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CM(2005)65 27 April 20051
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925 Meeting, 4 May 2005
2 Political Questions


2.3 Cooperation with the OSCE: follow-up to the joint meeting between the Committee of Ministers and the Permanent Council of the OSCE (Strasbourg, 18 April 2005)


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Introduction

A joint meeting between the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe and the Permanent Council of the OSCE took place at the Council of Europe headquarters in Strasbourg on 18 April 2005. The meeting was chaired jointly by Mr Piotr Switalski, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland, representing the Chairman-in-Office of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, and Mr Janez Lenarcic, Ambassador of Slovenia to the OSCE, representing the Chairman-in-Office of the OSCE.

The list of participants is set out in Appendix I. The meeting agenda as adopted appears in Appendix II.

During this meeting, the participants:

- held a general exchange of views about ways of strengthening co-operation between the Council of Europe and OSCE, on the basis of introductory addresses by the joint chairs;

- finalised the text of a declaration on co-operation between the Council of Europe and OSCE (see Appendix III) with a view to its subsequent adoption by both organisations' executive bodies;

- heard reports by the Council of Europe and OSCE focal points on the current state of co-operation between the two organisations and ways of strengthening this in four priority areas: the fight against terrorism, the combating of trafficking in human beings, the protection of national minorities and the promotion of tolerance and mutual understanding;

- in the light of these reports, identified a number of paths for action with potential for promoting co-operation between them (see Appendix IV).

Agenda item 1: Enhancing co-operation between the Council of Europe and the OSCE: report by both Chairmen on recent developments and prospects, followed by a discussion

Each joint chair made an introductory address, recalling the decision to strengthen co-operation between the two organisations taken in December 2004 by both the Ministers' Deputies of the Council of Europe and the Permanent Council of the OSCE. They pointed to the community of values shared by the Council of Europe and OSCE, going beyond the differences in their membership, geographical scope, terms of reference and working methods. They emphasised that both organisations now faced the same challenges, requiring them to work more efficiently in order to meet these, inter alia by reviewing their respective working methods and adapting them to this new environment. This implied acting more closely together, making use of the comparative expertise and advantages of each, so as to create synergies and avoid duplication.

The joint chairs noted with satisfaction that the Co-ordination Group set up by the two institutions was a particularly valuable source of proposals for promoting co-operation between them. They expressed the hope that the present meeting would increase the impetus for the initiative, both by endorsing the draft declaration which was on the agenda and by identifying specific paths to strengthen cooperation.

Following this introduction, several delegations expressed satisfaction at the holding of the meeting and pointed to its political importance. Some noted how timely it was, coming a few weeks before the Third Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Council of Europe, which would be taking place in Warsaw on 16 and 17 May 2005. All the delegations which spoke agreed with the views expressed by the joint chairs about the community of values defended by the two organisations and the need to make the two more complementary in order to meet the challenges of today's world. One delegation also pointed out that it was necessary for them to complement each other so as to avoid divergent positions on certain subjects, as had sometimes occurred in the past. The same delegation, with the support of one other, noted that it was essential for any standards they wished to apply to be mutually agreed and binding on all the states, without distinctions.

Some delegations emphasised the particular importance of complementary action in the fight against terrorism, racism and the trafficking of human beings. One delegation noted that the effort to achieve complementarity on these issues should not be limited to the Council of Europe and OSCE, but also extend to other bodies such as the European Union, NATO and the Commonwealth of Independent States, and in the case of the fight against terrorism, even to the United Nations. While agreeing on the importance of these matters, another delegation took the view that the four priority areas of co-operation which had been defined should be reviewed in the long term, so as to assess whether or not they still corresponded to current political priorities. In this context, some delegations cited other issues to which attention might be turned in future, such as the fight against corruption and the freedom of the media.

It was noted, in relation to the level at which cooperation should be promoted in both organisations, that it should not be restricted to their respective secretariats, although their role was particularly important in everyday working relations between the Council of Europe and the OSCE. One delegation indicated that, when co-operation between the two institutions was discussed, more general thought should also be given to the requisite reforms of their structures, working methods and funding.

In conclusion, the delegations which spoke, like the joint chairs, expressed the hope that the draft declaration which was on their agenda could be finalised and endorsed by all delegations at the present meeting.

