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615th meeting - 20 January 1998

The 615th meeting (B level) of the Ministers' Deputies opened on 20 January 1998 at 10am under the chairmanship of Mr. D. Constas, Deputy for the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Greece.

PRESENT

ALBANIA

Mr V. Hebibasi

ANDORRA

Miss P. Quillacq

AUSTRIA

Mr J. Fröhlich

BELGIUM

Mr B. Charlier

BULGARIA

-

CROATIA

Ms N. Rajakovic

CYPRUS

Mr C. Miltiades

CZECH REPUBLIC

Mr J. Pavlíček

DENMARK

Mr E. Hedegaard

ESTONIA

Mrs E-K. Kala

FINLAND

Mrs T. Turunen

Mrs S. From

FRANCE

Mr V. Muller

Miss A. Trichon

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GERMANY

Mr P. Schönberg

Mr T. Schneider

GREECE

Mr D. Constas, Chairman

Mr G. Ayfantis

HUNGARY

Mr Z. Taubner

Mrs A. Nagy

ICELAND

Mr S.A. Björnsson

IRELAND

Mr P. Grant

ITALY

Mrs P. Bertini Malgarini

Mr G. La Barca

LATVIA

Mr M. Klišāns

LIECHTENSTEIN

-

LITHUANIA

Mr A. Namavičius

Mrs A. Čiapiené

LUXEMBOURG

Mrs N. Gattoni

MALTA

-

MOLDOVA

Mr A. Codreanu

NETHERLANDS

Mr J.S.L. Gualtherie Van Weezel

NORWAY

Mr H. Saetre

POLAND

Mr M. Luczka

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PORTUGAL

Mr Á.M. Soares Guerra

Mr J.P. de Matos Sequiera Berberan e Santos

Mr C.M. Velloso da Costa

ROMANIA

Mr G. Magheru

Mr C. Alecse

Mr L. Ion

RUSSIAN

FEDERATION

Mr E. Prokhorov

Mr M. Entin

Mr A. Popykine

SAN MARINO

Mme L. Bologna

SLOVAK REPUBLIC

Mrs E. Ponomarenkova

Mrs M. Mikušová

SLOVENIA

Mr M. Pogačnik

SPAIN

Mr A. Abellán

SWEDEN

Mrs M.A. Ramsay

Mrs T. Hyden

SWITZERLAND

Mr A. Guidetti

"THE FORMER

YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC

OF MACEDONIA"

Mrs V. Sotirovska

TURKEY

Mr E. Enç

Mrs A. Gunyakti

UKRAINE

Mr I. Mysyk

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UNITED KINGDOM

Mrs H. Taylor

Miss F. Sinclair

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EUROPEAN

COMMISSION

Mr A. Ianniello

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615th meeting –20 January 1998

Item 1.1

1.1

ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA AND ORDER OF BUSINESS

Decision

The Deputies adopted the agenda of their 615th meeting (20(10am) January 1998, B level), as it appears at Appendix 1 to the present volume of Decisions, subject to the postponement of item 9.1 Steering Committee on Local and Regional Authorities (CDLR) – Abridged report of the 20th meeting (Strasbourg, 26-28 November 1997) to their 620th meeting (12 February 1998, B level).

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Item 1.2

1.2

CONFERENCES OF SPECIALISED MINISTERS

State of preparation

(CM/Del/Dec(97)612/1.2, CM(97)201, SG/D/Inf(97)9)

Decisions

The Deputies

    With regard to the 15th Informal Meeting of European Ministers responsible for Sport (May 1998, Nicosia, Cyprus)

1. took note that the 15th Informal Meeting of European Ministers responsible for Sport will be held in Cyprus on 14 and 15 May 1998;

2. took note that the theme of the meeting will be “Ethics and law in modern sport”, with a complementary theme : “The role of sport in promoting social integration”;

3. took note that the Parliamentary Assembly and the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe will be invited to be represented at the meeting;

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4. took note that Canada, Japan and the United States of America will be invited to participate in the meeting as observers;

5. took note that the Commission of the European Community will be invited to participate in the meeting;

6. established that there was general consent within the Committee of Ministers as to the advisability of inviting the following non-governmental organisations:

        International Olympic Committee (IOC)

European Olympic Committees (EOC)

General Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF)

European Non-Governmental Sports Organisations (ENGSO)

European Sports Conference (ESC)

Union Européenne de la Presse Sportive (UEPS)

to participate in the meeting as observers;

7. established that there was general consent within the Committee of Ministers as to the advisability of inviting Israel to participate in the meeting as observer;

8. instructed the Rapporteur Group on Education, Culture and Sport to examine the ways that the themes listed under Decision No. 2 above will be dealt with, with a view to reporting to the Ministers' Deputies at one of their forthcoming meetings;

    With regard to the European Conference of Ministers responsible for Regional Planning - CEMAT (12th session)

9. took note that the European Conference of Ministers responsible for Regional Planning - (CEMAT) will take place in Hanover on 7 and 8 September 2000;

10. took note that the theme of the Conference will be "Joint spatial planning and sustainable development strategy for Europe.

