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Communication on the activities of the Committee of Ministers

Statutory Report 2013


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 1187th meeting (11-12 December 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1187/1.7), the Deputies took note of the conclusions of the High-level Conference on Combating Racism, Xenophobia and Intolerance in Europe (Yerevan, 21-22 October 2013) (DD(2013)1275). They agreed to communicate the conclusions to all steering and ad hoc committees concerned, for information and for them to take into account in their future work. The Deputies also agreed to communicate the conclusions, for information, to the Parliamentary Assembly, the Congress, the Commissioner, ECRI and the INGO Conference.

At their 1187th meeting (11-12 December 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1187/1.6), the Deputies invited the Secretary General to submit operational proposals to follow-up on the debate, emphasising the need for co-ordination with other international organisations, in particular the European Union, the OSCE and the United Nations.

At their 1187th meeting (11-12 December 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1187/1.3), the Deputies authorised the Secretary General to use the funds of the “field missions reserve” to finance the Investigation Advisory Panel in Ukraine for a maximum amount of €65 000.

At their 1185th (Budget) meeting (19-20 November 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1185/1.5), the Deputies took note of the information memorandum prepared by the Secretariat (CM(2013)135) 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 2022 (2013) adopted at the third part of its 2013 Session (Strasbourg, 24-28 June 2013). 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. Finally, the Deputies agreed to declassify CM(2013)135 and to forward it to the Parliamentary Assembly for information.

At their 1185th (Budget) meeting (19-20 November 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1185/1.4), the Deputies approved the Bureau’s recommendation to invite Mr Gvozden Srećko Flego, Rapporteur on Protection of Media Freedom in Europe of the Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media of the Parliamentary Assembly, to participate in the thematic debate to be held at their 1187th meeting (12 December 2013).

At their 1183rd meeting (6 November 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1183/1.6), the Deputies took note of the state of preparation of their 1184th meeting to be held on 14 November 2013 for the transfer of the chairmanship between the outgoing and the incoming Chairs and agreed that their 1184th meeting would be open to the media.

At their 1181st meeting (16 October 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1181/1.8), the Deputies reaffirmed that extremism in its various forms and manifestations is a negation of the values on which the Council of Europe is founded and constitutes a major challenge for democracy, the rule of law and the protection of human rights. They underlined that the roots of extremism are multifaceted and include prejudice and ignorance, which must be addressed through adequate measures such as education, awareness-raising and the promotion of dialogue.

The Deputies expressed serious concern at the rise of extremism in Europe and beyond, and agreed that resolute action needs to be taken. They emphasised that it is primarily for States to take action to address this issue at domestic level and encouraged them to pursue efficient national policies to fight extremism in line with the European Convention on Human Rights. Such policies should include effective measures against hate speech and provide mechanisms to protect victims.

The Deputies invited the governments of member States to share best practices in their fight against the threats posed by extremism. They welcomed the work already carried out by the different bodies and committees of the Council of Europe and encouraged them to strengthen and co-ordinate their activities, in synergy with relevant stakeholders outside the Organisation, including other international and regional organisations such as the United Nations, the OSCE and the European Union. The Deputies noted, in this context, the proposals made by the Secretary General in his introductory document to the thematic debate, and considered that this question might be covered by the Secretary General in his future regular overviews of human rights, democracy and the rule of law in Europe. They expressed the view that issues concerning extremism could also usefully be addressed in the context of the Strasbourg World Forum for Democracy.

The Deputies welcomed the initiative of the Armenian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers to organise a High-level Conference on the Fight against Racism and Xenophobia in Europe (Yerevan, 21-22 October 2013) and agreed to examine the conclusions of the Conference with a view to deciding on the possible follow-up to be given thereto. They called upon governments of member States to examine ways as to how they might strengthen their support for the activities of the Council of Europe in this field, including through voluntary contributions.

