Bureau of the Ministers' Deputies
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A Bureau was set up in March 1975 to assist the Ministers' Deputies. Since May 2001, it has consisted of six members in the English alphabetical order: the present Chair, the two previous Chairs and the three future Chairs.
The Bureau has no decision-making power on questions of substance and may not substitute itself for the full Committee (CM).
It's main tasks are:
- providing guidance to the Chair and Secretariat on handling CM business;
- preparing the meetings of the CM;
- contacts with the Parliamentary Assembly;
- representing the CM in some other meetings and exchanges of views;
- at the request of the Chair or the CM, receiving visitors on behalf of the CM;
- advising the Chair at his/her request on urgent political statements to be issued by the Chair in his/her own name;
- submitting relevant proposals about the nomination of Chairs of Rapporteur Groups and Working Parties to the CM for decision;
- examination of requests for the use of the CM meeting room and foyer.
Members of the Bureau as at 9 February 2019
Chairperson of the Ministers' Deputies
Ms Satu Mattila-Budich, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
Mr Jean-Baptiste Mattei, Ambassador
Mr Irakli Giviashvili, Ambassador
Mr Vassilis Vikas, Chargé d'Affaires a.i.
Mr Toma Galli, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
Mr Arnold de Fine Skibsted, Ambassador
Rules governing access to documents
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Rules governing access to documents:
- Documents not subject to any particular classification are public.
- Documents classified “restricted until examined by the Committee of Ministers” are declassified after the Committee of Ministers (CM) has examined the item in question. Prior to declassification, these documents are only visible to member governments and the Secretariat of the Council of Europe.
- Documents classified “restricted” are declassified a year after being issued. Prior to declassification, these documents are only visible to member governments and the Secretariat of the Council of Europe.
- Documents classified “confidential” are declassified ten years after being issued. Prior to declassification, these documents are only visible to member governments and the service or committee responsible for the document. Distribution to other parties requires written permission from the author service.