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Item 1.3

1.3

REVIEW OF ACTION TAKEN BY THE COMMITTEE OF MINISTERS

ON PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY RECOMMENDATIONS

(CM/Del/Dec(97)612/1.3, CM(97)154)

Decisions

The Deputies, having emphasised the importance of rapidly adopting a reply to each Recommendation:

1. agreed in future to rely more often on the expertise available within the Ministers' Deputies, the relevant Rapporteur Group and the Secretariat, in preparing replies to Assembly Recommendations;

2. instructed the Secretariat to place immediately on their agenda any Assembly Recommendation for which sufficient elements for a reply were available;

3. decided, in the case of Assembly Recommendations not forwarded to a steering committee for opinion, to set a time-limit of nine months, after communication of those Recommendations to the Committee of Ministers, for adopting a reply (interim or final);

4. decided to adopt, when conducting their initial examination of the texts adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly, a reply common to all the texts, dealing with the procedure to be followed;

5. approved the following guidelines for the drawing up of draft replies to Recommendations:

      - priority should be given to final replies (taking stock of the situation while at the same time informing the Assembly of the intentions of the Committee of Ministers with regard to the specific proposals);

      - priority should be given to concise replies (concentrated on the political views of the Committee of Ministers; any technical opinions of other bodies could be added as appendices);

      - priority should be given to substance rather than procedure;

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      - where Recommendations are to be examined, and the replies to them, prepared by a Rapporteur Group, care should be taken to ensure that they are given priority treatment in that Rapporteur Group's order of business;

      - a steering committee should be consulted where there is a need for technical expertise which is not available within the Secretariat.

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Item 2.1

2.1

ORGANISATION BY THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE

OF A SECOND EUROPEAN CAMPAIGN

ON NORTH-SOUTH INTERDEPENDENCE AND SOLIDARITY IN 1998

Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1319 (1997)

(CM/Del/Dec(97)598/2.4, 601/2.4, 609bis/2.3, 612/2.1,
CM(88)185, CM(97)140 and CM(97)211 revised (English only),

Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1319 (1997))

Decisions

The Deputies

1. recalling the decision of principle taken at the 609bis meeting and taking into account comments made by delegations on that occasion and at the present meeting, decided in favour of the organisation by the Council of Europe of a campaign on global interdependence and solidarity: Europe against poverty and social exclusion, and agreed to resume consideration of the organisation of the campaign at one of their forthcoming meetings on the basis of a revised document CM(97)211 and the conclusions of the Rapporteur Group on Information Policy (GR-I);

2. noted that it is envisaged to launch the campaign on the occasion of the Council of Europe day to be organised during the 1998 World Exposition in Lisbon and to conclude it in 1999 in the framework of the celebrations of the Council of Europe’s 50th Anniversary;

3. instructed the Secretary General to prepare the first meeting of the International Steering Committee of the campaign with a view to it being held in March/April 1998 in order to draw up a programme of events and activities for the campaign;

4. asked the Ad hoc Working Party on the 50th Anniversary of the Council of Europe (GT-50) to examine whether this campaign could be associated with the 50th Anniversary of the Council of Europe;

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5. adopted the following reply to Recommendation 1319 (1997) of the Parliamentary Assembly:

    “The Committee of Ministers gave an interim reply in July 1997 to Assembly Recommendation 1319 (1997). After having examined the proposal contained in this Recommendation, the Committee of Ministers has decided in favour of the organisation by the Council of Europe of a campaign on global interdependence and solidarity : Europe against poverty and social exclusion.
    The ideas expressed in Recommendation 1319 are in harmony with the concerns of the Heads of State and Government of the Council of Europe member States as expressed in the Final Declaration adopted at the Second Summit (Strasbourg, 10-11 October 1997). In this text, they encouraged “understanding between the citizens of the North and the South, in particular through information and civic education for young people, as well as initiatives aimed at promoting mutual respect and solidarity among peoples”.
    However, in view of the Council’s limited budgetary resources, this campaign will have to be financed by voluntary contributions from member States, international organisations and other possible donors. The Committee of Ministers also considers that the 1998 Universal Exposition in Lisbon would offer an appropriate occasion to launch the campaign which could be concluded in connection with the celebrations of the Council of Europe’s 50th anniversary in 1999.

