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Statutory Report 2012

1. General questions
Sessions of the Committee of Ministers
Conferences of Specialised Ministers
Partial Agreements
Internal functioning
Appointments to high-level Council of Europe posts

 

At their 1158th meeting (12-13 December 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1158/1.7), the Deputies agreed to hold the 2013 Council of Europe Exchange on the religious dimension of intercultural dialogue in Armenia (date to be determined).

At their 1158th meeting (12-13 December 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1158/1.4), the Deputies agreed that their first thematic debate for 2013 would be on “Ways to improve the impact of the Council of Europe monitoring mechanisms” (14 March 2013).

At their 1156th meeting (28 November 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1156/1.5), the Deputies agreed to set up an open Ad hoc Working Party of the Committee of Ministers on the Future of the European Centre for Global Interdependence and Solidarity (North-South Centre) (GT-CNS) whose mandate would be to:

i.          on the basis of all relevant texts and discussions already held, reflect on the future of the North-South Centre;
ii.          consider the question of the required minimum number of participants of the Enlarged Partial Agreement in the light of Resolution Res(96)36 establishing the criteria for Partial and Enlarged Agreements of the Council of Europe, as amended by Resolution CM/Res(2010)2;
iii.         make proposals on the above matters before 31 May 2013. 

The Deputies agreed that the mandate of the Working Party would expire once they had finished their examination of these proposals and they agreed that this Ad hoc Working Party would be open to the member States of the North-South Centre, to all member States of the Council of Europe, to the European Union and to observer States, as well as to the North-South Centre quadrilogue partners (Parliamentary Assembly, European Parliament, Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, EU Committee of Regions, INGO Conference).  They requested those interested in the position of Chair of the Working Party to inform the Chairperson in writing, before Friday 7 December 2012 (at 12 noon).

At their 1155th meeting (21 November 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1155/1.5), the Deputies adopted the Declaration of the Committee of Ministers on the Resolution on a moratorium on the death penalty at the United Nations.

At their 1154th meeting (14 November 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1154/1.7), the Deputies took note of the information memorandum prepared by the Secretariat (CM(2012)138) drawing up a review of the follow-up given by the Committee of Ministers to recommendations adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly to which replies are still pending, up to and including Recommendation 2003 (2012) adopted at the third part of its 2012 Session (Strasbourg, 25-29 June 2012). They instructed the Secretariat to submit to them the Parliamentary Assembly recommendations for appropriate follow-up action in accordance with the indications set out in this document and with due consideration to providing an early and substantial reply to the Parliamentary Assembly texts. The Deputies agreed to declassify document CM(2012)138 and to forward it to the Parliamentary Assembly for information.

At their 1154th meeting (14 November 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1154/1.6), the Deputies took note of the CDDH final report on the simplified procedure for amendment of certain provisions of the European Convention on Human Rights (CM(2012)105 add), and agreed to return to this issue once work has been completed on the priority issues set out in the Committee of Ministers’ decisions for the current biennium.

At their 1153rd meeting (24 October 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1153/1.8), the Deputies welcomed the initiative of the Swedish Government and the Hungarian Parliament and agreed to establish the Council of Europe “Raoul Wallenberg” Prize – instituted jointly by the Council of Europe, the Swedish Government and the Hungarian Parliament – in order to reward extraordinary humanitarian achievements by a single individual, a group of individuals or an organisation. They noted that the prize would be awarded in accordance with the Regulations for the Council of Europe “Raoul Wallenberg” Prize.

At their 1153rd meeting (24 October 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1153/1.7), the Deputies took note of the conclusions and proposed follow-up of the 2012 Council of Europe Exchange on the religious dimension of intercultural dialogue (GR-C(2012)17 final) and agreed to include them in the file of the Ministerial Conference on “Diversity in Europe, a strength for the future”, organised by the Albanian Chairmanship in Tirana on 8 and 9 November 2012.