At their 1181st meeting (16 October 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1181/1.5), the Deputies took note of the conclusions and proposals resulting from the Council of Europe 2013 Exchange on the religious dimension of intercultural dialogue (document GR-C(2013)13) and agreed to include them in the meeting file of the transfer of the chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers (1184th meeting, 14 November 2013).

At their 1180th meeting (9 October 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1180/1.4), the Deputies approved the Committee of Ministers’ meeting schedule for 2014.

At their 1180th meeting (9 October 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1180/1.4), the Deputies agreed that the sub-theme of their thematic debate on media freedom in Europe (12 December 2013) would be “Safety of journalists – Further steps for the better implementation of human rights standards”.

At their 1176th meeting (10 July 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1176/1.4), the Deputies approved the Bureau’s recommendation to move the 1182nd meeting from 23 to 24 October 2013 and the handover meeting between Armenia and Austria (1184th meeting) from 13 to 14 November 2013.

At their 1175th meeting (3 July 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1175/1.7), the Deputies took note of the letter from the Permanent Representatives of Croatia and Estonia to the Chairman of the Ministers’ Deputies contained in CM(2013)88, and agreed that Estonia would chair the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe from May to November 2016, and Croatia would chair the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe from May to November 2018.

At their 1175th meeting (3 July 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1175/1.6), the Deputies decided that the Council of Europe offices and liaison offices established since 1 January 2010 under Resolution CM/Res(2010)5 will operate in accordance with the terms of reference defined in this same resolution until 31 December 2015. In December 2015, the Deputies will decide about the prolongation with respect to each office. The Deputies decided to establish Council of Europe offices in accordance with Resolution CM/Res(2010)5 in Rabat and Tunis and programme offices in Podgorica and Skopje in accordance with the respective Memorandums of Understanding.

The Deputies then invited the Secretary General to report annually on the activities of these offices and on their respective costs, and to present quarterly overviews of their activities. They requested their relevant rapporteur groups to examine on a regular basis the operation of these offices.

At their 1175th meeting (3 July 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1175/1.4), the Deputies noting that, in accordance with the decision taken by the Deputies (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1131/1.7), the thematic debate to be held on 12 December 2013 will be devoted to a relevant aspect of media freedom in Europe, asked delegations to submit proposals for themes, in writing, to the chair, with a copy to all the other delegations and to the Secretariat, by 1.00 p.m. on 30 September 2013.

At their 1175th meeting (3 July 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1175/1.4), the Deputies approved the Bureau’s recommendation to hold an exchange of views with Mr Lamberto Zannier, Secretary General of the OSCE, at their 1180th meeting (9 October 2013).

At their 1173rd meeting (11-12 June 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1173/1.4), the Deputies agreed that their thematic debate of 17 September 2013 would be on “The role of the Council of Europe in addressing the rise of extremisms in evolving societies”.

At their 1171st meeting (29 May 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1171/1.6), the Deputies endorsed the report of the GT-CNS on the future of the North-South Centre (GT-CNS(2013)4 final), and consequently, in application 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, agreed that the North-South Centre should continue to operate. They invited the North-South Centre to implement the orientations identified in the above-mentioned report in the framework of its plan of activities. The Deputies considered that the Centre should be given until the end of 2015 to implement this new line of action in order to give more member and non-member States the opportunity to join. They agreed to follow regularly the developments in this respect and instructed the Secretary General to submit to them by mid-2014 an interim report on this matter. They agreed furthermore to take stock of the Centre’s activities at the end of 2015, on the basis of an independent evaluation report prepared under the aegis of the Directorate of Internal Oversight (DIO), to be submitted to them as soon as the plan of activities is completed, and in any event, no later than June 2015. Finally, the Deputies invited the Secretary General to communicate the report of the GT-CNS as well as the present decisions to the Executive Committee of the North-South Centre.

At their 1170th meeting (7 May 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1170/1.8), the Deputies, in accordance with paragraph 3 of Resolution CM/Res(2010)26 on the establishment of an Advisory Panel of Experts on Candidates for Election as Judge to the European Court of Human Rights, decided to appoint Ms Nina Vajić (Croatia) as a member of the Panel.

