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    CM(2004)195 27 October 2004
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    907 Meeting, 24 November 2004
    6 Social Cohesion


    6.1 Committee on the Rehabilitation and Integration of People with disabilities (Partial Agreement) (CD-P-RR)

    Abridged report of the 27th session (Bucharest, 21-24 September 2004)

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    1. On invitation of the Romanian authorities, the Committee on the Rehabilitation and Integration of People with disabilities (Partial Agreement) (CD-P-RR) held its 27th session from 21 to 24 September 2004 in Bucharest. The meeting was opened by Mr Dan Mircea POPESCU, Minister of Labour, Social Solidarity and Family of Romania and chaired by Mr Florian SALAJEANU, Secretary of State, President of the National Authority for People with Disabilities of Romania.

    2. In addition to participants from the member states of the Partial Agreement in the Social and Public Health Field1, it was attended by observers from 17 Council of Europe member states which are not members of the Partial Agreement 2, and by one Council of Europe observer 3. The attendance of Council of Europe member states was made possible by special budgetary allocation in DG III's part of the Ordinary Budget.

    3. A summary of the discussions and decisions is given below.

    Formal consultation on the Secretary General's proposals for the extension of Partial Agreement activities to all member states of the Council of Europe

    4. The Committee welcomed the fact that on 14 April 2004 the Secretary General had presented concrete proposals to extend the activities of the Partial Agreement in the Social and Public Health Field to all Council of Europe member states and thanked the Committee of Ministers for formally consulting the CD-P-RR on document CM(2004)63.

    5. It noted that also the European Health Committee (CDSP) and the Public Health Committee
    (CD-P-SP) had been formally consulted, and asked to see their opinions so that full transparency be ensured. Furthermore, any additional information concerning this issue provided by the Secretariat to the above committees should also be given to the CD-P-RR, so as to ensure an equal level of information amongst all stake holders.

    6. The Committee adopted an opinion on the Secretary General's proposals (CM(2004)63), as set out in Appendix 1 to this Report, and as submitted to GR-SOC for its meeting on 14 October 2004
    (GR-SOC(2004)21).

    7. The Committee noted that its 26th session report had been taken note of by the Committee of Ministers with the statement that this decision would not cause “prejudice to any future discussion and possible decision on the Secretary General's intiative to extend the Partial Agreement activities and the proposal of the Netherlands on Council of Europe's public health and related activities: towards a strategic approach” (GR-SOC(2004)9). It therefore discussed the above “Strategic approach” document on public health and related activities in order to identify possible links to its own terms of reference and activities. Its considerations are set out in Appendix 2 to this Report.

    Norwegian Presidency of the Committee of Ministers: Conference “Human Rights – Disability – Children”, Strasbourg, 8-9 November 2004

    8. The Committee welcomed the initiative of the Norwegian Presidency of the Council of Europe to organise a conference on “Human Rights – Disability – Children: Towards international instruments for disability rights – the special case of disabled children” at the Council of Europe, Strasbourg, 8-9 November 2004, and congratulated the Norwegian authorities for being the first Council of Europe chairmanship that has put disability issues so high on the political agenda.

    9. It welcomed that, given the theme of the conference, the intended cooperation between the CD-P-RR on the one hand, and the European Committee for Social Cohesion (CDCS) and its Committee of Experts on Children and Families (CS-EF) on the other, would allow for maximum use of resources, could create synergy effects, and could identify issues of common concern for future cooperation, notably in the field of disabled children and their families.

    Safeguarding disabled people against abuse

    10. The Committee approved the Draft Resolution on safeguarding people with disabilities against abuse ad referendum by 15 November 2004, and decided to subsequently submit it to the Committee of Ministers for adoption as a Partial Agreement Resolution.

    Action Plan on Disability

    11. The Committee recalled that in the Malaga Ministerial Declaration on People with disabilities “Progressing towards full participation as citizens”, adopted by the Second European Conference of Ministers responsible for Integration Policies for People with disabilities, in Malaga, Spain, 8 May 2003, Ministers had recommended the elaboration of a Council of Europe Action Plan for people with disabilities.

    12. Furthermore, it recalled that on 24 September 2003, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe adopted its decisions on the Malaga Ministerial Conference, inviting the CD-P-RR to begin the discussion on the establishment of a Council of Europe Action Plan for people with disabilities in close consultation with other bodies of the Organisation, in particular other Steering Committees concerned.

    13. The Committee recalled that it regarded the drafting of a Council of Europe Action Plan on disability applicable to all member states as its top priority and that it had adopted specific terms of reference of a Working Group on the Council of Europe Disability Action Plan, open to all Council of Europe member states and observers.