Agenda item 2: Discussion on the draft declaration on Council of Europe - OSCE co-operation, with a view to adoption by two parallel decisions of the Committee of Ministers and the Permanent Council, and signature by the OSCE Chairman-in-Office and the Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe during the Third Council of Europe Summit in Warsaw

Participants considered two variants of the draft declaration, one produced by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, the other by the Permanent Council of the OSCE.

One delegation, with the support of several others, asked for the reference to the need to avoid unnecessary duplication, deleted from the version of the draft submitted by the Chairman-in-Office of the OSCE, to be kept in the text. Another delegation, however, opposed this proposal and pointed out that, as it was a member of the OSCE only, the problem of possible duplication between the two organisations was irrelevant to it. Following discussion, it was agreed to include in the text after the reference to the need to avoid unnecessary duplication a phrase stating that this should be done "giving the fullest account however to the different nature and membership of the two organisations".

It was also suggested that the paragraph referring to "the protection of persons belonging to national minorities" be clarified to indicate that it was the protection of these persons' rights that was intended, rather than physical or any other form of protection. This suggestion was accepted, although one delegation said that it would have preferred to retain the broader wording it had initially proposed on this subject. In this context, one speaker felt that the word "protection" was restrictive in relation to OSCE and Council of Europe activity on national minorities, which also extended to prevention and promotion measures.

Lastly, one delegation indicated that the term "democratic accountability" used in the fifth paragraph of the draft declaration should be clarified, so as to indicate to whom the two organisations were answerable. However, this suggestion was not ultimately adopted.

Following these discussions, the joint chairs noted that a consensus existed on the text as revised at the meeting. As to the next step, one delegation pointed out that the idea of the declaration being signed by the Chairmen of the Permanent Council of the OSCE and Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe at the Third Council of Europe Summit in Warsaw did not accord with OSCE procedures, and that there was no precedent for this. As an alternative, this delegation suggested that the Chairmen of the two executive bodies prepare a joint statement endorsing the declaration, and sign this during the Summit. This was agreed.

Agenda item 3: Practical measures to enhance co-operation between the Council of Europe and the OSCE in the priority areas, on the basis of the preliminary ideas put forward by the focal points appointed by the Council of Europe and the OSCE in each area

The respective Council of Europe and OSCE focal points in the four priority areas of co-operation identified (fight against terrorism, combating of trafficking in human beings, protection of national minorities and promotion of tolerance and mutual understanding) made statements on these issues, giving an overview of the relevant work of each body, taking stock of existing co-operation and outlining ways of strengthening that co-operation.

Later, some delegations gave their view on ways of promoting co-operation. Appendix IV recapitulates proposals put forward at the meeting.

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In conclusion, the joint chairs welcomed the very constructive atmosphere. They thanked all the delegations for their very active contributions to the discussions and for all the proposals they had submitted with a view to promoting co-operation between the OSCE and Council of Europe. They expressed the hope that the impetus given by the meeting in this area would lead to tangible results as soon as possible, so as to guarantee that the two organisations' shared values and principles were upheld. They noted that the declaration agreed at the meeting offered a suitable political framework for joint efforts to meet the challenges now facing European societies.

Appendix I

LIST OF PARTICIPANTS

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Mr. Stephan MINIKES, Ambassador, Head of the Delegation to the OSCE
Mr Christopher DAVIS, Consul General, Permanent Observer to the Council of Europe

ALBANIA
Mr Shpëtim ÇAUSHI, Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe
Mr Fatjon PENI, Deputy Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe

ANDORRA
Ms Gemma CANO, Deputy to the Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe
Ms Laura ALCOVERRO, Administrative assistant to the Permanent Representation

ARMENIA
Mr Christian TER STEPANIAN, Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe
Mr Lévon AMIRJANYAN, Deputy Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe
Ms Kariné SOUDJIAN, Deputy to the Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe

AUSTRIA
Ms Margit WAESTFELT, Ambassador, Head of the Delegation to the OSCE
Mr Martin BOTTA, Chargé d'Affaires a.i. Deputy to the Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe

AZERBAIJAN
Mr Samir SHARIFOV, Deputy to the Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe

BELARUS
Mr Alyaksandr SYCHOV, Ambassador, Head of the Delegation to the OSCE
Mr Victor NOVIKOV, Representative to the Council of Europe

BELGIUM
Mr Charles GHISLAIN, Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe
Mr Michel PEETERMANS, Deputy Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe
Mr Pascal HEYMAN, Counsellor, Deputy Head of the Delegation to the OSCE

