RESOLUTION (51) 30 C (3 May 1951) - The Joint Committee

(i) The Joint Committee is the organ of co-ordination of the Council of Europe. Without prejudice to the respective rights of the Committee of Ministers and the Consultative Assembly, the functions of the Joint Committee shall be, in particular:

(a) to examine the problems which are common to the two other organs;

(b) to draw the attention of those two organs to such questions as appear to be of particular interest to the Council of Europe;

(c) to make proposals for the draft Agenda of the sessions of the Committee of Ministers and of the Consultative Assembly;

(d) to examine and promote means of giving practical effect to the recommendations adopted by one or other of these two organs.

(ii) (a) The Joint Committee shall be composed in principle of twelve members, five of whom shall be representatives of the Committee of Ministers, and seven of whom shall be representatives of the Consultative Assembly - the latter number to include the President of the Consultative Assembly, who shall be a member ex officio. The number of members may be increased by agreement between the Committee of Ministers and the Assembly. Nevertheless, the Committee of Ministers shall, at its discretion, be entitled to increase by one or two the number of its representatives on the Joint Committee.

(b) The Committee of Ministers and the Consultative Assembly shall each be free to choose its own method of selecting its representatives on the Joint Committee.

(c) The Secretary-General shall be entitled to attend the meetings of the Joint Committee in an advisory capacity.

(iii) (a) The President of the Consultative Assembly shall be the Chairman of the Joint Committee.

(b) No proceedings of the Committee shall be regarded as valid unless a quorum is a present consisting of three of the representatives of the Committee of Ministers and five of the representatives of the Consultative Assembly.

(c) The conclusions of the Joint Committee shall be reached without voting.

(d) The meetings of the Joint Committee shall be convened by the Chairman and shall take place as often as is necessary and, in particular, before and after the sessions of the Committee of Ministers and of the Consultative Assembly.

(e) Subject to the foregoing, the Joint Committee may adopt its own Rules of Procedure.



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