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CM(2011)131 final       23 November 2011



1127 Meeting (Budget), 22-24 November 2011

11 Administration and Logistics

11.1 Terms of Reference of Intergovernmental Structures 2012-2013



Table of Contents

PILLAR: HUMAN RIGHTS
Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH) 2
Committee of Experts on the Reform of the Court (DH-GDR) 5
Committee on Bioethics (DH-BIO) 7
Gender Equality Commission (GEC) 9

PILLAR: RULE OF LAW

Committee of Experts on Terrorism (CODEXTER) 11
Committee of Legal Advisers on Public International Law (CAHDI) 13
European Committee on Crime Problems (CDPC) 15
Committee of Experts on the Operation of European Conventions on Co-operation in Criminal Matters (PC-OC) 18
Council for Penological Co-operation (PC-CP) 20
European Committee on Legal Co-operation (CDCJ) 22
Consultative Council of European Prosecutors (CCPE) 24
Consultative Council of European Judges (CCJE) 27
Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (CDMSI) 30

PILLAR: DEMOCRACY

Steering Committee for Educational Policy and Practice (CDPPE) 33
Steering Committee for Culture, Heritage and Landscape (CDCPP) 37
Ad hoc European Committee for the World Anti-Doping Agency (CAHAMA) 40
European Committee on Local and Regional Democracy (CDLR) 42
European Steering Committee for Youth (CDEJ) 44
Advisory Council on Youth (CCJ) 47
Joint Council on Youth (CMJ) 49

PILLARS: HUMAN RIGHTS and DEMOCRACY

European Committee for Social Cohesion (CDCS) and its subordinate body 52
Committee of Experts on the rights of people with disabilities (CS-RPD) 55

APPENDIX
: Budgetary information 58


PILLAR: HUMAN RIGHTS

Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH)

Set up by the Committee of Ministers under Article 17 of the Statute of the Council of Europe and in accordance with Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods

Terms of reference valid from: 1 January 2012 until 31 December 2013

Main tasks

Under the authority of the Committee of Ministers, the CDDH will (i) oversee and coordinate the intergovernmental work of the Council of Europe in the human rights field, including gender equality and bioethics, and (ii) advise the Committee of Ministers on all questions within its field of competence, taking due account of relevant transversal perspectives. For this purpose, the CDDH is instructed to elaborate common standards for the 47 member states and fulfil any other activity which might be assigned to it by the Committee of Ministers. In particular, the CDDH will:

    (i) contribute to the protection of human rights by improving the effectiveness of the control mechanism of the European Convention on Human Rights and the implementation of the Convention at national level;

    (ii) contribute to the promotion and development of human rights through awareness raising and further standard-setting activities;

    (iii) carry out substantive legal analysis of human rights issues and contribute to the development of Council of Europe policies on such issues;

    (iv) ensure appropriate follow-up to legal instruments prepared by the Steering Committee;

    (v) ensure oversight from the human rights perspective of work on gender equality and bioethics;

    (vi) carry out work regarding the rights of persons belonging to national minorities;

    (vii) follow the human rights activities of other international organisations and institutions, in particular the United Nations and its Human Rights Council, the European Union and the OSCE, with a view to identifying opportunities for Council of Europe input and/or complementary Council of Europe action;

    (viii) contribute, in co-operation with the CDPC and the CDCJ, to the preparation of the 31st Conference of Ministers of Justice (Vienna, 2012) and ensure, as appropriate, the follow-up of any decision taken by the Committee of Ministers subsequent to the Conference.

Pillar/Sector/Programme

Pillar: Human Rights

Sector: Ensuring Protection of Human Rights

Programme: Enhancing the Effectiveness of the ECHR System at national and European level

Expected results

Protection of human rights

The long-term effectiveness and relevance of the Convention system at national and European level, notably the reform of the European Court of Human Rights, continues to be secured (see also the terms of reference of the Committee of Experts on the Reform of the Court (DH-GDR)).

Development and promotion of human rights

Human rights are better guaranteed through activities related to the development, promotion of and appropriate follow-up to human rights instruments.

(i) A non-binding instrument is elaborated on the promotion of the rights and dignity of the elderly;

(ii) studies are conducted to examine the feasibility and added value of standard-setting work regarding human rights in culturally diverse societies and corporate social responsibility in the human rights field;

(iii) a study is conducted to identify possible other priority areas for development and promotion of human rights in the Council of Europe and to formulate proposals for specific activities as appropriate.

Gender equality

Supervision is ensured of activities aimed at (i) promoting the mainstreaming of gender equality issues in the work of other Council of Europe bodies and (ii) promoting the exchange of good practices and supporting the implementation of the existing standards in member states (see also the terms of reference of the Gender Equality Commission (GEC)).

Bioethics

Supervision is ensured from the human rights perspective of the intergovernmental work in the field of bioethics (see also the terms of reference of the Committee on Bioethics (DH-BIO)).

Composition

Members:

Governments of member states are invited to designate one or more representatives of the highest possible rank in the field of human rights.

The Council of Europe will bear the travel and subsistence expenses of one representative from each member state (two in the case of the state whose representative has been elected Chair).

Each member of the committee shall have one vote. Where a government designates more than one member, only one of them is entitled to take part in the voting.

Participants:

The following may send representatives without the right to vote and at the charge of their corresponding administrative budgets:

- Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe;

- Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe;

- European Court of Human Rights;

- Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights;

- Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe;

- committees or other bodies of the Council of Europe engaged in related work, as appropriate.

The following may send representatives without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses:

- European Union (one or more representatives, including, as appropriate, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA));

- Observer States to the Council of Europe: Canada, Holy See, Japan, Mexico, United States of America;

- representatives of other international organisations (Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) / Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights).

Observers:

The following may send representatives without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses:

- Belarus;

- Non-governmental organisations (Amnesty International, International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH), European Roma and Travellers Forum), as well as the European Group for National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs).

Working methods

Plenary meetings

48 members, 3 meetings in 2012, 4 days

48 members, 3 meetings in 2013, 4 days

Bureau

8 members, 3 meetings in 2012, 2 days

8 members, 3 meetings in 2013, 2 days

The Committee will also appoint a Gender Equality Rapporteur from amongst its members.

The rules of procedure of the Committee are governed by Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

The CDDH may instruct, if necessary, a drafting group (up to 12 members) to fulfil specific tasks for the elaboration of a non-binding instrument on the promotion of the rights and dignity of the elderly, between and during meetings.

Subject to the agenda, the Chairs of the subordinate structures to the CDDH may be invited to attend CDDH Bureau and/or plenary meetings.

Subordinate structure(s) to the CDDH

The CDDH has a coordinating, supervising and monitoring role in the functioning of its subordinate bodies:

Committee of experts on the Reform of the Court (DH-GDR) (see separate terms of reference) and Drafting Group

Committee on Bioethics (DH-BIO) (see separate terms of reference).

Gender Equality Commission (GEC) (see separate terms of reference).

Committee of Experts on the Reform of the Court (DH-GDR)

Set up by the Committee of Ministers under Article 17 of the Statute of the Council of Europe and in accordance with Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods

Terms of Reference valid from: 1 January 2012 until 31 December 2013

Main tasks

Under the supervision of the Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH), the DH-GDR will conduct the intergovernmental work on the protection of human rights assigned by the Committee of Ministers to the Steering Committee as an important part of the follow-up to the Interlaken and Izmir Declarations.

Pillar/ Sector/ Programme

Pillar: Human Rights

Sector: Ensuring Protection of Human Rights

Programme: Enhancing the Effectiveness of the ECHR System at national and European level

Expected results during the biennium

    (i) a draft report is produced for the Committee of Ministers containing specific proposals, with different options, setting out in each case the main practical arguments for and against, on:

    a. a filtering mechanism within the European Court of Human Rights;

    b. a simplified amendment procedure for the Convention’s provisions on organisational issues;

    c. the issue of fees for applicants to the European Court of Human Rights;

    d. any other possible new procedural rules or practices concerning access to the Court;

    e. a system allowing the highest national courts to request advisory opinions from the Court concerning the interpretation and application of the Convention;

    (ii) a non-binding Committee of Ministers instrument is drafted concerning the selection of candidates for the post of judge at the European Court of Human Rights and the establishment of lists of ad hoc judges under Article 26(4) of the ECHR, accompanied by additional explanations if appropriate, and a compilation of good practices;

    (iii) draft legal instruments are prepared to implement decisions to be taken by the Committee of Ministers on the basis of the report in (i) above;

    (iv) a draft report is prepared for the Committee of Ministers containing (a) an analysis of the responses given by member states in their national reports submitted by 31 December 2011 on measures taken to implement the relevant parts of the Interlaken Declaration, and (b) recommendations for follow-up;

    (v) a draft report is prepared for the Committee of Ministers containing elements to contribute to the evaluation of the effects of Protocol No. 14 to the Convention and the implementation of the Interlaken and Izmir Declarations on the Court’s situation;

    (vi) a draft interim report for the Committee of Ministers is prepared on possible proposals for long-term reform of the Convention system.

Composition

Members:

Governments of member states are invited to designate one or more representatives of the highest possible rank in the field of human rights.

The Council of Europe will bear the travel and subsistence expenses of one representative from each member state (two in the case of the state whose representative has been elected Chair).

Each member of the committee shall have one vote. Where a government designates more than one member, only one of them is entitled to take part in the voting.

Participants:

The following may send representatives without the right to vote and at the charge of their corresponding administrative budgets:

- Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe;

- Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe;

- European Court of Human Rights;

- Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights;

- Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe;

- committees or other bodies of the Council of Europe engaged in related work, as appropriate.

The following may send representatives without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses:

- European Union (one or more representatives, including, as appropriate, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights – FRA);

- Observer States to the Council of Europe: Canada, Holy See, Japan, Mexico, United States of America;

- Representatives of other International Organisations (Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) / Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights).

Observers:

The following may send representatives without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses:

- Belarus;

- non-governmental organisations (Amnesty International, International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH), European Roma and Travellers Forum), as well as the European Group for National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs).

Working methods

Meetings:

48 members, 2 meetings in 2012, 3 days

48 members, 2 meetings in 2013, 3 days

The Committee will also appoint a Gender Equality Rapporteur from amongst its members.

The rules of procedure of the Committee are governed by Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

The Chair of the DH-GDR may be invited to attend the meetings of the CDDH and its Bureau in order to inform on progress of the work.

The CDDH may instruct, if necessary, a drafting group (up to 12 members) to fulfil specific tasks in this field between and during meetings of the DH-GDR.

Committee on Bioethics (DH-BIO)

Set up by the Committee of Ministers under Article 17 of the Statute of the Council of Europe and in accordance with Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods

Terms of reference valid from: 1 January 2012 until 31 December 2013

Main tasks

The DH-BIO shall carry out the tasks assigned to the Steering Committee on Bioethics (CDBI) by the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Dignity of the Human Being with regard to the Application of Biology and Medicine.

Under the supervision of the Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH), the DH-BIO will conduct intergovernmental work on the protection of human rights in the field of biomedicine assigned to it by the Committee of Ministers.

The DH-BIO will in particular:

- conduct regular re-examinations foreseen in the Convention and its Additional Protocols;

- develop further the principles laid down in the Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine, as appropriate;

- contribute to raising awareness and facilitating the implementation of these principles;

- assess ethical and legal challenges raised by developments in the biomedical field;

- co-operate with the European Union and relevant intergovernmental bodies, in particular with a view to promoting consistency between the normative texts.

Expected results

Expected results for 2012:

(i) a draft report is prepared on decision making process regarding medical treatment in end-of-life situations providing a basis for a guide on this subject;

(ii) re-examination is conducted of the Additional Protocol concerning Transplantation of Organs and Tissues of Human Origin;

(iii) a symposium is organised in 2012, to provide a basis for the re-examination of Rec(2006)4 on Research on Biological Materials of Human Origin;

(iv) a contribution is made, subject to a decision of the Committee of Ministers, to the elaboration of a criminal law instrument against organ trafficking and where appropriate tissues and cells trafficking;

(v) the co-operation with the European Union and other relevant intergovernmental bodies is further developed, in particular in the field of biobanks, with a view to promoting consistency between the normative texts.

Expected results for 2013:

(i) a guide concerning the decision making process regarding medical treatment in end-of-life situations is prepared;

(ii) a. a draft legal instrument is elaborated concerning the protection of persons with mental disorder with regard to involuntary treatment and placement:

b. a feasibility study is conducted and, if appropriate, a draft legal instrument prepared on the use of predictive health related data for insurances purposes;

(iii) an expert study is conducted assessing ethical and legal challenges raised by developments in neurosciences linked in particular to new technologies such as brain imaging as a basis for possible future activities;

(iv) a questionnaire is distributed among the member states and an analysis of their replies is carried out on the legal and practical situation in member states on access to personal medical files, with a view to the possible preparation of guidelines, taking into account the development of internet exchange of health related personal information;

(v) awareness raising and facilitation of implementation of principles laid down in the Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine in member states, including in the field of biomedical research ethics;

(vi) co-operation with the European Union and other relevant intergovernmental bodies is further developed, in particular in the field of biomedical research.

Composition

Members:

Governments of the member states are invited to designate one or more representatives of the highest possible rank, with appropriate expertise in the various aspects of bioethics and able to consider these from a human rights perspective.

The Council of Europe will bear the travel and subsistence expenses of one representative from each member state (two in the case of the state whose representative has been elected Chair).

Each member of the committee shall have one vote. Where a government designates more than one member, only one of them is entitled to take part in the voting.

Participants:

The following may send representatives without the right to vote and at the charge of their corresponding administrative budgets:

- Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe;

- Consultative Committee of the Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data (T-PD), Committee (Partial Agreement) on Transplantation of Organs and Tissues (CD-P-TO) and Committee (Partial agreement) on Blood Transfusion (CD-P-TS);1

- committees or other bodies of the Council of Europe engaged in related work, as appropriate.