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
Ms Miranda SIDRAN, Deputy Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe, Chargé d'Affaires a.i.
Ms Lucija LJUBIC, Deputy Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe

BULGARIA
Mr Ivo PETROV, Ambassador, Head of the Delegation to the OSCE
Mr Ognyan CHAMPOEV, Deputy to the Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe
Ms Emanuela TOMOVA, Deputy to the Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe
Ms Daniela BOUDINOVA, Counselor, Delegation to the OSCE

CANADA
Ms Barbara GIBSON, Ambassador, Head of the Delegation to the OSCE

CROATIA
Mr Daniel BUčAN, Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe
Mr Vladimir MATEK, Ambassador, Head of the Delegation to the OSCE
Mr Damir SABLJAK, Deputy to the Permanent Representative

CYPRUS
Mr Marios LYSSIOTIS, Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe
Mr Georgios IOANNIDES, Deputy to the Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe

CZECH REPUBLIC
Ms Vlasta ŠTĚPOVÁ, Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe
Ms Veronika STROMŠÍKOVÀ, Deputy to the Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe

DENMARK
Mr Niela-Jørgen NEHRING, Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe
ESTONIA
Mr Alar STREIMANN, Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe

FINLAND
Ms Ann-Marie NYROOS, Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe
Mr Erik LUNDBERG, Deputy Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe
Ms Tuija ZAPASNIK, Deputy to the Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe

FRANCE
Mr Gilles CHOURAQUI, Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe
Mr Yves DOUTRIAUX, Ambassador, Head of the Delegation to the OSCE
Mr Jean-François CHARPENTIER, Deputy Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe
Mr Philippe MERLIN, Deputy to the Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe

GEORGIA
Ms Lana GOGOBERIDZE, Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe
Ms Nana AVALIANI, Deputy Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe

GERMANY
Mr Roland WEGENER, Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe
Mr Andreas SIEGEL, Deputy Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe

GREECE
Mr Constantin YEROCOSTOPOULOS, Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe
Mr Konstantin TSAKONAS, Deputy to the Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe

HUNGARY
Mr Zoltan TAUBNER, Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe
Ms Marianne BERECZ, Ambassador, Head of the Delegation to the OSCE
Mr Làszlό SZÜCS, Deputy Head of the Delegation to the OSCE
Ms Enikö PETÖHAZI, Deputy to the Head of the Delegation to the OSCE

ICELAND
Mr Hörður BJARNASON, Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe
Ms Edda MAGNÚS, Attaché

IRELAND
Mr James A. SHARKEY, Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe
Mr Brendan MORAN, Ambassador, Head of the Delegation to the OSCE
Mr Ronan GARGAN, Deputy Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe
Ms Cliona SHARKEY, Deputy to the Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe

ITALY
Mr Pietro LONARDO, Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe
Mr Francesco BASCONE, Ambassador, Head of the Delegation to the OSCE
Mr Nicolò TASSONI ESTENSE DI CASTELVECCHIO, Deputy to the Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe

KAZAKHSTAN
Mr Rakhat ALIYEV, Ambassador, Head of the Delegation to the OSCE
Mr Vyacheslav DENISSENKO, Counsellor, Delegation to the OSCE
Ms Elnara SHORAZOVA, Second Secretary, Delegation to the OSCE

LATVIA
Mr Aivars VOVERS, Ambassador, Head of the Delegation to the OSCE
Mr Jànis MAžEIKS, Deputy Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe

LIECHTENSTEIN
Mr Daniel OSPELT, Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe
Mr Guenter FROMMELT, Minister, Deputy Head of the Delegation to the OSCE

LITHUANIA
Mr Neris GERMANAS, Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe
Mr Julius RAKITSKIS, Deputy Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe  
Ms Aušrinė VENCKEVIčIENė, Deputy to the Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe

LUXEMBOURG/ EU/ EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Mr Ronald MAYER, Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe
Mr Jacques REUTER, Ambassador, Head of the Delegation to the OSCE
Ms Barbara ZECHES, Deputy to the Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe
Mr Michel CAILLOUET, Representative of the European Commission to the Council of Europe
Mr Christian FALKOWSKI, Ambassador, Head of the Delegation to the OSCE

MALTA
Mr Claude DEPASQUALE, Deputy to the Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe

MOLDOVA
Mr Alexei TULBURE, Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe
Ms Ecaterina RADVAN, Deputy Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe
Mr Marcel GARAZ, Deputy to the Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe

MONACO
Mr Rémi MORTIER, Deputy Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe

