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CM(2005)31 2 March 20051
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921 Meeting, 30 March 2005
8 Youth and Sport


8.1 European Steering Committee for Youth (CDEJ)

Abridged report of the 34th meeting (Budapest, 7 and 9 February 2005)

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1. The 34th meeting of the European Steering Committee for Youth (CDEJ) was held on 7 and 9 February 2005 in Budapest. The agenda of the meeting, as adopted, appears in Appendix I. The main items discussed and decisions taken can be summarised as follows:

2. The CDEJ elected its Chair and Vice-Chair for the year 2005 and proceeded to the partial renewal of its Bureau. Ms. Beata PETES (Hungary) was elected Chairperson and Ms. Barbara WURSTER (Germany) was elected Vice-Chairperson. The following CDEJ members were elected as members of the Bureau: Ms. Astrid UTTERSTRÖM (Sweden), Mr. Alexis RIDDE (France) and Mr. Jan VANHEE (Belgium), for a first term of two years; Ms. Tetiana BEZULIK (Ukraine), for a first term of one year; Ms. Lilit ASATRYAN (Armenia), for a second term of one year.

3. The CDEJ held an exchange of views on the evaluation of the 2004 intergovernmental programme of activities, on the basis of a report prepared by the Secretariat and the reports of the ad hoc groups established by the Programming Committee in order to monitor the implementation of each of the five priorities of the youth sector which have been set out by the Joint Council on Youth for 2003-2005.

4. The CDEJ dedicated a substantial part of its meeting to the preparation 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). In this respect, it finalised the programme and proceedings of the Conference, and proceeded to a further examination of the draft final Declaration to be submitted to the Ministers for adoption. In this context also, the CDEJ agreed to submit to the Ministers a statement on the work priorities of the youth sector for 2006-2008.

5. Within the framework of the meeting of the Joint Council, the co-managed body bringing together the members of the CDEJ and Advisory Council, and in accordance with the terms of reference of this body, the Joint Council developed a common position on the priorities of the youth sector for 2006-2008 (see Appendix II). Furthermore, the Joint Council prepared a draft recommendation on the promotion of participation of minority youth, with a view to being submitted to the Committee of Ministers. The Joint Council also discussed three other important items:

    - the preparation of the Youth Summit in parallel with the Summit of Heads of State and Government;
    - the preparation of the European Youth Campaign on diversity and participation to be held in 2006;
    - the 50th Anniversary of the European Cultural Convention and the contribution of the youth sector to the implementation of the Wroclaw Declaration.

6. The CDEJ approved draft Specific Terms of Reference of a European Steering Group of the European Youth Campaign for Diversity and Participation, as they appear at Appendix 3 to the present report.

Appendix I

Agenda

1. Opening of the meeting and adoption of the agenda

2. Election of the Chair and Vice-Chair

3. Partial renewal of the CDEJ Bureau

4. Exchange of views with the Director of Youth and Sport

5. Progress report on the implementation of the 2004 intergovernmental programme

6. Methods of implementation of the 2005 intergovernmental programme and schedule of activities

7. Preparation of the 7th Conference of European Ministers responsible for Youth

8. Work priorities of the youth sector for 2006-2008: orientations for the intergovernmental programme

9. Youth sector's policy in the field of youth information

10. Preparation of the 12th meeting of the Joint Council on Youth

11. Information on recent developments concerning youth policies in the member states

12. Any other business

13. Date and place of the next meeting

Appendix II

Priorities of the youth sector for 2006 – 2008

Programme
Youth Programme on Human Rights Education and Intercultural Dialogue
Line of Action 2: Human Rights in Public Policy

Project 1
YOUTH PROMOTING GLOBAL SOLIDARITY AND THE PEACEFUL TRANSFORMATION OF CONFLICT

Objectives 2006 – 2008

    § To increase the capacity of youth organisations to engage with issues of global solidarity and the peaceful transformation of conflict;
    § to mainstream a global dimension in the programme of the youth sector, building up synergies with the programme of the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe, taking into consideration the experience of the “Youth and Globalisation Event organised in 2004;
    § to develop educational programmes and resources for the promotion of global solidarity and the peaceful transformation of conflicts in Europe, with a particular focus on South-East Europe, the Caucasus and the Euro-Mediterranean cooperation.

Project 2
YOUTH PROMOTING INTERCULTURAL DIALOGUE, INTER-RELIGIOUS COOPERATION AND RESPECT FOR CULTURAL DIFFERENCE

Objectives 2006 – 2008

    § to promote inter-religious and intercultural dialogue among young people, from various perspectives, and to address the role of history/tradition, culture and religion in young people's lives;
    § to develop young people's personal skills, knowledge and attitudes to deal with culture, tradition and religious diversity;
    § to review the role of intercultural educational theory and practical approaches in relation to contemporary social realities faced by young people in Europe;
    § to develop policy and practical responses to situations of discrimination and intolerance affecting young people, such as racism, antisemitism, xenophobia and Islamophobia.