The following may send representatives without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses:

- European Union;

- Observer States to the Council of Europe: Canada, Holy See, Japan, Mexico, United States of America;

- other international organisations: European Science Foundation (ESF), OECD, UNESCO and WHO.

Observers:

The following may send representatives without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses:

- Australia, Israel;

- Church and Society Commission of the Conference of European Churches (KEK).

Working methods

Plenary meetings:

48 members, 2 meetings in 2012, 4 days

48 members, 2 meetings in 2013, 4 days

Bureau:

7 members, 2 meetings in 2012, 2 days

7 members, 2 meetings in 2013, 2 days

The Committee will also appoint a Gender Equality Rapporteur from amongst its members.

The rules of procedure of the Committee are governed by Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

The Chair or Vice-Chair of DH-BIO may be invited to attend the meetings of the CDDH and its Bureau in order to inform on progress with its work.

Gender Equality Commission (GEC)

Set up by the Committee of Ministers under Article 17 of the Statute of the Council of Europe and in accordance with Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods

Terms of Reference valid from: 1 January 2012 until 31 December 2013

Main tasks

Under the supervision of the Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH), the GEC will conduct the intergovernmental work in the field of gender equality assigned to it by the Committee of Ministers. The GEC will:

    (i) Ensure that a gender perspective is maintained in the activities of other bodies and committees of the Organisation;

    (ii) Conduct needs’ assessments and advise on the development of standards, co-operation and monitoring activities within its field of competence;

    (iii) Provide expertise to member states on the development of legislation, policies, practice, training schemes and awareness material to support implementation of internationally agreed standards at national level;

    (iv) Support a network of national focal points from government, parliaments, local authorities, civil society and business for the purposes of achieving real change on gender equality in member states;

    (v) Annually identify a topic of particular relevance in the field of gender equality and organise an annual thematic conference to exchange experience, good practices and facilitate progress on this topic;

    (vi) Advise, through the CDDH, the Committee of Ministers and the Secretary General on appropriate action to be taken and likewise provide advice as requested on such questions as may arise;

    (vii) Engage in co-ordination and joint planning at international level with the European Union, UN Women and other intergovernmental organisations and civil society;

    (viii) Advise on gender equality issues within the Secretariat of the Organisation.

Pillar / Sector / Programme

Pillar: Human Rights

Sector: Promoting Human Rights

Programme: Equality and Diversity

Expected results

(i) Gender equality remains a visible priority for the Organisation (internal and external);

(ii) the 2009 Madrid Declaration and the 2010 Baku Action Plan are being implemented;

(iii) a feasibility study is carried out on access to justice of women;

(iv) the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (CETS 197) and the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (CETS 210) are promoted;

(v) the implementation of relevant Committee of Ministers’ recommendations is reviewed;

(vi) the visibility of the Council of Europe’s standards is enhanced at United Nations level;

(vii) co-operation with relevant UN agencies, namely UN Women and relevant UN Special Rapporteurs and participation in relevant meetings (UN Commission on the Status of Women, Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, Human Rights Committee, events and conferences organised by UN Women), as well as at the European Union level, by co-operation with the Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA), the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE), with the aim of strengthening equality and enhancing women’s rights as an integral part of universal human rights.

Composition

Members:

16 representatives of the highest possible rank, with recognised expertise in the field of gender equality appointed on the basis of rotation by the Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH) on proposal of the member states. The composition of the Commission will reflect an equitable geographic distribution amongst the member states.

The Council of Europe will bear the travel and subsistence expenses of the representatives from the respective 16 member states.

Other member states may send representatives without defrayal of expenses.

Participants:

The following may send representatives without the right to vote and at the charge of their corresponding administrative budgets:

- Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe;

- Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe;

- European Court of Human Rights;

- Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights;

- Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe;

- committees or other bodies of the Council of Europe engaged in related work, as appropriate.

The following may send representatives without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses:

- European Union (one or more representatives, including, as appropriate, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), the European Institute for Gender Equality));

- Observer States to the Council of Europe: Canada, Holy See, Japan, Mexico, United States of America;

- representatives of other international organisations: Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) (including ODIHR), United Nations (including UN-Women and other relevant UN agencies).

Observers:

The following may send representatives without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses:

- Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, European Women’s Lobby and WAVE (Women against Violence in Europe).

Working methods

Meetings:

16 members, 2 meetings in 2012, 3 days

16 members, 2 meetings in 2013, 3 days

(i) The Gender Equality Commission is an integral part of the Council of Europe Transversal Programme on Gender Equality. With a view to fulfilling its main tasks, the GEC will maintain close links with other elements of the Transversal Programme, notably with the national focal points on gender equality;

(ii) The Gender Equality Commission will engage in a regular exchange of views with the CM Thematic Co-ordinator on Equality and Trafficking (TC-ET) and gender equality Rapporteurs appointed by the respective steering committees of the Council of Europe.

The rules of procedure of the Committee are governed by Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

The Chair or Vice–Chair of GEC may be invited to attend the meetings of the CDDH and its Bureau in order to inform them on progress with its work.

PILLAR: RULE OF LAW

Committee of Experts on Terrorism (CODEXTER)

Set up by the Committee of Ministers under Article 17 of the Statute of the Council of Europe and in accordance with Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods

Terms of Reference valid from: 1 January 2012 until 31 December 2013

Main tasks

Under the authority of the Committee of Ministers, the CODEXTER will oversee the Council of Europe’s programme in the field of terrorism and advise the Committee of Ministers on all questions within its area of competence. With this purpose, the CODEXTER is instructed to:

(i) follow the implementation of the Council of Europe instruments applicable to the fight against terrorism, in particular the effective implementation of the Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism (CETS No. 196) between Consultations of the Parties to the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism;

(ii) pursue ongoing activities, in particular the drawing up of country profiles on legislative and institutional counter-terrorism capacity and the exchanges of best practice concerning, inter alia, the protection and compensation of victims of terrorism;

(iii) co-ordinate the work of all Council of Europe committees as far as international law and action against terrorism are concerned; and

(iv) identify possible additional priority activities against terrorism and to make appropriate proposals to the Committee of Ministers with a view to intensifying the Council of Europe's action against terrorism, including through preventive measures, while protecting and promoting human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Pillar / Sector / Programme

Pillar: Rule of Law

Sector: Threats to the Rule of Law

Programme: Organised crime - money laundering – MONEYVAL - terrorism, cybercrime, trafficking in human beings – GRETA - and counterfeiting of medical products

Expected results

Expected results 2012 - 2013:

(i) Co-ordination of the Council of Europe counter-terrorism action;

(ii) follow-up is given to at least one lacuna in international law and at least one country profile is elaborated or updated;

(iii) CODEXTER plans and supervises the organisation of the annual Council of Europe counter-terrorism conference and other Council of Europe counter-terrorism capacity building activities, in particular follow-up to the 2009 and 2011 technical cooperation activities related to “Bringing terrorists to justice”;

(iv) a report providing an overview of the implementation of the Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism (CETS No. 196) by 28 Parties is published;

(v) the database of country profiles on counter-terrorism capacity and the database on the use of the Internet for terrorist purposes is further developed.

Composition

Members:

Governments of member states are invited to appoint one or more representatives of the highest possible rank with responsibility at the national level for the planning and/or development and/or implementation of policies relevant to the work of the Committee and with extensive knowledge of legal or financial questions concerning terrorism.

The Council of Europe budget will bear the travelling and subsistence expenses of one representative from each member state (two in the case of the state whose representative has been elected Chair).

Each member of the committee shall have one vote. Where a government designates more than one member, only one of them is entitled to take part in the voting.

Participants:

The following may send a representative without the right to vote and at the charge of their corresponding administrative budgets:

- Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe;

- European Committee on Legal Co-operation (CDCJ);

- European Committee on Crime Problems (CDPC);

- Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH);

- Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (CDMSI);

- other Council of Europe intergovernmental committees as appropriate;

- Committee of Experts on the Evaluation of Anti-Money Laundering Measures and the Financing of Terrorism (MONEYVAL).

The following may send representatives without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses:

- European Union (one or more representatives, including, as appropriate, Europol and Eurojust);

- Observer States to the Council of Europe: Canada, Holy See, Japan, Mexico, United States of America;

- United Nations;

- International Criminal Police Organisation-Interpol (ICPO-Interpol);

- Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE);

- Organization of American States (OAS);

- Organisation for Democracy and Economic Development (GUAM);

- Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS);

- International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

Working methods

Plenary meetings:

- 48 members, 2 meetings in 2012, 2 days

- 48 members, 2 meetings in 2013, 2 days

Pursuant to the adoption at the 18th meeting of the CODEXTER (7-8 April 2010) of the monitoring mechanism of the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism (CETS No. 196) and subsequent decision of the Ministers’ Deputies on 7 July 2010, subject to its decision, the Group of Parties to the Convention is invited to hold its one-day meetings prior to/after the meetings of the CODEXTER.

Bureau:

6 members: the Chair, the Vice-Chair, three members of the committee and the Chair of the Group of Parties to the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism (CETS No. 196).

The Committee will also appoint a Gender Equality Rapporteur from amongst its members.

The rules of procedure of the Committee are governed by Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

Committee of Legal Advisers on Public International Law (CAHDI)

Set up by the Committee of Ministers under Article 17 of the Statute of the Council of Europe and in accordance with Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods

Terms of Reference valid from 1 January 2012 until 31 December 2013

Main tasks

Under the authority of the Committee of Ministers, and within the framework of the Programme of Activities for 2012-2013, the CAHDI is instructed to:

(i) Examine questions related to public international law;

(ii) Conduct exchanges and co-ordinate views of member states;

(iii) Provide opinions at the request of the Committee of Ministers or at the request of other Steering Committees or Ad hoc Committees, transmitted via the Committee of Ministers.

Pillar / Sector / Programme

Pillar: Rule of Law

Sector: Common standards and policies

Programme: Development and implementation of common standards and policies

Expected results

Expected results 2012-2013

(i) Examine topical questions of public international law ;

(ii) Respond to requests for opinion or exchanges of views requested or transmitted by the Committee of Ministers ;

(iii) Continue its active role as the European Observatory of Reservations to International Treaties ;

(iv) Deepen exchanges of views on the work of the International Law Commission and of the Sixth Committee ;

(v) Continue to update and improve databases managed by the Committee which are related to states practice on immunities of states; organisation and functions of the Office of the Legal Adviser of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and implementation of United Nations sanctions ;

(vi) Review recent developments regarding international disputes, namely cases before the European Court of Human Rights involving issues of public international law ;

(vii) Maintain contacts with lawyers and legal services of other entities or international organisations.

Composition

Members:

Governments of member states are invited to appoint representatives, experts in the field of public international law, of the highest possible rank, preferably chosen among the Legal Advisers to the Ministries of Foreign Affairs.

The Council of Europe budget will bear the travelling and subsistence expenses of one representative from each member state (two in the case of the state whose representative has been elected Chair).

Member states may send other representatives without defrayal of expenses.

Each member of the committee shall have one vote. Where a government designates more than one member, only one of them is entitled to take part in the voting.

Participants:

The following may send representatives to meetings of the Committee without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses:

- European Union;

- States with observer status with the Council of Europe: Canada, Holy See, Japan, Mexico and United States of America;

- The following intergovernmental organisations:

    - The Hague Conference on Private International Law;

    - North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO);

    - The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD);

    - The United Nations and its specialised agencies;

    - European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN);

    - International Criminal Police Organisation (INTERPOL).

- The following non-governmental organisations:

    - International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC).

Observers:

The following may send representatives without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses:

- Australia; Israel and New Zealand.

Working methods

Plenary meetings:

48 members, 2 meetings in 2012, 2 days

48 members, 2 meetings in 2013, 2 days

The rules of procedure of the Committee are governed by Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

European Committee on Crime Problems (CDPC)

Set up by the Committee of Ministers under Article 17 of the Statute of the Council of Europe and in accordance with Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods

Terms of Reference valid from: 1 January 2012 until 31 December 2013

Main tasks

Under the authority of the Committee of Ministers, the CDPC’s mandate is to identify priority elements for intergovernmental legal cooperation, to propose to the Committee of Ministers areas for action in criminal law and procedure, criminology and penology, to conduct activities in these areas and to advise the Committee of Ministers on all questions within its area of competence, taking due account of relevant transversal perspectives. With this purpose, the CDPC is instructed to:

(i) steer the legal co-operation among the Council of Europe member states in order to assist member states develop modern penal policies. In particular, it shall develop common standards in the fields of criminal law and preventing and combating organised crime, including both substantive and procedural aspects;

(ii) be responsible for following the functioning of the more than 30 Council of Europe Conventions in the criminal law fields (in particular those on extradition, mutual legal assistance, MEDICRIME, Cybercrime, money laundering, protection of victims of crime, protection of children against sexual exploitation and abuse), for their revision and updating as necessary and for facilitating friendly settlements of any difficulty which may arise out of their execution and implementation;

(iii) be responsible for assisting the member states in the implementation of the European Prison Rules, the European Rules for juvenile offenders, the Council of Europe Probation Rules, as well as the other relevant recommendations in the penitentiary field with a view of ensuring harmonised laws and practices of execution of sanctions and measures throughout Europe. In order to assist member states develop modern penal policies based on validated data and research, it will also ensure the regular collection of the Council of Europe Annual Penal Statistics (SPACE);

(iv) be responsible, in co-operation with the CDDH and CDCJ, for the preparation of the 31st Conference of the Ministers of Justice (Vienna, Austria, 2012) and ensure, as appropriate, the follow-up of any decision taken by the Committee of Ministers subsequent to the Conference. The CDPC will be similarly responsible for the Conferences of Directors of Prison Administration;

(v) enhance co-operation and transversal activities with other Council of Europe relevant bodies (GRECO, MONEYVAL, Pompidou Group, CODEXTER, CEPEJ, CCPE, CCJE);

(vi) provide an intergovernmental setting for the negotiation and finalisation of draft legal instruments or draft amendments to existing legal instruments prepared by ad hoc committees and committees of the parties, tasked by the Committee of Ministers with elaborating them;

(vii) take due account of gender perspective in the performance of the above tasks.

