CM(98)40... European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) - Abridged report of the 14th meeting (Strasbourg, 3-6 March 1998)

 

 

Committee of Ministers

Comité des Ministres

 

Strasbourg, 18 March 1998

Restricted
CM(98)40

For consideration at the 628th meeting
of the Ministers’ Deputies
(15-16 April 1998, A level, item 4.1)

 

EUROPEAN COMMISSION

AGAINST RACISM AND INTOLERANCE

(ECRI)

…………………

14th meeting

Strasbourg, Human Rights Building

Room 20 RC Jardin

2-6 March 1998

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ABRIDGED MEETING REPORT

 

Introduction

1. The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) held its 14th meeting from 3 to 6 March 1998 in Strasbourg (Human Rights Building) with Mr Nikos FRANGAKIS (Greece) in the Chair.

2. The list of participants appears in Appendix I. The agenda, as adopted, appears in Appendix II.

3. This abridged report contains a list of the items discussed and decisions taken at the meeting.

Items 1 and 2: Opening of the meeting and adoption of the agenda

4. See introduction.

Item 3: Communication by the Secretariat

5. ECRI was informed by the Secretariat of recent developments within the Council of Europe relevant to its work. It also noted that the Swiss Federal Commission against Racism is organising, in co-operation with the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law, a colloquy on "Combating racism: the place and the role of specialised bodies" which will be held in Lausanne (Switzerland) from 22-24 October 1998; a number of the members of ECRI, including its Bureau and the members of its working group on specialised bodies, will participate in this colloquy.

Item 4: Intensification of the activities of ECRI

6. ECRI discussed a draft document prepared by an ad hoc group, containing proposals on the intensification of its activities in the framework of the follow-up to the Second Summit of Heads of State and Government of the member States of the Council of Europe. ECRI finalised this document and forwarded it to the Committee of Ministers with a view to contributing to its discussion on the intensification of ECRI’s activities.

7. The document, as adopted by ECRI, is reproduced in Addendum I to this abridged meeting report.

Item 5: Texts prepared by the CBC working groups

8. ECRI discussed the draft preliminary texts concerning Estonia, Romania, Spain and the United Kingdom and held an in-depth discussion on each of these texts.

9. In accordance with the country-by-country working procedure, it was agreed that the draft texts, as prepared by ECRI at the present meeting, would be transmitted by the Chair to the Permanent Representatives of the member States in question, so that they might be forwarded for comments to the national liaison officer to be nominated by the respective governments.

Item 6: Adoption of final country-by-country texts

10. ECRI examined the country-by-country texts which had been discussed with the national liaison officers, and which were now submitted to ECRI for final adoption.

11. ECRI adopted the final texts concerning Bulgaria, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal and Slovakia. These texts are reproduced in Addendum II to this abridged meeting report.

12. In accordance with the country-by-country procedure, as agreed by the Deputies at their 598th meeting (1-3 July 1997), the aforementioned texts would be transmitted by ECRI to the governments of the countries in question through the Committee of Ministers. These texts could be published two months after their transmission to these governments, unless the latter were expressly against making the texts public.

Item 7: ECRI general policy recommendation No. 3 on combating racism and intolerance against Roma/Gypsies

13. The Chair of the working group on Roma/Gypsies, Mr Fernando FERREIRA RAMOS (Portugal) presented the results of the hearing held by this group with representatives of Roma/Gypsy organisations (Paris, 16 February 1998) as well as the text of a draft ECRI general policy recommendation No. 3 on combating racism and intolerance against Roma/Gypsies.

14. ECRI held a discussion on this text, finalised its contents and agreed to transmit it to the Committee of Ministers, requesting the latter to comunicate the text to the governments of member States and to authorise its publication.

15. The ECRI general policy recommendation No. 3, as adopted at the meeting, is reproduced in Addendum III to this abridged meeting report.

Item 8: ECRI general policy recommendation No. 4 on national surveys on victims’ experience and perception of racism and discrimination

16. The Chair of the working group on surveys, Ms Eva SMITH-ASMUSSEN (Denmark) presented the text of a draft ECRI general policy recommendation No. 4 on national surveys on victims’ experience and perception of racism and discrimination.