    With a view to devising a campaign plan at European level and within member States, the Committee of Ministers has instructed the Secretary General to prepare the first meeting of an International Steering Committee. The Committee of Ministers also expresses the wish that the Parliamentary Assembly and the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe be associated with the organisation and activities of the campaign.”

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Item 6.1

6.1

EUROPEAN COMMITTEE ON MIGRATION (CDMG)

a.

Abridged report of the 36th meeting

(Strasbourg, 14-17 April 1997)

(CM/Del/Dec/Act(96)544/6.3, (96)580/6.1, (96)575/3.1b,

CM/Del/Dec(97)596/6.2, 612/6.1, CM(96)160, CM(97)96, GR-SOC(98)1)

Decisions

The Deputies

1. took note of the conclusions of the joint meeting of the European Committee on Migration (CDMG) and the ad hoc Committee of Experts on Legal Aspects of Territorial Asylum, Refugees and Stateless Persons (CAHAR) on pan-European migration trends, as set out in Appendix III to CM(97)96;

2. decided to transmit the memorandum from the Specialist Group on Roma/Gypsies (MG-S-ROM) on human rights problems faced by Roma/Gypsies, as set out in Appendix IV to CM(97)96, to the Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH) and the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), drawing particular attention to Section (a) on page 26 ("Discrimination"), so that they could take account of it in their work;

3. instructed the Secretary General to use the memorandum from the Specialist Group on Roma/Gypsies (MG-S-ROM) on human rights problems faced by Roma/Gypsies as set out in Appendix IV to CM(97)96, in his contacts with non-governmental organisations and other parties concerned with a view to fostering the broadest possible public awareness of the problems of Roma/Gypsies;

4. invited the Secretary General to examine the consequences of the memorandum from the Specialist Group on Roma/Gypsies (MG-S-ROM) on human rights problems faced by Roma/Gypsies, as set out in Appendix IV to CM(97)96 and of the conclusions of the CDMG on problems arising in connection with the international mobility of Roma/Gypsies in Europe, as set out in Appendix V to CM(97)96, when drawing up the Organisation's future programmes, particularly in connection with the police, the administration of justice, the media, equality between women and men and childhood policies;

5. decided to transmit the memorandum from the Specialist Group on Roma/Gypsies (MG-S-ROM) on human rights problems faced by Roma/Gypsies, as set out in Appendix IV to CM(97)96, and the conclusions of the CDMG on problems arising in connection with the international mobility of Roma/Gypsies in Europe, as set out in Appendix V to CM(97)96, to the Parliamentary Assembly and the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe (CLRAE), for information;

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6. instructed the Secretariat to prepare a draft reply to the Written Question No. 372 from Ms J. Verspaget on the appointment of a Council of Europe mediator for Roma/Gypsies;

7. decided to declassify the conclusions of the CDMG on problems arising in connection with the international mobility of Roma/Gypsies in Europe, as set out in Appendix V to CM(97)96, in order to make them accessible to those concerned;

8. in the light of decision 1 to 7 above, took note of the abridged report of the 36th meeting of the CDMG (CM(97)96) in its entirety.

Item 6.1b

b.

Abridged report of the 37th meeting

(Strasbourg, 5-7 November 1997)

(CM(97)218)

Decisions

The Deputies

1. approved specific terms of reference for a Select Committee of Experts on security of residence for long-term immigrants (MG-R-RES), as they appear at Appendix 3 to CM(97)218;

2. took note of the plans to hold a joint meeting of the Bureaux of the CDMG and the CAHAR in March 1998 in order to allow further discussion on the continuing co-operation between these two committees;

3. adopted renewed, modified terms of reference of the Specialist Group on Roma/Gypsies (MG-S-ROM), as they appear at Appendix 2 to the present volume of Decisions;

4. took note of the opinion of the CDMG on paragraph 9.vii of Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1291 (1996) on Yiddish culture, as it appears at Appendix 5 to CM(97)218;

5. took note of the opinion of the CDMG on paragraphs 6.ii and 6.iii of Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1325 (1997) on traffic in women and forced prostitution in Council of Europe member States, as it appears at Appendix 6 to CM(97)218;

6. in the light of Decisions 1 to 5 above, took note of the abridged report of the 37th meeting of the CDMG (CM(97)218) in its entirety.