Pillar / Sector / Programme

Pillar: Rule of Law

Sectors: a. Ensuring Justice

b. Common standards and policies

Programmes: a. Prisons and Police

b. Development and implementation of common standards and policies

Expected results

(i) Elaboration of a possible non-binding instrument concerning sentencing, management and treatment of dangerous offenders, to be adopted by the Committee of Ministers in 2013 ;

(ii) elaboration of i) a draft criminal law convention against trafficking in human organs; and, if appropriate, ii) a draft additional protocol to the aforesaid draft criminal law convention against trafficking in human tissues and cells;

(iii) ensuring follow-up to be given to Resolutions 1 (on a modern, transparent and efficient justice) and 2 (on prison policy in today’s Europe) adopted by the 30th Council of Europe Conference of Ministers of Justice (Istanbul - November 2010) and preparation of the 31st Conference (2012);

(iv) ensuring follow-up to be given to the 16th Conference of Directors of Prison Administration (October 2011) and preparation of the 17th and 18th Conferences (2012 and 2013);

(v) developing an integrated strategic approach to combating transnational serious organised crime and identifying common responses to major threats to the rule of law and security of citizens;

(vi) collection, analysis and dissemination of the annual penal statistics SPACE.

Composition

Members:

Governments of member states are invited to designate one or more representative of the highest possible rank with the following qualifications : senior officials and experts in the fields of criminal law and criminal procedure, penology or criminology, with responsibility at the national level for the planning, development and implementation of policies relevant to the work of the Committee and appointed by their governments to co-ordinate, at national level, all elements of government policy relevant to the work of the Committee.

The Council of Europe will bear the travel and subsistence expenses of one representative from each member state (two in the case of the state whose representative has been elected Chair).

Each member of the committee shall have one vote. Where a government designates more than one member, only one of them is entitled to take part in the voting.

Participants:

The following may send representatives without the right to vote and at the charge of their corresponding administrative budgets:

- Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe;

- Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe;

- European Court of Human Rights;

- the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights;

- Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe;

- other Council of Europe intergovernmental committees as appropriate;

- the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman and Degrading Treatment (CPT) and any other relevant body of the Council of Europe;

- other Council of Europe intergovernmental committees as appropriate.

The following may send representatives without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses:

- European Union;

- Observer States to the Council of Europe: Canada, Holy See, Japan, Mexico, United States of America.

Observers:

The following may send representatives without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses:

- civil society and representatives of professional communities (to be determined);

- other relevant International Organisations.

Working methods

Plenary meetings:

48 members, 2 meetings in 2012, 4 days

48 members, 2 meetings in 2013, 4 days

Bureau:

9 members, 2 meetings in 2012, 2 days

9 members, 2 meetings in 2013, 2 days

The Committee will also appoint a Gender Equality Rapporteur from amongst its members.

The rules of procedure of the Committee are governed by Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

Subordinate structure(s)

The CDPC provides a coordinating, supervising and monitoring role in the functioning of its subordinate bodies (PC-OC and PC-CP).

- Committee of experts on the operation of European conventions on co-operation in criminal matters (PC-OC);

- Council for penological co-operation (PC-CP).

Committee of Experts on the Operation of European Conventions on Co-operation in Criminal Matters (PC-OC)

Set up by the Committee of Ministers under Article 17 of the Statute of the Council of Europe and in accordance with Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods

Terms of Reference valid from: 1 January 2012 until 31 December 2013

Main tasks

Under the supervision of the European Committee on Crime Problems (CDPC), the Committee is instructed to:

    (i) monitor and evaluate the operation of the conventions on international co-operation in criminal matters2 with a view to facilitating their practical implementation;

    (ii) discuss practical difficulties encountered by states Parties concerning the European conventions on international co-operation in criminal matters and express non-binding opinions concerning the implementation of the provisions of these Conventions;

    (iii) consider various steps and initiatives to improve the efficiency of international co-operation in criminal matters, including in particular to improve practical co-operation as well as developing normative texts in accordance with the given instructions by the CDPC;3

    (iv) follow developments in other international frameworks (e.g. United Nations, European Union) in the fields covered by these conventions and, where appropriate, propose measures likely to ensure their conformity with such developments;

    (v) follow the application of the European Convention on Human Rights with regard to international co-operation in criminal matters;

    (vi) carry out other specific mandates given by the CDPC;

    (vii) take due account of gender perspective in the performance of the above tasks.

Pillar / Sector / Programme

Pillar: Rule of Law

Sector: Common standards and policies

Programme: Development and implementation of common standards and policies

Expected results

Expected results for 2012 and 2013:

(i) Practical guidelines are developed to facilitate and enhance international co-operation as regards jurisdiction and transfer of proceedings in criminal matters. The relevant instruments are assessed with a view to their possible modernisation and improvement by the drafting of new standards and/or guidelines;

(ii) concrete problems experienced by Parties to the conventions4 are identified at an early stage by discussion during meetings and on an on-line forum, practical solutions are proposed and ways are found to facilitate bilateral consultation;

(iii) where a need has been identified, the development of practical procedural guidelines and bilateral consultation channels which will assist practitioners (government officials, judges and prosecutors) in the implementation of the conventions on international co-operation in criminal matters5;

(iv) a user-friendly website will allow practitioners to find legal and practical information (including, for example legal standards, case-law, practical guidelines, model forms, thematic background papers and non-binding opinions of the PC-OC) needed to implement the main conventions on international co-operation in criminal matters. Practitioners will furthermore have the possibility to ask questions to the PC-OC.

(v)

Composition

Members:

Governments of member states are invited to designate one or more representatives of the highest possible rank in the relevant field of international criminal law, in particular officials in charge of international co-operation in criminal matters.

The Council of Europe will bear the travel and subsistence expenses of one representative from each member state (two in the case of the state whose representative has been elected Chair).

Each member of the committee shall have one vote. Where a government designates more than one member, only one of them is entitled to take part in the voting.

Participants:

The following may send representatives without the right to vote and at the charge of their corresponding administrative budgets:

    - Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe;

    - Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe;

    - European Court of Human Rights;

    - Commissioner for Human Rights;

    - Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe;

    - Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH);

    - Consultative Council of European Prosecutors (CCPE);

    - European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ);

    - other Council of Europe intergovernmental committees as appropriate.

The following may send representatives without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses:

- European Union;

- Observer States to the Council of Europe: Canada, Holy See, Japan, Mexico, United States of America;

- United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC);

- International Criminal Police Organisation (INTERPOL);

- United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI);

- Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR);

- International Criminal Court (ICC).

Observers:

The following may send representatives without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses:

    - Israel;

    - other States Parties to the Council of Europe Conventions on co-operation in Criminal Matters (on an ad hoc basis, upon invitation by the PC-OC).

Working methods

Plenary meetings:

48 members, 2 meetings in 2012, 3 days

48 members, 2 meetings in 2013, 3 days

Bureau:

The Bureau is composed by the Chair and its Vice-Chair. The Chair and the Vice Chair are elected for a term of one year. The terms of the Chair and of the Vice-Chair are renewable once.

The Committee will also appoint a Gender Equality Rapporteur from amongst its members.

The rules of procedure of the Committee are governed by Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

Council for Penological Co-operation (PC-CP)

Set up by the Committee of Ministers under Article 17 of the Statute of the Council of Europe and in accordance with Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods

Terms of Reference valid from: 1 January 2012 until 31 December 2013

Main tasks

Under the supervision of the European Committee on Crime Problems (CDPC) and in relation with the implementation of the Programme of Activities concerning prisons and probation for 2012-2013, the PC-CP is instructed to:

    (i) follow the development of European prison systems and of the services concerned with the implementation of community sanctions and measures;

    (ii) assess the functioning and implementation of the European Prison Rules6, the European Rules on community sanctions and measures7, the European Rules for juvenile offenders subject to sanctions or measures8, the Council of Europe Probation Rules9 as well as of other relevant Committee of Ministers recommendations, and make proposals for improving their practical application and, if necessary, for their updating with a view to achieving coherence and comprehensiveness of the standards in the area;

    (iii) prepare binding and non-binding instruments and reports on penological matters;

    (iv) formulate opinions on penological matters at the request of the CDPC, of member states or on its own initiative;

    (v) prepare the Conferences of Directors of Prison Administration (CDAP) and Conferences of Directors of Probation Services and ensures their follow-up as instructed by the Committee of Ministers, and following proposals made by the CDPC;

    (vi) provide guidance and assistance with regard to the collection and publication of the Annual Penal Statistics of the Council of Europe SPACE I and SPACE II.

Pillar / Sector / Programme

Pillar: Rule of Law

Sector: Justice

Programme: Prisons and Police

Expected results

    (i) Assistance is provided to the national authorities to improve the conditions of detention and to more efficiently use probation sanctions and measures by following up on the implementation of the Council of Europe standards and by creating a platform for exchange of good practices;

    (ii) assistance is provided to the national authorities in the treatment of foreign offenders and in facilitation of the transfer of prisoners between states by agreeing on common minimum standards of treatment (adoption by the CM of the Recommendation on foreign prisoners and ensuring follow-up of its implementation);

    (iii) organising the 2012 and 2013 Conferences of Directors of Prison Administration (CDAP) and of Directors of Probation Services in order to improve the knowledge of the latest Council of Europe standards (European Code of Ethics for Prison Staff, to be examined and adopted by the Committee of Ministers in 2012) ;

    (iv) assisting prison and probation services in establishing and maintaining dialogue and co-operation with the judiciary and the legislative authorities in their respective countries on issues relating to the execution of sanctions and measures.

Composition

Members:

The PC-CP shall be composed of one representative per member state, designated by the Government of that state from among officials of the highest possible rank in the relevant field.

The PC-CP Working Group shall be composed of 9 members, elected by the CDPC in their personal capacity for a period of two years (renewable), with the following desirable qualifications: high-level representatives of prison administrations, of probation services and of juvenile justice agencies, researchers or other experts having a thorough knowledge of penological questions.

The Council of Europe will bear the travel and subsistence expenses of PC-CP and PC-CP Working Group members.

Member states may also send representatives to the meetings of the PC-CP Working Group without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses.

Participants:

The following may send representatives without the right to vote and at the charge of their corresponding administrative budgets:

- Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe;

- Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe;

- European Court of Human Rights;

- Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights;

- Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe;

- European Committee on Crime Problems (CDPC);

- other Council of Europe intergovernmental committees as appropriate;

- European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT);

- other Council of Europe intergovernmental committees as appropriate.

    The following may send representatives without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses:

    - European Union;

    - United Nations Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT);

    - United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

    Observers:

    The following may send representatives without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses:

- European Organisation for Probation (CEP);

- International Centre for Prison Studies ;

- Penal Reform International (PRI);

- International Association of Juvenile and Family Court Magistrates (IAJFCM).

External consultants:

In its work, the PC-CP shall be assisted, within the limits of its budgetary appropriations, by four scientific experts, two of whom collect SPACE statistics, with specific knowledge of relevant legislation and legal practice, of international norms and conventions relating to penitentiary issues and community sanctions and measures, as well as of the European Convention on Human Rights and the ensuing case law and of recent developments in research and practice in the different European member states.

The Council of Europe budget will bear their travel and subsistence expenses.

Working methods

Working Group meetings:

9 members, 3 meetings in 2012, 3 days

9 members, 3 meetings in 2013, 3 days

Plenary meetings:

47 members, 1 meeting in 2012, 3 days

47 members, 1 meeting in 2013, 3 days

The Committee will also appoint a Gender Equality Rapporteur from amongst its members.

The rules of procedure of the Committee are governed by Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

European Committee on Legal Co-operation (CDCJ)

Set up by the Committee of Ministers under Article 17 of the Statute of the Council of Europe and in accordance with Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods

Terms of Reference valid from: 1 January 2012 until 31 December 2013

Main tasks

Under the authority of the Committee of Ministers, the CDCJ will oversee the Council of Europe’s work in the field of public and private law and advise the Committee of Ministers on all questions within its area of competence, taking due account of relevant transversal perspectives. For this purpose, the CDCJ is instructed to:

(i) steer the legal co-operation among the Council of Europe member states in order to identify new and emerging challenges to member states, make proposals to the Committee of Ministers in areas within its expertise (inter alia family law, children’s rights, nationality, administrative law, justice and rule of law);

(ii) plan, supervise and evaluate standard-setting activities;

(iii) promote and facilitate co-operation and understanding between member states;

(iv) promote and facilitate the functioning and implementation of Council of Europe conventions, agreements and protocols, as well as recommendations, including, where appropriate, of any conventional bodies established by them;

(v) contribute to the preparation of the 31st Conference of the Ministers of Justice, in co-operation with the CDDH and the CDPC, and ensure, as appropriate, the follow-up of any decision taken by the Committee of Ministers subsequent to the Conference;

(vi) take due account of gender and children’s rights perspectives in the performance of the above-mentioned tasks;

(vii) contribute to standard-setting work in respect of the protection of personal data and the right to private life, in close association with other relevant Council of Europe bodies (e.g. T-PD, CDSMI).