NETHERLANDS
Mr Johannes C. LANDMAN, Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe
Mr Daan EVERTS, Ambassador, Head of the Delegation to the OSCE
Mr Tom MAASEN, Trainee

NORWAY
Mr Torbjørn FRØYSNES, Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe
Ms Mette KONGSHEM, Ambassador, Head of the Delegation to the OSCE
Mr Olav REINERTSEN, Deputy Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe

POLAND
Mr Krzysztof KOCEL, Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe
Mr Jacek BYLICA, Ambassador, Head of the Delegation to the OSCE
Mr Jerzy KASPRZYK, Deputy Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe
Mr Krzysztof PIORKOWSKI, Deputy to the Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe
Ms Sylwia JACZEWSKA, Deputy to the Permanent Representative, Co-Agent of the Government before the European Court of Human Rights

PORTUGAL
Mr Joaquim DUARTE, Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe
Ms Ana BARATA, Ambassador, Head of the Delegation to the OSCE
Mr Pedro SANTOS PESSOA E COSTA, Deputy Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe
Mr Antonio FIGUEIRA, Deputy to the Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe

ROMANIA
Mr Gheorghe MAGHERU, Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe
Mr Liviu BOTA, Ambassador, Head of the Delegation to the OSCE
Mr Daniel TANASE, Deputy Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe

RUSSIAN FEDERATION
Mr Alexander GRUSHKO, Director of the European Cooperation Department, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
Mr Alexandre ORLOV, Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe
Mr Alexey BORODAVKIN, Ambassador, Head of the Delegation to the OSCE
Mr Vasily POSPELOV, Deputy Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe
Mr Mikhail NEFEDOV, Deputy to the Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe
Mr Eduard RYZHKIN, Deputy to the Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe
Ms Maria MOLODTSOVA, Deputy to the Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe
M. Ivan VOLODIN, Deputy to the Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe

SAN MARINO
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HOLY SEE
Mgr Vito RALLO, Special Envoy of the Holy See to the Council of Europe, Permanent Observer to the Council of Europe

SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO
Ms Sladjana PRICA, Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe
Mr Vesko GAREVIC, Ambassador, Head of the Delegation to the OSCE
Mr Zoran JANKOVIC Deputy Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe
Mr Igor VUCINIC, Second Secretary, Permanent Mission

SLOVAK REPUBLIC
Ms Anna LAMPEROVÁ, Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe
Mr Peter LIZAK, Ambassador, Head of the Delegation to the OSCE
Mr Marek EšTOK, Deputy Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe

SLOVENIA
Mr Janez LENARCIC, Ambassador, Head of the Delegation to the OSCE
Mr Aleš BIBER, Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe
Ms Blazka KEPIC, Counselor, Delegation to the OSCE

SPAIN
Mr Estanislao DE GRANDES PASCUAL, Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe  
Mr Marcos ALONSO, Deputy to the Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe
Mr Arturo PEREZ, Deputy Head of the Delegation to the OSCE 

SWEDEN
Mr Per SJÖGREN, Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe
Mr Björn HÄGGMARK, Deputy Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe
Ms Anne DUE, Minister, Deputy Head of Delegation

SWITZERLAND
Mr Jean-Claude JOSEPH, Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe
Ms Rudolf SCHALLER, Ambassador, Head of the Delegation to the OSCE
Ms Caroline TRAUTWEILER, Deputy to the Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe

“THE FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA”
Ms Olgica VASILEVSKA, Deputy to the Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe, Chargé d'Affaires a.i.

TURKEY
Mr Daryal BATIBAY, Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe
Mr Yusuf BULUC, Ambassador, Head of the Delegation to the OSCE
Mr Kaan ESENER, Deputy Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe  
Mr Alp AY, Deputy to the Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe

UKRAINE
Mr Anatolii SHEVCHUK, Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe
Mr Sergii REVA, Deputy Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe  
Mr Yevhen TSYMBALYUK, First Secretary Delegation to the OSCE

UNITED KINGDOM
Mr Stephen HOWARTH, Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe
Mr Colin MONROE, Ambassador, Head of the Delegation to the OSCE
Ms Fern HORINE, Deputy to the Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe  

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OBSERVER STATES

JAPAN
Mr Ryûichi SHOJI, Consul General, Permanent Observer to the Council of Europe
Ms Etsuyo NISHIYAMA, Chargée de Mission

MEXICO
Mrs Ana ROCIO ARIZMENDI

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Secretariat – Council of Europe

