Doc. 8688

31 March 2000

South-East Europe following the Kosovo crisis Recommendations 1422, 1423 and 1424 (1999)

Reply from the Committee of Ministers

adopted at the 703rd meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies (22 and 24 March 2000)

The Committee of Ministers recalls that, at their 686th meeting – 27 October 1999, the Ministers’ Deputies adopted an interim reply (appended) to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendations 1422 (1999) on Southeastern Europe following the Kosovo conflict: political situation, Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1423 (1999) on Southeastern Europe following the Kosovo conflict: economic reconstruction and renewal and Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1424 (1999) on Evaluation of the humanitarian situation in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, particularly in Kosovo and Montenegro. It is now able to give the following additional information to the Parliamentary Assembly:

With regard to Recommendation 1423 and 1424 (1999), the Committee of Ministers recalls that the Council of Europe is committed to the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe. The Council of Europe is engaged in all three Working Tables and established Task Forces. It is the leading Organisation (“sponsor”) for the Task Force for Good Governance, which includes three main fields: the Ombudsman institution, local government and public administration. The Council of Europe, in co-operation with all other major institutions involved has submitted a series of projects in its fields of competence to the Stability Pact co-ordinator. Some governments have announced their intention to provide voluntary contributions to some of the projects submitted by the Council of Europe; additional funding will be required for the full implementation of these projects. In this context, a series of initial planning events have been organised (see document CM/Inf (2000)20), but the funding for the planned activities remains to be secured. The Council of Europe will participate in the Financing Conference planned for 29 - 30 March 2000 in Brussels.

With regard to Recommendation 1422 (1999) (paragraph 17b iv), at the request of UNMIK, Council of Europe expert teams have visited Pristina in October 1999 and March 2000, in order to provide assistance with the establishment of a central civil register and related data protection questions (6-10 October 1999 and 8-9 March 2000).

Regarding Recommendation 1422 (1999) (paragraph 17b v regarding the office in Pristina and vi which contains a call "to open similar offices in Podgorica and Belgrade"), the Secretary General has made proposals for ensuring a continued presence in Pristina as well as for the establishment of Secretariat offices in the above-mentioned locations in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia as recommended by the Parliamentary Assembly. The Committee of Ministers expresses its agreement with the Parliamentary Assembly regarding the importance attached to the Secretariat office in Pristina, bearing in mind that the financing of this office for the year 2000 is not yet fully secured. The question of creating new Secretariat offices is still under consideration by the Committee of Ministers.

Appendix

Interim reply to Recommendations of the Parliamentary Assembly:

-       1422 (1999) on Southeastern Europe following the Kosovo conflict: political situation,

-       1423 (1999) on Southeastern Europe following the Kosovo conflict: economic reconstruction and renewal, and

-       1424 (1999) on evaluation of the humanitarian situation in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, particularly in Kosovo and Montenegro

adopted by the Committee of Ministers at their 686th meeting (27 October 1999)


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       Currently the Fund has 35 member States: Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holy See, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovenia, Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” and Turkey.