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988 Meeting, 21 February 2007
6 Social Cohesiion


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

a. Abridged report of the 29th session (Strasbourg, 17-20 October 2006)
b. Draft specific terms of reference:
- Committee of Experts on Community Living (Deinstitutionalisation) of children with disabilities (partial agreement) (P-RR-CLCD)
- Working Group on the Council of Europe Disability Action Plan (partial agreement) (P-RR-WGAP)
- Committee of Experts on Ageing of people with disabilities and older people with disabilities (partial agreement) (P-RR-VPH)

Item prepared by the GR-SOC at its meeting on 1 February 2007
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1. The Committee on the Rehabilitation and Integration of People with disabilities (Partial Agreement) (CD-P-RR) held its 29th session in Strasbourg from 17 to 20 October 2006 under the chairmanship of Ms Viveca ARRHENIUS (Finland). A summary of the discussions and decisions is given below.

Membership/Observership

2. Bulgaria acceded to the Partial Agreement in the Social and Public Health Field on 1.11.2005, Denmark left the Partial Agreement on 31.12.2005, the Russian Federation obtained observer status on 13 July 2006.

Committee of Ministers Chairmanship

3. The CD-P-RR welcomed the fact that the Romanian and Russian Federation chairmanships of the Committee of Ministers had put disability issues so high on the international political agenda and encouraged future chairmanships to do the same.

Council of Europe’s (public) health and related activities: operationalisation of the strategic approach

4. The CD-P-RR reconfirmed its position taken at the last session, namely to take account of the operationalisation of the strategic approach to the Council of Europe’s (public) health and related activities by promoting the idea of co-operation between committees on an equal footing, e.g. through mutual exchange of information or consultation on relevant activities, while at the same time 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.

5. The Committee reviewed its Activity Programme 2006-2007, as it appears in Appendix 1.
Council of Europe Disability Action Plan 2006-2015

6. The Committee welcomed the adoption of the Recommendation Rec(2006) 5 and noted the adoption by the Committee of Ministers on 13 September 2006 of the terms of reference of the European Co-ordination Forum for the Council of Europe Disability Action Plan 2006-2015 (CAHPAH) and decided to support the dissemination, promotion, implementation and follow-up of the Council of Europe Disability Action Plan 2006-2015, stressing that this is the most visible part of the recent CD-P-RR achievements to date.

7. It also decided to continue bearing responsibility at the political level for disability policies at the Council of Europe and to not restrict the role of the CD-P-RR just to the technical level. It expressed its readiness to work in the CD-P-RR on issues that need to be tackled and which are not tackled by other bodies of the Council of Europe, or by other international organisations, and discussed its possible relations with the European Co-ordination Forum for the Council of Europe Disability Action Plan 2006-2015 (CAHPAH).

8. The Committee delegated the acting CD-P-RR Chair to represent CD-P-RR in the European Co-ordination Forum for the Council of Europe Disability Action Plan 2006-2015 (CAHPAH). Should the Chair be nominated as a national representative in the CAHPAH, or were the Chair not available, the acting CD-P-RR Vice Chair would represent the CD-P-RR.

Disability Conference, St. Petersburg

9. The Committee noted with satisfaction that the Council of Europe Disability Action Plan 2006-2015 had been launched at the European Conference “Improving the quality of life of people with disabilities in Europe: participation for all, innovation, effectiveness”, St Petersburg, Russian Federation, 21-22 September 2006, organised under the aegis of the Russian Federation Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe and the Norwegian Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers, and that the event had brought together more than 250 governmental and non-governmental experts in disability issues from national, regional and local levels in Europe, including 14 Ministers, Vice-Ministers and Secretaries of State.

10. The Committee recalled that the “St Petersburg Declaration”, adopted at the conference, calls on member states of the Council of Europe to integrate as appropriate in their policy, legislation and practice the principles and implement the actions set out in the Council of Europe Disability Action Plan 2006-2015, and that the Ministers of the Russian Federation and Norway representing the authorities responsible for integration policies for people with disabilities, and participants representing other Council of Europe member states and the international NGOs, requested the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe to reinforce co-operation with all relevant international institutions and organisations, such as the European Union and relevant UN bodies and the Nordic Council of Ministers, with the aim of creating concerted actions.

11. The Committee also noted that the Declaration recommends “that all relevant bodies and committees of the Council of Europe adopt a co-ordinated, strategic approach to ensuring that the implementation of the Disability Action Plan will be regularly evaluated to identify progress at national level as well as to share good practices, with the aim of making this Action Plan a major European policy framework on disability for the next decade”.

12. Finally the Committee noted with satisfaction that conference participants had shown a high commitment to using the Council of Europe Disability Action Plan 2006-2015 as a blueprint for future national policies in the disability field.

Subordinate Committees to the CD-P-RR

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

13. The CD-P-RR adopted and authorised publication of the report on “Achieving Full Participation through Universal Design” ad referendum. It entrusted the Secretariat with the task of drafting a Resolution on the basis of the Political Statement on Achieving Full Participation through Universal Design and submitting it to the CD-P-RR for approval by correspondence and subsequent submission to the Committee of Ministers for adoption as a Partial Agreement Resolution. The terms of reference of this committee will expire on 31 December 2006.