    14. It reviewed the structure of the Action Plan, agreed on the title “Council of Europe Action Plan to promote the rights and full participation of people with disabilities in society: Improving the quality of life of people with disabilities in Europe”, and decided on the provisional timetable for its completion and the consultation of other Council of Europe steering committees, as requested by the Committee of Ministers. The timetable is set out in Appendix 3 to this Report.

    CD-P-RR Activity Programme

    15. The Committee recalled that the current Activity Programme 2004-2005 had been established at the 26th session (Strasbourg, 7-10 October 2003) and reviewed the Programme as set out in Appendix 4 to this Report, with the involvement of other Council of Europe member states present, and without prejudice to any further revision in the light of the possible extension of the Partial Agreement activities to all Council of Europe member states.

    Subordinate Committees to the CD-P-RR

    16. The CD-P-RR reviewed and endorsed the work of its three subordinate bodies:

    - Committee of experts on Universal Design (accessibility) (P-RR-UD),
    - Committee of experts on the education and integration of children with autism (P-RR-AUT),
    - Working Group on the Council of Europe Disability Action Plan (P-RR-WGAP),

    17. It encouraged all Council of Europe member states to actively participate in the work of these bodies by submitting written contributions and by attending their meetings, and confirmed their specific terms of reference, as set out in Appendices 5 - 7 of this Report, without prejudice to any further revision in the light of the possible extension of the Partial Agreement activities to all Council of Europe member states.

    Sign languages

    18. The Committee recalled the reply of the Committee of Ministers to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1598 (2003), and adopted the Revised Draft Report on The status of sign languages in member and observer states of the Council of Europe's Partial Agreement in the Social and Public Health Field, and authorised its publication, subject to the inclusion of editorial amendments to be submitted by delegations to the Secretariat by 15 November 2004.

    19. It took note of the statement of the United Kingdom delegation stressing that the United Kingdom would still consider hosting a conference on sign languages under the aegis and overall responsibility of the Council of Europe, and that the Council was invited to put forward concrete proposals in response to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1598 (2003) to the United Kingdom authorities.

    Publications

    20. The Committee adopted the consolidated Draft Final Report on The prevention of disabilities linked to chronic diseases and authorised its publication, subject to the inclusion of editorial amendments to be submitted by delegations to the Secretariat by 15 November 2004.

    21. The Committee welcomed the publication of the following texts:
    - Citizens not patients – developing innovative approaches to meet the needs of disabled people;
    - Community living for people with disabilities in need of a high level of support;
    - Study of international instruments and activities on the education of children with disabilities (Internet publication only).

    Targeted dissemination

    22. The CD-P-RR encouraged members and observers of the CD-P-RR to submit proposals for assistance activities and invited enhanced co-operation between the CD-P-RR and/or individual members and the programme.

    Exchange of information

    - Work carried out by other Council of Europe bodies

    23. The Committee noted disability-related activities of other bodies in the Council of Europe and reviewed its co-operation with them.

    - Activities of other international organisations

    24. The Committee reviewed its co-operation with other international organisations. Concerning the United Nations, the Committee welcomed the fact that a delegation composed of a representative from DG II (Human Rights) and a representative from DG III (Social Cohesion), Partial Agreement in the Social and Public Health Field, had participated in the 3rd and 4th sessions of that Ad Hoc Committee and requested its Secretariat to attend further meetings of the UN Ad Hoc Committee representing DG III (Social Cohesion) of the Council of Europe.

    25. It welcomed the organisation of a briefing (side event) on “Access to social rights for people with disabilities in Europe” by the Council of Europe in cooperation with the Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations, and encouraged delegations to organise further such side events at the meetings of the UN Ad Hoc Committee, in cooperation with the Council of Europe, in order to inform the international community about the work of the Council of Europe in general and the achievements of the CD-P-RR in particular (instruments, publications, etc.),

    26. Furthermore, it encouraged the Council of Europe to explore the possibility of organising, under the Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers, and in cooperation with the EU Presidency, a meeting of all Council of Europe member states and observers, related to the draft UN disability convention.

    Date and venue of the next sessions

    27. The CD-P-RR agreed to hold its 28th session in Strasbourg from 18-21 October 2005, and envisaged to hold the 10th session of the Bureau in Paris in Spring 2005, and the 11th session of the Bureau in Strasbourg on 17 October 2005, one day prior to the 28th session of the CD-P-RR.

    Election of the Chairperson and Bureau

    28. The Committee elected, on proposal of the Belgian delegation, Dr Hartmut HAINES (Germany) Chairperson of the 28th session.