Pillar / Sector / Programme

Pillar: Rule of Law

Sector: Common Standards and Policies

Programme: Development and Implementation of Common Standards and Policies

Expected results

Expected results 2012-2013

(i) Drawing up of instruments on the following topics:

    standards on dispute resolution in the exercise of parental responsibilities, in particular as concerns decisions on the relocation of children (factors to be taken into account and procedures to be followed),

    Exploration of the feasibility of and, if appropriate, elaboration of legal instruments:

    (a) on protecting public and private sector employees who make disclosures in the public interest (“whistleblowers”);

    (b) in the field of nationality law and families (including the promotion of acquisition of citizenship);

(ii) finalisation of the text of the draft Recommendation on the role of public prosecutors outside the criminal field for submission to the Committee of Ministers for adoption;

(iii) ensure follow-up to be given to Resolution 1 on modern, transparent and efficient justice adopted at the 30th Council of Europe Conference of Ministers (Istanbul – November 2010) and preparation of the 31st Conference (2012).

Composition

Members:

Governments of member states are invited to designate one or more representatives of the highest possible rank in the field of public and private law, with responsibility at the national level for the planning, development and implementation of policies relevant to the work of the Committee and appointed by their governments to co-ordinate at national level all elements of government policy relevant to the work of the Committee.

The Council of Europe will bear the travel and subsistence expenses of one representative from each member state (two in the case of the state whose representative has been elected Chair).

Each member of the committee shall have one vote. Where a government designates more than one member, only one of them is entitled to take part in the voting.

Participants:

The following may send a representative without the right to vote and at the charge of their corresponding administrative budgets:

- Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe;

- Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe;

- European Court of Human Rights;

- Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights;

- Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe;

- Council of Europe intergovernmental committees as appropriate.

The following may send a representative without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses:

- European Union (including, as appropriate, the Fundamental Rights Agency);

- Observer States to the Council of Europe: Canada, Holy See, Japan, Mexico, United States of America;

- United Nations International Law Commission (ILC);

- Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR);

- International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT);

- Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH);

- Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD);

- Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE);

- Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE-ODIHR);

- International Commission on Civil Status (ICCS).

Observers:

The following may send representatives without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses:

- Belarus.

Working methods

Plenary meetings:

48 members, 1 meeting in 2012, 3 days

48 members, 1 meeting in 2013, 3 days

Bureau:

7 members, 2 meetings in 2012, 2 days

7 members, 2 meetings in 2013, 2 days

The Committee will also appoint a Gender Equality Rapporteur from amongst its members.

The rules of procedure of the Committee are governed by Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

Consultative Council of European Prosecutors (CCPE)

Set up by the Committee of Ministers under Article 17 of the Statute of the Council of Europe and in accordance with Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods

Terms of Reference valid from: 1 January 2012 until 31 December 2013

Main tasks

The CCPE is a consultative body composed exclusively of prosecutors, representing the various existing systems of prosecution in the 47 member states and a direct and privileged interlocutor of the prosecutors in member states and of national bodies entrusted with the management of the prosecution services.

The CCPE is entrusted with the proper implementation of Recommendation Rec(2000)19 on the role of public prosecution in the criminal justice system, and shall, in this respect :

(i) prepare and adopt two opinions in 2012 and 2013 respectively for the attention of the Committee of Ministers on issues which relate to the difficulties concerning the implementation of Recommendation Rec(2000)19 when dealing with the improvement of the prosecutions services in members states, in particular:

a. the relationships between prosecutors and media,

b. the management of the means of the prosecution services;

(ii) promote the implementation of Recommendation Rec(2000)19, in particular by gathering information on the functioning of prosecution services in Europe and through the organisation of conferences on topics of common concern to the profession; if appropriate, it could initiate a reflection, on the opportunity to propose to relevant committees of the Council of Europe an updating of this Recommendation;

(iii) provide targeted co-operation at the request of member states, CCPE members, prosecutorial bodies or relevant associations of prosecutors, to enable states to comply with Council of Europe standards concerning prosecutors;

(iv) prepare texts or opinions concerning the specific situation of prosecutors at the request of the Committee of Ministers or other bodies of the Council of Europe such as the Secretary General or the Parliamentary Assembly.

Pillar / Sector / Programme

Pillar: Rule of law

Sector: Justice

Programme: Independence and Efficiency of Justice

Expected results

Expected results 2012-2013

The status, role and function of prosecutors are protected and strengthened in the member states according to European standards:

(viii) at least two Opinions to the Committee of Ministers on issues regarding the status of prosecutors and the exercise of their functions are to be adopted by the end of 2013, based on the analysis of the current situation and debate in member states and taking into consideration the European standards including Rec(2000)19;

(ix) specific opinions on given situations in one or several member states concerning the status, the role or the functions of prosecutors are to be adopted by the end of 2013, following the request of Council of Europe bodies or member states.

Composition

Members:

Governments of member states are entitled to appoint one or more representatives of the highest possible rank within the prosecution system. Members should be chosen in contact, where such authorities exist, with the national authorities responsible for prosecutors and with the national administration responsible for managing the prosecution service, from among serving prosecutors having a thorough knowledge of questions relating to the functioning of the prosecution system combined with utmost personal integrity.

The Council of Europe will bear the travel and subsistence expenses of one representative from each member state.

Each member of the committee shall have one vote. Where a government designates more than one member, only one of them is entitled to take part in the voting.

Participants:

The following may send representatives without the right to vote and at the charge of their corresponding administrative budgets :

- European Committee on Crime Problems (CDPC);

- Consultative Council of European Judges (CCJE);

- European Commission for the efficiency of justice (CEPEJ);

- European Committee of Legal Co-operation (CDCJ);

- other Council of Europe intergovernmental committees as appropriate.

The following may send representatives without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses:

- European Union (one or more representatives, including, as appropriate EUROJUST);

- Observer States to the Council of Europe: Canada, Holy See, Japan, Mexico, United States of America.

Observers:

The following non-governmental organisations may send representatives without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses:

- International Association of Prosecutors (IAP);

- Association "Magistrats européens pour la démocratie et les libertés" (MEDEL).

Working methods

The CCPE is an advisory body of the Committee of Ministers. It works in co-operation, in particular, with the CDPC and the CCJE and also, depending on the subjects dealt with, other committees or bodies. The CCPE reports on its activities to the Committee of Ministers. In the framework of its activity and in particular in the drafting of its opinions, the CCPE ensures the proper co-ordination and consistency with the CDPC on matters relating to criminal justice policy. The CDPC is given the opportunity to comment on adopted CCPE opinions on criminal policy matters before they are transmitted to the Committee of Ministers.

Plenary meetings:

47 members, 1 meeting in 2012, 2 days

47 members, 1 meeting in 2013, 2 days

Bureau:

Consisting of the President, the Vice-President and two other members of the Council.

4 members, 2 meetings in 2012, 1 day

4 members, 2 meetings in 2013, 1 day

Additional working methods:

(i) 2 meetings of limited members of the CCPE (max. 9 members) per year, to prepare the draft Opinion;

(ii) 1 meeting of limited members of the CCPE (max. 4 members) per year to provide targeted cooperation with member states to comply with Council of Europe standards concerning prosecutors;

(iii) 1 European conference of prosecutors.

The Committee will also appoint a Gender Equality Rapporteur from amongst its members.

The rules of procedure of the Committee are governed by Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

Consultative Council of European Judges (CCJE)

Set up by the Committee of Ministers under Article 17 of the Statute of the Council of Europe and in accordance with Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods

Terms of Reference valid from: 1 January 2012 until 31 December 2013

Main tasks

The CCJE is a consultative body concerning independence, impartiality and competence of judges and the first and only body in an international organisation composed exclusively of judges.

Having regard to Recommendation Rec(2010)12 on judges: independence, efficiency and responsibilities, the CCJE shall:

(i) prepare and adopt, in 2012 and 2013 respectively, two opinions for the attention of the Committee of Ministers on issues regarding the status of judges and the exercise of their functions, in particular concerning:

a. the relationship between judges and lawyers and the concrete means to improve the efficiency and quality of judicial proceedings, namely as regards judicial time management, taking into account, inter alia, the relevant work of the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ);

b. the specialisation of judges;

(ii) provide targeted cooperation at the request of member states, CCJE members, judicial bodies or relevant associations of judges, to enable states to comply with Council of Europe standards concerning judges;

(iii) prepare texts or opinions concerning the specific situation of judges at the request of the Committee of Ministers or other bodies of the Council of Europe such as the Secretary General or the Parliamentary Assembly;

(iv) encourage partnerships in the judicial field involving courts, judges and judges’ associations.

Pillar / Sector / Programme

Pillar: Rule of law

Sector: Justice

Programme: Independence and Efficiency of Justice

Expected results

Expected results 2012-2013

The status, role and function of judges are protected and strengthened in the member states according to European standards:

(x) at least two Opinions for the attention of the Committee of Ministers on issues regarding the status of judges and the exercise of their functions are adopted by the end of 2013, based on the analysis of the current situation and discussions in member states;

(xi) specific opinions on given situations in one or several member states concerning the status, the role or the functions of judges are to be adopted by the end of 2013, at the request of Council of Europe bodies or member states.

Composition

Members:

Governments of member states are entitled to appoint one or more representatives of the highest possible rank in the relevant field. Members should be chosen in contact, where such authorities exist, with the national authorities responsible for ensuring the independence and impartiality of judges and with the national administration responsible for managing the judiciary, from among serving judges having a thorough knowledge of questions relating to the functioning of the judicial system combined with utmost personal integrity.

The Council of Europe budget will bear the travel and subsistence expenses of one judge from each member state.

Each member of the committee shall have one vote. Where a government designates more than one member, only one of them is entitled to take part in the voting.

Participants:

The following may send a representative without the right to vote and at the charge of their corresponding administrative budgets:

- European Court of Human Rights;

- Consultative Council of European Prosecutors (CCPE);

- European Commission for the efficiency of justice (CEPEJ);

- European Committee of Legal Co-operation (CDCJ);

- European Committee on Crime Problems (CDPC);

- other Council of Europe intergovernmental committees as appropriate.

The following may send a representative without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses:

- European Union;

- Observer States to the Council of Europe: Canada, Holy See, Japan, Mexico, United States of America.

Observers:

The following non-governmental organisations may send representatives without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses:

- European Association of Judges (EAJ);

- Association “Magistrats européens pour la démocratie et les libertés” (MEDEL);

- European Federation of Administrative Judges;

- Groupement des Magistrats pour la Médiation (GEMME);

- European Network of Judicial Training (ENJT);

- European Network of Councils for the Judiciary (ENCJ).

Working methods

The CCJE is an advisory body of the Committee of Ministers.

Plenary meetings:

47 members, 1 meeting in 2012, 3 days

47 members, 1 meeting in 2013, 3 days

Bureau:

Consisting of the President, the Vice-President and two other members of the Council.

4 members, 2 meetings in 2012, 1 day

4 members, 2 meetings in 2013, 1 day

Additional working methods :

(i) 2 meetings of limited members of the CCJE (max. 9 members) per year, to prepare the draft Opinion;

(ii) 1 meeting of limited members of the CCJE (max. 4 members) per year to provide targeted co-operation with member states to comply with Council of Europe standards concerning judges;

(iii) 1 European conference of judges.

The Committee will also appoint a Gender Equality Rapporteur from amongst its members.

The rules of procedure of the Committee are governed by Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (CDMSI)

Set up by the Committee of Ministers under Article 17 of the Statute of the Council of Europe and in accordance with Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods

Terms of reference valid from: 1 January 2012 until 31 December 2013

Main tasks

Under the authority of the Committee of Ministers, the CDMSI will oversee the Council of Europe’s work in the field of media, information society and data protection, and advise the Committee of Ministers on all questions within its area of competence, focusing on human rights protection and promotion, taking due account of relevant transversal perspectives and of the activities of other international organisations. For this purpose, the CDMSI is instructed to facilitate co-operation among the Council of Europe member states and assist them in the development of common policies, as well as fulfil any other activity which might be assigned to it by the Committee of Ministers. In particular, the CDMSI will:

    (i) oversee the implementation of a Council of Europe Internet Governance Strategy, focusing on the right to freedom of expression on the Internet and the right to impart and receive information regardless of frontiers;

    (ii) develop co-operation at pan-European level, extend this co-operation to its neighbouring regions and engage other relevant stakeholders, preparing instruments with a view to promoting and protecting human rights, the rule of law and pluralist democracy in the Information Society and Internet Governance;

    (iii) review, consolidate and update existing instruments and conduct, where necessary, additional standard-setting work in respect of freedom of the media, paying due attention to professional journalism standards, supporting independence, pluralism and diversity in the media, including public service media;

    (iv) contribute to the implementation of the Committee of Ministers’ Declaration of 13 January 2010 on measures to promote the respect of Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights;

    (v) co-ordinate to standard-setting work in respect of the protection of personal data and the right to private life, in close association with other relevant Council of Europe bodies (e.g. T-PD, CDCJ);

    (vi) prepare the 1st Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Media and Information Society (Serbia, 2013) and ensure the follow-up of any decision taken by the Committee of Ministers.

Pillar / Sector / Programme

Pillar: Rule of Law

Sector: Common standards and policies

Programme: Information society and Internet governance

Expected results

Expected results 2012-2013:

    (i) Proposed activities to be decided upon by the Committee of Ministers:

    - follow-up to specific instruments on the Internet adopted by the Committee of Ministers (2012 and 2013);

    - compilation of existing rights for Internet users (2013);

    - instrument on cross-border flow of Internet traffic (2013).

