Statutory report 2005

10. Legal

Legal co-operation - in general
Conventions and Treaties
European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission)
European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages
Asylum and Refugees
Bioethics
Corruption / GRECO
Crime
Data Protection
Protection of Animals
Transfrontier Co-operation
Local Democracy
Multidisciplinary Group on international action against Terrorism (GMT)

Legal co-operation - in general

At their 945th meeting on 9 November (item 10.1) the Deputies adopted the reply to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1704 (2005) on referendums: towards good practices in Europe.

At their 944th meeting on 2 November (item 10.2) the Deputies adopted the reply to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1703 (2005) on protection and assistance for separated children seeking asylum.

At their 937th meeting on 14 September (item 10.1), the Deputies authorised the invitation, at the expense of the Council of Europe if necessary and up to a maximum of €32 000, of one participant per state member of the Organisation of American States (OAS), as well as one representative from Japan and one representative from the Holy See (36 persons in total) to the Conference on “Cybercrime: a global challenge, a global response” to be held in Madrid on 12 and 13 December 2005.

At their 930th meeting on 15 June (items 10.6 and 10.7), the Deputies adopted the replies to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendations 1692 (2005) on the circumstances surrounding the arrest and prosecution of leading Yukos executives and Recommendation 1686 (2004) on human mobility and the right to family reunion.

At their 925th meeting on 4 May (item 10.3), the Deputies took note of the information document prepared by the Directorate General of Legal Affairs (DGI) on the Third High-Level Multilateral meeting of the Ministries of the Interior on the fight against terrorism and organised crime to improve security in Europe organised in Warsaw, Poland, on 17-18 March 2005. They decided to include the Resolution adopted by the Ministers and Heads of Delegations participating in the meeting in the documents to be distributed at the Third Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Council of Europe.

At the same meeting (item 10.4), the Deputies took note of the report by the Secretary General on the 26th Conference of European Ministers of Justice (Helsinki, 7-8 April 2005). Concerning Resolution No. 1 on seeking legal solutions to debt problems in a credit society, they transmitted the Resolution to the European Committee on Legal Cooperation (CDCJ) for it to bear it in mind in its future work, as well as to the European Committee for Social Cohesion (CDCS) for information. They instructed the CDCJ, in cooperation with other competent instances of the Council of Europe to:

- analyse existing legislation and good practices;

- identify the difficulties met;

- prepare an appropriate instrument defining legislative and administrative measures, and proposing practical remedies;

- consider, when preparing such an instrument, the role of competent bodies, in particular courts, administrative authorities, and non-governmental organisations involved;

- consider ways of providing assistance to member states in the application of this instrument and, where necessary, make appropriate proposals to the Committee of Ministers.

Concerning Resolution No. 2 on the Social Mission of the Criminal Justice System – Restorative Justice, the Deputies transmitted the Resolution to the European Committee for Crime Problems (CDPC) for it to bear it in mind in its future work, and instructed the CDPC to prepare, in accordance with Recommendation Rec(2003)20, an instrument with a view to developing comprehensive standards governing sanctions and measures for dealing with juvenile offenders. They also instructed the CDPC to examine the issue of probation and post-prison assistance with a view to addressing the need to develop the role of probation services, and asked it to give further consideration to the possibility of preparing one or more instruments to address the needs of groups of vulnerable victims and/or offenders.

The Deputies transmitted Resolution No. 3 on combating terrorism to the Committee of Experts on Terrorism (CODEXTER), the CDPC and the CDCJ for them to bear it in mind in their future work, and instructed the CODEXTER to identify additional priority activities against terrorism particularly in the light of the report of the Multidisciplinary Group on International Action against Terrorism (GMT) and the report prepared for the CODEXTER on gaps regarding international law and action. They instructed the CDPC and the CDCJ, in the framework of their specific terms of reference and as regards the implementation of the activities identified, to ensure the coherence of the action of the Council of Europe in their respective fields of competence, and agreed to include the Resolution in the documents to be distributed at the Third Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Council of Europe.

The Deputies transmitted Resolution No. 4 on updating the European Prison Rules and on the possibility of a European Prisons Charter to the CDPC for it to bear it in mind in its future work.

