Committee of Ministers

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CM/PV(2014)124 Addendum 1      6 May 2014



124th Session, 6 May 2014

Volume of Decisions
Addendum 1 to the Minutes

of the sitting held at the Hofburg, Vienna, Austria



CONTENTS

Programme
Agenda
List of Heads of delegation
Decisions adopted

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Programme

Monday 5 May 2014

7.00 p.m.: Official dinner hosted by the Secretary General at the Palais Niederösterreich in Vienna on the occasion of the 65th anniversary of the Council of Europe

Tuesday 6 May 2014

9.30 a.m.: Formal Session

12.30 p.m.: End of the morning Session

    Official photo for participants in the informal working session

1.15 p.m.: Informal working session for ministers and other heads of delegations of political rank at the invitation of the outgoing Chair on the situation in Ukraine

Parallel lunch for the other participants at the invitation of the Deputy Secretary General

2.45 p.m. Press briefing

3.00 p.m.: Resumption of the Session: handover of the Chairmanship from Austria to Azerbaijan

4.00 p.m.: End of the Ministerial Session

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Agenda

1. Adoption of the agenda

2. Council of Europe values and stability in Europe: current challenges

a. State of democracy, human rights and the rule of law in Europe – report by the Secretary General

b. The current crisis in Europe

3. Securing the long-term effectiveness of the system of the European Convention on Human Rights 

4. Co-operation with the European Union

5. The policy of the Council of Europe towards neighbouring regions

6. Other business

7. Handover of the Chairmanship from Austria to Azerbaijan

a. Report by the Austrian Chairmanship

b. Priorities of the Azerbaijani Chairmanship

8. Date and place of the next Session

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Informal working session: Situation in Ukraine

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List of Heads of delegation

ALBANIA

Mr Ditmir BUSHATI Minister for Foreign Affairs

ANDORRA

Mr Gilbert SABOYA SUNYÉ Minister for Foreign Affairs

ARMENIA

Mr Armen LILOYAN Director, European Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

AUSTRIA

Mr Sebastian KURZ Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs

AZERBAIJAN

Mr Elmar MAMMADYAROV Minister for Foreign Affairs

BELGIUM

Mr Didier REYNDERS Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and European Affairs

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

Mr Zlatko LAGUMDŽIJA Vice-Chairman of the Council of Ministers and Minister for Foreign Affairs

BULGARIA

Mr Kristian VIGENIN Minister for Foreign Affairs

CROATIA

Mr Joško KLISOVIĆ Deputy Minister for Foreign and European Affairs

CYPRUS

Mr Alexandros N. ZENON State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

CZECH REPUBLIC

Mr Petr DRULÁK First Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs

DENMARK

Mr Martin Bille HERMANN State Secretary for Foreign Policy

ESTONIA

Mr Urmas PAET Minister for Foreign Affairs

FINLAND

Mr Erkki TUOMIOJA Minister for Foreign Affairs

FRANCE

Ms Jocelyne CABALLERO Ambassador, Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe

GEORGIA

Ms Maia PANJIKIDZE Minister for Foreign Affairs

GERMANY

Mr Michael ROTH State Minister for Foreign Affairs

GREECE

Mr Iraklis ASTERIADIS Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe

HUNGARY

Mr Iván BÁBA State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

ICELAND

Mr Gunnar Bragi SVEINSSON Minister for Foreign Affairs

IRELAND

Mr Peter GUNNING Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe

ITALY

Ms Federica MOGHERINI Minister for Foreign Affairs

LATVIA

Mr Viktors MAKAROVS Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

LIECHTENSTEIN

Mr Mauro PEDRAZZINI Minister for Social Affairs

LITHUANIA

Mr Vytautas LEŠKEVIČIUS Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs

LUXEMBOURG

Mr Jean ASSELBORN Minister for Foreign and European Affairs

MALTA

Mr George VELLA Minister for Foreign Affairs

REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA

Ms Natalia GHERMAN Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and European Integration

MONACO

Mr José BADIA Minister for Foreign Affairs

MONTENEGRO

Mr Vladimir RADULOVIĆ State Secretary for Political Affairs

NETHERLANDS

Mr Frans TIMMERMANS Minister for Foreign Affairs

NORWAY

Mr Børge BRENDE Minister for Foreign Affairs

POLAND

Ms Henryka MOŚCICKA-DENDYS Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs

PORTUGAL

Mr Rui CHANCERELLE DE MACHETE Minister of State and Foreign Affairs

ROMANIA

Mr Titus CORLĂŢEAN Minister for Foreign Affairs

RUSSIAN FEDERATION

Mr Sergey LAVROV Minister of Foreign Affairs

SAN MARINO

Mr Pasquale VALENTINI Minister for Foreign and Political Affairs

SERBIA

Mr Ivica DAČIĆ First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs

SLOVAK REPUBLIC

Mr Miroslav LAJČÁK Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs

SLOVENIA

Mr Bogdan BENKO Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs

SPAIN

Mr Gonzalo DE BENITO SECADES State Secretary for Foreign Affairs

SWEDEN

Mr Carl BILDT Minister for Foreign Affairs

SWITZERLAND

Mr Didier BURKHALTER President of the Confederation, Minister for Foreign Affairs

“THE FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA”

Mr Zoran PETROV Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs

TURKEY

Mr Ahmet DAVUTOĞLU Minister of Foreign Affairs

UKRAINE

Mr Andrii DESHCHYTSIA Acting Minister for Foreign Affairs

UNITED KINGDOM

Mr William HAGUE Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

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EUROPEAN UNION

Mr Dimitris KOURKOULAS Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Greece

