COMMITTEE OF THE PARTIES TO THE CONVENTION ON THE PROTECTION OF CHILDREN
AGAINST SEXUAL EXPLOITATION AND SEXUAL ABUSE (T-ES)
The Convention on the Protection of
Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse provides for the
establishment of a Committee of the Parties to monitor its
implementation. The systematic monitoring of the Convention will be one
of its major strengths.
Please find below more information on the establishment of the Committee
of the Parties, as described in the Convention:
Article 39 – Committee of the Parties
1. The Committee of the Parties shall be composed of representatives of
the Parties to the Convention.
2. The Committee of the Parties shall be convened by the Secretary
General of the Council of Europe. Its first meeting shall be held within
a period of one year following the entry into force of this Convention
for the tenth signatory having ratified it. It shall subsequently meet
whenever at least one third of the Parties or the Secretary General so
3. The Committee of the Parties shall adopt its own rules of procedure.
Article 40 – Other representatives
1. The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, the Commissioner
for Human Rights, the European Committee on Crime Problems (CDPC), as
well as other relevant Council of Europe intergovernmental committees,
shall each appoint a representative to the Committee of the Parties.
2. The Committee of Ministers may invite other Council of Europe bodies
to appoint a representative to the Committee of the Parties after
consulting the latter.
3. Representatives of civil society, and in particular non-governmental
organisations, may be admitted as observers to the Committee of the
Parties following the procedure established by the relevant rules of the
Council of Europe.
4. Representatives appointed under paragraphs 1 to 3 above shall
participate in meetings of the Committee of the Parties without the
right to vote.
Article 41 – Functions of the Committee of the Parties
1. The Committee of the Parties shall monitor the implementation of this
Convention. The rules of procedure of the Committee of the Parties shall
determine the procedure for evaluating the implementation of this
2. The Committee of the Parties shall facilitate the collection,
analysis and exchange of information, experience and good practice
between States to improve their capacity to prevent and combat sexual
exploitation and sexual abuse of children.
3. The Committee of the Parties shall also, where appropriate:
a. facilitate the effective use and implementation of this Convention,
including the identification of any problems and the effects of any
declaration or reservation made under this Convention;
b. express an opinion on any question concerning the application of this
Convention and facilitate the exchange of information on significant
legal, policy or technological developments.
4. The Committee of the Parties shall be assisted by the Secretariat of
the Council of Europe in carrying out its functions pursuant to this
5. The European Committee on Crime Problems (CDPC) shall be kept
periodically informed regarding the activities mentioned in paragraphs
1, 2 and 3 of this article.