Concerning Resolution No. 5 on the functioning of the Council of Europe conventions on judicial cooperation in criminal matters, the Deputies transmitted it to the CDPC for it to bear it in mind in its future work, and instructed the CDPC to examine, taking into account best practices developed by member states and the work already being carried out by the Council of Europe in this area, the effective implementation of cooperation mechanisms provided for by Council of Europe conventions in criminal matters, any difficulties resulting therefrom, as well as possible improvements that could be made, and to make any necessary proposals in this regard. Finally, they took note of Resolution No. 6.

At their 924th meeting on 20 April (item 10.7), the Deputies adopted the reply to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1676 (2004) on women’s participation in elections. They invited the European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission) to consider whether the relevant provisions of the Code of Good Practice in Electoral Matters dealing with electoral equality could be strengthened or complemented to take account of some of the proposals made by the Parliamentary Assembly and, in the framework of the Council for Democratic Elections, to associate the Parliamentary Assembly, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, the Steering Committee for Equality between Women and Men (CDEG) and the Steering Committee on Local and Regional Democracy (CDLR) with this work.

At their 923th meeting on 6 April (items 10.1, 10.2 and 10.3), the Deputies adopted replies to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendations 1670 (2004) on the Internet and the law, 1673 (2004) on counterfeiting: problems and solutions, and 1680 (2004) on new concepts to evaluate the state of democratic development.

At their 912th meeting on 19 January (item 10.1), the Deputies adopted the reply to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1650 (2004) on links between Europeans living abroad and their countries of origin.

At the same meeting (item 10.2), the Deputies took note of the Report of the Secretary General on the Ad hoc Conference of European Ministers responsible for the prevention of violence in everyday life (Oslo, 7-9 November 2004) and of the Resolution on the prevention of everyday violence in Europe adopted at the close of the Conference. They instructed the Secretariat to transmit the Resolution to Steering Committees and other bodies that had been associated with the implementation of the Integrated Project “Responses to violence in everyday life in a democratic society”, and instructed the Secretariat to prepare, on the basis of the Resolution and after consultation with the above-mentioned Committees, a draft recommendation to member states on policies to prevent and reduce violence in everyday life. The Deputies considered that paragraphs 16, 17 and 18 of the Resolution had been taken into account in the 2005 Programme of Activities.

CAHDI (Committee of Legal Advisers on Public International Law)
CCJE (Consultative Council of European Judges)
CDCJ (European Committee on Legal Co-operation)
T-TA (Multilateral Committee on the European Agreement on the Transmission of Applications for Legal Aid)
CEPEJ European Commission for the efficiency of justice)

CAHDI
(Committee of Legal Advisers on Public International Law)

At their 944th meeting on 2 November (item 10.1) the Deputies took note of the abridged report of CAHDI's 30th meeting (Strasbourg, 19 and 20 September 2005), and examined the list of possibly problematic reservations to international treaties applicable to the fight against terrorism. They invited the member states concerned to consider withdrawing their respective reservations, the Secretary General to notify the non-member states concerned of the conclusions of CAHDI with regard to their respective reservations, and member states to volunteer to approach the non-member states concerned with regard to their respective reservations.

At their 925th meeting on 4 May (item 10.1), the Deputies took note of the abridged report of the 29th meeting of the CAHDI (Strasbourg, 17-18 March 2005).

CCJE (Consultative Council of European Judges)

At their 924th meeting on 20 April (item 10.2), the Deputies took note of the abridged report of the CCJE’s 5th meeting (Strasbourg, 22-24 November 2004). They took note of Opinion No. 6 (2004) on fair trial within a reasonable time and judges’ role in trials, taking into account alternative means of dispute settlement adopted by the CCJE, and agreed to organise a hearing with the Chair of the CCJE on the completed and future work of this consultative body on 29 June 2005.

At their 913th meeting on 2 February (item 10.2) the Deputies exceptionally authorised the Working Party of the Consultative Council of European Judges (CCJE GT) to meet in Katowice, Poland, on 27-29 April 2005, and to take part in the exchange of views which is to be held at the court in Katowice on relations between the judicial authorities and society.

CDCJ (European Committee on Legal Co-operation)

At their 951st meeting on 14 December (item 10.7b), the Deputies adopted the specific terms of reference of the Group of Specialists on the Legal Status of Non Governmental Organisations (CJ-S-ONG).