    Any pending CDMC work is finalised in respect of draft instruments on:

    - search engines (2012);

    - social networks (2012);

    (ii) freedom of expression and freedom of the media are better protected, taking due account of gender equality, youth and children’s issues; to this end:

    a. a draft recommendation is prepared on gender equality and media, in particular on a gender equality dimension in the media coverage of election campaigns, in consultation with relevant Council of Europe bodies, as well as UN Women (2013);

    b. a draft convention on broadcasters’ neighbouring rights is prepared in 2012 if a standstill persists within WIPO and on condition that the European Commission obtains a mandate to negotiate such a convention within a Council of Europe framework;

    c. proposals are made to the Committee of Ministers, as appropriate, for follow-up to specific media-related instruments adopted by the Committee of Ministers (e.g. in respect of public service media, public service value of the Internet, or a new notion of media) (2012 and 2013);

    d. a contribution is made from a media and freedom of expression perspective to Council of Europe work addressing the problem of libel tourism;

    (iii) intergovernmental expert input is given to the implementation of CM Declaration of 13 January 2010 (improved collection and sharing of information and enhanced co-ordination within the secretariat on freedom of expression and freedom of the media in member states), having due regard to other relevant non-binding instruments adopted by the Committee of Ministers;

    (iv) personal data and the right to private life are better protected in the Information society. To this end the CDMSI offers, in consultation with the CDCJ, an intergovernmental setting at 47 for negotiation and finalisation of draft instruments prepared by the Consultative Committee of the Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to automatic processing of personal data (T-PD):

    a. modernising Convention 108 (2012);

    b. data protection and employment (2012);

    c. data protection and the police (2012);

    d. biometrics (2013);

    e. data protection and children (2013).

    (v) a Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Media and Information Society is organised in Serbia, having due regard to the Committee of Ministers’ decisions on Council of Europe Conferences of Specialised Ministers (2013) and follow-up is provided to decisions taken by the Committee of Ministers.

Composition

Members:

Governments of member states are invited to designate one or more representatives of the highest possible rank in the relevant fields (media policy and freedom of expression, information society and Internet governance, data protection).

The Council of Europe will bear the travel and subsistence expenses of one representative from each member state (two in the case of the state whose representative has been elected Chair).

Member states may send other representatives without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses.

Each member of the committee shall have one vote. Where a government designates more than one member, only one of them is entitled to take part in the voting.

Participants:

The following may send representatives without the right to vote and at the charge of their corresponding administrative budgets:

- Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe;

- Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe;

- European Court of Human Rights;

- Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights;

- Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe;

- Committee of Experts on Terrorism (CODEXTER);

- European Committee on Legal Co-operation (CDCJ);

- Consultative Committee of the Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to automatic processing of personal data (T-PD);

- other Council of Europe intergovernmental committees as appropriate.

The following may send representatives without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses:

- European Union (one or more representatives, including, as appropriate, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights – FRA);

- European Audiovisual Observatory;

- Observer States to the Council of Europe: Canada, Holy See, Japan, Mexico, United States of America;

- Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE);

- Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD);

- Organization of American States (OAS);

- UN agencies (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation - UNESCO);

- International Telecommunication Union (ITU);

- Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN);

- Civil society and representatives of business, technical, professional and academic communities.

Observers:

The following may send representatives without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses:

- Belarus.

Working methods

Plenary meetings:

48 members, 2 meetings in 2012, 4 days

48 members, 2 meetings in 2013, 4 days

Bureau:

7 members, 2 meetings in 2012, 2 days

7 members, 2 meetings in 2013, 2 days

The Committee will also appoint a Gender Equality Rapporteur from amongst its members.

The rules of procedure of the Committee are governed by Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

Additional working methods:

Regular contacts with CM TC-INF.

Multi-stakeholder dialogue, permitting to interact with different stakeholder groups, at different stages of the tasks assigned to the CDMSI.

PILLAR: DEMOCRACY

Steering Committee for Educational Policy and Practice (CDPPE)

Set up by the Committee of Ministers under Article 17 of the Statute of the Council of Europe and in accordance with Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods

Terms of Reference valid from 1 January 2012 until 31 December 2013

Main tasks

Under the authority of the Committee of Ministers and in the framework of the European Cultural Convention, the CDPPE will oversee the Council of Europe’s programmes in the field of education and advise the Committee of Ministers on all questions within its area of competence. Taking due account of relevant transversal perspectives, the overall aim is to develop a coherent approach of the role of education on the basis of a broad vision encompassing both values and competences, with particular emphasis on preserving and promoting human rights, democracy and the rule of law, and the ability of our societies to engage in intercultural dialogue. The CDPPE will cover all areas and levels of education. With this purpose, the CDPPE is instructed to:

(i) develop new educational policies and practices based on the core values and standards of the Council of Europe;

(ii) propose reforms of education systems and policies to further democratic competences and participation and to develop the European Higher Education Area;

(iii) assist policy makers and education professionals in States Party to the European Cultural Convention with implementing education policies in line with the programme of activities adopted by the Committee of Ministers;

(iv) draw up recommendations and other instruments allowing States Party to the European Cultural Convention to develop education policies in conformity with principles and standards of the Organisation and implement them;

(v) subject to the decision by the Committee of Ministers on the holding of the Council of Europe Conference of Ministers of Education, contribute, as appropriate, to the preparation of the Conference and ensure the follow-up of any decision taken by the Committee of Ministers subsequent to the Conference;

(vi) identify opportunities for Council of Europe input and/or complementary Council of Europe action and programmes, taking into account the activities of other international organisations, in particular the European Union, the United Nations and the OSCE.

Pillar/ Sector/ Programme

Pillar: Democracy

Sector: Democratic governance

Programme: Democratic governance through education, culture and youth policies

Programme: Democratic citizenship through education, culture and youth policies

Programme: Culture and democracy: cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue

Programme: Addressing crisis situations: post-conflict and natural catastrophes

Expected results

Programme: Democratic governance through education, culture and youth policies

(i) Good governance in primary, secondary and higher education is developed and implemented through increased dialogue and participation of all stakeholders, based on the Council of Europe’s core values and a pan-European perspective;

(ii) European strategies on reform processes of education policies and systems are discussed at ministerial level. Progress in member states is evaluated at a symposium on democratic governance of educational institutions;

(iii) The Council of Europe contributes to the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) leading to reforms of higher education systems and public policies, in particular through co-ordinating the development of national qualifications frameworks within the EHEA;

(iv) A standard-setting text on the role of qualifications frameworks in facilitating fair recognition is adopted under the provisions of the Council of Europe/UNESCO Recognition Convention (ETS 165);

(v) A draft instrument on the role of academic freedom and institutional autonomy in developing democratic culture is prepared and examined and a plan for developing good practice is presented;

(vi) Democratic school governance and higher education reform policies in Turkey are developed through a joint programme.

Programme: Democratic citizenship through education, culture and youth policies

(i) The Council of Europe Charter on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education (Recommendation CM/Rec(2010)7) is disseminated and promoted and its systematic implementation in member states is supported. The first report on the follow up to the Charter in member states is prepared;

(ii) The case law of the European Court of Human Rights is promoted in the education systems of member states;

(iii) Practitioners in education and culture are trained to become multipliers for Council of Europe principles and values in the area of democratic governance, human rights, intercultural understanding (including religious and non-religious convictions), citizenship and participation, culture and democracy, media literacy and post-conflict situations (Pestalozzi Programme);

(iv) Citizenship and human rights education is introduced in the curriculum and in the training for education professionals in Turkey, through a Joint Programme. Textbooks on citizenship and human rights education are developed and piloted and education professionals are trained;

(v) Policy recommendations and guidelines on quality education, with particular emphasis on the role of public authorities, are developed, accepted and promoted;

(vi) Language competences are defined for a number of specific school subjects. Member states receive policy guidelines, tools and support for the linguistic integration of adult migrants;

(vii) National/local curricula are reviewed upon request using the Council of Europe Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and the European Language Portfolio for plurilingual and intercultural education;

(viii) Access to education for Roma children through pre-school education is facilitated through dissemination and implementation of Council of Europe/UNESCO Guidelines for pre-school education for Roma, as a contribution to the Council of Europe’s action plan for Roma. The progress at national level of policy measures of Committee of Ministers recommendations on the education of Roma and the Strasbourg Declaration in the field of education is evaluated.

Programme: Culture and democracy: cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue

(i) Educating for mutual understanding in diversity is promoted through a framework for the development of intercultural competences as a core element of the mainstream curricula;

(ii) Member states are assisted, upon request, in integrating intercultural competencies in school curricula in co-operation with the Intercultural Cities project and the European Wergeland Centre.

(iii) A package of concrete good practices for developing a school environment that is democratic and respectful of religious and non-religious convictions and cultural diversity is developed in line with the CM/Rec(2008)12 and proposed to public authorities in member states in order to facilitate its implementation;

(iv) The contribution of education to developing a better understanding of the place of religious diversity in the education systems of the Western Mediterranean is developed.

Programme: Addressing crisis situations: post-conflict and natural catastrophes

(i) The concept and concrete examples of shared histories as a means for reconciliation and conflict prevention are agreed on and translated into practice by:

a. adoption of a Committee of Ministers recommendation;

b. publication and dissemination of pedagogical material;

(ii) Assistance to reforms of history teaching is given on request by member states;

(iii) History teaching as a tool for promoting European identity and mutual understanding in view of strengthening reconciliation and conflict prevention is developed through:

a. drafting of pedagogical material on examples of European shared histories;

b. assistance to reform of curricula, teacher training, new methodology and pedagogy;

c. support to reform of history teaching in Cyprus.

 

Composition

Members:

Governments of the 50 States Party to the European Cultural Convention are invited to designate two representatives of the highest possible rank representing (1) the general education and (2) the higher education sectors,10 with responsibility at the national level for the planning, development and implementation of policies relevant to the work of the Committee and appointed by their governments and by the competent body or bodies representing the universities or other institutions of higher education. Committee members will co-ordinate at national level all elements of government policy relevant to the work of the Committee.

The Council of Europe budget will bear the travelling and subsistence expenses of one representative from each State Party to the European Cultural Convention (two in the case of the state whose representative has been elected Chair).

States Party to the European Cultural Convention may send other representatives without defrayal of expenses.

Each member of the committee shall have one vote. Where a government designates more than one member, only one of them is entitled to take part in the voting.

Participants:

The following may send representatives, without the right to vote and at the charge of their corresponding administrative budgets:

- Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe;

- Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe;

- European Court of Human Rights;

- Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights;

- Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe;

- other Council of Europe intergovernmental committees as appropriate

The following may send representatives, without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses:

- European Union;

- The following observer states to the Council of Europe: Canada, Japan, Mexico, United States of America;

- Arab League for Education Culture and Science Organisation (ALECSO);

- Nordic Council of Ministers;

- Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD);

- Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE);

- United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

Observers:

The following non-member states and non-governmental organisations may send representatives, without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses:

- Israel;

- the Conference of European Churches (CEC);

- Education International (EI);

- European Association of Institutions in Higher Education (EURASHE);

- European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers (EURODOC);

- European Cultural Foundation (ECF);

- European Federation of Catholic Universities (FUCE);

- European Science Foundation (ESF);

- European Students’ Union (ESU);

- European University Association (EUA);

- the European Wergeland Centre;

- the International Association of Universities (IAU).

Working methods

Meetings:

1 meeting in 2012, 3 days

1 meeting in 2013, 3 days

The CDPPE elects a Bureau of six members, of whom the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Committee, representing in a balanced way the general and higher education sectors. Two members of the academic community and two NGO representatives, designated by the CDPPE, participate in the meeting of the Bureau, without the right to vote.

The Bureau will hold 2 meetings of 2 days each per year.

The Committee will also appoint a gender Equality Rapporteur from amongst its members.

The rules of procedure of the Committee are governed by Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

Steering Committee for Culture, Heritage and Landscape (CDCPP)

Set up by the Committee of Ministers under Article 17 of the Statute of the Council of Europe and in accordance with Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods

Terms of Reference valid from 1 January 2012 until 31 December 2013

Main tasks

Under the authority of the Committee of Ministers, in the framework of the European Cultural Convention, the CDCPP will oversee the Council of Europe’s work in the field of culture and intercultural dialogue, heritage and landscape, and advise the Committee of Ministers on all questions within its area of competence, taking due account of relevant transversal perspectives, in particular the promotion of democracy. With this purpose, the Committee is instructed to:

(i) oversee the programmes adopted by the Committee of Ministers and devise innovative policies and strategies related to the sustainable management of the above sectors;

(ii) promote and follow-up implementation of relevant Council of Europe Conventions11 and adapt standards and norms in the fields covered by the terms of reference; advise member states on policy development at national, regional and local levels using the appropriate Council of Europe instruments: policy reviews, capacity building and field activities, pilot projects, information systems12 and public awareness strategies;

(iii) provide technical assistance and pilot projects in the field, to enhance governance and capacities in culture, cultural heritage and socio-economic integrated development, social and territorial cohesion, confidence building and post-conflict reconstruction and development;

(iv) encourage European exchange platforms and networks -including electronic- bringing together pertinent public, private and voluntary actors, and thereby emphasising a shared responsibility for the cultural environment;

(v) in line with decisions of the Committee of Ministers, follow-up on additional proposals that may arise from relevant reports relating to the sectors of culture and intercultural dialogue, cultural heritage and landscape;

(vi) identify opportunities for Council of Europe input and/or complementary Council of Europe action and programmes, taking into account the activities of other international organisations, in particular the European Union, the United Nations and the OSCE.

Pillar / Sector / Programme

Pillar: Democracy

Sector: Democratic governance

Programme: - Democratic governance through education, culture and youth policies

Sector: Sustainable democratic societies

Programmes: - Democratic Citizenship through education, culture and youth policies

- Culture and Democracy: Cultural Diversity and Intercultural Dialogue

- Addressing crisis situations: post-conflict and natural catastrophes

Expected results – (for detailed results see Programme of Activities)

Programme: Democratic governance through education, culture and youth policies

(i) Democratic governance of culture is enhanced and member states are assisted in the development of democratic cultural policies through national, regional and thematic policy reviews13; exchange of information between governments and civil society is facilitated by the Compendium, HEREIN, ELCIS and CultureWatchEurope systems.