    29. As to its Bureau it thanked Ms Stanislava MAKOVKOVA (Czech Republic) for a successful 2003-2004 term in the Bureau. The new Bureau would consist of Dr Peter WRIGHT (United Kingdom), Chairman 2003-2004, Mr Florian SALAJEANU (Romania), Chairman 2004-2005, Dr Hartmut HAINES (Germany), Chairman 2005-2006, Ms Daina PODZINA (Latvia), fourth member, elected for the period 2004-2005, and Ms Celia REED (United Kingdom), fifth member, elected for the period needed to complete the Action Plan, and MS Sirlis SÖMER (Estonia), elected substitute.

    30. Finally, the Committee thanked the Romanian authorities for the excellent organisation of the meeting and their warm hospitality.

    Appendix 1

    Opinion of the Committee on the Rehabilitation and Integration of People with disabilities
    (CD-P-RR) on the Secretary General's proposals for the extension of the Partial Agreement activities to all Council of Europe member states (CM(2004)63 of 14 April 2004)
    (adopted by the CD-P-RR at its 27th session, Bucharest, 21-24 September 2004)

    1. Disability Policy Platform for all member states

    1. The CD-P-RR recalls that in the Malaga Ministerial Declaration on People with disabilities: “Progressing towards full participation as citizens”, adopted at the Second European Conference of Ministers responsible for integration policies for people with disabilities, Malaga, Spain, 7-8 May 2003, Ministers recommend “that the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe continues to promote policies aimed at ensuring full citizenship and active participation of people with disabilities, with the full participation of all member states, and to strengthen the role of the Council of Europe as a platform for international co-operation in the field of disability policy-making by inviting the Committee on the Rehabilitation and Integration of People with disabilities and other relevant Council of Europe committees to further mainstream disability policies within their areas of competence”. 4

    2. Furthermore, Ministers invited “all Council of Europe member and observer states and representatives from European non-governmental organisations to participate in the activities and work of the Council relating to the enhancing of a coherent policy for and through full participation of people with disabilities”. 5

    3. When discussing the report by the Secretary General on the 2nd European Conference of Ministers responsible for Integration Policies for People with disabilities, Malaga, 7-8 May 2003, (document CM(2003) 114) on 24 September 2003 (853rd meeting, item 6.1.), the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe invited:

    1) the Committee on the Rehabilitation and Integration of People with disabilities (Partial Agreement) (CD-P-RR) and other relevant committees to further mainstream disability issues within the areas of their competence, and the Secretary General to ensure that the disability dimension is better taken into consideration within the overall activities of the Council of Europe; (decision 3);

    2) all Council of Europe member and observer states as well as representatives of those European disability NGOs that have consultative status to participate in the Council's activities relating to the enhancing of a coherent policy for and through full participation of people with disabilities; (decision 5).

    4. The CD-P-RR welcomes the Committee of Ministers' invitation for a broad involvement of all Council of Europe member and observer states, as well as international NGOs, in disability activities.

    5. The CD-P-RR recognizes that disability issues are high on national and international agendas:

    · 2003 was the European Year of People with disabilities and saw the Second European Conference of Ministers responsible for integration policies for people with disabilities, Malaga, Spain, 7-8 May 2003.
    · 2004 is the Ibero-American Year of Persons with disabilities.
    · The first Asian-Pacific Decade of Disabled Persons (1993-2002) has just come to an end, the second (2003-2012) has just been launched.
    · The period of 2003-2012 has been proclaimed the Arab Decade for People with Disabilities.
    · The United Nations are currently drafting a “Comprehensive and Integral International Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities”. 6

    6. The Committee on the Rehabilitation and Integration of People with disabilities (Partial Agreement) (CD-P-RR) welcomes the Secretary General's initiative to extend its activities to all Council of Europe member states, which he launched at the Second European Conference of Ministers responsible for integration policies for people with disabilities, Malaga, Spain, 7-8 May 2003, with the aim to enable “all 45 Council of Europe member states to benefit from the achievements and excellent work undertaken within the framework of the Partial Agreement in the Social and Public Health Field, which currently has 18 member and 8 observer states”. 7

    7. The CD-P-RR recognises that the statement quoted above forms the very core of the Secretary General's proposals. This principle is in line with the recommendations of the Malaga Ministerial Conference and the decisions of the Committee of Ministers as regards broad participation of all Council of Europe member and observer states, as well as international NGOs, in Council of Europe activities aimed at enhancing a coherent policy for and through full participation of people with disabilities.

    8. In conclusion, the CD-P-RR believes that the European disability agenda can be advanced, and that the role of the Council of Europe as a platform for international co-operation in the field of disability policy-making can be strengthened by extending the membership of the CD-P-RR to all Council of Europe member states and by also allowing Council of Europe observers to participate.

