Implementation of the European Convention on Transfrontier Television
Reply to Written question
| Doc. 12645
| 20 June 2011
- Committee of Ministers
at the 1116th meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies (15-16 June 2011) 2011 - Third part-session
- Reply to Written question
- : Written question no. 591 (Doc. 12452)
1. As regards the first question asked by
the Honourable Parliamentarian, the Committee of Ministers recalls
that at its 1069th meeting (4 November 2009), following a request
by the European Union Presidency, it agreed to postpone to one of
its forthcoming meetings the agenda item whereby it would have sent
the draft Amending Protocol to the European Convention on Transfrontier
Television to the Parliamentary Assembly for an opinion.
2. The Steering Committee on the Media and New Communication
Services (CDMC) expressed its deep concern about the interruption
of the process towards adoption of the Amending Protocol during
its 12th meeting (8-11 June 2010). Moreover, the Standing Committee
on Transfrontier Television (T-TT), during its 45th meeting (1-2
July 2010), acknowledged with deep regret the standstill in the
revision process and considered the consequences and possible solutions.
3. There have been a number of contacts on this subject, including
at high level, between the Secretariat and the European Commission,
followed by an exchange of letters between the Secretary General
and the Vice-President of the European Commission, Ms Neelie Kroes.
In particular, Ms Kroes asserts that the European Union has exclusive
competence to enter into international agreements in the field covered
by the European Convention on Transfrontier Television.
4. Against this background, the Committee of Ministers endorsed
proposals by the Secretary General for priorities in 2011 which
included, inter alia, discontinuing
work on transfrontier television. This was confirmed by the Committee
of Ministers when adopting the Programme of Activities and Budget
for 2011, which excludes allocations for the continuation of this
work. Final arrangements as regards the European Convention on Transfrontier
Television will be considered within the framework of the review
of the relevance of Council of Europe conventions generally, in
the light of the opinion of the Contracting Parties to the Convention
and taking into account also the views of relevant Council of Europe
bodies (CDMC, T-TT) and of the European Union institutions.
5. The Committee of Ministers notes that, in accordance with
the Memorandum of Understanding between the Council of Europe and
the European Union, and also with a view to avoiding to the extent
possible the kind of problem experienced with the above-mentioned
draft Protocol, contacts have increased between the Secretariat
of the Council of Europe and the European Commission and early consultations
on draft legislation take place regularly.