At their 930th meeting on 15 June (item 10.1a), the Deputies took note of the abridged report of the 80th plenary meeting of the European Committee on Legal Co-operation (CDCJ) (Strasbourg, 20-22 April 2005). They took note of the opinion of the CDCJ on Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1648 (2004) on the consequences of European Union enlargement for freedom of movement between Council of Europe member states, as it appears in Appendix VI to document CM(2005)78. The Deputies agreed to postpone to a forthcoming meeting consideration of the draft specific terms of reference of the Committee of Experts on Nationality (CJ NA) and of the draft specific terms of reference of the Project Group on Administrative Law (CJ DA).

At the same meeting (item 10.1b), the Deputies invited the Parliamentary Assembly to give an opinion on the draft protocol on the avoidance of statelessness in relation to state succession. They went on (item 10.1c) to adopt Recommendation Rec(2005)12 of the Committee of Ministers to member states containing an application form for legal aid abroad for use under the European Agreement on the transmission of applications for legal aid (CETS No. 092) and its Additional Protocol (CETS No. 179).

At their 920th meeting on 23 March (item 10.1) the Deputies authorised the publication of the Report on “Good practices relating to the movement of persons between the Council of Europe member states” prepared by the CDCJ in accordance with Decision No. CM/863/05052004 of the Committee of Ministers adopted at the 883rd meeting of the Ministers' Deputies on 5 May 2004 (CM(2004)224 revised). They instructed the Secretariat to transmit the Report referred to above to the European Commission and the Council of the European Union for information, and invited the member states to disseminate the Report referred to above to their competent authorities in the field of visas, migration and border control. Noting that the idea of updating the above-mentioned Report at regular intervals had received wide support in its Rapporteur Group on Legal Cooperation (GR-J), the Deputies instructed the GR-J to resume consideration of the issue of freedom of movement after the Third Summit of Heads of State and Government (Warsaw, 16 17 May 2005), in the light of any decisions to be taken at the Summit.

At their 911th meeting on 12 January (item 10.3), the Deputies took note of the report of the European Committee on Legal Cooperation (CDCJ) on “Good Practices relating to the movement of persons between the Council of Europe member states” and of the accompanying message from the CDCJ Bureau containing comments on the possible follow-up. They invited their Rapporteur Group on Legal Cooperation (GR-J) to examine possible follow-up action and to report back.

T-TA (Multilateral Committee on the European Agreement on the Transmission of Applications for Legal Aid)

CEPEJ (European Commission for the efficiency of justice)

At their 936th meeting on 7 September (item 10.1a), the Deputies approved the Activity Report 2004 of the European Commission for the efficiency of justice (CEPEJ), presented by its President. They went on (item 10.1b) to take note of the abridged report of the 5th plenary meeting of the CEPEJ (Strasbourg, 15-17 June 2005) and to approve its revised scheme for the evaluation of judicial systems, taking note of the Explanatory Note thereto. They invited member states to participate actively in the European Day of Civil Justice to be held in the last week of October 2005.

Finally, the Deputies adopted an amendment to Resolution Res(2002)12 establishing the CEPEJ, in order to include in its Appendix 2 the Recommendations Rec(2003)15 on archiving of electronic documents in the legal sector and Rec(2005)12 containing a transmission form for legal aid abroad for use under the European Agreement on the transmission of applications for legal aid (ETS No. 092) and its Additional Protocol (ETS No. 179);

At their 912th meeting on 19 January (item 10.3), the Deputies took note of the abridged report of the 4th plenary meeting of the European Commission for the efficiency of justice (CEPEJ) held in Strasbourg on 1-3 December 2004. They took note of the Report on European judicial systems 2002, and of the CEPEJ's draft programme of activities for 2005.

Conventions and Treaties

Information on signatures and ratifications of treaties since 1 January 2001 is available on the Treaty Office's website on http://conventions.coe.int, where the file “recent changes” is updated following each of these acts.

It is recalled that the Treaty Office's website enables searches both as regards treaties and partial agreements regarding, inter alia, signatures ratifications, declarations, reservations, objections, etc., as well as by state, by treaty, by period, by subject matter as well as by nature of declaration.

