Steering Committee on

Media and Information Society

1st Meeting - 27 to 30 March 2012 (Strasbourg, Agora, Room G03)

Draft Agenda

Order of Business




27 March

Items 1, 2, 4, 5 and
3 (end of morning)

Items 6

28 March

7, 8, 9

12, 13

29 March

10, 11

14, 15

30 March

16, 17

Finalisation of pending items, 18

1. Opening of the meeting

Statement by and exchange with the Secretary General of the Council of Europe

2. Adoption of the agenda

3. Elections

Bureau (five members)
Gender Equality Rapporteur

4. Decisions of the Committee of Ministers

i. Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods
ii. Terms of Reference
iii. Programme of Activities
iv. Thematic debate on Freedom of the Media and related decisions (December 2011 and January 2012)
v. Internet Governance – Council of Europe Strategy 2012-2015
vi. Declaration and Recommendation on Public Service Media Governance
vii. Recommendation on the protection of human rights with regard to social networking services
viii. Recommendation on the protection of human rights with regard to search engines
ix. Declaration on the desirability of international standards dealing with forum shopping in respect of defamation or (“libel tourism)

5. Exchange of views on cooperation with the European Union

    Ambassador Luisella Pavan-Woolfe, Head of the European Delegation to the Council of Europe
    Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga, Chairperson of the European Commission mandated High-Level Group on Media Freedom and Pluralism
    Marietje Schaake, MEP (Rapporteur on A Digital Freedom Stategy in EU Foreign Policy)

6. Workshop on Internet Governance by DIPLO Foundation

7. Council of Europe Internet Governance Strategy 2012-2015

Information by the Secretariat

8. Pan-European cooperation and broader cooperation

i. European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG - Stockholm, 14-15 June 2012)
ii. Internet Governance Forum (Baku, Autumn 2012)
iii. Activities in neighbouring regions

9. Standard setting on information society and internet governance

i. Follow-up to specific instruments on the Internet adopted by the Committee of Ministers
ii. Compilation of existing rights for Internet users
iii. Drafting of an instrument on cross-border flow of Internet traffic

10. Standard setting on media

i. Compendium of Council of Europe standards in the field of media freedom, including with regard to hate speech
ii. Initiatives to strengthen the protection of journalists, other media professionals and bloggers, both as regards preventive measures and effective investigation, taking into account the work conducted by other international organisations, and to foster ethical journalism
iii. Draft convention on broadcasters’ neighbouring rights
iv. Draft recommendation on gender equality and media
v. Gender equality dimension in the media coverage of election campaigns
vi. Proposals to the Committee of Ministers on follow-up to specific media-related instruments adopted by the Committee of Ministers (e.g. in respect of public service media, public service value of the Internet, or a new notion of media)
vii. Contribution from a media and freedom of expression perspective to Council of Europe work addressing the problem of libel tourism

11. Implementation of CM Declaration of 13 January 2010

i. Exchange of views with the Secretariat of relevant Council of Europe monitoring mechanisms
ii. Improved collection and sharing of information and enhanced coordination on freedom of expression media freedom (thematic debate / yearly reporting)
iii. Developing a toolkit of assistance measures in the field of media freedom which could be made available upon request to member States and neighbouring countries
iv. Strengthening the impact and visibility of Council of Europe activities in the field of media freedom – promoting knowledge and effective implementation of these standards in member States, including among and with the media

12. Standard setting on protection of personal data

i. Exchange of views with representatives of the Consultative Committee of the Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data (T-PD) and the Secretariat of the CDCJ
ii. Information concerning the instruments currently reviewed by the T-PD :
- Convention 108
- Rec (89)2 data protection and employment
- Rec (87)15 data protection and the police

13. 1st Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Media and Information Society (Serbia, 2013)

14. Other tasks stemming from Resolution CM/Res(2011)24

i. Advise to the Committee of Ministers and the Secretary General on the priorities, relevance and other matters with regard to CDMSI activities, having regard to the priorities and criteria adopted by the Committee of Ministers

15. Working methods

i. Prioritisation of activities (with reference to items 4, ii) and iii) and items 7 to 13 of the agenda)
ii. Gender Equality Rapporteur
iii. Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods
iv. Regular contacts with CM TC-INF
v. Multi-stakeholder dialogue, permitting to interact with different stakeholder groups, at different stages of the tasks assigned to the CDMSI

16. Other information of interest to the CDMSI

i. Other Council of Europe activities relevant to the work of the CDMSI
ii. Programme lines and budget
iii. Progress review report
iv. Monitoring mechanisms and procedures
v. Relevant cooperation and field activities
vi. Relevant activities of other international organisations with a view to avoiding duplication and achieving synergies

17. Other business

18. Adoption of abridged meeting report