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CANADA

Ms Isabelle POUPART Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the OSCE

HOLY SEE

Mgr Ignazio CEFFALIA Chargé d'affaires a.i., Deputy Permanent Observer to the Council of Europe

JAPAN

Mr Susumu HASEGAWA Permanent Observer to the Council of Europe

MEXICO

Mr Santiago OŇATE LABORDE Permanent Observer to the Council of Europe

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Mr Evan G. READE Consul General, Acting Permanent Observer to the Council of Europe

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OSCE

Mr Lamberto ZANNIER Secretary General

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PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY

Ms Anne BRASSEUR President

CONGRESS OF LOCAL AND REGIONAL AUTHORITIES

Mr Herwig van STAA President

EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS

Mr Dean SPIELMANN President

COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS

Mr Nils MUIŽNIEKS Commissioner

CONFERENCE OF INGOS

Mr Jean-Marie HEYDT President

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SECRETARIAT

Mr Thorbjørn JAGLAND Secretary General

Decisions adopted

Item 1

Adoption of the agenda

Decision

The Committee of Ministers adopted the agenda of the 124th Session.

Item 2

Council of Europe values and stability in Europe: current challenges

a. State of democracy, human rights and the rule of law in Europe – report by the Secretary General

Decisions

The Committee of Ministers

1. expressed its appreciation to the Secretary General for his first comprehensive overview on the state of democracy, human rights and the rule of law in Europe, which highlights a number of worrying challenges and calls for an appropriate Council of Europe response;

2. tasked the Secretary General to submit as a matter of priority to the Ministers’ Deputies his proposals on how to take forward the report’s recommendations with a view to presenting a progress report on action taken together with overall operational proposals at the next Session, which will be the basis for a substantive debate on possible ways to improve Council of Europe activity;

3. invited the Secretary General, in this context, to explore ways to develop synergies with other international organisations;

4. referring to the declarations and action plans of the Summits of Vienna (1993), Strasbourg (1997) and Warsaw (2005), instructed the Deputies to consider the possible holding of a Summit of Heads of State and Government of member States of the Council of Europe in order to define in a timely manner a common strategy for action to secure and enhance democratic security at the pan-European level and to submit proposals at the next Ministerial Session.

b. The current crisis in Europe

Decision

The Committee of Ministers took note of the consolidated report on the conflict in Georgia (October 2013 – March 2014) of the Secretary General (SG/Inf(2014)17).

Item 3

Securing the long-term effectiveness of the supervisory mechanism of the
European Convention on Human Rights

Decisions

The Committee of Ministers

1. noted with appreciation the measures taken by the various stakeholders since its previous Session to implement the Brighton Declaration and welcomed, in particular, the additional measures taken by the Court to increase the effectiveness of its work following the entry into force of Protocol No. 14, resulting in a substantial decrease in the number of pending cases;

2. noted, however, that the backlog of admissible and potentially well-founded cases pending before the Court remains a serious challenge;

3. welcomed the continued measures taken by States Parties to the Convention to implement the Convention at the domestic level and to fully execute the Court’s judgments, and encouraged them to continue and to intensify their efforts in this regard, giving particular attention to structural and systemic problems generating repetitive applications to the Court;

4. welcomed also the Secretary General’s measures to improve co-ordination between various Council of Europe bodies in the delivery of technical assistance to States Parties, as well as in targeting this assistance to each State Party on a bilateral basis, taking their requests into account as well as particular judgments of the Court;

5. reiterated its commitment to ensure effective and transparent supervision of the execution of the Court’s judgments and instructed its Deputies to continue to give priority consideration to this matter in order to make substantial further progress in this respect;

6. called on the States Parties to the Convention to sign and ratify Protocol No. 15 amending the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, as soon as possible;

7. while taking note of the adoption in July 2013 of the optional Protocol No. 16 to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms and of its opening for signature on 2 October 2013, invited States Parties to consider signing and ratifying it;

8. welcomed the contributions made by States Parties to the special account set up by the Secretary General to help the Court deal with its backlog of cases and encouraged further contributions;

9. welcomed also the increasing number of secondments of national judges and high-level independent lawyers to the Court’s Registry and encouraged the continuation of this practice;

10. reiterating its firm determination to implement the Interlaken, Izmir and Brighton Declarations, invited all relevant stakeholders to pursue their work while respecting the agreed deadlines in order to secure the long-term effectiveness of the supervisory mechanism set up under the European Convention on Human Rights;

11. instructed its Deputies to continue to give priority to and to steer the reform process with a view to reporting on action taken and progress achieved at its next Session.

Item 4

Co-operation with the European Union

Decision

The Committee of Ministers took note with appreciation of the development of the co-operation between the Council of Europe and the European Union, as reflected in document CM(2014)38.

Item 5

The policy of the Council of Europe towards neighbouring regions

Decisions

The Committee of Ministers

1. welcomed the progress made in the implementation of the Council of Europe policy towards neighbouring regions – North Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia – and expressed its appreciation for the financial contributions made by member States and the European Union in this context;

2. 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 it at its next Session.

Item 8

Date and place of the next Session

Decision

The Committee of Ministers agreed that:

- the 125th Session of the Committee of Ministers will be held in May 2015 in Brussels;

- the handover from the Azerbaijani to the Belgian Chairmanship will be held on 13 November 2014.



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