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CM(2005)161 revised1 25 November 20052
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950 Meeting, 7 December 2005
8 Youth and sport


8.1 European Steering Committee for Youth (CDEJ) –

Abridged report of the 35th meeting (Strasbourg, 10 and 12 October 2005)

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1. The 35th meeting of the European Steering Committee for Youth (CDEJ) took place in Strasbourg on 10 and 12 October 2005. The list of participants is available on the website of Directorate General IV, http://www.coe.int/DGIVRestricted. The agenda of the meeting, as adopted, appears in Appendix 1. The main items discussed and decisions taken can be summarised as follows:

2. The CDEJ held an exchange of views on the implementation of the 2005 intergovernmental programme of activities. In this respect, particular attention was paid to the preparation of a European portfolio for youth leaders and youth workers as an instrument for improving the recognition of competences acquired through youth work, the programme of international reviews of national youth policies, and the activities on child and youth policies carried out in co-operation with the Directorate of Social Cohesion.

3. The CDEJ had a discussion on the evaluation and follow up of the 7th Conference of European Ministers responsible for youth “Human dignity and social cohesion: youth policy responses to violence” (Budapest, 23-24 September 2005). The participants were generally satisfied with the results of the Conference as well as the programme format, which had enabled ministers and members of delegations to discuss the theme of the Conference in three parallel working sessions during a whole afternoon. The members of the CDEJ unanimously expressed their gratitude to the Hungarian government for the exemplary quality of the organisation of the Conference.

4. The CDEJ held an exchange of views on the preparation of the 2006 intergovernmental programme of activities, which has been designed taking into consideration the results of the third Summit of the Council of Europe as well as the work priorities of the youth sector for 2006-2008, which had been endorsed by the 7th Conference of European Ministers responsible for youth. In this programme, special emphasis will be placed on youth policy development in the member states, notably with the establishment of a proper monitoring mechanism for the national youth policy reviews.

5. Brief reports on recent developments concerning youth policy at national level were presented by the delegations of Finland, Germany, Luxembourg and Norway.

6. During the meeting of the Joint Council on Youth, the co-managed body bringing together the members of the CDEJ and Advisory Council, the main item discussed was the European Youth Campaign on Diversity, Human rights and Participation, which will be held in 2006-2007. In this respect, a progress report on the preparation of the Campaign was presented by the members of the European Steering Group of the Campaign. Serious concerns were expressed by the Joint Council as regards the financing of the Campaign. Several governmental representatives, notably, wondered how to motivate governments to pay voluntary contributions, both for the activities to be implemented at national level, and for those to be implemented at European level by the Council of Europe. In this context, the Joint Council adopted a mandate for the Programming Committee, the body in charge of establishing the annual programmes of the EYCs and EYF, with a view to ensuring, if necessary, the financing of some activities of the Campaign (Appendix 2).

7. The Joint Council confirmed its agreement with the proposal of the programming Committee on youth that the Joint Council should in future be responsible for the evaluation of the annual programme of the youth sector, and asked the secretariat to make the necessary changes in the terms of reference of the Joint Council and Programming Committee. As regards the terms of reference of the CDEJ, no further amendments were proposed (Appendix 3).

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Appendix 1

Agenda

1. Opening of the meeting and adoption of the agenda

2. Presentation of the reports of the CDEJ Bureau meetings held in March and September 2005

3. Exchange of views on the preparation of the election of the Chair and Vice-Chair of the CDEJ, and of the partial renewal of the Bureau (for 2006)

4. Communication of the Director of Youth and Sport

5. Implementation of the intergovernmental programme of activities in 2005:

- European portfolio for youth leaders and youth workers;
- European network of youth centres;
- Relationships between Child, Youth and Family policies;
- Youth policy reviews and advisory missions;
- Training session for new members of the CDEJ (Armenia);
- Draft Recommendation on citizenship and participation of young people in public life.

6. Evaluation of the 7th Conference of European Ministers responsible for Youth

7. Youth information (policy and partnership with ERYICA)

8. Intergovernmental programme of activities for 2006

9. Preparation of the 13th meeting of the Joint Council (11 October 2005)

10. Recent developments concerning youth policies in the member States

11. Any other business

12. Date and place of the next meeting

Appendix 2

“ALL DIFFERENT – ALL EQUAL”:
EUROPEAN YOUTH CAMPAIGN
FOR DIVERSITY, HUMAN RIGHTS AND PARTICIPATION

European Steering Group

Mandate to the Programming Committee on Youth concerning the management
of the European Youth Foundation (EYF) and the budgets of the European Youth Centres (EYCs) for the Second half of 2006 and the year 2007

1. It has been previously announced that activities linked to the “All Different – All Equal” European Youth Campaign for Diversity, Human Rights and Participation will be given priority for EYF funding for the second half of 2006. In addition to the general assessment of applications by the Secretariat and the Programming Committee, the following should be considered as important elements of the implementation of projects receiving financing:

· The project should use the Campaign logo and campaign materials;
· The programme of the project should include a presentation of the Campaign;
· Links should be established with the National Campaign Committee of the country in which the project is taking place;
· Immediately after the project has taken place, a one-page report should be submitted to the European Secretariat of the Campaign.

