Make equality in law a reality in fact : Compilation of recommendations of the Committee of Ministers in the field of equality between women and men
Under Article 15.b of the Statute of the Council of Europe, the Committee of Ministers may, in the context of “the adoption by governments of a common policy with regard to particular matters”, issue recommendations to member governments. These are drawn up by government experts accountable to the Committee of Ministers and allow for interaction between political interests and technical and sector-specific considerations. Their adoption by the Committee of Ministers involves the joint expression of European governmental opinions on the subjects concerned, which gives them considerable weight, even though they do not have the binding force of conventions. For member states, recommendations constitute a sound basis for developing national legislation, policies and programmes.