17. ECRI held a discussion on this text, finalised its contents and agreed to transmit it to the Committee of Ministers, requesting the latter to communicate the text to the governments of member States and to authorise its publication. The ECRI general policy recommendation No. 4, as adopted at the meeting, is reproduced in Addendum IV to this abridged meeting report.

18. ECRI asked its working group on surveys to continue its work by reflecting on ways in which the implementation of ECRI's general recommendation N° 4 might be promoted and ways in which the organisation of surveys in the various member States might be promoted.

Item 9: Annual report on the activities of ECRI

19. ECRI discussed and approved the outline of its annual report for 1997. It requested its Bureau to complete the drafting of the report as quickly as possible and expressed the wish that its Chair and Vice-Chairs could present the completed report to the Ministers’ Deputies at a hearing.

Item 10: Co-operation programme with NGOs

20. The Chair of the working group on relations with NGOs, Mr Andrzej SICINSKI (Poland) presented the results of a consultation meeting held in Paris on 15 December 1997.

21. ECRI discussed and finalised the text of a draft policy and action statement concerning ECRI's relations with NGOs. The text, as adopted by ECRI, is reproduced in Appendix III to this abridged meeting report.

Item 11: Co-operation with the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia

22. Mr Joseph VOYAME (Switzerland), member of the management board of the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia in respect of the Council of Europe, provided information on the first meeting of the management board, which was held in Vienna on 20-21 January 1998.

Item 12: Consultant on the cohabitation of different cultures and religions

23. ECRI agreed to discuss this subject at its 15th plenary meeting (16-19 June 1998). To that end, the Secretariat would prepare a memorandum on the possible contents of the research task which might be given to a consultant. It was agreed that ECRI members with proposals to make on this subject should transmit the latter to the Secretariat before 10 May 1998.

Item 13: Contacts established with other bodies of the Council of Europe interested in the questions dealt with by ECRI

24. ECRI was informed of recent developments with regard to the question of the possible widening of the field of application of Article 14 (non-discrimination clause) of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Item 14: Composition of ECRI's working groups

25. The composition of ECRI's working groups, as revised by ECRI at the present meeting, appears in Appendix IV.

Item 15: Time-table of forthcoming meetings and items to be dealt with at the 15th meeting of ECRI

26. ECRI agreed to include on the agenda of its 15th plenary meeting (16-19 June 1998) an item on the issue of the dissemination of racist material via the Internet, and asked its Secretariat to prepare a memorandum as a basis for its discussions on this item.

27. Furthermore, ECRI asked its working group on the "basket of good practices" to hold a meeting before ECRI's 15th plenary meeting (16-19 June 1998) in order to prepare proposals for the content of a second "basket" and possible ways of collecting examples of good practices.

28. The provisional timetable of forthcoming meetings appears in Appendix V to this abridged meeting report.

 

APPENDIX I

LIST OF PARTICIPANTS

Albanie / Albania
(Excusée/Apologised)
Ms Admira SHEHU, Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies, University of Malta, VALLETTA

Andorre / Andorra
Madame Patricia QUILLACQ, Représentante Permanente Adjointe d'Andorre auprès du Conseil de l'Europe, Conseil de l'Europe, STRASBOURG

Autriche / Austria
(Excusé/Apologised)
Professor Stefan KARNER, Ludwig BoltzmannInstitut für Kriegsfolgen-Forschung, GRAZ

Belgique / Belgium
(Excusé/Apologised)
Monsieur Johan LEMAN, Directeur du Centre pour l'Egalité des Chances et la Lutte contre le racisme, BRUXELLES
M. François SANT'ANGELO, collaborateur au Centre pour l'Egalité des Chances et la Lutte contre le Racisme, Résidence Palace, BRUXELLES

Bulgarie / Bulgaria
Monsieur Luben KOULICHEV, Assemblée Nationale de la République de Bulgarie, SOFIA

Croatie / Croatia
Ms Nina VAJIC, Professor of Public International Law, Law Faculty, University of Zagreb, ZAGREB

Chypre / Cyprus
Ms Maro CLERIDES-TSIAPPAS, Counsel for the Republic of Cyprus, Office of the Attorney General of the Republic of Cyprus, NICOSIA

République Tchèque / Czech Republic
Mr Richard KRPAC, Human Rights Office, International Law Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, PRAGUE

