Ministers’ Deputies / Bureau
CM/Bur/Del(2002)3 15 January 2002
(Strasbourg, 11 January 2002)
This document summarises the items and recommendations discussed by the Bureau at its meeting on 11 January 2002.
1. State of preparation of the 780th (16 January 2002) and 781st (30 January 2002) meetings of the Ministers’ Deputies
The Bureau took note of the state of preparation of the Deputies’ forthcoming meetings and accepted the Secretariat’s explanations concerning items for which it had not been possible to distribute the working papers within the deadline.
With regard to the 780th meeting, the Bureau noted that the following item was withdrawn from the agenda:
2.4 Relations between the Council of Europe and the OSCE
a. Report by the Chair of the GR-OSCE on the meeting of 11 January 2002
b. Exchange of views with the Secretary General, Mr Jan Kubis
The Bureau further noted that two new items should be added to the draft agenda:
4.4 Non-compliance of Turkey with European Court of Human Rights judgments – Written Question No. 402 to the Committee of Ministers by Mr Clerfayt
11.4 Rapporteur Group on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (GR-AB) – Report by the Chair
Lastly, the Bureau noted that the Secretariat proposed postponing to a future meeting the item:
10.1 Financing of political parties
a. Multidisciplinary Group on Corruption (GMC) – Draft Recommendation Rec(2002)…. of the Committee of Ministers to member states on common rules against on corruption in the funding of political parties and electoral campaigns
b. Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 15126 (2001) – Draft reply.
The Secretariat announced that this item had been included in the draft agenda in error, as its preparation was not complete; it could only be discussed when all the information was available, viz the report of the GMC meeting and the explanatory report accompanying the draft Recommendation on common rules against corruption in the funding of political parties and electoral campaigns.
With regard to the 781st meeting (30 January 2002), the Bureau noted that item 2.4 – Relations between the Council of Europe and the European Union – should be postponed to the Deputies’ 782nd meeting (6 February 2002) and that the following new items should be inserted:
4.3 European Social Charter – Collective Complaint No. 10/2000 by STTK ry and Tehy ry versus Finland
10.5 European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission) – Draft Resolution Res(2002)… adopting the Statute of the European Commission for Democracy through Law
10.6 Europe’s fight against economic and transnational organised crime – progress or retreat? Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1507 (2001) – Extension of the ad hoc terms of reference assigned to the European Committee on Crime Problems (CDPC).
2. Draft agendas for the 782nd (6 February 2002), 784th (21 February 2002) and 785th (27 February 2002) meetings of the Ministers’ Deputies – items to be referred to Rapporteur Groups and to Rapporteurs
The relevant draft decisions and the draft agendas for the Deputies’ 782nd (6 February 2002), 784th (21 February 2002) and 785th (27 February 2002) meetings were set out in Notes on the agenda No. 780/1.2 for the current meeting (item 1.2 – “Preparation of forthcoming meetings”).
3. Subsidiary groups of the Deputies – Composition
The Bureau considered the vacant chairmanships of the Deputies’ subsidiary groups.
These included the Rapporteur Group on Social and Health Questions (GR-SOC), which the Bureau recommended should be chaired by Ambassador Darja LAVTIZAR-BEBLER, Permanent Representative of Slovenia.
The Bureau, in consultation with the Chair of the Rapporteur Group on Legal Co-operation (GR-J) and as provided for in the Compendium of Procedures for the subsidiary groups (CM(99)165), proposed the appointment of a Vice-Chair of the GR-J and recommended Ambassador Torbjørn AALBU, Permanent Representative of Norway, for this position.
4. Working methods – Replies to Written Questions
The Bureau resumed consideration of the procedure governing the adoption of replies to Written Questions addressed to the Committee of Ministers by members of the Parliamentary Assembly and forwarded to the Ministers’ Deputies its views and recommendations as set out in doc. CM/Bur/Del(2002)2 revised.
5. Records of the 110th Session of the Committee of Ministers in Vilnius
The Bureau exchanged views on the possible structure of the debates and the form of the minutes of the 110th Session of the Committee of Ministers. It invited the Ministers’ Deputies to take note of its conclusions, as they appear in the appendix to this document.
6. Other business
a. Participation of the Chair of the Council of Europe Staff Committee in meetings of the Rapporteur Group on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (GR-AB)
The Bureau noted that the Chairman of the Rapporteur Group on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (GR-AB) intended to accede to the request by the Staff Committee for its Chairperson to be authorised to attend meetings and follow the proceedings of the GR-AB on a regular basis, it being understood that the existing provisions on relations between staff and the Committee of Ministers, as set out in the Article 7 of the Regulations on staff participation, remained valid.
b. Ceremony opening to signature the Additional Protocol to the Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine, on the Transplantation of Organs and Tissues of Human Origin
The Bureau reported that the ceremony opening the above-mentioned treaty to signature would be held on Thursday 24 January 2002 at 9.45 am in the Assembly lounge area.
Memorandum on the Records of the 110th Session of the Committee of Ministers (Vilnius, 2 – 3 May 2002)
Bureau meeting of 11 January 2002
At their 769th meeting (19 October 2001), the Deputies agreed to hold the 110th Ministerial Session in Vilnius, at the invitation of the future Lithuanian chairmanship. This will take place on 3 May 2002, with the Secretary General’s traditional “fireside chat” being organised the previous evening.
One of the consequences of this arrangement would involve a reduced team of officials from the Secretariat of the Committee of Ministers in Vilnius.
The holding of this session in Vilnius will allow the Ministers’ discussions to take place on a more informal basis but also to enhance the session’s political interest and media impact.
With this in mind, the Bureau could, without prejudice to future meetings, consider a formula for preparing the record of this ministerial session. The Chair, following consultation, suggests the following:
- Preparation of a summary record, under the responsibility of the Chair. This could be made available immediately in Vilnius and on the Committee of Ministers website. Paper copies would be available in Strasbourg on 6 May 2002.
- Compilation and distribution on the spot of all speeches submitted.
- Audio recording of the full meeting. The verbatim minutes would be prepared in Strasbourg the following week and distributed as a bilingual version as soon as possible.
- The final English and French versions would be issued in the normal way after amendments had been submitted and after translation.