Project 3
DEVELOPING NETWORKS OF TRAINERS AND MULTIPLIERS IN HUMAN RIGHTS EDUCATION WITH YOUNG PEOPLE

Objectives 2006 – 2008

    § to implement a programme of national and European training courses in Human Rights Education;
    § to support networking and cooperation among youth organisations and other institutions and individuals (trainers, multipliers, youth leaders) active in the field of human rights education.

Project 4
SUPPORTING AND PROMOTING GOOD PRACTISE IN HUMAN RIGHTS EDUCATION AND INTERCULTURAL DIALOGUE AT THE LOCAL LEVEL

Objectives 2006 – 2008

    § to provide financial support to pilot projects in human rights education and intercultural dialogue;
    § to encourage the exchange of good practise between practitioners and other actors in the fields of Human Rights Education and Intercultural Dialogue;
    § to further involve local authorities and educational institutions in the promotion of Human Rights Education and Intercultural Dialogue with young people.

Project 5
SUPPORTING THE RECOGNITION OF HUMAN RIGHTS EDUCATION AND INTERCULTURAL DIALOGUE IN FORMAL AND NON-FORMAL EDUCATION

Objectives 2006 – 2008

    § to develop and disseminate educational resources for human rights education;
    § to promote the role of human rights education with governmental and non-governmental educational institutions in the member states of the Council of Europe, notably through a recommendation;
    § to develop quality standards and tools in the field of human rights and intercultural dialogue for youth, in non formal and formal education, in cooperation with the Directorate of Education (such as through civic or citizenship education curricula).

Programme
Youth Participation and Democratic Citizenship
Line of Action 4; Promoting Pluralist Democracy and Good Governance

Project 1
PROMOTING AND SUSTAINING THE ROLE OF YOUTH ORGANISATIONS IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF DEMOCRATIC PARTICIPATION

Objectives 2006 – 2008

    § to support youth NGOs as spaces for young people to develop their capacities to become active citizens;
    § to support the capacity of youth NGOs in Europe to become more sustainable, bearing in mind the structural challenges facing them;
    § to support and integrate the development of a viable youth NGO sector in the member states of Eastern Europe, South-East Europe and the Caucasus, as well as in the framework of Euro-Mediterranean cooperation;
    § To support the emergence and development of new forms of organisations and networks of vulnerable young people or groups under-represented in society.

Project 2
PROMOTING CITIZENSHIP EDUCATION AND PARTICIPATION OF AND BY YOUNG PEOPLE

Objectives (2006 – 2008)

    § to empower young people to become active citizens and to recognise them as partners in the democratic processes of all levels of society;
    § to train youth leaders and youth workers to act as multipliers in projects for European citizenship;
    § to further develop concrete ways to implement and promote the Council of Europe's revised Charter on the participation of young people in local and regional life.

Project 3
PROMOTING ACCESS OF YOUNG PEOPLE TO DECISION-MAKING

Objectives 2006 – 2008

    § to support and further develop existing and new forms of youth participation in decision-making, especially with young people who have less access to decision-making structures;
    § to promote and contribute to the development of public youth policies in the member states that enable effective participation of young people in decision-making;
    § to enhance the participation of young people from minority background and to ensure appropriate follow up to the recommendation on the promotion of the participation of minority youth.

Programme
Social Cohesion and Inclusion of Young People
Line of Action 6; Building stable and cohesive societies

Project 1
FACILITATING THE ACCESS OF YOUNG PEOPLE TO WORKING LIFE AND TO SOCIAL RIGHTS

Objectives 2006 – 2008

    § to develop youth policy responses to youth unemployment in the member states;
    § to further develop non-formal/formal education with a view to increasing the possibilities for young people to have access to and actively participate within the labour market;
    § to increase the role of young people and their active citizenship, through non-formal education and lifelong-learning;
    § to promote the integration of non-formal education in the lifelong-learning agenda, while strengthening the relations between non-formal and formal education;
    § to create and further develop methods/tools/ways to promote equal opportunities for socially excluded young people;
    § to promote awareness of gender equality among young people;
    § to identify and implement measures to deal with all forms of discrimination in the access of young people to the labour market and to social rights, in cooperation with the Directorate General of Social Cohesion.