At their 1152nd meeting (10 October 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1152/1.6), the Deputies took note of the state of preparation of their 1153bis meeting to be held in Tirana on 9 November 2012 for the transfer of chairmanship between the outgoing and the incoming Chairs and took note of the draft agenda and draft annotated agenda of their 1153bis meeting.

At their 1152nd meeting (10 October 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1152/1.4), the Deputies agreed that their next thematic debate would be on “Freedom of religion and the situation of religious minorities”, to be held at their 1158th meeting (13 December 2012).

At their 1149th meeting (12 September 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1149/1.7), the Deputies adopted the reply to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1991 (2012) on “Guaranteeing the authority and effectiveness of the European Convention on Human Rights”.

At their 1149th meeting (12 September 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1149/1.6), the Deputies took note of the Statutory Declaration made by Ms Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni according to Article 36.e of the Statute of the Council of Europe in her capacity of Deputy Secretary General for a term of office of three years starting on 1 September 2012.

At their 1147th meeting (4 and 6 July 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1147/1.10), the Deputies, with regard to documents distributed at the request of delegations, agreed as follows:

The Secretariat of the Committee of Ministers distributes documents for discussion in the meetings of the Committee of Ministers and its subsidiary groups.

A delegation may request the Secretariat to distribute a working document for an item on the agenda of the meetings of the Deputies or their subsidiary groups or for an item which will appear on the draft agenda.

A request for the distribution of such a document shall be accompanied by a covering letter of the Permanent Representative. This applies in all cases except for written texts of oral statements made during a meeting and draft amendments formulated during a debate.

The Secretariat will distribute the document with the following mention on each page of the document:
Documents distributed at the request of a Representative shall be under the sole responsibility of the said Representative, without prejudice to the legal or political position of the Committee of Ministers.” 

If documents do not fall into the above category, delegations may make their own arrangements for their distribution.

Documents distributed by the Secretariat will be accessible in the electronic database of the Committee of Ministers.

At their 1147th meeting (4 and 6 July 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1147/1.9), the Deputies took note of the state of signature and ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (CETS No. 197); the Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse (CETS No. 201); and the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (CETS No. 210).  They invited the States that have not yet done so, to consider signing and ratifying these treaties as soon as possible and noted that their Chair intended to come back to this question towards the end of the Albanian Chairmanship to take stock of the progress made.

At their 1147th meeting (4 and 6 July 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1147/1.8), the Deputies reaffirmed the importance of education in the values of the Council of Europe for the promotion of cohesive democratic societies, respectful of human rights, equal opportunity and diversity.  They welcomed the initiative of the delegation of Andorra to give follow-up to this theme in the framework of its future chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers.

The Deputies agreed that the Council of Europe should optimise its action in the field of human rights education and education for democratic citizenship, including through the promotion of the Council of Europe Charter on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education (CM/Rec(2010)7) and in the light of the White Paper on Intercultural Dialogue launched by the Committee of Ministers, as well as the report of the Group of Eminent Persons. They invited the CDPPE to take account, in the implementation of its terms of reference, of the orientations and priorities identified in their debate, in particular in:
i.          its work on programmes for training the trainers (Pestalozzi Programme);
ii.          the preparation and dissemination of good practices in the field of intercultural dialogue;
iii.         the preparation of a reference framework for the development of intercultural competences as a core element of the mainstream curricula.

The Deputies asked the CDPPE to prepare concrete proposals – including considering the feasibility and advisability of developing descriptors of competences – to optimise, within available budgetary resources, the action of the Council of Europe in the field of education for human rights and for democratic citizenship, to be discussed in the context of the draft Programme and Budget 2014-2015. These proposals should be based on a flexible approach, taking into account the specificities of different education systems, as well as the initiatives undertaken by other international organisations.

At their 1147th meeting (4 and 6 July 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1147/1.7), the Deputies appointed Professor Rainer Hofmann as alternate to the independent person to sit on the organs of the Agency for a term of office coming to an end on 1 July 2017.

At their 1147th meeting (4 and 6 July 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1147/1.6), the Deputies adopted the reply to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1999 (2012) on “Follow-up by the Committee of Ministers to the work of the Parliamentary Assembly”.

