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Part II Institutions, s.1 Statute-based Institutions, 6 The Committee of Ministers

Simon Palmer

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, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 23 September 2021

Subject(s):
Democracy — Membership of international organizations — Responsibility of international organizations — Rule of law

This chapter provides an overview of the Committee of Ministers (CM), its composition, and its tasks and obligations. The CM is vested with the competence to write law and to establish and manage the legal, administrative, and budgetary framework of the Council. It is a forum of multilateral diplomacy with the responsibility of directing an altruistic process of historic dimensions. The CM’s essential tasks are those set out in Articles 15 and 16 Council of Europe (CoE) Statute, i.e., to ‘consider the action required to further the aim of the Council of Europe, including the conclusion of conventions or agreements and the adoption by governments of a common policy with regard to particular matters’ and to ‘decide with binding effect all matters relating to the internal organisation and arrangements of the Council of Europe. For this purpose the Committee of Ministers shall adopt such financial and administrative arrangements as may be necessary’.

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