At their 925th meeting on 4 May (item 10.7), the Deputies adopted the Council of Europe Convention on laundering, search, seizure and confiscation of the proceeds from crime and on the financing of terrorism. They took note of the declaration made by the European Community and the member states of the European Union, and agreed to open the Convention for signature on the occasion of the Third Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Council of Europe to be held in Warsaw, Poland, on 16-17 May 2005. Finally, they took note of the Explanatory Report to the Convention.

At their 911th meeting on 12 January (item 10.5), the Deputies took note of the state of signature and ratification of the Protocol amending the European Convention on the Suppression of Terrorism (CETS No. 190), and invited the states that had not yet done so to sign and ratify the Protocol as soon as possible.

European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission)

At their 927th meeting on 25 May (item 10.1c), the Deputies agreed to the request by Chile to join the Enlarged Agreement establishing the European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission) and invited Chile to appoint a member to sit on the Commission.

European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages

(http://conventions.coe.int/Treaty/EN/cadreprincipal.htm)

At their 951st meeting on 14 December (item 10.6), the Deputies, in accordance with Article 17, paragraph 1, of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, declared Mr Jérôme Lulling elected as a member of the Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, in respect of Luxembourg for a period of six years.

At their 938th meeting on 21 September (item 10.1), the Deputies took note of the first report of the Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages in respect of Spain. They consequently adopted Recommendation RecChL(2005)3 of the Committee of Ministers on the application of the European Charter for Regional and Minority Languages by Spain and agreed to forward it to the Spanish authorities.

At their 936th meeting on 7 September (item 10.2), the Deputies took note of the second report of the Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages in respect of Croatia. They consequently adopted Recommendation RecChL(2005)2 on the application of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages by Croatia and agreed to forward it to the Croatian authorities.

At their 929th meeting on 8 June (item 10.1), the Deputies, in accordance with Article 17, paragraph 1, of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, declared Mr Stefan OETER elected as a member of the Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages in respect of Germany for a period of six years.

At their 912th meeting on 19 January (item 10.4), the Deputies took note of the first report of the Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages in respect of Austria, and adopted Recommendation RecChL(2005)1 on the application of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages by Austria, agreeing to forward it to the Austrian authorities.

Asylum and Refugees

CAHAR
(Ad hoc Committee of Experts on the Legal Aspects of Territorial Asylum, Refugees and Stateless Persons)

At their 925th meeting on 4 May (item 10.5), the Deputies adopted the Twenty Guidelines of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on forced return, taking note of the explanatory comments thereto.

At their 920th meeting on 23 March (item 10.2) the Deputies adopted Recommendation Rec(2005)6 of the Committee of Ministers to member states on exclusion from refugee status in the context of Article 1 F of the Convention relating to the status of refugees of 28 July 1951 and took note of the Explanatory Memorandum to the Recommendation.

At their 912th meeting on 19 January (item 10.6a and b), the Deputies took note of the abridged report of the 55th meeting of the Ad hoc Committee of Experts on the Legal Aspects of Territorial Asylum, Refugees and Stateless Persons (CAHAR) (Strasbourg, 20-22 October 2004). They invited their Rapporteur Group on Legal Cooperation (GR-J) to examine the draft Recommendation on exclusion from refugee status in the context of Article 1 F of the Convention relating to the status of refugees of 28 July 1951 and to report back.

Bioethics

At their 951st meeting on 14 December (item 10.4), the Deputies took note of the abridged report of the 29th meeting of the Steering Committee on Bioethics (CDBI) (Strasbourg, 17-21 October 2005). They approved the terms of reference of the Working Party on Biomedical Research (CDBI-CO-GT2), of the Working Party on the protection of the human embryo and foetus (CDBI-CO-GT3) and of the Working Party on Human Genetics (CDBI-CO-GT4).

At their 930th meeting on 15 June (item 10.3), the Deputies took note of the abridged report of the 28th meeting of the Steering Committee on Bioethics (CDBI) (Dubrovnik, 26-29 April 2005).

At their 916th meeting on 23-24 February (item 10.1) the Deputies took note of the abridged report of the 27th meeting of the Steering Committee on Bioethics (CDBI).

Corruption / GRECO

At their 930th meeting on 15 June (item 10.2b), the Deputies took note of the 5th General Activity Report for 2004 of the GRECO, adopted at its 22nd plenary meeting (Strasbourg, 14-18 March 2005).

