Council of Europe Treaties Series
Shipping Weight: 600 gram
ISBN (softcover) : 91875-2713
The Statute of the Council of Europe, signed in London on 5 May 1949, after declaring the aim of the Organisation, states in Article 1, paragraph b: “This aim shall be pursued through the organs of the Council by discussion of questions of common concern and by agreements and common action in economic, social, cultural, scientific, legal and administrative matters and in the maintenance and further realisation of human rights and fundamental freedoms.” European Conventions and Agreements are prepared and negotiated within the institutional framework of the Council of Europe. The Secretary General of the Council of Europe is made the depositary of European Conventions and Agreements. The originals of these treaties are kept by him; as a rule, he presides over their signature, and with him are deposited the instruments of ratification, acception or accession. It is he who is responsible for the notifications prescribed in the final clauses, and who arranges for registration with the Secretariat of the United Nations. Following the practice instituted by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe in 1965, explanatory reports have been published on some of the treaties. These reports, prepared by the committee of experts instructed to elaborate the European Convention or Agreement in question and published with the authorisation of the Committee of Ministers, might facilitate the application of the provisions of the respective treaties, although they do not constitute instruments providing an authoritative interpretation of them.
In this collection all treaties and available explanatory reports are being published.