Doc. 10940
26 June 2006

Progress report of the Bureau of the Assembly and of the Standing Committee (13 April – 26 June 2006)

Rapporteur: Mr Walter Schmied, Switzerland, Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe

Link to the addendum


Part I

1.       INTRODUCTION

1.       The Bureau met on 13 April 2006 in Strasbourg and on 29 May in Moscow. The Standing Committee met on 29 May 2006 in Moscow.

2.       FUNCTIONING OF THE ASSEMBLY

A.       PROGRESS REPORT OF THE BUREAU OF THE ASSEMBLY AND OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE (13 APRIL– 26 JUNE 2006)

2.       On 13 April 2006, the Bureau appointed Mr Schmied (Switzerland, ALDE) as rapporteur.

B.       FOLLOW-UP TO THE 2nd PART OF THE 2006 ORDINARY SESSION (10-13 APRIL 2006)

3.       On 13 April 2006, the Bureau:

i.       Resolution 1493 (2006) on the “Situation in the Middle East”: asked the Secretary General of the Assembly to prepare a memorandum on the implementation of paragraph 16 of Resolution 1493 (2006) concerning the association of members of the Palestinian Legislative Council in the work of the Parliamentary Assembly and its committees;

ii.       Lists of speakers: asked the Secretary General of the Assembly to prepare a memorandum on the possible revision of criteria for lists of speakers.

C.       3RD PART OF THE 2006 ORDINARY SESSION (STRASBOURG, 26-30 JUNE 2006)

4.       On 29 May 2006, the Bureau:

i.       Draft agenda:

a.       decided to include in it two reports of the Committee on Culture, Science and Education on the “Follow-up to the Third Summit: priorities for cultural co-operation” and on “Freedom of expression and respect for religious beliefs” ;

b.       decided to remove from it the report on the “Establishment of a European remembrance centre for victims of forced population movements and ethnic cleansing” and to include it in the draft agenda of the October part-session ;

c.       adopted the draft agenda as revised ;

ii.       Draft order of business:

a.       following a request by the Committee on Equal Opportunities for Women and Men, agreed to invite Mrs Ertrk, Special Rapporteur of the United Nations on Violence Against Women, to participate in the debate on “Parliaments united in combating domestic violence against women” ;

b.       following a request by the Committee on Migration, Refugees and Population, agreed to invite Mrs Chekrouni, Minister-Delegate to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Co-operation of Morocco in charge of Moroccans Living Abroad, to participate in the debate on “Human rights of irregular migrants” ;

c.       agreed to invite Mr Fava, rapporteur of the European Parliament Temporary Committee on the alleged use of European countries by the CIA for the transport and illegal detention of prisoners, to participate in the debate on “Alleged secret detentions in Council of Europe member states” ;

d.       drew up the draft order of business.

D.       STANDING COMMITTEE (MOSCOW, 29 MAY 2006)

5.       On 13 April 2006, the Bureau took note of the draft agenda.

6.       On 29 May 2006, the Bureau took note of the updated draft agenda.

7. On 29 May 2006, the Standing Committee:

heard a welcome address by Mr Boris Gryzlov, Speaker of the Duma of the Russian Federation ;

held an exchange of views with Mr Sergey Lavrov, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation and Chairperson of the Committee of Ministers ;

ratified the credentials of a new member of the Assembly submitted by the delegation of Spain ;

ratified the references and modifications of references proposed by the Bureau which are contained in the appendix hereafter ;

held two exchanges of views, respectively on the observation of the partial re-run of the parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan (13 May 2006) on the basis of the report by the Ad Hoc Committee of the Bureau presented by Mr Platvoet, and on the referendum on the State Status in the Republic of Montenegro (Serbia and Montenegro) (21 May 2006) on the basis of the report presented by Mr Gardetto.