Crime

CDPC (European Committee on Crime Problems)

At their 949th meeting on 1 December (item 10.2b), the Deputies approved the ad hoc terms of reference for the Council for Penological Co-operation (PC-CP) relating to the drafting of European Rules for juvenile offenders deprived of their liberty or subject to community sanctions and measures.

At their 925th meeting on 4 May (item 10.8), the Deputies took note of the Explanatory Memorandum to Recommendation Rec(2005)10 of the Committee of Ministers to member states on “special investigation techniques” in relation to serious crimes including acts of terrorism, it being understood that the words “a person has carried out or is carrying out an action(s)” in paragraph 45 are replaced by “a person has acted or is acting in a way”.

At their 924th meeting on 20 April (item 10.3a), the Deputies took note of the abridged report of the 54th plenary meeting of the CDPC (Strasbourg, 7 11 March 2005). They approved the increase of the membership of the CDPC Bureau from seven to nine members. They also approved the revised specific terms of reference of the Select Committee of Experts on the Evaluation of Anti-Money Laundering Measures (MONEYVAL), extending the terms of office of the Chair and Vice-Chair from one to two years, in order that these terms of office remain in phase with the monitoring cycles. They invited their Rapporteur Group on Legal Cooperation (GR-J) to consider the draft specific terms of reference of the Consultative Council of European Prosecutors (CCPE) and approved the revised specific terms of reference of the Committee of Experts on transnational criminal justice (PC-TJ). Finally, they approved the ad hoc terms of reference for the Council for Police Matters (PC-PM) relating to the regulation of private security services.

The Deputies went on (item 10.3b) to adopt Recommendation Rec(2005)9 on the protection of witnesses and collaborators of justice, and took note of the Explanatory Memorandum to the Recommendation.

At the same meeting (item 10.3c), the Deputies adopted Recommendation Rec(2005)10 on “special investigation techniques” in relation to serious crimes including acts of terrorism, and agreed to resume consideration of the draft Explanatory Memorandum to the Recommendation at their 925th meeting (4 May 2005).

Data Protection

Project “Good governance in the Information Society” – Multidisciplinary Ad Hoc Committee of Experts on the Information Society (CAHSI). At their 926th meeting on 11 May (item 1.6), the Deputies adopted a Declaration on human rights and the rule of law in the Information Society, and decided to include the Declaration among the documents distributed at the Third Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Council of Europe.

At their 924th meeting on 20 April (item 10.5), the Deputies took note of the abridged report of the 21st plenary meeting of the Consultative Committee of the Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data (ETS No. 108) (T-PD). They took note of the progress report adopted by the Consultative Committee on the application of the principles of Convention ETS No. 108 to the collection and processing of biometric data.

Protection of Animals

Transfrontier Co-operation

At their 930th meeting on 15 June (item 10.5), the Deputies took note of the Chairman’s conclusions of the Conference at ministerial level on the occasion of the celebrations of the 25th anniversary of the European Outline Convention on transfrontier co-operation between territorial communities or authorities (Warsaw, 20-22 April 2005), and of the oral report made by the Polish delegation at their 929th meeting (8 June 2005).

At their 919th meeting on 16 March (item 10.1) the Deputies, having held an exchange of views on the basis of the 4th Annual Report of the Committee of Advisers for the development of transfrontier cooperation in central and eastern Europe, with the participation of Mrs Judy Rosemary Batt, member of the Committee, noted with satisfaction the activities implemented in 2004, which had contributed in particular to a wider acceptance by member states of the European Outline Convention on Transfrontier Cooperation between Territorial Communities or Authorities and its Protocols. They reiterated the view that transfrontier cooperation remains an essential feature of the action pursued by the Council of Europe to promote democratic stability and mutual understanding between the nations, through enhanced dialogue, joint action and institution-building at local and cross-border level and will bear this in mind when finalising the draft Action Plan to be adopted by the Third Summit of Heads of State and Government, and invited the Committee of Advisers and the Secretariat to bear in mind the remarks and suggestions made during the exchange of views, when planning and implementing future activities. Finally, the Deputies invited the Secretary General – having regard to any decision that might be taken at the forthcoming Third Summit of Heads of State and Government of the member states of the Council of Europe – to explore with the European Commission means of achieving complementarity and coordination in the design and implementation of measures to promote transfrontier cooperation.