(ii) Council of Europe cultural heritage and landscape conventions are promoted and followed-up.14

Programme: Democratic citizenship through education, culture and youth policies

Regional co-operation and pilot projects on cultural and natural heritage are supported particularly in South East Europe and the Kyiv Initiative region15 in order to build capacity and provide development benefits including on democratic participation to communities, to impact on national policies and enhance democratic governance, and to generate transmissible good practice models.

Programme: Culture and democracy: cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue

Cities taking part in the intercultural cities network are supported in building, implementing and evaluating intercultural integration strategies.

Programme: Addressing crisis situations: post-conflict and natural catastrophes

Technical assistance is provided to develop and implement strategies for confidence building, reconciliation, reconstruction and socio-economic development in Cyprus and possibly other member states, as well as in Kosovo.16

Composition

Members:

Governments of member states of the Council of Europe and of other states having acceded to the European Cultural Convention are invited to designate one or more representatives of the highest possible rank responsible for culture, intercultural dialogue, cultural heritage and landscape.

The Council of Europe budget will bear the travel and subsistence expenses of one representative from each State Party (two in the case of the state whose representative has been elected Chair).

States Party to the European Cultural Convention may send other representatives without defrayal of expenses.

Each member of the Committee shall have one vote. Where a government designates more than one member, only one of them is entitled to take part in the voting.

Participants:

The following may send a representative, without the right to vote and at the charge of their corresponding administrative budgets:

- Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe;

- Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe;

- Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe;

- Committee of Senior Officials of the Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Spatial/Regional Planning (CEMAT);

- Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB);

- Standing Committee of the Bern Convention (T-PVS);

- Council of Europe intergovernmental committees as appropriate.

The following may send representatives, without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses:

- European Union;

- The following observer states to the Council of Europe: Canada, Japan, Mexico, United States of America;

as well as the following intergovernmental organisations:

- United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO);

- Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD);

- Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE);

- European Free Trade Association (EFTA) Nordic Council of Ministers;

- Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organisation (ALECSO);

- United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN-ECE);

- International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM).

Observers:

The following may send representatives, without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses:

- Israel;

as well as the following non-governmental organisations:

- European Cultural Foundation (ECF);

- European Cultural Centre in Delphi;

- Culture Action Europe;

- European Network of Cultural Administration Training Centres (ENCATC);

- European Roma and Travellers Forum (ERTF);

- European Association of Archaeologists (EAA);

- Europae Archaeologiae Consilium (EAC);

- Europa Nostra;

- International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS);

- Organisation of World Heritage Cities (OHWC);

- International Federation for Housing and Planning (IFHP);

- European Federation of Landscape Architects (EFLA);

- European Council of Town Planners (ECTP);

- European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools (ECLAS).

Working methods

Plenary meetings:
50 members, 1 meeting in 2012, 3 days
50 members, 1 meeting in 2013, 3 days

Bureau:
9 members, 2 meetings in 2012, 2 days
9 members, 2 meetings in 2013, 2 days

The Committee will also appoint a gender Equality Rapporteur from amongst its members

.

The rules of procedure of the Committee are governed by Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

Ad hoc European Committee for the World Anti-Doping Agency (CAHAMA)

Set up by the Committee of Ministers under Article 17 of the Statute of the Council of Europe and in accordance with Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods

Terms of Reference valid from 1 January 2012 until 31 December 2013

Main tasks

The CAHAMA will co-ordinate the positions of all the States Parties to the European Cultural Convention on issues relating to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and provide the Committee of Ministers with feedback and advice.

Pillar / Sector / Programme

Pillar: Democracy

Sector: Sustainable Democratic Societies

Programme: Sport and Ethics – Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport

Expected results

(i) Guidelines for common action of Council of Europe member states in their dealings with WADA are prepared;

(ii) Position papers summarising European consensus are developed and addressed to WADA on any relevant projects or initiatives where consultation is needed or desirable;

(iii) Mandates for the Council of Europe-appointed members on the WADA Executive Committee and Foundation Board on questions, including budgetary aspects, to be discussed at the meetings of these two bodies are defined;

(iv) Reports from Europe appointed members of the WADA Foundation Board and Executive Committee are received and discussed at CAHAMA meetings with a view to proper follow-up to the Pan-European strategy on issues related to WADA;

(v) The general terms of reference of WADA Foundation Board members and WADA Executive Committee member appointed by the Council of Europe are kept under review.

Composition

Members:

The Governments of Council of Europe member states and of the other States Parties to the European Cultural Convention are entitled to appoint as members of the CAHAMA a high-ranking official preferably from their national ministry or the relevant public authority responsible for anti-doping policies in sport.

The members of the CAHAMA shall defray their own travel and subsistence expenses, in derogation from Resolution [CM/Res(2011)…].

Each State Party may also designate national, governmental or non-governmental experts to participate in meetings of the Committee, without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses.

Each State Party to the European Cultural Convention shall have one vote.

Participants:

- The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe may send one or more representatives to meetings of the Committee, without the right to vote and at the charge of its administrative budget.

- The European Union may send one or more representatives to meetings of the Committee, without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses.

Observers:

The following may send representatives, without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses:

- World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

Working methods

The Committee shall appoint a gender Equality Rapporteur from amongst its members.

Ordinary meetings of the CAHAMA will be convened at least one week before the meetings of the WADA Foundation Board and/or Executive Committee. Such ordinary meetings should take place, if possible, immediately before or after the meetings of the Monitoring Group of the Anti-Doping Convention.

All other meetings are considered extraordinary meetings.

The Secretary General may convene additional meetings.

A quorum shall be achieved when half of the members of the CAHAMA are present, in derogation from Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

The CAHAMA shall elect a chairperson and a vice-chairperson for a two-year term, in derogation from Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

The CAHAMA adopts its own rules of procedure.

European Committee on Local and Regional Democracy (CDLR)

Set-up by the Committee of Ministers under Article 17 of the Statute of the Council of Europe and in accordance with Resolution [Res (2011) …].

Terms of Reference valid from 1 January 2012 until 31 December 2013

Main tasks

Under the authority of the Committee of Ministers, the CDLR will oversee the Council of Europe’s intergovernmental work in the field of democratic local and regional governance and advise the Committee of Ministers on all questions within its area of competence. Taking due account of relevant transversal perspectives, the overall aim is to provide guidance and technical expertise relating to the policies and activities of governments in member states, and to act as a technical forum to facilitate the development of such policies and activities both for individual member states and for collective action by governments within the Council of Europe. With this purpose, the CDLR is instructed to:

(i) Exchange information, views and good practices among its members, observers and participants on intergovernmental issues concerning local and regional democracy and cross-border cooperation, as much as possible via electronic means;

(ii) Respond to requests from governments for information on specific issues relating to states’ current policies and activities in the field of democratic local and regional governance (“the rapid response service for governments”);

(iii) Follow the work of other international actors in the field of local and regional democracy and cross-border co-operation, report to the Committee of Ministers on possible synergies and co-operation with these actors and develop such synergies on the basis of the decisions taken by the Committee of Ministers;

(iv) Participate effectively, through its designated representatives, in appropriate bodies within the Council of Europe, (e.g. the Stakeholders’ Platform on the Strategy for Innovation and Good Governance at Local Level and the Advisory board of the Centre of Expertise on Local Government Reform) and, subject to invitation and available financial means, other relevant and appropriate fora;

(v) Ensure, as appropriate, the follow-up to any decisions taken by the Committee of Ministers subsequent to the 17th Session of the Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for local and regional government (Kyiv, 3-4 November 2011), including in relation to the Chaves Review, in close co-operation with other appropriate Council of Europe bodies, and non-governmental organisations.

Pillar / Sector / Programme

Pillar: Democracy

Sector: Democratic Governance

Programme: Democratic Governance at local and regional level

Expected results

Expected results 2012-2013

(i) A report on initiatives to strengthen good governance, capacity building and citizens democratic participation at local level is prepared;

(ii) Responses are provided to up to ten requests from governments for information through “the rapid response service for governments”;

(iii) A manual of practical solutions to overcome obstacles to cross-border co-operation is prepared and published;

(iv) Norms suitable for inclusion in the Appendix to Protocol No 3 to the Madrid Outline Convention are prepared;

(v) A report to the Committee of Ministers on possible synergies and co-operation with other international actors in the field of local and regional democracy and cross-border co-operation is prepared and synergies are developed on the basis of the decisions taken by the Committee of Ministers;

(vi) Any activities agreed by the Committee of Ministers, coming from the 17th Session of the Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for local and regional government, are implemented.

Composition

Members:

Governments of member states are invited to designate representatives of the highest possible rank in the relevant field, with senior responsibility at national level for the planning, development and implementation of policies in the field of local and regional democracy and governance and/or for co-ordinating at national level government policy relevant to the work of the Committee.

The Council of Europe budget will bear the travelling and subsistence expenses of one representative from each member state (two in the case of the state whose representative has been elected Chair).

Member states may send other representatives without defrayal of expenses.

Each member of the committee shall have one vote. Where a government designates more than one member, only one of them is entitled to take part in the voting.

Participants:

The following may send representatives without the right to vote and at the charge of their corresponding administrative budgets:

- Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

- Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe

- European Court of Human Rights

- Commissioner for Human Rights

- Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe

- Council of Europe intergovernmental committees as appropriate

The following may send representatives without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses:

- European Union

- Observer States to the Council of Europe: Canada, Holy See, Japan, Mexico, United States of America

- United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN/ECE)

- Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

- Office for Democratic Institutions and Human rights (ODIHR-OSCE)

- Benelux Union

Observers:

The following non-governmental organisations may send representatives without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses:

- United Cities and Local Government (UCLG)

- Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR)

- Assembly of European Regions (ARE)

- International Federation for Housing and Planning (IFHP)

Working methods

Plenary meetings:

48 members, 2 meetings in 2012, 2 days

48 members, 2 meetings in 2013, 2 days

Bureau:

7 members, 2 meetings in 2012, 1 day

7 members, 2 meetings in 2013, 1 day

The Committee shall appoint a Gender Equality Rapporteur from amongst its members.

The rules of procedure of committees are governed by Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

European Steering Committee for Youth (CDEJ)

Set up by the Committee of Ministers under Article 17 of the Statute of the Council of Europe and in accordance with Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods

Terms of Reference valid from 1 January 2012 until 31 December 2013

Main tasks

Under the authority of the Committee of Ministers, the European Steering Committee for Youth (CDEJ) will oversee the Council of Europe’s programme in the field of youth and advise the Committee of Ministers on all questions within its area of competence. Taking due account of relevant transversal perspectives, the overall aim is to stimulate co-operation between the governments of the States party to the European Cultural Convention, with a view to developing youth policies which are likely to ensure young people’s successful integration into society. The CDEJ acts as the governmental partner in the co-management structures of the youth sector (the non-governmental partner being the Advisory Council on Youth, CCJ); CDEJ and CCJ co-operate within the Joint Council on Youth (CMJ) in order to establish the priorities of the Council of Europe youth sector. With this purpose, the CDEJ is instructed to:

(i) promote the values of the Council of Europe;

(ii) elaborate standards and instruments of youth policy;

(iii) review national youth policies and advise governments on their youth policy;

(iv) promote youth information as a full part of youth policy in line with Recommendation R (90) 7 of the Committee of Ministers concerning information and counselling for young people in Europe and Recommendation CM/Rec(2010)8 on youth information;

(v) stimulate youth research in Europe and support co-operation between youth researchers;

(vi) promote training, sustainable training and education in connection with Council of Europe youth policies and programmes as well as youth activities and youth leaders through the Strasbourg and Budapest European Youth Centres;

(vii) promote quality standards through the granting of the Council of Europe Label to youth centres in Europe;

(viii) contribute to transversal activities of the Council of Europe involving youth;

(ix) designate every two years, from among its members, those who shall be invited to be represented on the Programming Committee on Youth (CPJ), the co-management body in charge of establishing the programme of activities of the youth sector;

(x) contribute to the preparation of the 9th Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for youth (Russian Federation, 2012) and ensure, as appropriate, the follow-up of any decision taken by the Committee of Ministers subsequent to the Conference.

Pillar/Sector/Programme

Pillar: Democracy

Sector: Democratic governance

Programme: Democratic governance through education, culture and youth policies

Expected results

Developing standards and instruments of youth and children policy through:

(i) international youth policy review of Ukraine (2012) and Greece (2013);

(ii) youth policy advisory missions at request;

(iii) preparation of policy standards promoting the access of young people to rights (9th Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Youth);

(iv) implementation of the project “Council of Europe Label for Youth Centres”;

(v) Summer University of the CDEJ (to improve the capacity of CDEJ and Advisory Council members to actively participate in the Council of Europe youth structures and programmes).

Composition

Members:

Governments of the 50 States Party to the European Cultural Convention are invited to designate one or more representatives of the highest possible rank in the relevant field, with responsibility at the national level for the planning, development and implementation of policies relevant to the work of the Committee and appointed by their governments to co-ordinate at national level all elements of government policy relevant to the work of the Committee.

The Council of Europe budget will bear the travelling and subsistence expenses of one representative from each State Party to the European Cultural Convention (two in the case of the state whose representative has been elected Chair).

States Party to the European Cultural Convention may send other representatives without defrayal of expenses.

Each member of the Committee shall have one vote. Where a government designates more than one member, only one of them is entitled to take part in the voting.

Participants:

The following may send representatives, without the right to vote and at the charge of their corresponding administrative budgets:

- Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe;

- Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe;

- Steering Committee for Education Policy and Practice (CDPPE);

- European Steering Committee for Social Cohesion (CDCS);

- Steering Committee for Culture, Heritage and Landscape (CDCPP);

- Other Council of Europe intergovernmental committees as appropriate.