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Item 6.2

6.2

EUROPEAN POPULATION COMMITTEE (CDPO)

(CM(97)214, CM(97)214 Addendum, CM(97)215)

Decisions

The Deputies

1. invited the Rapporteur Group on Social and Health Questions (GR-SOC) to examine the specific terms of reference of the "Group of specialists on trends in mortality and differential mortality" (PO-S-MT) as they appear in Appendix III to CM(97)214 and to report back to the Deputies at one of their forthcoming meetings;

2. approved the amended terms of reference of the CDPO as they appear in Appendix. 3 to the present volume of Decisions;

3. taking into account the views expressed at the present meeting, authorised the publication of a volume containing a report on the demographic characteristics of the two communities in Northern Ireland, a synthesis report on the demographic characteristics of the main national minorities in Hungary, Romania and the Slovak Republic, as well as an introduction and a review of sources of information on religion, language, national/ethnic group in Europe (CM(97)214 Addendum);

4. took note of the final activity report concerning the project "The demographic imbalances between the countries in the Mediterranean basin" (CM(97)215);

5. in the light of decisions 1 to 4 above, took note of the report of the 22nd meeting of the CDPO in its entirety.

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Item 8.1

8.1

EUROPEAN STEERING COMMITTEE FOR INTERGOVERNMENTAL
CO-OPERATION IN THE YOUTH FIELD
(CDEJ)

Abridged report of the 20th meeting

(Strasbourg, 14-16 October 1997)

(CM(97)207)

Decisions

The Deputies

1. agreed to resume consideration of paragraph 4 of CM(97)207 at one of their forthcoming meetings in the framework of the discussion of the financing of the European Youth Foundation (EYF);

2. taking into account the above decision, took note of the abridged report as it appears in CM(97)207 as a whole.

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Item 9.2

9.2

PAN-EUROPEAN BIOLOGICAL AND LANDSCAPE DIVERSITY STRATEGY
Bureau of the Committee

responsible for the activities of the council of europe

in the field of biological and landscape diversity (BU-DBP)

Abridged report of the 3rd meeting

(Geneva, 19 November 1997)

(CM(97)212)

Decisions

The Deputies 

1. approved the terms of reference for the Group of Specialists on Tourism and Environment, the Group of Specialists on transport and Environment and of the Group of Specialists on the European diploma, as they appear respectively in Appendices IV, V and VI to CM(97)212 ;

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2. confirmed their approval of the « activities from 1998 Work Programme of the Strategy which could be financed by the Council of Europe budget » adopted at their 611th meeting (8-11 December 1997);

3. took note of the opinion of the BU-DBP on the Parliamentary Recommendation 1310 (1996) on results and follow-up to European Nature Conservation Year 1995, and agreed to take it into account in the Council of Europe's future work;

4. taking into account decisions 1-3 above, took note of the abridged report of the 3rd meeting of the BU-DBP, as it appears in CM(97)212, as a whole.

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Item 9.3

9.3

DRAFT REPLIES TO CLRAE RECOMMENDATIONS

29 (1997) on the state of local and regional democracy in Turkey

31 (1997) on the preliminary draft European landscape Convention

35 (1997) on the implementation of the European Charter

of local self-government in Italy

Decisions

The Deputies

1. adopted the following reply to Recommendation 29 (1997) of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe (CLRAE) on the state of local and regional democracy in Turkey:

      "The Committee of Ministers considered Recommendation 29 (1997) of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe (CLRAE), addressed to the Turkish Government. It welcomes the commitment with which the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe pursues its aim to verify that legislation and practice concerning local and regional democracy in member States are consistent with the European Charter of Local Self-Government.