    2. A Steering Committee

    9. The CD-P-RR notes with interest that the Secretary General said: “Within a three-year period, in which the Partial Agreement in the Social and Public Health Field remains intact, I would like to extend its activities to all Council of Europe member states. I do hope that this extension will start in 2004 with the disability sector by gradually transforming the multidisciplinary Partial Agreement Committee CD-P-RR into a fully-fledged Council of Europe Steering Committee, directly responsible to the Committee of Ministers […]”. 8

    10. As to the status of that new committee of 45 member states, the CD-P-RR wishes to recall that the Partial Agreement in the Social and Public Heath Field was concluded on 16 November 1959 by Resolution (59) 23 and revised by Resolution (96) 35 of 2 October 1996, and that the Committee on the Rehabilitation and Integration of People with disabilities (CD-P-RR) has throughout its existence (45 years) been directly responsible to the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.

    11. The predecessor of the CD-P-RR, the “Joint Committee on the Rehabilitation and Resettlement of the Disabled”, established in 1948 under the Brussels Treaty Organisation (since 1955 WEU) was directly responsible to the Council of Ministers (BTO) and then the Committee of Ministers (WEU). In 1959 the Council of Western European Union transferred the social and cultural activities to the Council of Europe, hence the creation of the above-mentioned Partial Agreement.

    12. In summary, both the CD-P-RR and its predecessor have been directly responsible to the highest governmental executive body of the organisation that hosted them and have influenced Council of Europe policy since 1959.

    13. The CD-P-RR wishes to stress the multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary nature of rights-based disability policy-making, which includes educational, employment, legal, social, economic, cultural, health, ethical, technical and environmental aspects, calling for a comprehensive mainstreaming approach at the highest level.

    14. The CD-P-RR believes that no other Council of Europe Steering Committee has the relevant experience and accommodates the multidisciplinary nature of rights-based disability policy-making. It concludes that only direct responsibility to the Committee of Ministers can ensure the multidisciplinary nature of the CD-P-RR's work and that the rights of people with disabilities are taken into account in a balanced way when designing pan-European disability rights policies.

    15. In recent years the expectations of disabled people and organisations representing them have been raised in Europe by the European Year of People with Disabilities and the Council of Europe Malaga Ministerial Conference on Disability, and internationally through the on-going negotiation of a new UN Convention on the Rights of Disabled People. The CD-P-RR has encouraged the participation of organisations of people with disabilities by inviting the European Disability Forum (EDF) 9 to enjoy permanent observer status with the CD-P-RR since October 2003. The Forum takes an active role in the elaboration of the Council of Europe Disability Action Plan.

    16. Both gender and race equality have enjoyed full status committees for some time. Disabled people in Europe should have their rights represented with equal status to the other equality strands. Therefore, it is not appropriate to turn a governing body of a Partial Agreement, when extending it to all 45 Council of Europe member states, into a subordinate body of another Steering Committee.

    17. The CD-P-RR understands that the budgetary consequences of the intended expansion are marginal, and that turning the CD-P-RR into a subordinate body to any other existing Steering Committee would not provide any significant budgetary savings. From a financial point of view, it does not make any difference whether the 45 delegations which are reimbursed attend a meeting of a Steering Committee or a subordinate body. Furthermore, the CD-P-RR takes note that the intended expansion as set out in document CM(2004)63 will have no budgetary or other repercussions on the activities of the European Health Committee (CDSP), or any other existing Steering Committee.

    3. Conclusions

    18. Creating a 45-member state Steering Committee on the Rehabilitation and Integration of People with Disabilities [working title] will send a clear political signal from the Council of Europe to acknowledge the importance of disability policy-making at pan-European level. The current CD-P-RR has the experience and an enlarged Steering Committee would enable the Council of Europe to promote disability rights issues at the highest levels throughout Europe. It would have the potential to become the pan-European think tank and platform for action on rights-based disability policy-making, working in co-operation with other relevant Steering Committees. It would thus be the desirable political outcome of the European Year of People with Disabilities and the Malaga Ministerial Conference 2003.

    APPENDIX 2

    Considerations of the Committee on the Rehabilitation and Integration of People with disabilities (CD-P-RR) on the “Strategic approach” document on public health and related activities

    1. The CD-P-RR believes that in general any attempt to develop programmatic and coordinated approaches in a given field in order to make optimal use of resources and potential, and avoid overlap, is to be appreciated; consequently, the Committee welcomes the initiative of the Netherlands to adopt a strategic approach in the public health and related field;

    2. the CD-P-RR notes, however, that throughout the document, the terms “health-related activities, public-health related activities, public health and related activities, public health and related human rights activities” are used somewhat synonymously; therefore it believes that the document would benefit from a precise definition of the terms, and hence a clarification of the scope of the initiative;

    3. the CD-P-RR notes with interest that it is mentioned in chapter II “Policy Review”, sub-chapter 2. “Analysis of the situation”, paragraph c., (which starts 'Improvements can and must be made.')