Mr Terry DAVIS, Secretary General
Ms Maud DE BOER BUQUICCHIO, Deputy Secretary General
Mr Alvaro GIL-ROBLES, Commissioner for Human Rights
Mr Pierre-Henri IMBERT, Director General of Human Rights
Mr Len DAVIES, Secretary to the Committee of Ministers
Mr Klaus SCHUMANN, Director General of Political Affairs
Mr Jean-Louis LAURENS, Director of Private Office of the Secretary General
Mr Jane DINSDALE, Director of Human Rights
Mr Jan KLEIJSSEN, Director, Interparliamentary and Institutional Relations, Special Adviser to the President, Secretariat of the Parliamentary Assembly
Mr Baris PERIN, Head of Political Affairs Committee, Secretariat of the Parliamentary Assembly
Mr Jack HANNING, Head of Division, Directorate General of Political Affairs
Mr Vladimir DRONOV, Head of the Secretariat, Interparliamentary Cooperation Unit, Secretariat of the Parliamentary Assembly
Mr Christophe POIREL, Deputy to the Secretary of the Committee of Ministers
Mr Simon PALMER, Principal Administrator, Secretariat of the Committee of Ministers
Ms Alison SIDEBOTTOM, Administrator, Secretariat of the Committee of Ministers
Ms Aygen BECQUART, Planning and Evaluation Department, Directorate of Strategic Planning
Ms Olena PETSUN, Administrator, Directorate General of Political Affairs
Ms Lilit DANEGHIAN, Administrator, Directorate General of Political Affairs
Ms Anguelina PROKHOROVA, Directorate General of Political Affairs

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Secretariat – OSCE

Mr Ján KUBIŠ, Secretary General
Ms Menno LENSTRA, Senior Political Adviser, ODIHR
Mr Krzystof DRZEWICKI, Senior Legal Adviser, Office of the High Commissioner on National Minorities
Ms Helga KONRAD, Special Representative on Combating Trafficking in Human Beings
Mr Berry KRALJ, Executive Assistant to the SRCTHB
Mr Dimitar JALNEV, Programme Co-ordinator, Action against Terrorism Unit
Ms Biliana HRISTOVA, External Co-operation Section
Mr Yerzhan BIRTANOV, Conference Services

Appendix II

Agenda

1. Enhancing co-operation between the Council of Europe and the OSCE: report by both Chairmen on recent developments and prospects, followed by a discussion

2 Discussion on the draft declaration on Council of Europe - OSCE co-operation, with a view to adoption by two parallel decisions of the Committee of Ministers and the Permanent Council, and signature by the OSCE Chairman-in-Office and the Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe during the Third Council of Europe Summit in Warsaw

3. Practical measures to enhance co-operation between the Council of Europe and the OSCE in the priority areas, on the basis of the preliminary ideas put forward by the focal points appointed by the Council of Europe and the OSCE in each area

Appendix III

Declaration on Co-operation between the Council of Europe
and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe

The Member States of the Council of Europe and the participating States of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe,

Recalling the decisions taken in December 2004 by the Committee of Committee of Ministersof the Council of Europe (No. CM/865/01122004) and the Permanent Council of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (No. 637),


Recognizing the need to adapt relations between the two Organizations to the evolving international environment, with due respect for the aims and principles enshrined in the Council of Europe's Statute and the OSCE's Charter for European Security and other agreed documents and decisions of both Organizations,


Resolved to strive for a whole and free Europe without dividing lines based on shared values and a common commitment to democracy, respect for human rights, the rule of law, comprehensive security, social justice and market economy,


Convinced that, to achieve this objective, the two Organizations need to work more closely together in identifying effective co-ordinated responses to the threats and challenges of the twenty-first century, on the basis of the principles of complementarity, transparency and democratic accountability, while respecting the autonomy, different membership and distinctive tasks of each Organization,


Determined to base this enhanced co-operation on the existing legal acquis of the Council of Europe and the OSCE's political commitments,


Welcoming the work initiated by the Co-ordination Group established in December 2004, which illustrates the commitment of Member and participating States to enhanced co-operation between both Organizations,


Call on the Co-ordination Group to give priority in its work to the formulation of concrete recommendations on how to foster co-ordination and co-operation between the two Organizations in areas of common interest, taking into account their respective work in the field, and starting with questions concerning the fight against terrorism, the protection of the rights of persons belonging to national minorities, combating trafficking in human beings, as well as promoting tolerance and non-discrimination;


Agree that, to this end, various forms of co-operation between the two Organizations should be explored, such as joint meetings and joint activities, with more active involvement of the Member and participating States, in order to produce synergies and avoid unnecessary duplication, giving the fullest account however to the different nature and membership of the two organisations, and make best use of their comparative advantages;


Call for better co-ordination within the national administrations of the Member and participating States in order to ensure that the above principles are effectively implemented;


Decide to bring this Declaration to the attention of both the Council of Europe and the OSCE Parliamentary Assemblies and would welcome their intention to enhance co-operation between the two Assemblies.