Danemark / Denmark
Professor Eva SMITH ASMUSSEN, Retsvidenskabeligt Institut A, COPENHAGEN

Estonie / Estonia
Mrs Aino LEPIK, Head of Human Rights Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Legal Department, TALLINN

Finlande / Finland
(Excusée/Apologised)
Professor Karmela LIEBKIND, University of Helsinki, Department of Social Psychology, HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO
Mr Lauri HANNIKAINEN, Associate Professor of International Law, HELSINKI

France
Madame Martine VALDES-BOULOUQUE, Premier Substitut du Procureur de la République auprès du Tribunal de Grande Instance de Paris , Palais de Justice, PARIS

Allemagne / Germany
Dr Helga VOELSKOW-THIES, Ministerialdirigentin, Bundesministerium der Justiz, BONN

Grèce / Greece
Mr Nikos FRANGAKIS, President of the Hellenic League on Human Rights, ATHENS

Hongrie / Hungary
Mr Jenö KALTENBACH, Parliamentary Commissioner for National, Ethnic and Minority Rights, Parliamentary Commissioners' Office of the Republic of Hungary, BUDAPEST

Islande / Iceland
Reverend Baldur KRISTJÁNSSON, Special Assistant to the Bishop of Iceland, Biskupsstofa, REYKJAVIK

Italie / Italy
Monsieur le Professeur Paolo UNGARI, Presidente della Commissione per i Diritti Umani della Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri, ROMA

Lettonie / Latvia
Mrs Ruta MARJAŠA, Deputy Chairman of the Legal Affairs Commission, The Saeima of the Republic of Latvia, RIGA

Liechtenstein
(Excusé/Apologised)
Monsieur Hans BRUNHART, Ancien Chef du Gouvernement, Euroconsult AG, SCHAAN
Mme Christine STEHRENBERGER, Représentant Permanent Adjoint de la Principauté de Liechtenstein auprès du Conseil de l'Europe, Office pour les Affaires Etrangères, VADUZ

Lituanie / Lithuania
Mr Vladimir YARMOLENKO, Member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, VILNIUS

Luxembourg
Monsieur Roger LINSTER, Ambassadeur, 1er Conseiller de Gouvernement, Ministère des Affaires Etrangères, LUXEMBOURG

Malte / Malta
Dr Godwin MUSCAT-AZZOPARDI, Judge, Taizé, Wied II-Qlejja, VALLETTA

Moldova
Monsieur le Professeur Victor VOLCINSCHI, str Banulescu-Bodoni, 61, Academia de Studii Economice (ASE) dui Victor Volcinschi, Seful Catedrei de Drept, CHISINAU

Pays-Bas / Netherlands
Mr Willem MIJNSSEN, Gerechtshof s'Gravenhage, DEN HAAG

Norvège / Norway
(Excusé/Apologised)
Mr Petter DREFVELIN, Director General, Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI), LYSAKER

Pologne / Poland
Professor Andrzej SICINSKI, Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences, WARSZAWA

Portugal
Monsieur Fernando FERREIRA RAMOS, Procureur-Général Adjoint, Procuradoria-Geral da República, LISBOA

Roumanie / Romania
Mr Aurel-Viorel CIOBANU-DORDEA, Ministry of Justice, Directorate of Government's Agent to the Council of Europe, BUCHAREST

Fédération de Russie / Russian Federation
Mr Alexander VLADYCHENKO, Doctor of History, Deputy Director, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Cooperation Department, MOSCOW

Sain-Marin / San Marino
(Excusée/Apologised)
Madame Federica BIGI, Ministère des Affaires Etrangères de Saint-Marin, Direction des Affaires Politiques, REP. SAN MARINO

Slovaquie / Slovakia
Professor Juraj ŠVEC, Rector of the University Comenius, BRATISLAVA

Slovénie / Slovenia
Mrs Alenka PUHAR, Journalist-Publicist, LJUBLJANA

Espagne / Spain
Mr Tomás CALVO BUEZAS, Catedrático de Antropología Social, Facultad de Ciencias Políticas y Sociología, Universidad Complutense, MADRID
Mr Secundino VALLADARES FERNANDEZ, Facultad de Ciencias Politicas y Sociologia, Universidad Complutense, MADRID