    4. the CD-P-RR also notes with interest that Ambassador J.C. Landman, Chairman of the Committee of Ministers during the Netherlands Presidency November 2003 – May 2004), suggests in his letter that the European Health Committee (CDSP) should be entrusted “ […] with the elaboration of conditions and mechanisms necessary for making the objectives operational […] ”, including the assessment and selection of all ongoing and proposed activities, as referred to in chapter III. 1., paragraph 2. (The suggestion has in the meantime become a decision of the Committee of Ministers.)

    5. the CD-P-RR wishes in this connection to stress that since 2000 it has adopted SMART (Specific-Measurable- Achievable- Realistic-Timed)-based Activity Programmes, and is currently elaborating a strategic Disability Action Plan for all member states of the Council of Europe;

    6. the CD-P-RR also wishes to stress that neither was it invited to the strategic reflection meeting in The Hague 14-15 October 2003, nor was the ”Strategic approach” document on public health and related activities referred to it for opinion by the Committee of Ministers;

    7. the CD-P-RR can only understand this to mean that neither the Dutch Presidency and organisers of the strategic reflection meeting nor the Committee of Ministers regard the ”Strategic approach” document on public health and related activities as relevant to the CD-P-RR;

    8. the CD-P-RR wishes to confirm that position by stressing the multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary nature of rights-based disability policy making, which includes educational, employment, legal, social, economic, cultural, health, ethical, technical and environmental aspects.

    APPENDIX 3

    Provisional timetable for the completion of the Council of Europe action plan to promote the rights and full participation of people with disabilities in society:
    improving the quality of life of people with disabilities in Europe

    29 November – 1 December 2004 3rd session Drafting Group P-RR-DGAP

    19-21 January 2005 3rd session Working Group P-RR-WGAP

    9-11 March 2005 4th session Drafting Group P-RR-DGAP

    20-22 April 2005 4th session Working Group P-RR-DGAP

    Consultations with other Council of Europe bodies and steering committees after the 3rd session of the Working Group P-RR-WGAP.

    Final draft to be submitted to the 28th session of the CD-P-RR, Strasbourg, 18-21 October for discussion and possible approval.

    APPENDIX 4

    CD-P-RR ACTIVITY PROGRAMME 2004 – 2005

    Introduction

    In brief:

    The Committee on the Rehabilitation and Integration of People with disabilities (CD-P-RR) is the multi-disciplinary intergovernmental Council of Europe body that has been steering activities related to promoting the inclusion and full participation of people with disabilities for more than 44 years.

    The Partial Agreement in the Social and Public Health Field was set up by Resolution (59) 23, adopted by the Committee of Ministers at Deputies' level on 16 November 1959, to continue in particular the social and public health activities formerly conducted by the Western European Union (WEU). Resolutions (96) 34 and (96) 35, adopted on 2 October 1996, restructured the Partial Agreement as regards the legal basis of its membership.

    The overall objective of the Partial Agreement is to foster social cohesion and to improve the quality of life in Europe for the genuine enjoyment of fundamental human rights and the respect of human dignity, by raising the level of:
    1) health protection of consumers in its widest acceptation;
    2) integration of people with disabilities into the community, on the basis of full citizenship, equal opportunities, independent living and active participation. 10

    The following states are members of the Partial Agreement in the Social and Public Health Field: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.11

    Estonia, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, and Canada have, for several years, enjoyed observer status with the Committee on the Rehabilitation and Integration of People with disabilities (Partial Agreement) (CD-P-RR).

    The Committee on the Rehabilitation and Integration of People with disabilities (Partial Agreement) (CD-P-RR) is the Council of Europe body responsible for steering activities related to the formulation of disability policy and legislation. It is directly answerable to the Committee of Ministers.

    It is composed of members designated by their governments on the basis of their in-depth knowledge of disability issues. The Committee is multi-disciplinary, consisting, for example, of medical doctors, psychologists, sociologists, lawyers, educational staff, etc. The nature of its work is inter-disciplinary.

    The elaboration of the CD-P-RR's activity programme is a periodic bi-annual operation. The
    last programme was established at the 23rd session, Tomar (Portugal), 13-16 June 2000, covering the period June 2000 – June 2002. At its 25th session, Dublin, 10-12 June 2002, the CD-P-RR agreed to establish a new activity programme at the 26th session of the CD-P-RR (Strasbourg, 7-10 October 2003), taking account of the outcome of the Second European Conference of Ministers responsible for Integration Policies for People with disabilities, Malaga, 7-8 May 2003, to the conceptual preparation of which the CD-P-RR had greatly contributed, in particular by setting up Drafting Groups to prepare the working documents.

