Members:

Governments of member States are invited to appoint representatives with the relevant qualifications and/or responsibility in the field of protection and promotion of the rights of persons with disabilities. The competencies of member States’ representatives to the Committee should correspond to the comprehensive multidisciplinary nature of the disability-related activities and projects.

The Council of Europe budget will bear the travelling and subsistence expenses of one representative from each member State (two in the case of the State whose representative has been elected Chair).

Member States may send other representatives without defrayal of expenses.

Each member of the committee shall have one vote. Where a government designates more than one member, only one of them is entitled to take part in the voting.

 

Participants:

The following may send representatives, without the right to vote and at the charge of their corresponding administrative budgets:

  •  Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe;
  •  Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe;
  •  European Court of Human Rights;
  •  Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights;
  •  Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe;
  • Committees or other bodies of the Council of Europe engaged in related work, as appropriate.

The following may send representatives, without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses:

  • The European Union (including as appropriate the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA));
  • Observer States to the Council of Europe: Canada, Holy See, Japan, Mexico, United States of America;
  • United Nations Organisation (UN); United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO); United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF); World Health Organization (WHO); International Labour Organisation (ILO); United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR); Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR);
  • Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD);
  • Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE);
  • The World Bank;
  • Nordic Centre for Welfare and Social Issues (NVC) under the aegis of the Nordic Council of Ministers.

 

Observers:

The following may send representatives, without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses:

  • European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD);
  • European Disability Forum (EDF);
  • Rehabilitation International (RI).