At their 1147th meeting (4 and 6 July 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1147/1.4), the Deputies agreed that their next thematic debate to be held on 18 September 2012 would be on “Discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity”, notably the implications that freedom of expression may have on this theme;

At their 1146th meeting (20 June 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1146/1.6), the Deputies took note of the conclusions and proposals for practical follow-up to the 2011 Council of Europe Exchange on the religious dimension of intercultural dialogue (GR‑C(2012)3 final).  The Deputies instructed the Secretariat to forward them to the steering committees concerned so that they can take them into account, where appropriate, in all relevant projects included in the 2012-2013 Programme and Budget.  They also instructed the Secretariat to forward the proposals to the participants in the Exchange so that they too can consider any appropriate action that might be taken.  The Deputies agreed that the decision on the proposals of possible operational follow-up to be given to the Exchange will be taken when examining the draft Programme and Budget 2014-2015, taking into account the strategic priorities of the Organisation.

At their 1146th meeting (20 June 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1146/1.5), the Deputies welcomed the report of the Secretary General on the review of Council of Europe conventions (SG/Inf(2012)12 and SG/Inf(2012)12 add) and entrusted the GR‑J with examining the proposals contained therein. 

At their 1145th meeting (13 June 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1145/1.8), the Deputies appointed Mrs Maud De Boer-Buquicchio as an independent person to sit on the organs of the Agency for a term of office coming to an end on 1 July 2017.

At their 1142nd meeting (9 May 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1142/1.7), the Deputies took note of the theme and sub-themes of the 2012 Exchange, namely:

Theme: “Taking responsibility for tomorrow’s Europe: the role of young people in the religious dimension of intercultural dialogue”
Sub-theme I: “Raising young people’s awareness of common values and their transmission: the role of parents for education, interaction between the family and educators, intergenerational relations”
Sub-theme II: “Solidarity and values: how solidarity and values are rooted in religions and non-religious convictions, what are the issues that can unite young people?”
Sub-theme III: “Responsibility of young people for the promotion of understanding, respect and dialogue: risks and potential in the representation of religions and non-religious convictions, in particular in the new media”.

At their 1141st meeting (2 May 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1141/1.8), the Deputies agreed to invite delegations and the Secretary General of the Council of Europe to propose suitable candidates for appointment as an independent person to sit on the organs of the Agency.  They agreed that the candidates’ applications and curriculum vitae must be sent to the Secretariat of the Committee of Ministers by 31 May 2012 at the latest and agreed to appoint the independent person – and his/her alternate – at their 1145th meeting (13‑14 June 2012).

At their 1140th meeting (11 and 12 April 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1140/1.4), the Deputies took note that the 2012 Council of Europe Exchange on the religious dimension of intercultural dialogue would take place on 3 and 4 September 2012 in Tirana (Albania).

At their 1139th meeting (4 April 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1139/1.4), the Deputies agreed that their next thematic debate for 2012 would be on “Living together implies having a level of common competences as regards intercultural and democratic dialogue, as well as a system of attitudes, behaviour and common values. Can these be taught?” and would be held on 14 June 2012.

At their 1138th meeting (28 March 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1138/1.6), the Deputies agreed to hold the 2012 Council of Europe Exchange on the religious dimension of intercultural dialogue in Albania, on 6 and 7 September 2012.

At their 1137th meeting (14 March 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1137/1.7), the Deputies adopted the Council of Europe Strategy 2012-2015 on Internet Governance (CM(2011)175 final).  They then invited their TC-INF to follow closely the Strategy and invited the Secretary General to provide them with a mid-term report on the Strategy by 31 January 2014.

At their 1137th meeting (14 March 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1137/1.6), the Deputies welcomed the measures taken to reinforce co-ordination and synergies between the monitoring bodies and invited them to continue in this direction, and to report back in due time.  They also took note of the report on the meetings held in 2011 between the presidents of the monitoring bodies of the Council of Europe (CM(2012)30).