    The Activity Programme 2004-2005 is set out in line with the decisions of the 25th and 26th sessions, namely to update the former programme by making the follow-up to the Malaga Ministerial Conference the main priority, particularly beginning the drafting of the Council of Europe Disability Action Plan.

    Furthermore, the CD-P-RR agreed at its 26th session to resume its activities on Accessibility/Universal Design, on the proposal of the Romanian delegation, and to take up activities on the education and integration of children with autism, on the proposal of the German delegation, supported by the French delegation. Since the subordinate bodies of the CD-P-RR usually have 3-year terms of reference, some specific activities listed under 5. may run for longer than the 2-year time span of this Activity Programme.

    Transition

    Following the initiative to extend the activities of the Partial Agreement in the Social and Public Health Field to all Council of Europe member states, launched by Mr Walter SCHWIMMER, Secretary General of the Council of Europe at the Malaga Ministerial Conference, the 26th session of the CD-P-RR (Strasbourg, 7-10 October 2003) was also attended by Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic and the Holy See.

    It has been proposed that the gradual extension of the Partial Agreement activities to all Council of Europe member states should commence in 2004 with the CD-P-RR and take place over a transition period of three years (2004-2006), during which the Partial Agreement may remain intact.

    This CD-P-RR Activity Programme 2004-2005 takes account of that transition, allowing the inclusion of all Council of Europe member states in its remit.

    The Activity Programme, reviewed in 2004 at the 27th session of the CD-P-RR (Romania, September 2004), may be revised in 2005, in order to maintain enough flexibility, and hence ability to respond to new challenges.

    1. Mission (Aims)

    In line with the overall objective of the Partial Agreement in the Social and Public Health Field, the CD-P-RR aims at fostering social cohesion and improving the quality of life in Europe for the genuine enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms as well as the respect of human dignity. It particularly strives for enhancing the enjoyment of human rights and improving the quality of life of people with disabilities, by promoting their independence, equality of opportunity, and active participation in the life of the community - in short: their full citizenship - whatever may be the nature, severity or origin of their disability.

    2. General Strategic Objectives

    The CD-P-RR

    a. facilitates and promotes the exchange of information and experience on national disability policy and legislation, particularly on examples of good practice;

    b. supports governments in the formulation and implementation of a coherent disability policy, by means of its legal instruments, publications, and other expertise;

    c. promotes co-operation between member states, co-ordination across and between governmental bodies at all levels (national, regional, local), as well as between international public and private initiatives;

    d. promotes access to social rights for people with disabilities by eliminating existing and avoiding new barriers, whatever their nature (architectural, educational, professional, social, cultural, family-related, financial or psychological);

    e. strives to enhance the role of people with disabilities in the rehabilitation and integration process, and in the design of disability policies;

    f. aims to raise public awareness of the special requirements of people with disabilities, and of the ways to contribute to their inclusion in society.

    3. Specific Strategic Objective

    The CD-P-RR provides for the follow-up to the Second European Conference of Ministers responsible for Integration Policies for People with disabilities, Malaga, 7-8 May 2003, by beginning to elaborate a Council of Europe Disability Action Plan for the next decade.

    4. Ongoing Activities

    a. Assistance (multidisciplinary expertise) to the Committee of Ministers when drafting replies to Parliamentary Assembly recommendations or written questions;

    b. Institutionalised co-operation with other Council of Europe bodies, particularly the European Committee for Social Cohesion (CDCS) and some of its subordinate structures, namely the Forum for Children and Families and the Groups of Specialists on employment of marginalized groups (CS-MA), as well as the Steering Committee on Bioethics (CDBI) in the field of psychiatry and human rights;

    c. Co-operation with the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB)

    d. Co-operation with DG IV – Education, Culture and Heritage, Youth and Sport - Training of educational staff

    e. Co-operation with the Council of Europe Integrated Projects No. 1 “Making democratic institutions work” and No. 2 “Responses to violence in everyday life in a democratic society”

    f. Co-operation with other Council of Europe bodies, namely Steering Committees, in the elaboration of the Action Plan for people with disabilities;

    g. Co-operation with other international organisations, such as the Commission of the European Communities, the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and the United Nations (UN);

    h. Co-operation with several international non-governmental organisations of and for people with disabilities, including the European Disability Forum (EDF) and its member organisations

    5. Specific Activities

   

    No.