2. For activities taking place between 1 April and 31 December 2006, the Programming Committee should use a minimum of €700.000 from the EYF for activities (Category A and B) linked with the Campaign. €300,000 should be set aside for European level activities of the Campaign, if needed. The European Steering Group would have to decide by the end of February 2006 if this amount is needed for any such activities.

3. For activities taking place during the period 1 January–30 September 2007, the sum of €1.8 million from the EYF should be devoted to activities linked with the Campaign. The operational budgets for 2007 of the EYCs (Strasbourg and Budapest), with the exception of ordinary study sessions, training courses, language courses, and statutory meetings, should be reserved for European activities of the Campaign.

Appendix 3

Draft terms of reference of the European Steering Committee for Youth (CDEJ)

General terms of reference

1. Name of committee:

European Steering Committee for Youth (CDEJ)

2. Type of committee:

Steering Committee

3. Source of terms of reference:

Committee of Ministers

4. Terms of reference:

Having regard to Resolution (98)6 adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 16 April 1998, and to the Statute of the European Youth Centre and European Youth Foundation, and in accordance with the priorities for intergovernmental co-operation as defined by the Declaration and Action Plan adopted by the Third Summit of Heads of state and government,

the European Steering Committee for Youth (CDEJ) has the task of promoting intergovernmental co-operation in the youth field. It is the governmental partner in the co-managed structures of the youth sector. In this respect, the CDEJ shall:

i. be responsible for carrying out the analysis of national youth policies in Europe, in particular on matters related to the situation of young people in society, which could be the object of joint action by governments;

ii. stimulate co-operation and exchange of information and experiences among member states, with the aim of providing competent national authorities with means of following developments in youth affairs in the states Parties to the Cultural Convention, taking account of the work of other intergovernmental organisations and institutions;

iii. prepare the Conferences of European Ministers responsible for Youth Affairs and ensure the follow-up thereto, having regard to the relevant decisions of the Committee of Ministers;

iv. contribute to the intersectoral activities of the Council of Europe which involves the youth sector;

v. participate in the meetings of the Joint Council on Youth (CMJ);

vi. designate, from among the states represented on it, those who shall be invited to be represented in the Programming Committee on Youth (CPJ);

vii. draw up proposals for its programme of activities, within the framework of the common position developed by the Joint Council on Youth (CMJ) and submit it to the Committee of Ministers for adoption;

viii. may address to the Committee of Ministers, via the Secretary General, opinions and proposals on youth policy matters and on the objectives, priorities, and budget allocations for the whole youth sector.

5. Membership

a. The governments of all States Parties to the European Cultural Convention are entitled to appoint members with the following desirable qualifications: Senior officials or other experts in charge of youth policies. The Council of Europe's budget bears travelling and subsistence expenses for one expert per state (two in the case of the state whose expert has been elected chairman).

b. The Parliamentary Assembly may send one representative to the meetings of the Committee, at the charge of its administrative budget and without the right to vote.

c. The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe may send one representative to the meetings of the Committee, at the charge of its administrative budget and without the right to vote.

d. The European Commission may send one representative to the meetings of the Committee, without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses.

e. The following observer states with the Council of Europe may send one representative to meetings of the committee without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses:

        Canada;
        Japan;
        Mexico;
        United States of America.

f. The national research correspondents of the youth sector may send one representative to meetings of the Committee, without the right to vote. The Council of Europe bears travelling and subsistence expenses for this representative.

g. The Commonwealth secretariat may send one representative of the Commonwealth Youth Programme to meetings of the Committee without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses.

6. Working structures and methods

The CDEJ shall:

i. elect a Bureau of eight members maximum;

ii. be assisted by groups of experts or ad hoc working groups. The CDEJ may invite the Advisory Council on Youth (CCJ) to be represented in these groups;

iii. hold its meetings at one of the two European Youth Centres of the Council of Europe, but the Committee of Ministers may authorize their holding elsewhere.

7. Duration

These terms of reference shall be reviewed before 31 December 2008.

Note 1 Addition of paragraph 7 and Appendix 3.
Note 2 This document has been classified restricted at the date of issue. Unless the Committee of Ministers decides otherwise, it will be declassified according to the rules set up in Resolution Res(2001)6 on access to Council of Europe documents.


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