At their 1134th meeting (15-16 February 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1134/1.7), the Deputies agreed to task the GR-SOC with the preparation of items relating to the European Social Charter (decisions to be taken under the Charter’s collective complaints’ system and under the reporting system and related issues) for a trial period of six months. They agreed to evaluate it at the end of this trial period.

At their 1134th meeting (15-16 February 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1134/1.6), the Deputies approved the revised guidelines for the reform and modernisation of the Committee's working methods (CM(2011)96 final). They instructed the Secretariat to compile the various reference texts governing their working methods into one single clear and user friendly handbook and instructed the GT-REF.INST to consider possible further amendments to their working methods on the basis of concrete and targeted proposals to be submitted before 15 April 2012.

At their 1132nd meeting (1 February 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1132/1.4), the Deputies agreed that their first thematic debate for 2012 would be on “Protection of Journalists” and would be held on 29 March 2012.

At their 1131st meeting (18 January 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1131/1.8), the Deputies adopted the reply to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1951 (2011) on the “Follow-up to the reform of the Council of Europe”.

At their 1131st meeting (18 January 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1131/1.2), the Deputies decided to cancel their 1133rd meeting (8 February 2012) and add the items to be discussed on that day to the agenda of their 1134th meeting (15-16 February 2012).

At their 1130th meeting (11 January 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1130/1.4), the Deputies took note of the letter received from Ambassador Tatiana Pârvu concerning the use in all circumstances of the official name of her country, the Republic of Moldova, and that this notification would not affect the alphabetical order in the Committee of Ministers.

 

Sessions of the Committee of Ministers

At their 1145th meeting (13 June 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1145/1.6), the Deputies, on the basis of the decisions taken and the discussions held at the 122nd Session of the Committee of Ministers:

On the itemSecuring the long-term effectiveness of the supervisory mechanism of the European Convention on Human Rights”, the Deputies instructed the GT‑REF.ECHR to steer the implementation of the Brighton Declaration, ensuring that the deadlines fixed by the Declaration and by the decisions taken by the Committee of Ministers at its 122nd Session are met, in order to allow for the Deputies to report back at the 123rd Ministerial Session (16 May 2013).  They instructed their Working Party, in this context, to follow the implementation by the different stakeholders (States Parties to the Convention, ECHR, Secretary General) of the measures falling within their respective remits.  The Deputies also instructed their Working Party to give appropriate follow-up to paragraphs 9f(i), 9g, 20j, 25b (where the procedures for the election of judges were concerned), 29b, 29c and 35b of the Brighton Declaration and agreed to extend the mandate of their Working Party to the end of 2015.

On the item “Policy of the Council of Europe towards neighbouring regions”, the Deputies instructed their Rapporteur Group on External Relations (GR-EXT) to continue following the development of the policy of the Council of Europe towards neighbouring regions and, in this context, to examine the follow-up to be given to the proposals made by delegations on this matter at the 122nd Ministerial Session, and to the Secretary General's proposal for the establishment of a new status for non‑member States.

At its 122nd Session (23 May 2012) (CM(2012)PVadd1 item2), the Committee of Ministers took note of the measures taken to date to implement the Interlaken and Izmir Declarations and invited all the parties concerned to comply with the deadlines set by these documents which have not yet expired.  The Committee welcomed the measures taken by the Court to increase its effectiveness and to deal with the clearly inadmissible applications pending before it, and encouraged the Court to make full use of the potential of Protocol No. 14, while observing that, notwithstanding the encouraging nature of the initial results obtained under Protocol No. 14, this instrument alone did not offer a sustainable and complete solution to the difficulties encountered by the Convention system.

The Committee of Ministers endorsed the declaration unanimously adopted on the occasion of the High-level Conference on the Future of the European Court of Human Rights, which took place in Brighton on 19 and 20 April 2012, and paid homage to the United Kingdom authorities for this initiative.  It expressed its determination to implement, as a priority, the Brighton Declaration and instructed its Deputies to manage this process.