The following may send representatives, without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses:

- European Union;

- The following observer states to the Council of Europe: Canada, Japan, Mexico, United States of America;

- Ibero-American Youth Organisation;

- Secretariat of the Youth Programme of the Commonwealth.

Observers:

The following non governmental organisations may send representatives, without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses:

- European Youth Information and Counselling Agency (ERYICA);

- European Youth Card Association (EYCA);

- European Youth Forum.

The “Pool of European Youth Researchers” (PEYR), co-operating with the Council of Europe Youth Department and the European Commission in the framework of their partnership in the field of youth, will be invited to send a representative, without the right to vote. The expenses of this representative are borne by the Council of Europe in derogation from Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

Working methods

Meetings:

50 members, 2 meetings in 2012, 3 days

50 members, 2 meetings in 2013, 3 days

Meetings to be held in parallel with the meetings of the Advisory Council on Youth and including the meetings of the Joint Council on Youth.

Bureau:

8 members, including the Chair and Vice-Chair

2 meetings of 2 days each per year, held in parallel with the meetings of the Bureau of the Advisory Council on Youth and including the meetings of the Bureau of the Joint Council on Youth.

The rules of procedure of the Committee are governed by Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

Additional working methods:

Special meetings/events involving members of the CDEJ.

The meetings of the CDEJ are held at the European Youth Centres of the Council of Europe. The Secretary General may authorise the holding of meetings elsewhere, in particular, in other Council of Europe premises, in accordance with the principles of sound management and within the resources available

Advisory Council on Youth (CCJ)

Set up by the Committee of Ministers under Article 17 of the Statute of the Council of Europe and in accordance with Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods

Terms of Reference valid from 1 January 2012 until 31 December 2013

Main tasks

Under the authority of the Committee of Ministers, the Advisory Council on Youth (CCJ) will advise the Committee of Ministers on all questions relating to youth. Taking due account of relevant transversal perspectives, the overall aim is to act as the non-governmental partner in the co-management structures of the youth sector (the governmental partner being the European Steering Committee for Youth, CDEJ); the CCJ and CDEJ co-operate within the Joint Council on Youth (CMJ) in order to establish the priorities of the Council of Europe youth sector. With this purpose, the Advisory Council on Youth is instructed to:

(i) contribute to the mainstreaming of youth policies across the Council of Europe programme of activities by formulating opinions and proposals on general or specific questions concerning youth in the Council of Europe; where appropriate, to address these opinions and proposals to the Committee of Ministers or other bodies of the Council of Europe. The Advisory Council on Youth may also be invited by the Committee of Ministers to formulate opinions on general or specific questions concerning youth policy;
(ii) formulate opinions and proposals concerning the priorities, expected results and budget allocations for the youth sector;
(iii) designate every two years, from among its members, those who shall be invited to be represented in the Programming Committee on Youth (CPJ), the co-management body in charge of establishing the programme of activities of the youth sector;
(iv) contribute to the preparation of the 9th Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for youth (Russian Federation, 2012).

Pillar / Sector / Programme

Pillar: Democracy

Sector: Sustainable democratic societies

Programme:17

(i) Addressing crisis situations: post-conflict and natural catastrophes – Major Natural and Technological Disasters (EUR-OPA);

(ii) Promoting a socially cohesive and sustainable society – Secretariat of the Council of Europe Development Bank;

(iii) Culture and democracy: cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue – Cultural routes, North-South Centre, Eurimages and European Audiovisual Observatory;

(iv) Democratic Citizenship through Education, Culture and Youth Policies – European Centre for Modern Languages;

(v) European Youth Centres – European Youth Foundation – Youth Mobility through the Youth Card.

Expected results

The Advisory Council on Youth is a non-governmental consultative body working within the co-management structures. Inasmuch as it expresses opinions and makes proposals on the priorities, expected results and budget allocations for the youth sector, it relates to the expected results of activities to be supervised by the Joint Council on Youth in the sectors “Democratic governance” and “Sustainable democratic societies”.

Composition

Members:

30 members:

(i) 7 representatives of national youth councils properly constituted in the member states of the Council of Europe, and the other states which participate in the activities of the two bodies by virtue of Articles 3 and 7 of the Statute of the Foundation and Articles IV and V of the Statute of the Centre, designated by the Committee of Ministers on the proposal of the European Youth Forum

(ii) 13 representatives of international non-governmental youth organisations (INGYOs) designated by the Committee of Ministers on the proposal of the European Youth Forum

(iii) 10 representatives of non-governmental youth organisations or networks, not members of the European Youth Forum, designated by the Committee of Ministers on the proposal of the Secretary General.

The Council of Europe budget will bear the travelling and subsistence expenses of these representatives.

Participants:

The Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe may send one representative, without the right to vote and at the charge of its administrative budget:

Observers:

The European Youth Forum may send one representative, without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses.

The Pool of European Youth Researchers (PEYR), co-operating with the Council of Europe Youth Department and the European Commission in the framework of their partnership in the field of youth, will be invited to send a representative without the right to vote. The expenses of this representative are borne by the Council of Europe in derogation from Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

Working methods

Meetings:

2 meetings in 2012, 3 days

2 meetings in 2013, 3 days

Bureau:

5 members including the Chair and Vice-Chair.

2 meetings of 2 days each per year, held in parallel with the meetings of the Bureau of the European Steering Committee for Youth and including the meetings of the Bureau of the Joint Council on Youth.

The Advisory Council on Youth will establish its rules of procedure in derogation from the provisions of Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

Additional working methods:

Special meetings/events involving CCJ members.

Joint Council on Youth (CMJ)

Set up by the Committee of Ministers under Article 17 of the Statute of the Council of Europe and in accordance with Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods

Terms of Reference valid from 1 January 2012 until 31 December 2013

Main tasks

Under the authority of the Committee of Ministers, the Joint Council on Youth (CMJ) will oversee the Council of Europe’s programme in the field of youth and advise the Committee of Ministers on all questions within its area of competence. Taking due account of relevant transversal perspectives, the Joint Council on Youth, within the framework of the Council of Europe policy established by the Committee of Ministers, is the youth policy-making body of the youth sector, bringing together the members of the European Steering Committee for Youth (CDEJ) and the Advisory Council on Youth (CCJ). With this purpose, the Joint Council on Youth is instructed to:

(i) develop, jointly between member states and non-governmental youth organisations, standards of European youth policy with a view to submitting them, where appropriate, to the Committee of Ministers and other relevant bodies of the Council of Europe;

(ii) prepare the priorities and expected results of the youth sector, and apportion the budgetary means available within the political and budgetary framework established by the Committee of Ministers

(iii) establish the structure and programme policy of the youth sector;

(iv) contribute to the effective mainstreaming of youth policies across the Council of Europe’s programme of activities;

(v) contribute to transversal activities of the Council of Europe involving youth

(vi) evaluate on a regular basis the implementation of Resolution CM/Res(2008)23 on the Council of Europe policy in the field of youth;

(vii) contribute to the preparation of the 9th Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Youth (Russian Federation, 2012) and ensure, as appropriate, the follow-up of any decision taken by the Committee of Ministers subsequent to the Conference;

(viii) identify opportunities for Council of Europe input and/or complementary Council of Europe action and programmes, taking into account the activities of other international organisations, in particular the European Union, the United Nations and the OSCE.

Pillar / Sector / Programme

Pillar: Democracy

Sector: Democratic governance

Programme: Democratic governance through education, culture and youth policies

Sector: Sustainable democratic societies

Programme:

(i) Addressing crisis situations: post-conflict and natural catastrophes;

(ii) Promoting a socially cohesive and sustainable society;

(iii) Culture and Democracy: cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue;

(iv) Democratic citizenship through education, culture and youth policies;

(v) European Youth Centres – European Youth Foundation – Youth Mobility through the Youth Card.

Expected results

Programme: Democratic governance through education, culture and youth policies

Standards and instruments of youth and children policy are developed.

Programme: Addressing crisis situations: post-conflict and natural catastrophes

The role of Youth Ambassadors for Peace and youth work addressing conflict situations is further promoted and supported.

Programme: Promoting a socially cohesive and sustainable society

Innovative practice and youth policy standards are promoted to make social rights and social inclusion a reality for young people.

Programme: Culture and Democracy: cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue

(i) Young people are involved in intercultural dialogue and the fight against discrimination;

(ii) Intercultural dialogue with young people in neighbouring regions is enhanced;

Programme: Democratic citizenship through education, culture and youth policies

Educational resources are developed to help young people to learn and act for human rights and democracy.

Programme: European Youth Centres – European Youth Foundation – Youth Mobility through the Youth Card

(i) Council of Europe standards are promoted through the European Youth Centres;

(ii) Council of Europe standards are promoted through the European Youth Foundation;

(iii) the Youth Card scheme is developed, particularly at European level in the best interest of young people, with a view to facilitating their mobility as well as their access to the various goods and services necessary for their personal and cultural development.

Composition

Members:

The members of the European Steering Committee for Youth (CDEJ) and the members of the Advisory Council on Youth (CCJ).

The Council of Europe will bear the travel and subsistence expenses of each member (two in the case of the state whose representative has been elected Chair).

Participants:

The participants in the European Steering Committee for Youth (CDEJ) and the Advisory Council on Youth (CCJ), without the right to vote and at the charge of their corresponding administrative budgets

Observers:

The observers in the European Steering Committee for Youth (CDEJ) and the Advisory Council on Youth (CCJ), without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses

The “Pool of European Youth Researchers” (PEYR), co-operating with the Council of Europe Youth Department and the European Commission in the framework of their partnership in the field of youth, will be invited to send a representative without the right to vote. The expenses of this representative are borne by the Council of Europe in derogation from Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods;

Working methods

Meetings:

2012: 2 meetings during the meetings of the CDEJ and Advisory Council on Youth

2013: 2 meetings during the meetings of the CDEJ and Advisory Council on Youth

Bureau:

The Bureau of the Joint Council on Youth is formed by the Bureau of the CDEJ (8 members) and Bureau of the Advisory Council on Youth (5 members). It will hold two meetings each year during the meetings of the Bureau of the CDEJ and Bureau of the Advisory Council on Youth.

Decisions are taken by consensus. The Chair and the Vice-Chair of the Joint Council are the Chair of the European Steering Committee for Youth (CDEJ) and the Chair of the Advisory Council on Youth (CCJ). They will exercise their function as Chair and Vice-Chair of the Joint Council alternately during one year.

The Committee will also appoint a gender Equality Rapporteur from amongst its members.

The rules of procedure of the Committee are governed by Resolution [CM/Res(2011) …] on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

Additional working methods:
Special meetings/events involving members of the Joint Council.

Subordinate structure: Programming Committee on Youth (CPJ)

In order to prepare the decisions on the complex annual programmes of the European Youth Centres, and on the grants to be made by the European Youth Foundation, the Joint Council on Youth is assisted by a subordinate committee bringing together representatives of member states and non-governmental youth organisations (“co-management”).

Main tasks:

(i) to establish, according to the decisions of the Joint Council on Youth on the priorities and expected results of the youth sector, and on the apportionment of the budgetary means available, the programmes of the European Youth Centres (Strasbourg and Budapest) and of the European Youth Foundation;

(ii) to monitor the implementation and ensure follow-up of the Centres' and the Foundation’s programmes.

Composition:

Members:
Up to sixteen members:

(i) up to eight members of the European Steering Committee for Youth (CDEJ) representing governments from the member states of the Council of Europe, designated by the CDEJ with due regard to a well-balanced geographical distribution;
(ii) up to eight members of the Advisory Council on Youth (CCJ), designated by the CCJ.

The Council of Europe will bear the travel and subsistence expenses of each member.

Participants:
The European Commission may send representatives to the meetings of the Programming Committee, without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses.

Observers:
The European Youth Forum may send representatives to meetings of the Programming Committee without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses.

Working methods of Programming Committee on Youth:

2012: 2 meetings of 2 days each

2013: 2 meetings of 2 days each

The decisions of the Programming Committee are taken by a two-thirds majority of votes cast and by a majority of its members entitled to sit.

A member of the Programming Committee representing an organisation which has applied for funding through either the European Youth Centre or the European Youth Foundation shall not have the right to participate in the decisions concerning this application. The voting procedure specified above will be adjusted accordingly.

The Programming Committee shall elect, for a period of two years, by an absolute majority of its members, its chair and vice-chair from among its members entitled to vote. The chair and the vice-chair shall not be elected simultaneously from among the governmental representatives or from among the non-governmental representatives. Each of these two functions shall be exercised alternately by a governmental representative and a non-governmental representative during half of the biennial period. If no candidate is elected in the first ballot, a second vote shall be taken in which the candidate obtaining a simple majority of votes cast is elected. No member may be re-elected as chair or vice-chair.

The Secretary General shall refer to the Committee of Ministers any decision of the Programming Committee concerning the Centre and the Foundation which he considers to be incompatible with the role and aims of the Centre and the Foundation, as defined in Article I of the Statute of the Centre and Article 1 of the Statute of the Foundation respectively. In such a case, the Secretary General may suspend execution of the decision until the Committee of Ministers has ruled thereon.