At their 1170th meeting (7 May 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1170/1.7), the Deputies, having regard to the Secretary General’s proposals for Priorities for 2014-2015 (document CM(2013)47 rev), agreed to apply the principle of zero nominal growth to the total of member States’ contributions to the Ordinary Budget for this biennium (2014-2015); and consequently agreed that the total of member States’ contributions to the Ordinary Budget for 2014 would amount to €237 562 000, including the adjustment of remunerations which will be decided for 2014. The Deputies agreed to return to the question of the Joint Programmes provision at a later stage, in the light of a proposal by the Secretary General which would not increase the contributions of member States, and agreed to examine the budgetary implications in CM(2013)47 rev in the GR-PBA. They invited the Secretary General to prepare the draft Programme and Budget for 2014-2015 on this basis.

At their 1170th meeting (7 May 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1170/1.4), the Deputies agreed that their thematic debate of 11 June 2013 would be on “The role of human rights defenders and the Council of Europe’s interaction with civil society”.

At their 1170th meeting (7 May 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1170/1.4), the Deputies agreed to invite the representatives of Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia to participate in the GR-EXT meeting of 11 June 2013, in order to take part in an exchange of views on co-operation with the Council of Europe in the framework of the neighbourhood policy.

At their 1166th meeting (27 March 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1166/1.6), the Deputies took note of the theme and sub-themes of the 2013 Exchange, namely:

    Theme:

“Freedom of religion in today’s world: challenges and guarantees”
Sub-theme I:
“Freedom of religion, conscience and thought as a fundamental human right in contemporary societies”
Sub-theme II:
“Protection of persons belonging to religious minorities, believers and non-believers and their contributions to the fight against intolerance, discrimination and hate speech with regard to freedom of religion”
Sub-theme III:
“Avenues for future action within and beyond Europe: youth education and awareness-raising on religion and beliefs, dialogue and co-operation among and with religious and non-religious representatives”.

At their 1165th meeting (13 March 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1165/1.7), the Deputies adopted the Declaration of the Committee of Ministers on the Recent Executions in Japan and the United States.

At their 1161st meeting (5 February 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1161/1.6), the Deputies took note that the 2013 Council of Europe Exchange on the religious dimension of intercultural dialogue will be held in Yerevan (Armenia) on 2 and 3 September 2013.

Sessions of the Committee of Ministers

At their 1184th meeting (14 November 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1184/1.3), the Deputies agreed to hold the 124th Session of the Committee of Ministers on 5 and 6 May 2014 in Vienna, in the framework of the Austrian Chairmanship.

At their 1187th meeting (11-12 December 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1187/1.8), the Deputies approved the conclusions of the Ad hoc Working Party on Ministerial Sessions (GT-SM) (CM(2013)164).

At their 1180th meeting (9 October 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1180/1.8), the Deputies agreed to set up an Ad hoc Working Party on Ministerial Sessions (GT-SM) to examine ways of raising the level of participation in Ministerial Sessions. They entrusted the position of Chair of the GT-SM to their outgoing Chairperson, Ambassador Josep Dallerès, Permanent Representative of Andorra and agreed that the terms of reference of the working party would expire on 31 December 2013.

At their 1171st meeting (29 May 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1171/1.5), the Deputies took note that the Secretary General would prepare a document on ways of increasing the level of participation in Ministerial Sessions, with a view to its examination at one of their forthcoming meetings.

At their 1170th meeting (7 May 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1170/1.6), the Deputies approved the reports on the follow-up to the Brighton Declaration and on the implementation of the Council of Europe policy towards neighbouring regions (CM(2013)41 prov and CM(2013)42 prov) and agreed to transmit them to the 123rd Session. They also took note of the draft annotated agenda of the 123rd Session of the Committee of Ministers (CM(2013)OJ prov) and approved the draft decisions contained therein.

