If you want to know what action the Committee of Ministers (CM) has taken on a particular topic, start your search with the document type decisions.
The decisions are adopted by the CM and contain links to any other related texts (for example, Recommendations, Resolutions …) and to the working documents which provide the background to the decision.
The Committee of Ministers adopts several types of texts:
- Decisions (CM/Del/Dec)
- Declarations (Decl)
- Council of Europe Treaties (ETS and CETS)
- Recommendations to member States (CM/Rec)
- Replies to the Parliamentary Assembly (CM/AS/Rec, CM/AS/Quest) and the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities (CM/Cong/Rec)
- Resolutions (CM/Res)
- Terms of reference for Council of Europe intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies
Working and information documents
These include reports, information documents, draft texts for adoption by the Committee of Ministers, proposed amendments concerning items on the Deputies and subgroup meetings, along with others.
They are usually issued in the following series:
- CM: documents concerning items on the agendas of plenary meetings and generally giving rise to a decision
- DD: various information documents / statements / proposed amendments concerning items on the Deputies’ and subgroup meetings, distributed at the request of the Chair, delegations or the Secretariat
- DH-DD: various documents concerning items on the human rights ("DH") meetings, including information from Contracting Parties / governments, action plans / action reports received from respondent States, information from injured parties and information from NGOs, national human rights institutions and international intergovernmental organisations or their bodies or agencies
- CM/AS/Rec, CM/AS/Quest, CM/Cong/Rec: draft replies to the Parliamentary Assembly and the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities
- SG/Inf: information documents from the Secretary General, prepared under the responsibility of the Private Office
- SG/Com: communication from the Secretary General and the Deputy Secretary General
- CM/Inf: information documents which generally do not require a decision
- CM/Inf/DH: documents concerning cases on the agendas of human rights ("DH") meetings (prepared by the Department for the execution of judgments and decisions of the European Court of Human Rights)
- Subsidiary group documents
- CM/Bur/Del: information documents and reports of the Bureau of the Ministers' Deputies
These documents are available on the Documents A-Z page. They are generally classified (see the rules governing access to documents).
These documents concern the preparation and records of Committee of Ministers and subgroup meetings.
- Minutes (CM/PV) - include the decisions adopted at Sessions
Meetings of the Ministers' Deputies
- Agendas (CM/Del/OJ)
- Orders of business (CM/Del/OT)
- Notes on the Agenda (CM/Notes) - explanatory notes on items on the agendas of meetings; they normally include draft decisions
- Decisions (CM/Del/Dec) - decisions adopted by the Ministers' Deputies
- Records (CM/Del/Act) - statements for the record whose insertion is requested by delegations
Subsidiary group meetings
- Convocations - the meeting agendas
- Annotated agendas - explanatory notes on the items on the agendas
- Synopses - the meeting reports
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.