Local Democracy

(http://www.coe.int/T/E/Legal_Affairs/Local_and_regional_Democracy/)

CDLR
(Steering Committee on Local and Regional Democracy)


At their 930th meeting on 15 June (item 10.4), the Deputies adopted the reply to Recommendation 158 (2005) of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe on the challenges for regionalisation in South-East Europe.

At their 926th meeting on 11 May (item 10.1), the Deputies took note of the report by the Secretary General on the 14th Session of the Conference of European Ministers responsible for Local and Regional Government (Budapest, 24-25 February 2005). They took note of the Declaration of the Budapest Ministerial Conference on Delivering Good Local and Regional Governance and the Agenda for Delivering Good Local and Regional Governance appended to it. They entrusted the Steering Committee on Local and Regional Democracy (CDLR) with the tasks of taking the Agenda forward with appropriate prioritisation in the light of available resources, making relevant proposals for the future intergovernmental programmes of activities and keeping the implementation of the Declaration as a whole under review.

The Deputies also took note of the message addressed to them by the Ministers and agreed to bear their requests in mind when adopting the future programmes and budgets of the Organisation, and of the message addressed to the Third Summit of Heads of State and Government of the member states of the Council of Europe in the light of the work of the DRAFTSUM as regards the preparations for the Summit and the drafting of the Declaration and Action Plan thereof.

The Deputies went on to take note of the Statement of the Budapest Ministerial Conference on Regional Self-Government, and agreed to instruct the CDLR to draft a substantial report on developments in regional self-government across member states, identifying in particular innovations and any issues common to a number of states, to be communicated to the 15th session of the Conference.

The Deputies took note of the invitation addressed by the Spanish Minister to his colleagues to hold the 15th session of the Conference in 2007 in Valencia “in order to review the progress made in respect of the actions, objectives and commitments set out in the Declaration and Agenda on delivering good local and regional governance”, and finally, transmitted the Declaration and Statement adopted by the Conference to the Parliamentary Assembly and the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe.

At their 913th meeting on 2 February (item 10.1) the Deputies adopted Recommendation Rec(2005)3 of the Committee of Ministers to member states on teaching neighbouring languages in border regions.

At their 912th meeting on 19 January (Items 10.5a,b,d), the Deputies took note of the abridged report of the 34th meeting of the Steering Committee on Local and Regional Democracy (Strasbourg, 8-10 November 2004). They took note of the CDLR's report on institutional partnership between national, regional and local authorities and NGOs, and instructed the Secretariat to take it into account when preparing a reply to the Congress' Recommendation;

The Deputies also noted the comments of the CDLR on Parliamentary Assembly Recommendations 1676 (2004) on women's participation in elections and 1680 (2004) on new concepts to evaluate the state of democratic government, and instructed the Secretariat to take them into account when preparing replies to the Recommendations.

The Deputies then took note of the Action Plan “Developing dialogue, cooperation and trust across European frontiers: the role and contribution of the Council of Europe”, and agreed to transmit it to the drafting committee for the Third Summit (DRAFTSUM), for it to bear it in mind. They approved the specific terms of reference of the two CDLR's subordinate Committees: the Committee of Experts on Transfrontier Cooperation (LR-CT) and the Committee of Experts on Finance and Public Services at Local and Regional Level (LR-FL).

Finally, the Deputies adopted Recommendation Rec(2005)1 on the financial resources of local and regional authorities and Recommendation Rec(2005)2 on good practices in and reducing obstacles to transfrontier and interterritorial cooperation between territorial communities or authorities.

Multidisciplinary Group on international action against Terrorism (GMT)

At their 912th meeting on 19 January (item 10.7), the Deputies adopted the reply to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1677 (2004) on the challenge of terrorism in Council of Europe member states, and the reply to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1667 (2004) on the situation of refugees and displaced persons in the Russian Federation and some other CIS countries (item 10.8).

At their 911th meeting on 12 January (item 10.2), the Deputies invited their Rapporteur Group on Legal Cooperation (GR-J) to examine the draft reply to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1677 (2004) on the Challenge of terrorism in Council of Europe member states and to report back at their 912th meeting.



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