Suède / Sweden
(Excusée/Apologised)
Ms Heléne LÖÖW, National Swedish Council for Crime Prevention, STOCKHOLM

Suisse / Switzerland
Monsieur le Professeur Joseph VOYAME, SAINT-BRAIS
Madame Doris ANGST YILMAZ, Responsable du Secrétariat de la Commission fédérale contre le racisme, BERNE

"L'ex-République yougoslave de Macédoine" / "The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia"
Ms Elizabeta GORGIEVA, Senior Officer at the Human and Minority Rights Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, SKOPJE

Turquie / Turkey
Mr Gün KUT, Bogaziçi University, Faculty of Political Science, ISTANBUL

Ukraine
Mr Oleg SEMENENKO, Second Secretary of the European and Transatlantic Integration, Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, KYIV

Royaume-Uni / United Kingdom
Mr Michael E. HEAD, WOKING

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Assemblée parlementaire / Parliamentary Assembly

Commission des questions juridiques et des droits de l'homme/Committee on Legal Questions and Human Rights

Monsieur José Luis LOPES HENARES, Sénateur, MADRID

Commission de la culture et de l'éducation/Committee on Culture and Education

(Excusée/Apologised)

Mrs Josephine VERSPAGET, Deputy, THE HAGUE

Commission des questions politiques/Committee on Political Affairs

(Excusé/Apologised)

Mr András BÁRSONY, Vice-President of the Parliamentary Assembly to the Council of Europe, Hungarian Parliament, BUDAPEST

Congrès des pouvoirs locaux et régionaux de l'Europe / Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe

(Excusé/Apologised)

Monsieur Gianfranco MARTINI, Segretario Generale dell'Associazione Italiana del Consiglio dei Communi e Regioni d'Europa, ROMA

(Excusée/Apologised)

Mrs Gülay ATIG, Mayor of Sisli, Sisli Belediyesi, ISTANBUL

Commission des Communautés Européennes/Commission of the European Community

(Excusée/Apologised)

Madame Annette BOSSCHER, Chef de Division Direction Générale, BRUXELLES

Observateurs/Observers:

Saint-Siège/Holy See:

Monsieur Joël-Benoît d'ONORIO, Directeur du Département des Sciences juridiques et morales, Institut Portalis, AIX EN PROVENCE

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Secrétariat:

Mme Isil GACHET, Direction des Droits de l'Homme, Secrétaire de la Commission européenne contre le racisme et l'intolérance/Human Rights Directorate, Secretary of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance, Conseil de l'Europe, STRASBOURG

Mrs Isobelle JAQUES, Administratrice / Administrator

Ms Louise BARTON, Assistante Administrative/Administrative Assistant

Mr Giancarlo CARDINALE, Attaché à la Direction des Droits de l'Homme/Attached to the Human Rights Directorate

Mme Sylvia LEHMANN, Assistante/Assistant

 

APPENDIX II

Agenda

 

1. Opening of the meeting

2. Adoption of the agenda

3. Communication by the Secretariat

4. Intensification of the activities of ECRI

5. Texts prepared by the CBC working groups

6. Adoption of final country-by-country texts

7. ECRI general policy recommendation N° 3 on combating racism and intolerance against Roma/Gypsies

8. ECRI general policy recommendation N° 4 on national surveys on victims' experience and perception of racism and discrimination

9. Annual report on ECRI's activities

10. Co-operation programme with NGOs

11. Co-operation with the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia

12. Consultant on the cohabitation of different cultures and religions

13. Contacts established with other bodies of the Council of Europe interested in the questions dealt with by ECRI

14. Composition of ECRI's working groups

15. Time-table of forthcoming meetings and items to be dealt with at the 15th meeting of ECRI

16. Other business

 

APPENDIX III

EUROPEAN COMMISSION AGAINST RACISM AND INTOLERANCE

(ECRI)

 

POLICY AND ACTION STATEMENT ON

ECRI'S RELATIONS WITH NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANISATIONS

 

A. Introduction

1. In accordance with its terms of reference, the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) shall:

"- review member States' legislation, policies and other measures to combat racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism and intolerance, and their effectiveness;

- propose further action at local, national and European level;

- formulate general policy recommendations to member States;

- study international legal instruments applicable in the matter with a view to their reinforcement where appropriate."