At their 1167th meeting (3 April 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1167/1.6), the Deputies, where the questions to be discussed at the Ministerial Session are concerned, took note of the proposals for the items to be included on the agenda of the 123rd Session of the Committee of Ministers and of the preliminary draft programme prepared by the Chairmanship for the Session. They decided to put to the Ministers for adoption the draft agenda for the 123rd Session.

Where the participants in the Ministerial Session are concerned, 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: President of the European Court of Human Rights; President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities; President of the Conference of INGOs and Commissioner for Human Rights. The Deputies noted also that in addition to the Vice-President of the European Commission and High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy of the European Union and the Secretary General of the OSCE, the Chair would also issue invitations to the Ministers for Foreign Affairs of the five observer countries.

Conferences of Specialised Ministers

At their 1173rd meeting (11-12 June 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1173/1.5), the Deputies, concerning the 1st Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Media and Information Society (Belgrade, Serbia), noted that the themes of the conference would be:

“Access to Internet and fundamental rights”;

“How do we address the current threats to journalism?”;

“Pluralism, diversity and quality in the new media ecosystem – opportunities and risks”;

“Hate speech on-line”.

They also noted who would be invited to participate in the conference.

At their 1170th meeting (7 May 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1170/1.5), the Deputies, concerning the 1st Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Media and Information Society (Belgrade, Serbia), noted that this conference would be held on 7 and 8 November 2013.

At their 1166th meeting (27 March 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1166/1.5), concerning the 10th Council of Europe Conference of Ministers of Culture (15-16 April 2013, Moscow, Russian Federation), the Deputies noted that the sub-themes of the conference would be:

- “Roles of governments: new challenges and opportunities”;

- “Best practices and policy innovation”;

- “Perspectives for the Council of Europe”.

They also noted who would be invited to participate in the conference and who would be invited to attend the conference as observers.

Concerning the 24th session of the Council of Europe Standing Conference of Ministers of Education (26-27 April 2013, Helsinki, Finland), the Deputies noted that the theme of the conference would be: “Governance and quality education” and that the sub-themes of the conference would be:

    - “Decentralisation, social participation and empowerment of local authorities in the governance of education”;

    - “Ethics and integrity in education (with special focus on the ethical behaviour of teachers and the integrity of higher education and research)”;

    - “Parents, teachers and student involvement in educational governance and management and quality education”.

They also noted who would be invited to participate in the conference and who would be invited to attend the conference as observers.

At their 1161st meeting (5 February 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1161/1.5), concerning the 1st Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Media and Information Society (Serbia, 2013), the Deputies noted that this conference would be held in Belgrade (Serbia) on 17 and 18 October 2013 and that the main theme of the conference would be: “Freedom of expression and democracy in the digital age – opportunities, rights and responsibilities”.

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 1178th meeting (17-18 September 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1178/1.4), the Deputies entrusted the position of Chair of the GR-EXT to Ambassador Manuel Jacoangeli, Permanent Representative of Italy.

The Deputies also agreed to end the mandate of the Thematic Co-ordinator on Children (TC-ENF), bearing in mind the proposals on intergovernmental structures which include the Children’s rights’ dimension in the terms of reference of the Committee of Experts on the Rights of the Child (DECS-ENF), and instructed the GR-SOC to take over the terms of reference attributed to the TC-ENF.

At their 1175th meeting (3 July 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1175/1.4), the Deputies entrusted the following chairmanships of rapporteur groups as follows:

- Ambassador Ellen Berends, Permanent Representative of the Netherlands, with the chairmanship of the GR-DEM, as of 9 September 2013;
- Ambassador Matthew Johnson, Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom, with the chairmanship of the GR-PBA, as of 9 September 2013;
- Ambassador Drahoslav Štefánek, Permanent Representative of the Slovak Republic, with the chairmanship of the GR-H, as of 19 September 2013;
- Ambassador Carl Henrik Ehrenkrona, Permanent Representative of Sweden, with the chairmanship of the GT-REF.ECHR, until 31 August 2014.