    Activity

    Objective

    Body responsible

    Deadline

    Review 27th session
    21-24 September 2004

 

    1

    Council of Europe Disability Action Plan

    Adopt Action Plan
    Implement Action Plan

    CD-P-RR

    September 2004
    2005-2006

    ongoing

    2

    New trends in service provision

    Publish Report

    CD-P-RR

    Spring 2004

    Completed (At the printer's)

    3

    People with disabilities in need of a high level of support

    Publish Report

    CD-P-RR

    Spring 2004

    Completed (At the printer's)

    4

    Sign languages

    Finalise Report on the status of sign guages

    CD-P-RR

    Spring 2004

    Adopted and publication authorised

    5

    Prevention of disability

    Publish final Report

    P-RR-PREV

    Summer 2004

    Adopted and publication authorised

    6

    Safeguarding people with disabilities against abuse

    Finalise and approve Draft Resolution

    CD-P-RR

    September 2004

    Approved ad referendum

    7

    Air Travel

    Revise Note on Air Travel

    CD-P-RR

    September 2004

    Activity sunset

    8

    Universal Design (Accessibility)

    Examples of Good Practice, Recommendations

    P-RR-UD

    31/12/2006

    ongoing

    9

    Education of children with autism

    Examples of Good Practice, Recommendations

    P-RR-AUT

    31/12/2006

    ongoing

    Appendix 5

    Specific terms of reference of the Committee of Experts on Universal Design (Accessibility)
    (P-RR-UD)

    1. Name of committee:

    Committee of Experts on Universal Design (Accessibility) (P-RR-UD)

    2. Type of committee:

    Committee by virtue of Resolution (96) 35 of 2 October 1996 (

    3. Source of terms:

    Committee on the Rehabilitation and Integration of People with disabilities (Partial Agreement) (CD-P-RR) *

    4. Terms of reference:

    Within the general framework of the terms of reference of the CD-P-RR and in compliance with the provisions of Recommendation No R (92) 6 as well as Resolutions ResAP(2001) 1 and ResAP(2001)3, which aim, inter alia, at making the built environment and goods and services accessible to as well as usable and understandable by people with disabilities:

    a. to exchange information on existing international and national norms, standards and instruments relating to the accessibility of the built environment and to universal design;

    b. to exchange experience in the implementation of universal design principles at national level;

    c. to compile a collection of examples of good practice;

    d. to develop a common European position on Universal Design, including general principles and specific guidelines;

    e. to draw up recommendations to governments with a view to improving access for people with disabilities to the built environment, goods and services, based on the principle of Universal Design, working toward the establishment of European norms and standards.

    5. Membership of the committee:

    a. States whose governments are entitled to appoint members:
    Member states of the Partial Agreement in the Social and Public Health Field
    (Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom). *

    b. qualifications desirable in members: experts in the field of rehabilitation and integration of people with disabilities, in issues relating to the accessibility of the built environment, or other products and services, for people with disabilities

    6. Other participants:

    Commission of the European Communities

    7. Observers:

    a. All other member States and observer States of the Council of Europe may appoint delegates, who will participate in the Committee sessions as observers. (

    b. International governmental organisations: -

    c. International non-governmental Organisations: European Disability Forum (EDF)

    8. Structure and working methods:

    The Committee of experts may set up working groups according to needs.

    The Committee of experts may arrange consultations, by means of hearings or by any other means, with any individual or group, not belonging to any Council of Europe committee, specialised in the field of universal design or accessibility.

    9. Duration of terms of reference:

    1 January 2004 – 31 December 2006 *

    Adopted by the CD-P-RR in writing on 31 December 2003.

    Appendix 6

    Specific terms of reference of the Committee of Experts on the Education and Integration of Children with Autism (P-RR-AUT)

    1. Name of committee:

    Committee of Experts on the Education and Integration of Children with Autism (Partial Agreement)
    (P-RR-AUT)

    2. Type of committee:

    Committee by virtue of Resolution (96) 35 of 2 October 1996 (

    3. Source of terms:

    Committee on the Rehabilitation and Integration of People with disabilities (Partial Agreement) (CD-P-RR) *

    4. Terms of reference:

    Within the general framework of the terms of reference of the CD-P-RR and in compliance with Recommendation No R (92) 6 on a coherent policy for people with disabilities:

    a. to exchange information on the definition of autism and related statistics (e.g. prevalence figures);

    b. to examine the services provided to children with autism, particularly within the education system;

    c. to exchange experience in the implementation at national level of a coherent policy for this particular group;

    d. to compile a collection of examples of good practice;

    e. to draw up recommendations to governments to further the education and integration of children with autism.

    5. Membership of the committee:

    a. States whose governments are entitled to appoint members:
    Member states of the Partial Agreement in the Social and Public Health Field
    (Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom). *

    b. qualifications desirable in members: experts in the field of education and integration of children with disabilities, in particular autistic children

    6. Other participants:

    Commission of the European Communities

    7. Observers:

    a. All other member States and observer States of the Council of Europe may appoint delegates, who will participate in the Committee sessions as observers. *

    b. International governmental organisations: World Health Organization (WHO)

    c. International non-governmental Organisations: -

    8. Structure and working methods:

    The Committee of experts may set up working groups according to needs.