PILLARS: HUMAN RIGHTS and DEMOCRACY

European Committee for Social Cohesion (CDCS)

Set up by the Committee of Ministers under Article 17 of the Statute of the Council of Europe and in accordance with Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods

Terms of reference valid from 1 January 2012 until 31 December 2013

Main tasks

Under the authority of the Committee of Ministers, the CDCS will oversee all aspects of the Council of Europe’s work in the field of social cohesion and advise the Committee of Ministers on all questions within its area of competence. Taking due account of relevant transversal perspectives, the overall aim is to promote socially cohesive and sustainable societies and to ensure the protection of human dignity. With this purpose, the CDCS is instructed to:

(i) promote and facilitate implementation of the New Strategy for Social Cohesion and the related Council of Europe Action Plan for Social Cohesion;

(ii) study, analyse and evaluate trends and challenges to social cohesion and hold regular exchanges of views and information on practices related to social cohesion with Council of Europe member states, as well as with relevant international organisations, including in particular the European Union, relevant non-governmental organisations and other stakeholders;

(iii) develop and promote guidelines, tools and cooperation projects for policy implementation and evaluation, particularly in areas relating to social protection including its health dimension, children and families, employment, non-discrimination, migration (in particular from the point of view of integration), the fight against poverty and contribute to the development of national social policies, in connection with relevant Council of Europe standards (and in particular with the European Social Charter, the revised European Social Charter and the European Code of Social Security);

(iv) keep under review the evolution of policies and standards for social cohesion in member states, in the light of relevant legal instruments and tools of the Council of Europe, without pursuing activities relating to monitoring;

(v) mainstream social cohesion in relevant Council of Europe bodies and activities, in particular on issues related to social inequalities, social responsibilities, social protection and to living together in pluralistic societies;

(vi) oversee the promotion, implementation and follow-up of the “Council of Europe Action Plan to promote the rights and full participation of people with disabilities in society: improving the quality of life of people with disabilities in Europe 2006-2015” (Recommendation Rec(2006)5);

(vii) contribute to the preparation of the Second Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Social Cohesion (Istanbul, 2012) and, as appropriate, to the follow-up decisions taken by the Committee of Ministers;

(viii) identify opportunities for Council of Europe input and/or complementary Council of Europe action and programmes, taking into account the activities of other international organisations, in particular the European Union, the United Nations and the OSCE;

(ix) conduct a strategic reflection on the ways of increasing impact and effectiveness of the Council of Europe policies and tools for social cohesion in member states.

Pillar/ Sector/ Programme

Pillar: Democracy

Sector: Sustainable Democratic Societies

Programme: Promoting a Socially Cohesive and Sustainable Society

Pillar: Human Rights
Sector:
Promoting Human Rights

Programme: Equality and Diversity (People with disabilities)

Expected results

Expected results 2012-2013:

(i) The Council of Europe Action Plan for Social Cohesion are promoted and implemented in member states, including, as appropriate, through technical assistance projects and cooperation activities;

(ii) member states are provided with a tool to facilitate youth transition to active life taking into account the standards and priorities of European Youth policies;

(iii) member states are guided in developing policies aimed at building a secure future for all;

(iv) a Network of Territories/Pilot projects of Shared Social Responsibilities – aimed at strengthening social cohesion, fighting poverty and any form of discrimination – is set up;

(v) the 2nd Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Social Cohesion (Istanbul, October 2012) adopts a political declaration on the theme “Building a secure future for all” to serve as a major guideline for effective and innovative social cohesion policies on this theme;

Composition

Members:

Governments of member states are invited to designate one representative of the highest possible rank in the relevant field, with responsibility at the national level for the planning, development and implementation of policies relevant to the work of the Committee and appointed by their governments to co-ordinate at national level all elements of government policy relevant to the work of the Committee.

The Council of Europe will bear the travel and subsistence expenses of one representative from each member state (two in the case of the state whose representative has been elected Chair).

Member states may send other representatives without defrayal of expenses.

Each member of the committee shall have one vote. Where a government designates more than one member, only one of them is entitled to take part in the voting.

Participants:

The following may send representatives without the right to vote and at the charge of their corresponding administrative budgets:

- Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe;

- Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe;

- European Court of Human Rights;

- Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights;

- Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe;

- European Committee for Social Rights (ECSR);

- Governmental Committee of the European Social Charter and of the European Code of Social Security;

- European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI);

- Partial Agreement Co-operation Group to Combat Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in Drugs - (Pompidou Group);

- Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS);

- Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB);

- Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH);

- European Committee on Legal Co-operation (CDCJ);

- Steering Committee for Educational Policy and Practice (CDPPE);

- Steering Committee for culture, heritage and landscape (CDCPP);

- Joint Council on Youth (CMJ);

- European Committee on Local and Regional Democracy (CDLR);

- Ad hoc Committee of Experts on Roma Issues (CAHROM);

- Gender Equality Commission (GEC);

- Other Council of Europe intergovernmental committees as relevant.

The following may send representatives without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses:

- European Union (including, as appropriate, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) and the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound));

- Observer States to the Council of Europe: Canada, Holy See, Japan, Mexico, United States of America;

- States Party to the European Cultural Convention that are not member states of the Council of Europe;

- States participating in the Council of Europe Neighbourhood Policies in the Southern Mediterranean, Middle East and Central Asia;

- European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) and Confederation of European Business (EUROBUSINESS) (“social partners”);

- United Nations and UN agencies: International Labour Organisation (ILO); United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE); United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO); Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR);

- Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD);

- European Disability Forum (EDF);

- European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD);

- European Youth Forum (YFJ).

Working methods

Plenary meetings:

48 members, up to 2 meetings in 2012, 3 days, within the budgetary appropriations allocated

48 members, up to 2 meetings in 2013, 3 days, within the budgetary appropriations allocated

Bureau:

11 members, up to 2 meetings in 2012, 3 days, within the budgetary appropriations allocated

11 members, up to 2 meetings in 2013, 3 days, within the budgetary appropriations allocated

The Committee’s work shall include relevant transversal perspectives, inter alia, on gender, children and youth, in all areas of their work.

The Committee will also appoint a Gender Equality Rapporteur from amongst its members.

The rules of procedure of the Committee are governed by Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

Subject to the agenda, the Chair(s) of the subordinate structure(s) to the CDCS may be invited to attend CDCS Bureau meetings.

Subordinate structure

The CDCS provides a coordinating, supervising and monitoring role in the functioning of its subordinate body, the Committee of Experts on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CS-RPD) (see separate Terms of Reference)

PILLAR: HUMAN RIGHTS

Committee of Experts on the rights of people with disabilities (CS-RPD)

Set up by the Committee of Ministers under Article 17 of the Statute of the Council of Europe and in accordance with Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods

Terms of Reference valid from 1 January 2012 until 31 December 2013

Main tasks

Under the supervision of the European Committee for Social Cohesion, the CS-RPD shall:

(i) assist member states in the promotion, implementation and follow-up of Committee of Ministers’ Recommendation Rec(2006)5: “Council of Europe Action Plan to promote the rights and full participation of people with disabilities in society: improving the quality of life of people with disabilities in Europe 2006-2015” (‘Council of Europe Disability Action Plan 2006-2015’), Article 15 of the European Social Charter or the European Social Charter (revised) and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD), through the development of relevant national legislation, policies and practices, in the following Action Lines and Cross-cutting aspects of the Plan:

    - participation of people with disabilities in political and public life (Action Line 1);

    - protection and promotion of the rights of women and girls with disabilities (Cross-cutting aspect 4.2 );

    - protection of specifically vulnerable groups of children and young people with disabilities (Cross- cutting aspect 4.4);

    - participation in cultural life (Action Line 2);

(ii) provide a platform for the exchange of information, experience, knowledge and examples of innovative practices in a structured way, and for the development of co-operation and technical assistance projects;

(iii) effectively co-ordinate relevant intergovernmental and intra-institutional co-operation in this area, as well as co-operation with interested international organisations and observers, including civil society, and in particular organisations of and for people with disabilities;

(iv) identify opportunities for Council of Europe input and/or complementary Council of Europe action and programmes, taking into account the activities of other international organisations, in particular the European Union, the United Nations and the OSCE;

Pillar/ Sector/ Programme

Pillar: Human Rights

Sector: Promoting Human Rights

Programme: Equality and Diversity

Expected results

Expected results 2012:

(i) Member states are supported in implementing the second 5-year term of the Disability Action Plan 2006-2015 through capacity-building actions (trainings, awareness raising events take place in at least 2 member states) in 5 key action lines identified in the 2010 mid-term review report and conference (i.e. Plan’s action lines No. 4 – Education, No. 5 – Employment, vocational guidance and training, No. 6 – Built environment, No. 7 – Transport and No. 8 – Community living);

(ii) member states are provided with expertise and policy guidelines (identification and dissemination of examples of good practice and a Committee of Ministers’ Recommendation) to protect and promote the rights of the specifically vulnerable groups of children and young people with disabilities;

(iii) a Committee of Ministers’ Recommendation on participation of people with disabilities in political and public life (to be adopted by the Committee of Ministers’ in 2011)18 is promoted (co-operation activities take place in at least 1 member state);

(iv) a Committee of Ministers’ Recommendation on the human rights of women and girls with disabilities (to be adopted by the Committee of Ministers’ early in 2012) is promoted (co-operation activities take place in at least 1 member state).

Expected results 2013:

(i) Member states are supported in implementing the second 5-year term of the Disability Action Plan 2006-2015 through capacity-building actions (trainings, awareness raising events take place in at least 2 member states);

(ii) a review report on the implementation of the Plan in 5 key action lines identified in the 2010 mid-term review report and conference (see above) is prepared;

(iii) member states are provided with expertise and policy guidelines (identification and dissemination of examples of good practice and a Committee of Ministers’ Recommendation) to increase the participation of people with disabilities in cultural life, leisure, tourism and sport;

(iv) a Committee of Ministers’ Recommendation on the human rights of the specifically vulnerable groups of children and young people with disabilities (to be adopted by the Committee of Ministers’ in 2012) is promoted (co-operation activities take place in at least 2 member states).

Composition

Members:

Governments of member states are invited to appoint representatives with the relevant qualifications and/or responsibility in the field of protection and promotion for the rights of people with disabilities. The competencies of member states’ representatives to the Committee should correspond to the comprehensive multidisciplinary nature of the Council of Europe Disability Action Plan 2006-2015, and to the objectives to be reached in 2012 and 2013, respectively.

The Council of Europe budget will bear the travelling and subsistence expenses of one representative from each member state (two in the case of the state whose representative has been elected Chair).

Member states may send other representatives without defrayal of expenses.

Each member of the committee shall have one vote. Where a government designates more than one member, only one of them is entitled to take part in the voting.

Participants:

The following may send representatives without the right to vote and at the charge of their corresponding administrative budgets:

- Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe;

- Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe;

- European Court of Human Rights;

- Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights;

- Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe.

- Governmental Committee of the European Social Charter and of the European Code of Social Security;

- Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS);

- Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB);

- Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH);

- European Committee on Legal Cooperation (CDCJ);

- Joint Council on Youth (CMJ);

- Gender Equality Commission (GEC);

- Steering Committee for Education Policy and Practice (CDPPE);

- Steering Committee for Culture, Heritage and Landscape (CDCPP);

- Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (CDMSI);

- Other Council of Europe intergovernmental committees as appropriate.

The following may send representatives without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses:

- The European Union (including as appropriate the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA));

- Observer States to the Council of Europe: Canada, Holy See, Japan, Mexico, United States of America;

- United Nations Organisation (UN);

- United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO);

- United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF);

- World Health Organisation (WHO);

- International Labour Organisation (ILO);

- United Nations Development Programme (UNDP);

- Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR);

- Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR);

- Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD);

- Nordic Centre for Welfare and Social Issues (NVC) under the aegis of the Nordic Council of Ministers.

Observers:

The following organisations may send representatives without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses:

- European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD);

- European Disability Forum (EDF);

- Rehabilitation International (RI).

Working methods

Meetings:

48 members, 1 meeting in 2012, 3 days

48 members, 1 meeting in 2013, 3 days

The Committee’s work shall include relevant transversal perspectives, inter alia, on gender, children and youth, in all areas of their work.

The Committee will also appoint a Gender Equality Rapporteur from amongst its members.

The rules of procedure of the Committee are governed by Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

Appendix - Budgetary information

The table below includes changes agreed in the Rapporteur groups to the terms of reference concerning the membership, frequency and/or duration of meetings of the intergovernmental structures.


1 European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines and Healthcare.

2 These Conventions include in particular: ETS No. 24 (Extradition, and Additional Protocols ETS Nos 86, 98 and 209), 30 (Mutual assistance in criminal matters and Additional Protocols ETS Nos 99 and 182), 51 (Supervision of Conditionally sentenced or Conditionally released Offenders), 70 (International validity of criminal judgments), 73 (Transfer of criminal proceedings), 112 (Transfer of sentenced persons and its Protocol ETS No. 167).

3 On the basis of the elements presented, notably, in the following documents: Proposals of the PC-OC concerning normative and practical measures to improve the operation of relevant conventions (PC-OC (2008) 05 and 06), approved by the CDPC at its 56th plenary session (CDPC (2007) 23).

4 Conventions as quoted in footnote 2.

5 Idem.

6 CM Recommendation Rec(2006)2.

7 CM Recommendation No. R (92)16.

8 CM Recommendation Rec(2008)11.

9 CM Recommendation Rec(2010)1.

10 As considered appropriate by each state.

11 European Cultural Convention (STE 018); European Convention on the Protection of the Archaeological Heritage (STE 143), Convention for the Protection of the Architectural Heritage of Europe (STE 121); European Landscape Convention (STE 176); Council of Europe Framework Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society (STE 199); European Convention on Cinematographic Co-Production (STE 147); European Convention for the Protection of Audio-Visual Heritage (STE 183), and development of new standards as required.

12 Such as the Compendium, HEREIN, ELCIS and CultureWatchEurope.

13 Ongoing exercises in 2012/13 include Turkey, the Russian Federation, Azerbaijan and Moldova.

14 See footnote 1 for the list of Conventions concerned.

15 The following countries participate in the Kyiv Initiative: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus.

16 All references to Kosovo, whether the territory, institutions or population, in this text shall be understood in full compliance with United Nation’s Security Council Resolution 1244 and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo.

17 The Advisory Council on Youth is an advisory body and does not conduct any programme.

18 This draft recommendation will be submitted to the Ministers’ Deputies for adoption on 16 November 2011.



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