memorandum prepared

by the Secretariat of the Committee of Ministers

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A chart indicating the number of exchanges of views held within the Committee of Ministers over the last six years is set out in the Appendix. The type of meeting during which these exchange of views took place is specified. The number of exchanges of views has steadily increased within the subsidiary groups since 2003, as the latter received more responsibilities, notably since the entry into force of the new working methods in 2005.

The exchanges of views be divided into the following categories:

- External personalities;
- Commissioner for Human Rights;
- President of the Congress;
- President of the Conference of INGO;
- External Auditor;
- Chairs of conventional committees;
- Chairs of Council of Europe bodies established by the Committee of Ministers;
- Chairs of steering and experts committees;
- Chairs of partial agreements.

- External personalities: this category includes personalities from varied backgrounds, such as heads of state of member or non-member states, members of governments of such states, Chairs or high officials of international organisations or bodies. The present arrangements is for such personalities, depending on rank and/or subject matter, to be received either by the Ministers’ Deputies themselves, the enlarged Bureau, or by one of the subsidiary bodies.

The Bureau recommends that exchanges of views with external personalities which normally take place within the enlarged Bureau should henceforth take place in a special meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies, thus underlining the composition enlarged to all member States.

- The Commissioner for Human Rights presents his annual report, but may also wish to exchange views with the Ministers’ Deputies, on specific subjects. The President of the Congress, the President of the Conference of INGO and the External Auditor present annual reports.

- Chairs of conventional committees: there is an annual hearing of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) and of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the protection of national minorities. The chairs of other conventional committees are normally heard in the appropriate subsidiary body.

- Chairs of Council of Europe bodies established by the Committee of Ministers presenting an annual report to the Deputies:

    · European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI);
    · European Commission for Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ);
    · Consultative Council of European Judges (CCJE);
    · Consultative Council of European Prosecutors (CCPE);
    (Hearings with CCJE and CCPE could take place every two years)
    · Budget Committee (exchanges of views with GR-AB and annual report to the Deputies as appropriate, in the framework of the Budget meeting).
    This list could also be extended to include the Committee of Legal Advisers on Public International Law (CAHDI).

- Chairs of partial agreements: the practice consists in inviting the chairs of partial agreements, ie currently the President of the Venice Commission and of GRECO (Group of States against Corruption) to meetings of the Deputies.

- Chairs of steering and expert committees: the chairs of expert committees are normally heard, when necessary, in the appropriate subsidiary body.

APPENDIX

Hearings and exchanges of views within the Committee of Ministers since 2002

Auditions et échanges de vues au sein du Comité des Ministres depuis 2002

Total 22 16 21 22 29 36

Note 1 The changes appear in bold.
Note 2 This document has been classified restricted at the date of issue; it will be declassified in accordance with Resolution Res(2001)6 on access to Council of Europe documents.


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