The Committee of Ministers asked its Deputies to follow up paragraphs 9f(i), 9g, 20j, 25b (where the procedures for the election of judges were concerned), 29b, 29c and 35b of the Brighton Declaration, if need be through their responsible Rapporteur Groups, and, where paragraphs 29b and 29c were concerned, in co-operation with the CDDH. 

It instructed the CDDH to submit by 15 April 2013:
1.         a draft protocol amending the European Convention on Human Rights on the questions dealt with in paragraphs 12b, 15a, 15c, 25d and 25f of the Brighton Declaration;
2.         a draft optional protocol to the European Convention on Human Rights relating to advisory opinions, following up paragraph 12d of the Brighton Declaration;
3.         its conclusions and possible proposals for action in response to paragraphs 12e and 20d of the Brighton Declaration;

by 15 October 2013:
1.         a guide to good practice in respect of domestic remedies and a toolkit to inform public officials about the State’s obligations under the Convention, further to paragraph 9f (ii) and (iii) of the Brighton Declaration;
2.         its conclusions and possible proposals for action to follow up paragraphs 20c, 20e, 25b (where the re-examination of the functioning of the Advisory Panel of Experts on Candidates for Election as Judge to the Court was concerned) and 29d of the Brighton Declaration;

by 15 March 2015:
a report containing its opinions and possible proposals in response to paragraphs 35c to 35f of the Brighton Declaration.

The Committee of Ministers invited member States to take the measures which the Brighton Declaration requires of them and to report to it by 15 March 2014.  It invited the Secretary General to create a special account and to define its specific aim and methods in order to help the Court to deal with its backlog of cases.  The Committee of Ministers then invited the Court and the Secretary General to implement the part of the Brighton Declaration which concerns them directly and to co-operate when this is relevant and to inform the Committee of Ministers of the progress made in this respect by 15 October 2013.  It instructed its Deputies to report to it at the next Session on the measures taken.

At its 122nd Session (23 May 2012) (CM(2012)PVadd1 item3), the Committee of Ministers welcomed the measures taken since the 121st Ministerial Session with a view to implementing the Council of Europe policy towards neighbouring regions and, in particular, the co-operation priorities agreed with Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia.  It expressed its determination to continue developing the policy on the basis of the Council of Europe’s values and instructed its Deputies to take the necessary decisions to this end with a view to reporting back to them at the next Session.

At its 122nd Session (23 May 2012) (CM(2012)PVadd1 item4), the Committee of Ministers took note of the report by the Secretary General on the implementation of the reform process.

At its 122nd Session (23 May 2012) (CM(2012)PVadd1 item8), the Committee of Ministers took note that the 123rd Session will take place in Strasbourg on 16 May 2013.  It agreed to hold the transfer of chairmanship meeting between Albania and Andorra in Tirana on 9 November 2012.

At their 1143rd meeting (16 May 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1143/1.5), the Deputies took note of the annotated agenda of the 122nd Session of the Committee of Ministers (CM(2012)OJ prov).

At their 1142nd meeting (9 May 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1142/1.5), the Deputies took note of the proposals for the items to be included on the agenda of the 122nd Session of the Committee of Ministers and of the preliminary draft programme prepared by the Chairmanship for the Session and decided to put to the Ministers for adoption the draft agenda for the 122nd Session.

At their 1141st meeting (2 May 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1141/1.7), the Deputies noted that in addition to the President of the Parliamentary Assembly, who is invited to attend all Ministerial Sessions, the Chair would also issue invitations to the following Council of Europe representatives: the President of the European Court of Human Rights; the President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe; the President of the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe and the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe.  They noted also that in addition to the Vice-President of the European Commission and High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the Secretary General of the OSCE, the Chair would also issue invitations to the Ministers for Foreign Affairs of the five observer countries.

At their 1137th meeting (14 March 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1137/1.2), the Deputies agreed that the 122nd Session of the Committee of Ministers would take place on Wednesday 23 May 2012.

