Ministers' Deputies
Notes on the Agenda

CM/Notes/925/2.1a 29 April 2005 1
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925 Meeting, 4 May 2005
2 Political questions


2.1 Current political questions

a. Activities for the development and consolidation of democratic stability

- Bosnia and Herzegovina

Item prepared by the GR-EDS

Reference documents
SG/Inf(2005)8 and Addendum, GR-EDS(2005)CB6

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Action

To take note of the synopsis of the meeting of GR-EDS held on 22 April 2005 and adopt the following decisions.

DRAFT DECISIONS

925th meeting – 4 May 2005

Item 2.1a

Current political questions

a. Activities for the development and consolidation of democratic stability

- Bosnia and Herzegovina
(SG/Inf(2005)8 and Addendum, GR-EDS(2005)CB6)

Decisions

The Deputies

1. took note of the synopsis of the GR-EDS meeting held on 22 April 2005 (GR-EDS(2005)CB6);

With regard to Bosnia and Herzegovina,

In the light of the 10th report on compliance with obligations and commitments and implementation of the post-accession co-operation programme (SG/Inf(2005)8 and Addendum):

2. welcomed recent positive developments in the field of human rights and the rule of law, in particular progress in the co-operation with the ICTY, with several transfers to The Hague since the beginning of 2005, and the ratification of five Council of Europe conventions in the field of criminal justice;

3. noted that, at the same time, implementation of adopted legislation remained weak and that further progress was required to achieve full co-operation with the ICTY, as well as in the following areas: revision of the electoral law; implementation of the European Charter of Local Self-Government; police reform; adoption of a State Framework Law on Higher Education and elimination of the practice of “two schools under one roof”;

4. called upon the authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina to give appropriate follow-up to the Recommendations for action included in Part VIII of the Secretariat's report and inform them of this follow-up by mid-June 2005;

5. invited the authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina, in the light of the Venice Commission's Opinion “on the constitutional situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the powers of the High Representative” (document CDL-AD(2005)004 of 11 March 2005), to initiate a thorough reflection on a comprehensive constitutional reform, subject to the consensus of the three constituent peoples and with the continuing assistance of the Council of Europe and its Venice Commission;

6. urged the authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina to give a new impetus to the “compatibility exercise” between domestic legislation and the European Convention on Human Rights and appoint a Government Agent to the European Court of Human Rights without further delay;

[7. decided that, after three years of membership of the Council of Europe and in the light of progress achieved in the fulfilment of its obligations and commitments and the implementation of the post-accession co-operation programme, the time was ripe to pass from a quarterly to a bi-annual examination of the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina.]

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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