The Committee of Ministers at Deputy level
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The Committee of Ministers (CM) is the Council of Europe's decision-making body. Its role and functions are described in Chapter IV of the Statute. The CM meets at ministerial level and at Deputy level (the Ministers' Deputies).
In accordance with Article 14 of the Rules of Procedure of the CM, each Minister for Foreign Affairs appoints a Deputy to act on his behalf outside the meetings held at the level of the Ministers for Foreign Affairs.
The Committee of Ministers meeting at Deputy level is empowered to deal with all matters within the competence of the Committee of Ministers and to take decisions on its behalf. Decisions taken by the Deputies have the same force and effect as decisions taken by the Committee of Ministers meeting at the level of the Ministers for Foreign Affairs. The Deputies do not, however, take decisions on any matter which, in the view of one or more of them, should by reason of its political importance be dealt with by the Committee of Ministers meeting at ministerial level.
Meetings of the Deputies are organised along the following lines, whilst maintaining some flexibility:
- 3 Deputies’ meetings per month, in principle on a Wednesday;
- the Deputies’ Human Rights (DH) meetings, devoted to the supervision of the execution of judgments of the Court in compliance with Article 46 of the European Convention on Human Rights, take place at least 4 times a year for a duration of two or three days;
- extraordinary meetings may be convened by the Chair on urgent matters.
At their 1450th meeting, on 30 November, the Ministers’ Deputies held an exchange of views with Mr Paul Mahoney, Chair of the Advisory Panel of Experts on Candidates for Election as Judge to the European Court of Human Rights (see Activity Report). The Deputies agreed upon the agenda for the...
At their 1449th meeting, on 23 November, the Ministers’ Deputies adopted the terms of reference of a committee of experts (PC-ENV) which will draft a new Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of the Environment through Criminal Law [more information …]. They also took note of Opinion No....
At their 1448th meeting, on 16 November, the Ministers’ Deputies adopted the adjustments to the 2023 budget which constitutes the second of a three-step approach on the budgetary and financial implications of the cessation of membership of the Russian Federation in the Council of Europe. The...