    On 30 September 1997 the Committee of Ministers took note of this Recommendation and decided to bear it in mind for the purpose of monitoring the commitments entered into by the Council of Europe member States under the heading of local democracy, and agreed to study the possibility of allocating financial resources to co-operation and training programmes for Turkish elected representatives and civil servants in the field of local democracy, if the Turkish authorities express their wish for this, and on the basis of detailed proposals to this end. The Committee of Ministers decided to forward this Recommendation to the Steering Committee on Local and Regional Authorities (CDLR) for information.";

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2. adopted the following reply to Recommendation 31 (1997) of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe (CLRAE) on the preliminary draft European Landscape Convention:

      "On 30 September 1997 the Committee of Ministers considered Recommendation 31 (1997) of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe (CLRAE) and asked its Rapporteur Group on Environment and Local Authorities (GR-E) to study it. Given the preliminary stage of preparation of the draft Convention, the Group decided at its meeting of 28 October 1997 to take note of this Recommendation";

2. adopted the following reply to Recommendation 35 (1997) of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe (CLRAE) on the implementation of the European Charter of Local Self-Government in Italy:

      "The Committee of Ministers considered Recommendation 35 (1997) of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe (CLRAE), addressed to the Italian Government. It welcomes the commitment with which the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe pursues its aim to verify that legislation and practice concerning local and regional democracy in member States are consistent with the European Charter of Local Self-Government.

    The Committee of Ministers took note with interest of the co-operation established between the Congress and Italian governmental and parliamentary authorities as concerns taking into account suggestions contained in Recommendation No. 35.

    On 30 September 1997 the Committee of Ministers took note of this Recommendation and decided to bear it in mind for the purpose of monitoring the commitments entered into by the Council of Europe member States under the heading of local democracy. The Committee of Ministers decided to forward this Recommendation to the European Commission for democracy through Law (the Venice Commission) and to the Steering Committee on Local and Regional Authorities (CDLR) for information".

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Item 9.4

9.4

7TH MINISTERIAL SESSION OF THE EUR-OPA MAJOR HAZARDS AGREEMENT

Monte-Carlo, Principality of Monaco, 24-25 November 1997
Abridged report

(CM(97)206)

Decisions

The Representatives on the Committee of Ministers of the States members of the EUR-OPA Major Hazards Partial Agreement (Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Malta, Portugal, Russian Federation, San Marino, Spain, "the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia", Turkey and Ukraine)

1. took note of Resolutions No.1 – No.7  as they appear in Appendices 5,6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 to CM(97)206;

2. asked their Rapporteur Group on Environment and Local Authorities (GR-E) to consider Resolution No. 2 « On anti-personnel landmines and their humanitarian implications » and to report back to the Deputies at one of their forthcoming meetings;

3. taking account of the decisions 1 and 2 above, took note of the abridged report as a whole as it appears in CM(97)206.

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Item 10.1

10.1

DRAFT RECOMMENDATION No. R(97).. CONCERNING
THE ETHICAL AND ORGANISATIONAL ASPECTS
OF HEALTH CARE IN PRISON
Final activity report of the PC-CP in co-operation with the CDSP

(CM/Del/Dec(97)600/10.2c, 612/10.1, CM(97)116 and 179)

Decisions

The Deputies

1. invited the Rapporteur Group on Legal Co-operation to examine draft Recommendation No. R (97) … of the Committee of Ministers to member States concerning the ethical and organisational aspects of health care in prison, in the light of the amendments proposed;

2. agreed to resume consideration of this item at one of their forthcoming meetings on the basis of the conclusions of the Rapporteur Group.

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Item 11.1

11.1

CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE ON REMUNERATION

REVIEW AT 1 JANUARY 1998 OF THE DAILY RATES

OF SUBSISTENCE ALLOWANCE FOR STAFF OF THE

CO-ORDINATED ORGANISATIONS

82nd report

(CM(97)204)

Decision

The Deputies approved the 82nd report of the Co-ordinating Committee on Remuneration (CM(97)204).

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Item 11.2

11.2

CO-ORDINATION COMMITTEE ON REMUNERATION

REVISION AT 1 JANUARY 1998 OF THE AMOUNTS

OF THE KILOMETRIC ALLOWANCE FOR STAFF OF THE

CO-ORDINATED ORGANISATIONS

83rd Report

(CM(97)208)

Decision

The Deputies approved the 83rd report of the Co-ordinating Committee on Remuneration (CM(97)208) in particular the recommendation made in paragraph 2.

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Item 11.3

11.3

COMMITTEE OF EXPERTS ON BUILDINGS (CAHB)

a.

Report of the 5th meeting
(Strasbourg, 20 – 21 November 1997)
(CM/Del/Dec/Act(94)506/ADM8, CM(97)199)

Decision

The Deputies took note of the report of the 5th meeting of the Committee of Experts on Buildings (CAHB) as it appears in document CM(97)199.

b.

b. Appointment of members of the CAHB

Decision

The Deputies fixed 28 February 1998 as the deadline for the submission of candidates with a view to designating the nine experts in March.



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