    The Committee of experts may arrange consultations, by means of hearings or by any other means, with any individual or group, not belonging to any Council of Europe committee, specialised in the field of education or autism.

    It is recommended to the Committee of experts to organise at least one hearing with the International Association Autism Europe (IAAE).

    9. Duration of terms of reference:

    1 January 2004 – 31 December 2006 (

    Adopted by the CD-P-RR in writing on 31 December 2003.

    Appendix 7

    Specific terms of reference of the Working Group on the Council of Europe Disability Action Plan
    (P-RR-WGAP)

    1. Name of committee:

    Working Group on the Council of Europe Disability Action Plan (P-RR-WGAP)

    2. Type of committee:

    Committee by virtue of Resolution (96) 35 of 2 October 1996 *

    3. Source of terms:

    Committee on the Rehabilitation and Integration of People with disabilities (Partial Agreement) (CD-P-RR) *

    4. Terms of reference:

    To elaborate, within the general framework of the terms of reference of the CD-P-RR, the Council of Europe Draft Action Plan on Disability - a new European policy framework for the next decade - based on human rights and partnership between different actors, in close consultation with other bodies of the organisation, in particular other Steering Committees concerned.

    5. Membership:

    a. States whose governments are entitled to appoint members:
    Member states of the Partial Agreement in the Social and Public Health Field
    (Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom). *

    b. qualifications desirable in members: experts in the field of rehabilitation and integration of people with disabilities.

    6. Other participants:

    Commission of the European Communities

    7. Observers:

    a) All other member States and observer States of the Council of Europe may appoint delegates, who will participate in the Committee sessions as observers. *

    b) International governmental organisations: None

    c) International non-governmental Organisations: European Disability Forum (EDF)

    8. Structure and working methods:

    The Working Group may set up subordinate bodies according to needs.

    The Working Group may arrange consultations, by means of hearings or by any other means, with any individual or group, not belonging to any Council of Europe committee.

    9. Duration of terms of reference:

    1 January 2004 – 31 December 2005 *

    Adopted by the CD-P-RR in writing on 31 March 2004.

    * These specific terms of reference are subject to revision by the CD-P-RR or its successor, in order to take account of the changing legal and financial framework linked to the envisaged extension of the activities of the Partial Agreement in the Social and Public Health Field (18 member states) to all Council of Europe member states.

Note 1 Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom.
Note 2 Albania, Armenia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Malta, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia and Montenegro, Turkey, Ukraine.
Note 3 Holy See.

    4 Quote from the Malaga Ministerial Declaration, paragraph 48.

    5 Quote from the Malaga Ministerial Declaration, paragraph 51.

Note 6 Working title, subject to revision by the UN Ad hoc Committee.

    7 Quote from the opening address of Mr Walter SCHWIMMER, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, to the Second European Conference of Ministers responsible for integration policies for people with disabilities, Malaga, Spain, 7-8 May 2003.

    8 Quote from the opening address of Mr Walter SCHWIMMER, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, to the Second European Conference of Ministers responsible for integration policies for people with disabilities, Malaga, Spain, 7-8 May 2003.

Note 9 The European Disability Forum (EDF) is a European umbrella organisation representing national disability organisations and councils of the EU and EEA member states, and European disability organisations representing a wide range of different impairments.
Note 10 (CM(2003)93 Vol. II, p. 10, (17 September 2003))
Note 11 Status on 24 September 2004.
Note ( These specific terms of reference are subject to revision by the CD-P-RR or its successor, in order to take account of the changing legal and financial framework linked to the envisaged extension of the activities of the Partial Agreement in the Social and Public Health Field (18 member states) to all Council of Europe member states.
Note ( These specific terms of reference are subject to revision by the CD-P-RR or its successor, in order to take account of the changing legal and financial framework linked to the envisaged extension of the activities of the Partial Agreement in the Social and Public Health Field (18 member states) to all Council of Europe member states.
Note ( These specific terms of reference are subject to revision by the CD-P-RR or its successor, in order to take account of the changing legal and financial framework linked to the envisaged extension of the activities of the Partial Agreement in the Social and Public Health Field (18 member states) to all Council of Europe member states.
Note ( These specific terms of reference are subject to revision by the CD-P-RR or its successor, in order to take account of the changing legal and financial framework linked to the envisaged extension of the activities of the Partial Agreement in the Social and Public Health Field (18 member states) to all Council of Europe member states.


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