Appendix IV

List of proposals for closer co-operation
between the Council of Europe and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe

1. Anti-terrorism co-operation

- Develop regular exchange of information, if possible in real time, on the two organisations' activities and projects to do with combating terrorism, in particular by linking the relevant OSCE and Council of Europe websites and encouraging contact (such as periodic meetings) between the two secretariats.

- In each organisation's bodies dealing with antiterrorist action (committees of experts, etc) and when events are held on the question, promote active participation by the other organisation.

- Draw up a joint antiterrorist action plan.

- Promote in a co-ordinated manner as extensive ratification as possible of world and regional legal binding instruments on combating terrorism.

- Develop co-operation on providing technical assistance to states (joint training, information and expert-appraisal activities) with a view to ratification and implementation of such instruments.

- Promote implementation by as many countries as possible of the two organisations' non-binding instruments on combating terrorism, such as Council of Europe Committee of Ministers guidelines on human rights and the fight against terrorism and on the protection of victims of terrorist acts and the CoE Committee of Ministers declaration on freedom of expression and information in the media in the context of the fight against terrorism.

- Issue joint declarations on specific matters of common concern so as to reinforce the two organisations' political message internationally.

2. Co-operation in combating trafficking in human beings

- Develop regular exchange of information, if possible in real time, on the two organisations' activities and projects to do with combating trafficking in human beings, in particular through contact (such as periodic meetings) between the two organisations' correspondents and secretariats.

- Promote active participation by each organisation in the activities and events organised in the area of the fight against trafficking in human beings by the other organisation.

- Promote in a co-ordinated manner as extensive ratification as possible of the United Nations Palermo Protocol and the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (when it is adopted).

- Develop co-operation on providing technical assistance (training, information and expert-appraisal activities) with a view to ratification and implementation of these instruments.

- Analyse and compare the two organisations' activities on combating traffic in human beings in order to better co-ordinate their efforts to achieve the common objective which is to eradicate trafficking in Europe.

- As far as necessary, undertake joint initiatives to protect and assist victims of human trafficking.

- Issue joint declarations on specific matters of joint concern so as to reinforce the two organisations' political message internationally.

3. Co-operation on protection of national minorities

- Develop regular exchange of information, if possible in real time, on the two organisations' activities and projects to do with protection of national minorities, in particular by encouraging contact (such as periodic meetings) between the two secretariats.

- In particular, introduce contact and exchange between the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities and the committee of experts which supervises implementation of the Council of Europe Charter for Regional or Minority Languages.

- Promote participation by the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities in the work of the Council of Europe Committee of Experts on Issues relating to the Protection of National Minorities (DH-MIN), and when events are held by one organisation on the question of the protection of national minorities, promote active participation by the other organisation.

- Promote in a co-ordinated manner as extensive ratification as possible of existing European-level legally binding instruments on protection of national minorities (the Council of Europe Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities and European Charter of Regional or Minority Languages).

- Develop co-operation on providing technical assistance (training, information and expert-appraisal activities) aimed at ratification and implementation of these instruments.

- Promote input by the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities in monitoring implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities, in so far as the High Commissioner's mandate and the convention's supervision machinery permit.

- Develop co-operation on thematic issues concerning the protection of national minorities.

4. Co-operation in promoting tolerance and mutual understanding

- Develop regular exchange of information, if possible in real time, on the two organisations' activities and projects to do with combating racism and intolerance, in particular by encouraging contact (such as periodic meetings) between the two secretariats.

- When events are held on the question by each organisation, promote active participation by the other organisation.

- Each organisation to help promote public awareness of the other organisation's activities, documents and reports.

- Promote OSCE input in monitoring action on the country reports prepared by the Council of Europe European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI).

Note 1 This document has been classified restricted at the date of issue. Unless the Committee of Ministers decides otherwise, it will be declassified according to the rules set up in Resolution Res(2001)6 on access to Council of Europe documents.


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