 

Conferences of Specialised Ministers

At their 1147th meeting (4 and 6 July 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1147/1.5), the Deputies, concerning the 9th Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Youth (23-25 September 2012, Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation), noted that the Commissioner for Human Rights would also be invited to participate in the conference and noted that the OECD, Israel, the Palestinian National Authorities and Jordan would also be invited to attend the conference as observers.

At their 1145th meeting (13 June 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1145/1.5), concerning the 2nd Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Social Cohesion ((Istanbul, Turkey), the Deputies noted that this conference would be held on 11 and 12 October 2012 and that the sub-themes of the conference would be: “Protecting and empowering groups of vulnerable persons, particularly in times of crises” and “Achieving social sustainability through intergenerational solidarity”.  The Deputies noted that the responsible body for the conference is the Working Group of Senior Officials, in co‑operation with the CDCS and then noted who would be invited to participate in the conference, who would be invited to the conference and who would be invited to attend the conference as observers:

At their 1142nd meeting (9 May 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1142/1.6), the Deputies took note of information concerning the 9th Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Youth (St Petersburg, Russian Federation, 23-25 September 2012).

At their 1139th meeting (4 April 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1139/1.5), the Deputies, concerning the 31st Council of Europe Conference of Ministers of Justice (Vienna, Austria, 19‑21 September 2012), noted that the sub-themes of the conference would be: “Organised groups and their new ways of communicating” and “Juveniles as perpetrators and victims”.  They also took note of who would be invited to participate in the conference, invited to the conference and also to attend the conference as observers.

At their 1132nd meeting (1 February 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1132/1.5), the Deputies noted that the 31st Council of Europe Conference of Ministers of Justice would be held in Vienna from 19 to 21 September 2012 and that the theme of the conference would be “Responses of justice to urban violence”.

 

Partial Agreements

The following partial agreements are dealt with in the respective sections:

North-South Centre (see section 2)

European Audiovisual Observatory (see section 5)

Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) (see section 6)

European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines (EDQM) (see section 6)

Pompidou Group (see section 6)

EURIMAGES (see section 7)

European Centre for Modern Languages (Graz) (see section 7)

Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes (see section 7)

Partial Agreement on the Youth Card (see section 8)

Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS) (see section 8)

EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement (see section 9)

European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission) (see section 10)

Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) (see section 10)

Internal functioning

At their 1158th meeting (12-13 December 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1158/1.4), the Deputies entrusted the position of Chair of the Open Ad hoc Working Party on the Future of the European Centre for Global Interdependence and Solidarity (North-South Centre) (GT-CNS) to Ambassador Fernando Alvargonzález, Permanent Representative of Spain.

At their 1149th meeting (12 September 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1149/1.4), the Deputies entrusted the position of Chair of the Rapporteur Group on Education, Culture, Sport, Youth and Environment (GR-C) to Ambassador Luís Filipe Castro Mendes, Permanent Representative of Portugal.

At their 1145th meeting (13 June 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1145/1.9), the Deputies agreed to the proposed amendments to their working methods, as set out on pages 4, 6 and 8 of DD(2011)791.

At their 1145th meeting (13 June 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1145/1.4), the Deputies approved the Bureau’s recommendation to extend for a year the mandate of Ambassador Ehrenkrona, Permanent Representative of Sweden and Chair of the Ad hoc Working Party on Reform of the Human Rights Convention system (GT-REF.ECHR).

At their 1134th meeting (15-16 February 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1134/1.4), the Deputies entrusted the position of Chair of the Rapporteur Group on External Relations (GR-EXT) to Ambassador Laurent Dominati, Permanent Representative of France.

At their 1132nd meeting (1 February 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1132/1.4), the Deputies approved the Bureau’s recommendation that the position of Chair of the Rapporteur Group on Legal Co operation (GR-J) be entrusted to Ambassador Charles-Edouard Held, Permanent Representative of Switzerland.

Appointments to high-level Council of Europe posts

At their 1156th meeting (28 November 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1156/1.3), the Deputies approved the Secretary General’s intention to maintain Ms Mireille Paulus on the post of Secretary to the Committee of Ministers (Grade A7), in accordance with Articles 25.5.b and 25.6 of the Regulations on Appointments (Appendix II to the Staff Regulations) with effect from 1 December 2012.

