The Governments of the Kingdom of Belgium, the Kingdom of Denmark, the French Republic, the Kingdom of Greece, the Irish Republic, the Italian Republic, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Kingdom of Norway, the Kingdom of Sweden, the Turkish Republic and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland;
Whereas under the provisions of Article 40, paragraph (a) of the Statute, the Council of Europe, representatives of Members and the Secretariat shall enjoy in the territories of its Members such privileges and immunities as are necessary for the exercise of their duties;
Whereas under the provisions of paragraph (b) of the above-mentioned Article, the Members of the Council have undertaken to enter into an agreement for the purpose of fulfilling the provisions of the said paragraph;
Whereas in pursuance of the above-mentioned paragraph (b), the Committee of Ministers has recommended to Member Governments the acceptance of the following provisions:
Have agreed as follows:
Article 16
In addition to the immunities and privileges specifed in Article 18 below, the Secretary General and Deputy Secretary General shall be accorded in respect of themselves, their spouses and minor children the privileges and immunities, exemptions and facilities accorded to diplomatic envoys in accordance with International Law.
Article 17
The Secretary General will specify the categories of officials to which the provisions of Article 18 below shall apply. He shall communicate them to the Governments of all Members. The names of the officials included in these categories shall from time to time be made known to the above mentioned Governments.
Article 18
Officials of the Council of Europe shall:
(a) be immune from legal process in respect of words spoken or written and all acts performed by them in their official capacity and within the limit of their authority;
(b) be exempt from taxation on the salaries and emoluments paid to them by the Council of Europe;
(c) be immune, together with their spouses and relatives dependent on them, from immigration restrictions and aliens' registration;
(d) be accorded the same privileges in respect of exchange facilities as are accorded to officials of comparable rank forming part of diplomatic missions to the Government concerned;
(e) be given, together with their spouses and relatives dependent on them, the same repatriation facilities in time of international crisis as diplomatic envoys;
(f) have the right to import free of duty their furniture and effects at the time of first taking up their post in the country in question, and to re-export the same free of duty to their country of domicile.
Article 19
Privileges and immunities are granted to officials in the interests of the Council of Europe and not for the personal benefit of the individuals themselves. The Secretary General shall have the right and the duty to waive the immunity of any official in any case where, in his opinion, the immunity would impede the course of justice and can be waived without prejudice to the interests of the Council of Europe. In the case of the Secretary General and of the Deputy Secretary General, the Committee of Ministers shall have the right to waive immunity.
General Agreement on Privileges and Immunities of the Council of Europe
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