|Steering Committee (CDMSI)|
|Bureau of the Committee (CDMSI-BU)|
|Former Steering Committee (CDMC)|
|Former Bureau of the Committee (CDMC-BU)|
|Rights of Internet Users|
|Legal and Human Rights Capacity Building|
|FORMER GROUPS OF SPECIALISTS|
|Public Service Media Governance|
|Protection Neighbouring Rights of Broadcasting Organisations|
|Public service Media|
hate speech - Living together on-line"
Reykjavik - Iceland
28-29 May 2009
|European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG)|
|Committee of Ministers texts|
|Parliamentary Assembly texts|
Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (CDMSI)
Set up by the Committee of Ministers under Article 17 of the Statute of the Council of Europe and in accordance with Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods
Terms of reference valid from: 1 January 2012 until 31 December 2013
Under the authority of the Committee of Ministers, the CDMSI will oversee the Council of Europe’s work in the field of media, information society and data protection, and advise the Committee of Ministers on all questions within its area of competence, focusing on human rights protection and promotion, taking due account of relevant transversal perspectives and of the activities of other international organisations. For this purpose, the CDMSI is instructed to facilitate co-operation among the Council of Europe member states and assist them in the development of common policies, as well as fulfil any other activity which might be assigned to it by the Committee of Ministers. In particular, the CDMSI will:
(i) oversee the implementation of a Council of Europe Internet Governance Strategy, focusing on the right to freedom of expression on the Internet and the right to impart and receive information regardless of frontiers;
Pillar / Sector / Programme
Pillar: Rule of Law
Expected results 2012-2013:
(i) Proposed activities to be decided upon by the Committee of Ministers:
(ii) freedom of expression and freedom of the media are better protected, taking due account of gender equality, youth and children’s issues; to this end:
a. a draft recommendation is prepared on gender equality and media, in particular on a gender equality dimension in the media coverage of election campaigns, in consultation with relevant Council of Europe bodies, as well as UN Women (2013);
b. a draft convention on broadcasters’ neighbouring rights is prepared in 2012 if a standstill persists within WIPO and on condition that the European Commission obtains a mandate to negotiate such a convention within a Council of Europe framework;
(iii) intergovernmental expert input is given to the implementation of CM Declaration of 13 January 2010 (improved collection and sharing of information and enhanced co-ordination within the secretariat on freedom of expression and freedom of the media in member states), having due regard to other relevant non-binding instruments adopted by the Committee of Ministers;
(iv) personal data and the right to private life are better protected in the Information society. To this end the CDMSI offers, in consultation with the CDCJ, an intergovernmental setting at 47 for negotiation and finalisation of draft instruments prepared by the Consultative Committee of the Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to automatic processing of personal data (T-PD):
(v) a Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Media and Information Society is organised in Serbia, having due regard to the Committee of Ministers’ decisions on Council of Europe Conferences of Specialised Ministers (2013) and follow-up is provided to decisions taken by the Committee of Ministers.
The Council of Europe will bear the travel 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 the right to vote and 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.
- Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe;
The following may send representatives without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses:
- European Union (one or more representatives, including, as appropriate, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights – FRA)
- European Audiovisual Observatory;
The Committee will also appoint a Gender Equality Rapporteur from amongst its members.
The rules of procedure of the Committee are governed by Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.
Additional working methods:
Regular contacts with CM TC-INF.
Multi-stakeholder dialogue, permitting to interact with different stakeholder groups, at different stages of the tasks assigned to the CDMSI.