At their 1154th meeting (14 November 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1154/1.3), the Deputies took note of the Secretary General’s intention to extend the appointment of Mr Zoltan Taubner on the post of Director of External Relations (Grade A6) for a further five years, in accordance with Article 25.5a of the Regulations on Appointments (Appendix II to the Staff Regulations), with effect from 7 January 2013.

At their 1154th meeting (14 November 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1154/1.3), the Deputies took note of the Secretary General’s intention to confirm Ms Olöf Olafsdottir on the post of Director of Democratic Citizenship and Participation (Grade A6) and her re-appointment for a further three years, in accordance with Article 25.5b of the Regulations on Appointments (Appendix II to the Staff Regulations), with effect from 1 December 2012.

At their 1154th meeting (14 November 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1154/1.3), the Deputies took note of the Secretary General’s intention to transfer Mr Manuel Lezertua to the post of Director of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe (Grade A6) with effect from 1 March 2013.

At their 1154th meeting (14 November 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1154/1.3), the Deputies took note of the secondment by the Portuguese Government of Ambassador Francisco Seixas da Costa as Executive Director of the North-South Centre, with effect from 1 February 2013, as well as of the Secretary General’s decision to ask Ms Antonella Cagnolati, currently Director of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe (Grade A6), to oversee the work of the Centre in the interim period.

At their 1154th meeting (14 November 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1154/1.3), the Deputies took note of the intention to appoint Mr Lawrence Early to the post of Jurisconsult (Grade A6) in the Registry of the European Court of Human Rights, in accordance with Article 61bis of the Staff regulations and with Article 25.5b of the Regulations on Appointments (Appendix II to the Staff Regulations), with effect from 1 March 2013.

At their 1154th meeting (14 November 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1154/1.3), the Deputies took note of the Secretary General’s intention to appoint Mr Anatoly Egoshkin on the post of Director of Buildings, Facility Management and Security (Logistics) (Grade A6), in accordance with Article 25.5a of the Regulations on Appointments (Appendix II to the Staff Regulations), with effect from 1 March 2013.

At their 1147th meeting (4 and 6 July 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1147/1.3), the Deputies took note of the Secretary General’s intention to appoint Mr Rafael Benitez to the post of Director of Programme, Finance and Linguistic Services (Grade A6) in accordance with Article 25.5b of the Regulations on Appointments with effect from 5 July 2012.

At their 1147th meeting (4 and 6 July 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1147/1.3), the Deputies, in accordance with Article 25.1 of the Regulations on Appointments, authorised the Secretary General to fill the vacant post of Director of Democratic Governance, Culture and Diversity (Grade A6) (Directorate General of Democracy (DG II)) without publication and took note of the Secretary General’s intention to appoint Ms Claudia Luciani to the said post with effect from 1 September 2012.

At the same meeting, the Deputies approved the suppression of the post of Director General of Programmes (Grade A7) with effect from 1 September 2012 and took note of the Secretary General’s intention to transform the post of Deputy to the Director General of Programmes (Grade A6) to Director of Programmes (Grade A6), and to ask Ms Verena Taylor, currently Head of Protocol, to act as Director of Programmes ad interim with effect from 1 September 2012 and until the appointment of the post-holder.  In accordance with Article 25.1 of the Regulations on Appointments (Appendix II of the Staff Regulations), the Deputies authorised the Secretary General to fill the post of Director of Programmes by publishing the post within the Secretariat only.

At their 1142nd meeting (9 May 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1142/1.3), the Deputies took note of the Secretary General’s intention to confirm the appointment of Mr Costas Skouras on the post of Director of Information Technology (Grade A6) and his re-appointment for a further three years in accordance with Article 25.5a of the Regulations on Appointments (Appendix II to the Staff Regulations) with effect from 1 September 2012.