Project 2
YOUTH WORK AND POLICY RESPONSES TO VIOLENCE

Objectives 2006 – 2008

    § to empower young people to be actors in preventing all forms of violence;
    § to develop the capacity of youth organisations and multipliers to address all forms of violence (e.g. gender-based, religious, towards disability, homophobic, racial and ethnic, etc.) affecting children and young people;
    § to disseminate the recommendations of the 7th Conference of European Ministers responsible for youth “ Human dignity and social cohesion: youth policy responses to violence”, and support their implementation.

Programme
Youth Policy Development
Line of Action 9: Europe's future through Education and Youth

Project 1
DEVELOPING AND PROMOTING STANDARDS FOR YOUTH POLICIES, IN CONNECTION WITH CHILD POLICIES IN THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE AND ITS MEMBER STATES

Objectives 2006 – 2008

    § To provide governments with advice and assistance for the development of their national youth policy and to stimulate cooperation between civil society and public authorities in youth policy development;
    § To improve co-ordination of child and youth policies within the Council of Europe and the member states, in particular as concerns the promotion of participation;
    § To develop youth information policies.

Project 2
FOSTERING THE RECOGNITION OF YOUTH WORK AND NON-FORMAL EDUCATION COMPETENCES IN THE MEMBER STATES

Objectives 2006 – 2008

    § To increase the recognition of non-formal education/learning, in particular acquired through youth work;
    § To finalise a European portfolio for youth leaders and youth workers, to promote its recognition and usage in the member states, and to integrate it into the “EUROPASS” of the European Union.

Project 3
DEVELOPING AND SHARING KNOWLEDGE ON THE SITUATION OF YOUNG PEOPLE

Objectives 2006 – 2008

    § to create and develop technical and analytical tools for understanding the situation of young people in the member states;
    § to promote exchange and cooperation among researchers on youth;
    § To further promote needs and research-based youth policies and programmes.

Project 4
SUPPORT MEASURES FOR THE QUALITY AND SUSTAINABILITY OF EUROPEAN YOUTH WORK TRAINING AND POLICY

Objectives 2006 – 2008

    § To identify and develop innovative approaches to training in the youth sector;
    § To review and update the required competences for youth training and to develop the trainers' pool of the Directorate of Youth and Sport;
    § To enhance the quality of the programme of the Council of Europe's youth sector and to develop criteria for evaluation and consolidation of the youth activities of the Council of Europe;
    § To increase the visibility, transparency and accessibility of the programme of activities of the youth sector of the Council of Europe.

Appendix 3

Draft terms of reference of the European Steering Group of the European Youth Campaign
for Diversity and Participation

Specific terms of reference

1. Name of the committee:

European Steering Group of the European Youth Campaign for Diversity and Participation

2. Type of Committee:

Ad hoc Committee of Experts

3. Source of terms of reference:

Committee of Ministers

4. Terms of reference:

The Committee shall advise the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe and the Secretariat on the organisation of the European Youth Campaign for Diversity and Participation, and oversee the activities organised in this connection.

The Committee shall, in particular:

i. make proposals for the organisation of Council of Europe activities and advise the Joint Council on Youth (DJS/CMJ), as well as any other intergovernmental structures of the Council of Europe as may seem appropriate;

ii. propose activities to be organised in cooperation with the European Commission, as well as with relevant international organisations, such as UNESCO, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and international NGOs;

iii. advise member states when they devise and organise activities at national level in the context of the Campaign and co-ordinate in this connection the network of actors working on this issue at national (and local and regional) level;

iv. prepare evaluation criteria for the project, devise precise means of verification and conduct an evaluation of activities organised in connection with the Campaign both by the Council of Europe and by national bodies;

v. advise the DJS/CMJ and the other Council of Europe bodies concerned as to how to follow up the Campaign.

5. Membership:

a. The committee shall comprise 8 members from the Council of Europe youth sector, as follows:

4 members of the European Steering Committee on Youth (CDEJ), and 4 members of the Advisory Council on Youth (CCJ); their travel and subsistence expenses shall be borne by the Council of Europe;

The membership of the committee should, as far as possible, reflect a geographically balanced distribution. A gender-balanced distribution is also desirable;

b. One representative of the European Youth Forum shall be invited to attend meetings of the committee, without the right to vote but with defrayal of expenses;

c. The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe shall be invited to appoint a representative to attend the committee's meetings, without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses;

d. A representative of the European Commission will be invited to attend the Committee's meetings without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses;

e. The following observers with the Committee will be invited to send representatives to the Committee's meetings without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses:

UNESCO;
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

6. Working structures and methods:

The Committee shall adopt its rules of procedure; its meetings shall be held at one of the two European Youth Centres of the Council of Europe, but the Committee of Ministers may authorise the holding of meetings elsewhere.

7. Duration:

The present terms of reference shall be reviewed before 31 December 2006.

Note 1 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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