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Part II Institutions, s.1 Statute-based Institutions, 8 Secretariat

Matthias Ruffert

From: The Council of Europe: Its Law and Policies

Edited By: Stefanie Schmahl, Marten Breuer

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 23 September 2023

Democracy — Membership of international organizations — Responsibility of international organizations — Rule of law

This chapter examines the Council’s administrative organ, the secretariat, as well as its head, the Secretary General. The Secretary General is usually at the same time leading the administration of the organisation and bearing political functions. Thus the chapter discusses the appointment of the Secretary General, as well as their status, privileges, and immunities, before considering the organisation and its tasks as a whole. The Secretariat General is divided into several sub-units, with the Secretary General and the Deputy Secretary General being assisted in the execution of their functions by the Private Office of the Secretary General and the Deputy Secretary General. As the Secretariat provides secretarial functions for the CM and the PACE, respective secretarial units are created within it — the Secretariat of the Committee of Ministers (SecCM) to run the Ministers’ meetings, and the Secretariat of the Parliamentary Assembly.

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