At the same meeting, the Deputies took note of the Secretary General’s intention to confirm the appointment of Mr Daniel Höltgen on the post of Director of Communications (Grade A6) and his re-appointment for a further three years in accordance with Article 25.5a of the Regulations on Appointments (Appendix II to the Staff Regulations) with effect from 13 September 2012.

Also at their 1142nd meeting, the Deputies took note of the Secretary General’s intention to extend the appointment of Ms Susanne Keitel on the post of Director of the European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines and Healthcare (Grade A6) for a further five years in accordance with Article 25.5a of the Regulations on Appointments (Appendix II to the Staff Regulations) with effect from 1 October 2012.

At their 1141st meeting (2 May 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1141/1.6), the Deputies adopted Resolution CM/Res(2012)4 on the appointment to the post of Deputy Secretary General.

At their 1139th meeting (4 April 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1139/1.6), the Deputies agreed to invite the candidates for the post of Deputy Secretary General for interviews during their 1140th meeting on Thursday 12 April 2012 and instructed the Secretariat to inform the candidates of the formalities of the said interviews.

At their 1132nd meeting (1 February 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1132/1.6), the Deputies, having agreed with the Parliamentary Assembly in the Joint Committee on 26 January 2012, approved the competence framework for the post of Deputy Secretary General (CM(2011)180 final). They agreed to the Secretary General’s proposal to shorten on an exceptional basis the duration of the term of office of the next Deputy Secretary General to three years in order to ensure a sequence in the elections of Secretary General and the Deputy Secretary General, allowing complementarity between the profiles of the two post holders, and consequently adopted Resolution CM/Res(2012)1. The Deputies declared open the period of submission of candidatures for the post of Deputy Secretary General and recalled that the closing date was fixed at 31 March 2012.

At their 1132nd meeting (1 February 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1132/1.3), the Deputies took note of the Secretary General’s intention to appoint Ms Snežana Samardžić-Marković on the post of Director General of Democracy (Grade A7), in accordance with Article 25.5a of the Regulations on Appointments (Appendix II to the Staff Regulations), with effect from 1 April 2012.

At their 1132nd meeting (1 February 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1132/1.3), the Deputies took note of the Secretary General’s intention to appoint Mr Alexandre Guessel on the post of Director of Political Advice (Grade A6), in accordance with Article 25.5b of the Regulations on Appointments (Appendix II to the Staff Regulations), with effect from 15 February 2012.

At their 1132nd meeting (1 February 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1132/1.3), the Deputies took note of the Secretary General’s intention to confirm Mr Christophe Poirel on the post of Deputy Secretary to the Committee of Ministers (Grade A6) and his re-appointment for a further three years, in accordance with Article 25.5b of the Regulations on Appointments (Appendix II to the Staff Regulations), with effect from 1 April 2012.

At their 1132nd meeting (1 February 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1132/1.3), the Deputies took note of the Secretary General’s intention to confirm Mr Thomas Markert on the post of Secretary of the Venice Commission – Director (Grade A6) and his re-appointment for a further three years, in accordance with Article 25.5b of the Regulations on Appointments (Appendix II to the Staff Regulations), with effect from 1 April 2012.

At their 1132nd meeting (1 February 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1132/1.3), the Deputies took note of the Secretary General’s intention to confirm Mr Stanley Naismith on the post of Section Registrar (Grade A6) and his re-appointment for a further three years, in accordance with Article 25.5b of the Regulations on Appointments (Appendix II to the Staff Regulations), with effect from 1 July 2012.

At their 1130th meeting (11 January 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1130/1.7), the Deputies approved provisionally the draft competence framework for the post of Deputy Secretary General (CM(2011)180 prov2) and agreed to consult the Parliamentary Assembly in the Joint Committee on this basis.  They agreed provisionally to the Secretary General’s proposal to shorten on an exceptional basis the duration of the term of office of the next Deputy Secretary General to three years in order to ensure a sequence in the elections of Secretary General and the Deputy Secretary General, allowing complementarity between the profiles of the two post holders, and agreed to consult the Parliamentary Assembly in the Joint Committee on this basis.

 

 



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