At their 1174th meeting (19 June 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1174/1.4), the Deputies approved the Bureau’s recommendation on the procedure and modalities for the thematic debates (CM/Bur/Del(2013)13 final).

At their 1174th meeting (19 June 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1174/1.4), the Deputies approved the Bureau’s recommendation to discontinue the Ad hoc Working Party on Institutional Reforms (GT-REF.INST).

At their 1169th meeting (30 April 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1169/1.4), the Deputies, following the six-month trial period fixed in February 2012 (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1134/1.7), agreed to entrust the GR-SOC on a permanent basis 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).

At their 1168th meeting (10 April 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1168/1.4), the Deputies decided to entrust the function of Thematic Co-ordinator on Information Policy (TC-INF) to Ambassador Gea Rennel, Permanent Representative of Estonia.

At their 1167th meeting (3 April 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1167/1.4), the Deputies, having regard to the revised guidelines for the reform and modernisation of the Committee of Ministers’ working methods, approved the following mandate for the TC-INF:

“The TC-INF is invited to:
- follow issues relating to the information society and Internet governance within the Organisation, in particular the implementation of the Council of Europe Strategy 2012-2015 on Internet Governance;
- promote relevant Council of Europe instruments and standards as well as co-operation with other international organisations and actors in matters related to the information society and Internet governance;
- deal with any questions in the remit of information policy of the Council of Europe;
- keep the Committee informed and facilitate its decision making on any matters falling within the above mandate, liaising with the relevant rapporteur groups when issues relating to this area are considered and interfacing with intergovernmental structures, in particular steering committees, as well as with the Secretariat.
The mandate expires on 31 December 2015.”

At their 1160th meeting (30 January 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1160/1.4), the Deputies entrusted the position of Chair of the Rapporteur Group on Social and Health Questions (GR-SOC) to Ambassador Ana Vukadinović, Permanent Representative of Montenegro.

Appointments to high-level Council of Europe posts

At their 1187bis meeting (18 December 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1187bis/1.5), the Deputies instructed their Chairman to inform the Parliamentary Assembly, through its Secretary General, of the candidatures received with a view to the consultation with the Assembly through the Joint Committee on all proposed candidates during the first part-session January 2014. They agreed to invite the candidates for the post of Secretary General to interviews in the afternoon of 19 February 2014, during their 1192nd meeting (19-20 February 2014). The Deputies agreed to continue their 1192nd meeting on 21 February 2014 in order to draw up the list of candidates to be transmitted to the Parliamentary Assembly in accordance with their rules of procedure and the joint interpretative statement (CM(2009)195 final). Finally, the Deputies instructed the Secretary to the Committee of Ministers to inform the candidates of the formalities for the said interviews.

At their 1185th (Budget) meeting (19-20 November 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1185/1.3), the Deputies took note of the Secretary General’s intention to confirm the nomination of Ms Snežana Samardžić-Marković on the post of Director General of Democracy (Grade A7), and her 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 April 2014.

Also at their 1185th (Budget) meeting (19-20 November 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1185/1.3), the Deputies took note of the Secretary General’s intention to confirm the nomination of Mr Alexandre Guessel on the post of Director of Political Advice (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 15 February 2014.

At their 1181st meeting (16 October 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1181/1.3), the Deputies took note of the Secretary General’s intention to appoint Ms Karen Reid to the post of Registrar of the Filtering Section (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 November 2013.

At their 1181st meeting (16 October 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1181/1.3), the Deputies took note of the Secretary General’s intention to ask Mr Jeroen Schokkenbroek, Special Representative of the Secretary General for Roma issues, to act as Director ad interim of Democratic Citizenship and Participation (Grade A6), with effect from 1 October 2013 and until the appointment of the post-holder.