2. In undertaking this activity, ECRI may:

"... be seized directly by non-governmental organisations on any questions covered by it."

3. Since its establishment, ECRI has sought to co-operate with non-governmental organisations (NGOs). For example, in 1994 it circulated a letter informing selected NGOs of ECRI's creation and, on the basis of a questionnaire, sought information from NGOs on legal and policy measures in force in member States.

4. ECRI's guiding principles and future role, adopted in December 1995, envisaged its activity would consist, inter alia, of:

"- maintaining on-going relations with NGOs dealing with the promotion and protection of human rights, especially those NGOs which enjoy consultative status with the Council of Europe, and examining any material, reports and observations which these NGOs might transmit to ECRI."

5. In May 1996 ECRI met with selected NGO representatives to discuss possibilities for future co-operation. Subsequent to this meeting, it established a working group on relations with NGOs. In December 1997, ECRI met again with selected NGO representatives, to obtain their views on ECRI's proposed policy for co-operation with NGOs as contained in this policy and action statement.

6. At its 14th plenary meeting in (3-6 March 1998), in the light of the evolution of its own activity, especially its country-by-country approach, ECRI examined in detail how it could co-operate effectively with NGOs. In so doing, it adopted this policy and action statement on ECRI's relations with NGOs.

B. ECRI and NGOs

7. Tackling racism and intolerance requires not only action by governments, to whom ECRI's recommendations are addressed, but the full involvement of civil society. NGOs have a crucial role to play in this respect. It is a longstanding practice of the Council of Europe to work closely, often in partnership, with NGOs, especially in the field of promoting and protecting human rights. Building on these links, and taking into account the relations developed especially with national NGOs during the European Youth Campaign against Racism, Xenophobia, Anti-Semitism and Intolerance (EYC), ECRI aims to intensify its action against racism in co-operation with NGOs. Furthermore, ECRI underlines the importance it attaches to co-operation between governments and NGOs in the implementation of measures to combat racism. It encourages governments, on the one hand, to involve NGOs in policy-making and its application, as well as, on the other hand, NGOs to co-operate with governments and other authorities.

8. ECRI seeks to co-operate with international and, in particular, national NGOs. At the international level, it will promote contact with NGOs active in the human rights field, not solely those concerned specifically with combating racism and intolerance. At the national level, it will concentrate on developing co-operation with those NGOs which focus their activities on ECRI's area of competence.

9. ECRI's relations with NGOs should constitute a genuine partnership with two-way exchanges: NGOs are valuable information sources for ECRI, and they may also play a role in contributing to the future development of ECRI's own activity.

10. ECRI envisages employing a variety of working methods in co-operating with NGOs, including written information exchange, meetings and hearings with NGOs with specialist knowledge.

C. ECRI-NGO co-operation concerning country-by-country (CBC) work

11. ECRI welcomes the role NGOs have played to-date in providing information for use in its country reports. It seeks to enhance this role in the future, in the light of the further evolution of its CBC work.

12. On publication of its country reports, ECRI welcomes assistance from NGOs in disseminating these reports. In so doing, it is hoped that NGOs can play a role in promoting ECRI's recommendations as well as in providing comment or feedback.

D. ECRI-NGO co-operation on other aspects of ECRI activity

13. ECRI likewise welcomes assistance from NGOs in disseminating its general policy recommendations and other publications, including contributing to their up-dating, as appropriate. ECRI similarly hopes NGOs can play a role in promoting ECRI's general policy recommendations at the national level as well as in providing comment or feedback on them.

14. ECRI recognises the important role NGOs play in supporting developments in international human rights law and gaining their acceptance by governments. It welcomes NGO involvement in this respect regarding ratification of existing treaties as well as international legal instruments which may be developed relating to combating racism and intolerance.

15. ECRI attaches great importance to the role of information and education in combating racism and intolerance. With this in mind, the Council of Europe's web site Combating racism and intolerance was launched in October 1997 (address: www.ecri.coe.fr). ECRI seeks co-operation with NGOs in the further development of this web site into a forum for information exchange and comment, responsive to the needs and priorities of its users. It also welcomes NGO views on other means of communication ECRI might develop in the future, particularly its proposed newsletter.

16. ECRI welcomes co-operation with NGOs in promoting educational activity, in its broadest sense, for combating racism and intolerance.