E.       ADOPTED TEXTS

8. On 29 May 2006, the Standing Committee adopted, on behalf of the Parliamentary Assembly, the following texts:

Resolution 1498 (2006)       Enhancing the visibility of the Council of Europe;

Resolution 1499 (2006)       Economic development in Ukraine: a test case for European solidarity;

Resolution 1500 (2006)       The need to enhance European air safety;

Resolution 1501 (2006)       Working migration from the countries of Eastern and Central Europe: present state and perspectives;

Resolution 1502 (2006)       Demographic challenges for social cohesion;

Resolution 1503 (2006)       Obligation for new members of the Assembly relating to the aims and

      basic principles of the Council of Europe;

Resolution 1504 (2006)       Procedure for decision by committees relating to candidates eligible for election by the Assembly;

Recommendation 1746 (2006)       Enhancing the visibility of the Council of Europe;

Recommendation 1747(2006)       European prisons charter;

Recommendation 1748 (2006)       Working migration from the countries of Eastern and Central Europe: present state and perspectives;

Recommendation 1749 (2006)       Demographic challenges for social cohesion;

Recommendation 1750 (2006)       Education for balanced development in school;

Recommendation 1751 (2006)       Cultural diversity of the Northern Caucasus;

Recommendation 1752 (2006)       Conservation and use of the landscape potential of Europe;

Opinion No. 259 (2006)       Budgets of the Council of Europe for the financial year 2007;

Opinion No. 260 (2006)       Expenditure of the Assembly for the financial year 2007.F.

REFERENCES AND TRANSMISSIONS TO COMMITTEES

9.       On 13 April 2006, the Bureau approved the following proposals, which were ratified by the Assembly later that day:

i.       documents tabled for reference:

Doc. 10844

      Motion for a recommendation presented by Mr de Puig and others

Doc. 10853

      Motion for a resolution presented by Mrs Mikhailova and others

Doc. 10854

      Motion for a resolution presented by Mrs Vermot-Mangold and others

Doc. 10855

      Motion for a recommendation presented by Mrs Pehlivan and others

Doc. 10856

      Motion for a resolution presented by Mr Marty and others

      UN Security Council black lists, to the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights, for report

Doc. 10857

      Motion for a resolution presented by Mr Hunault and others

Doc. 10858

      Motion for a resolution presented by Mr Jacquat and others

Doc. 10859 rev.

      Motion for a resolution presented by Mr de Puig and others

Doc. 10860

      Motion for a recommendation presented by Mr Lindblad and others

      Condemning the crimes of totalitarian communist regimes, to the Political Affairs        Committee,for information

ii. motions postponed from previous meetings of the Bureau:

Doc. 10674

      Motion for a recommendation presented by Mr Gardetto and others

      The fight against harm to the environment in the Mediterranean and the Black        Sea, to the

      Committee on the Environment, Agriculture and Local and Regional Affairs for report

Doc. 10675

      Motion for a recommendation presented by Mr Gardetto and others

Doc. 10701

      Motion for a resolution presented by Mr Jakavonis and others

Doc. 10769

      Motion for a resolution presented by Mr Meale and others

iii. request to modify a reference :

Doc. 10781

10.       On 29 May 2006, the Standing Committee ratified the following references and modifications of references proposed by the Bureau:

K. FOLLOW-UP TO THE PARAGRAPH 9 OF RESOLUTION 1478 (2006) ON INTEGRATION OF IMMIGRANT WOMEN IN EUROPE


1 Brande-Kehre, I. and Puce, I., Nationhood and Identity, published in “How democratic is Latvia: Audit of Democracy”, Latvian University, 2005, p.21.

2 Idem, p.22. It is normal for a state to limit some civil service jobs to its citizens, however, the restrictions on the exercise of certain professions in the private sector such as for lawyers, is questionable.

3 Brande-Kehre, I. and Puce, I., Nationhood and Identity, published in “How democratic is Latvia: Audit of Democracy”, Latvian University, 2005, p.22.

4 Statistics of the Latvian Naturalisation Board’s Information Centre (as at 30 September 2005).

5 AS/Mon (2005) 06, p.2.

6 Brande-Kehre, I. and Puce, I., Nationhood and Identity, published in “How democratic is Latvia: Audit of Democracy”, Latvian University, 2005, p.24.

7 AS/Mon (2004) 13, p.6.

8 Vesti Segodnia, 1 September 2005, http://www.politika.lv.

9 This text, which contains the terms of reference of the Monitoring Committee, foresees that the Committee after carrying out the necessary investigation will submit a written opinion to the Bureau which will take a decision on whether to initiate or to re-open a monitoring procedure.