At their 1176th meeting (10 July 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1176/1.3), the Deputies took note of the Secretary General’s intention to appoint Mr Jörg Polakiewicz on the post of Director of Legal Advice and Public International Law (Grade A6), in accordance with Article 25.5b of the Regulations on Appointments (Appendix II to the Staff Regulations), with effect from 1 October 2013.

At their 1175th meeting (3 July 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1175/1.3), the Deputies, on a proposal from the Secretary General, decided to upgrade from A5 to A6, in accordance with Article 4 of the Regulations on the Table of posts (Appendix III to the Staff Regulations), a vacant post in the Registry of the European Court of Human Rights. In accordance with Article 25.1 of the Regulations on Appointments (Appendix II of the Staff Regulations), the Deputies authorised the A6 post (Registrar of the Filtering Section of the European Court of Human Rights) to be filled by publishing the post within the Secretariat only.

At their 1174th meeting (19 June 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1174/1.3), the Deputies approved the suppression of post No. 306 (Grade A6) within the Directorate General of Democracy (DGII). They also approved the transfer, as from 1 January 2014, of post No. 481 (Grade A6) within the Directorate General of Human Rights and Rule of Law (DGI) to the Directorate General of Democracy (DGII), and took note of the Secretary General’s intention to maintain Ms Marja Ruotanen on the transferred post.

At the same meeting, the Deputies took note of the Secretary General’s intention to extend the appointment of Mrs Ute Dahremöller on the post of Director General of Administration (Grade A7) for a further three years, in accordance with Article 25.5.a of the Regulations on Appointments (Appendix II to the Staff Regulations), with effect from 1 October 2013.

The Deputies also took note of the Secretary General’s intention to appoint Mr Shahin Lauritzen on the post of Director of Programme, Finance and Linguistic Services (Grade A6), in accordance with Article 25.5a of the Regulations on Appointments (Appendix II to the Staff Regulations), with effect from 1 September 2013.

At their 1165th meeting (13 March 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1165/1.3), the Deputies took note of the Secretary General’s intention to ask Mr Paul Dewaguet, currently Head of the Legal Advice Department and Treaty Office, to act as Director ad interim of Legal Advice and Public International Law (Grade A6) with effect from 15 March 2013 and until the appointment of the post-holder.

At the same meeting, the Deputies also took note of the Secretary General’s intention to ask Ms Maria Ochoa-Llido, currently Deputy to the Director of Human Rights and Anti-discrimination, to act as Director ad interim of Human Rights and Anti-discrimination (Grade A6) with effect from 1 January 2013 and until the appointment of the post-holder.

The Deputies then took note of the intention to appoint Mrs Françoise Elens-Passos to the post of Section Registrar (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 April 2013.

At their 1162nd meeting (13-14 February 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1162/1.5), the Deputies fixed the timetable for the election procedure for the next Secretary General as follows, it being understood that the candidates should comply with the criteria set by the Ministers at their 117th Session:

    15 December 2013: deadline for member States to propose candidates;

    30 January 2014: consultation with the Assembly through the Joint Committee on all proposed candidates;

    February 2014: interviews of candidates by the Committee of Ministers, drawing up of the recommendation and subsequent transmission to the Assembly;

The Deputies noted that it might be necessary to revise the timetable should the Committee of Ministers not include at least two candidates in the recommendation to be transmitted to the Assembly for the election of the next Secretary General.

At their 1160th meeting (30 January 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1160/1.3), the Deputies took note of the Secretary General’s intention to second Ms Alison Sidebottom from the Secretariat of the Committee of Ministers to the Directorate of Programme, Finance and Linguistic Services to act as Director ad interim, with effect from 1 February 2013, and for a period of six months.

At the same meeting, they took note of the Secretary General’s intention to appoint Ms Verena Taylor on the post of Director of the Office of DG Programmes (Grade A6), in accordance with Article 25.5.b of the Regulations on Appointments (Appendix II to the Staff Regulations), with effect from 1 February 2013.



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