17. Insofar as resources, human and financial, permit, ECRI welcomes the opportunity to participate in NGO conferences, seminars and meetings aimed at combating racism and intolerance. ECRI also encourages its members to co-operate actively with national and, if possible, local NGOs in promoting the implementation of its recommendations and country-specific proposals.

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Attachment: list of members of ECRI

 

APPENDIX IV

COMPOSITION OF ECRI'S WORKING GROUPS

WORKING GROUP ON ROMA/GYPSIES / GROUPE DE TRAVAIL SUR LES ROMS/TSIGANES

Mr Fernando Ferreira-Ramos (Chair/Président)

Mr Aurel Ciobanu-Dordea

Mr Jenö Kaltenbach

Mr Richard Krpac

Mr Willem Mijnssen

Mr François Sant'Angelo

Mr Victor Volcinschi

 

WORKING GROUP ON SURVEYS / GROUPE DE TRAVAIL ENQUETES

Mrs Eva Smith-Asmussen (Chair/Présidente)

Mr Tómas Calvo-Buezas

Mr Jürgen Haberland

Mr Gün Kut

Mr Godwin Muscat-Azzopardi

Mr Andrzej Sicinski

 

WORKING GROUP ON BASKET OF GOOD PRACTICES /
GROUPE DE TRAVAIL CORBEILLE DE BONNES PRATIQUES

Mr Godwin Muscat-Azzopardi (Chair/Président)

Mr Petter Drefvelin

Mr Jürgen Haberland

Ms Alenka Puhar

Mr François Sant'Angelo

 

WORKING GROUP ON SPECIALISED BODIES /
GROUPE DE TRAVAIL SUR LES ORGANES SPECIALISES

Mr Michael Head (Chair/Président)

Mrs Doris Angst-Yilmaz

Mr Petter Drefvelin

Ms Elizabeta Gorgieva

Mr Willem Mijnssen

Mr François Sant'Angelo

Mrs Martine Valdes-Boulouque

Mr Alexander Vladychenko

 

WORKING GROUP ON RESEARCH INSTITUTES /
GROUPE DE TRAVAIL INSTITUTS DE RECHERCHE

Mr Juraj Svec (Chair/Président)

Ms Patricia Quillacq

Mr Paolo Ungari

 

WORKING GROUP ON RELATIONS WITH NGOS /
GROUPE DE TRAVAIL SUR LES RELATIONS AVEC LES ONG

Mr Andrzej Sicinski (Chair/Président)

Mr Michael Head

Mr Jenö Kaltenbach

Mr Richard Krpac

Mr Godwin Muscat-Azzopardi

Mr Paolo Ungari

Mrs Martine Valdes-Boulouque

Mr Joseph Voyame

 

DIALOGUE GROUP FOR CONTACTS WITH NATIONAL LIAISON OFFICERS /
GROUPE DE DIALOGUE POUR LES CONTACTS AVEC LES AGENTS DE LIAISON NATIONAUX

Mr Nikos Frangakis

Mrs Alenka Puhar

Mr Joseph Voyame

one member of CBC group in question / un membre du groupe CBC concerné

 

COUNTRY-BY-COUNTRY (CBC) GROUPS /
GROUPES DE TRAVAIL PAYS-PAR-PAYS (CBC)

The composition of the 9 CBC working groups remains unchanged.

 

APPENDIX V

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TIMETABLE OF FORTHCOMING MEETINGS
(Subject to budgetary possibilities)

 

Plenary meetings

- 15th plenary meeting: 16-19 June 1998

- 16th plenary meeting: 13-16 October 1998

 

Bureau

- Thursday 4 June 1998 (Strasbourg)

- 15 June 1998 (pending confirmation)

- 12 October 1998 (pending confirmation)

 

Working group on NGOs

- Monday 18 May 1998 (Paris Office)

 

Working group "Basket of good practices"

- One and a half day meeting before the 15th plenary meeting

 

CBC working groups:

CBC 2: 29-30 April 1998

CBC 3: 2 April 1998 (provisional date)

CBC 4: 19-20 May 1998

CBC 6: 24 August 1998

CBC 7: 15 May 1998

CBC 9: 6-7 April 1998 (subject to confirmation: 25 May 1998)



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