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

14. The CD-P-RR decided to authorise the publication of the report “Education and Social Integration of Children and Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Definition, Prevalence, Rights, Needs, Provision & Examples of Good Practice” by correspondence and to entrust the Secretariat with the task of preparing a draft Resolution on the basis of the recommendations for CD-P-RR approval by correspondence and subsequent submission to the Committee of Ministers for adoption as a Partial Agreement Resolution. The terms of reference of this committee expire on 31 December 2006.

- Ad Hoc Group of Experts on Community Living (Deinstitutionalisation) of Children with Disabilities
(P-RR-CLCD)

15. The CD-P-RR discussed the draft report “Service provision for children with disabilities and their families in 29 European countries” as well as the draft “Recommendations and guidelines to promote community living for children with disabilities and de-institutionalisation as well as to help families to take care of their disabled child at home”, and decided to revise and prolong the terms of reference of the
P-RR-CLCD until 30 June 2008 as set out in Appendix 1.

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

16. The CD-P-RR confirmed that the current terms of reference of this Group, as adopted at the 28th session and set out in Appendix 3 would expire on 31 December 2008 and decided not to convene a meeting of the Group for the time being and to keep this Group on stand-by, particularly for the
co-operation with the European Co-ordination Forum for the Council of Europe Disability Action Plan 2006-2015.

- Committee of Experts on the ageing of people with disabilities and older people with disabilities (P-RR-VPH)

17. The CD-P-RR adopted the Specific Terms of Reference of the Committee of experts on the ageing of people with disabilities and older people with disabilities (P-RR-VPH), as set out in Appendix 4.

Proposed Activities

18. The Committee discussed the proposals for future activities, namely on such issues as autism of adults, deinstitutionalisation of children with disabilities, ageing of people with disabilities, communication, languages and information, culture, employment for people with disabilities, and research. It decided to set up only one subordinate body due to resource constraints. It, therefore, adopted the Specific Terms of Reference of the Committee of experts on the ageing of people with disabilities and older people with disabilities (P-RR-VPH), as mentioned above.

Exchange of information

- Work carried out by other Council of Europe bodies

19. The Committee noted disability-related activities of other bodies in the Council of Europe and reviewed its co-operation with them, in particular it noted with satisfaction the interest of the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Mr Thomas HAMMARBERG, in questions relating to the protection of rights of people with disabilities, provided the Task Force on Social Cohesion in the 21st Century with information material and a position paper, was represented at the Conference of European Ministers responsible for Family Affairs (Lisbon, 15-17 May 2006) by Mr Helmut HEINEN (Belgium), CD-P-RR Chair elect 2007-2008, and contributed to the Ministerial Conference with a position paper.

    - Activities of other international organisations

20. The Committee reviewed its co-operation with other international organisations, in particular the European Commission and the United Nations, where the Committee welcomed the adoption of the Draft Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities by the UN Ad Hoc Committee.

- Non-governmental Orgnanisations

21. The CD-P-RR decided to invite the European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) and the European Quality in Rehabilitation Mark (EQRM) to a hearing at the 30th CD-P-RR meeting.

Date and venue of the next sessions

22. The Committee decided to hold its next meeting on 17-19 October 2007 in Strasbourg and to convene a two-day meeting of the Enlarged CD-P-RR Bureau directly prior to the first session of the European Co-ordination Forum for the Council of Europe Disability Action Plan 2006-2015 (CAHPAH).

Election of the Chairperson and Bureau

23. For the 2007-2008 terms of office the CD-P-RR elected Mr Helmut HEINEN (Belgium) as Chair and Ms Viveca ARRHENIUS (Finland) as Vice-Chair, including the 30th session. For the current term of office the CD-P-RR decided to elect Mr Helmut HEINEN (Belgium) as Vice Chair. As to its Bureau, the Committee thanked Ms Pierrette TISSERAND (France), fourth member, and Ms Stanislava MAKOVKOVA (Czech Republic), substitute, for a successful 2005-2006 term in the Bureau. The 2006-2007 CD-P-RR Bureau would thus consist of:

- Mr Hartmut HAINES (Germany), Chair 2005-2006
- Ms Viveca ARRHENIUS (Finland), Chair 2006-2007
- Mr Helmut HEINEN (Belgium), Chair elect, 2007-2008
- Mrs Encarnación BLANCO-EGIDO (Spain), 4th member
- Ms Andreia MARQUES (Portugal), substitute.

Appendix 1

    Review of the CD-P-RR Activity Programme 2006-2007
    (established at the 28th session, Strasbourg, 18-21 October 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 45 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.2

The following 18 states are members of the Partial Agreement in the Social and Public Health Field: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

On 13 July 2006 the Russian Federation obtained observer status with the Partial Agreement in the Social and Public Health Field. 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 previous programme was established at the 26th session, Strasbourg, 7-10 October 2003. The Committee carried out a mid-term progress review at its 27th session, Bucharest, 21-24 September 2004, and a final progress review at its 28th session, Strasbourg, 18-21 October 2005, when also the current Activity Programme 2006-2007 was established. The mid-term review was carried out at the 29th session, Strasbourg, 17-20 October 2006.

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.

The CD-P-RR is the body responsible for the implementation of the disability provisions included in the Council of Europe Warsaw Action Plan (CM(2005)145 revised).

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.

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 Co-ordination Forum for the Council of Europe Disability Action Plan 2006-2015 (CAHPAH) and the European Committee for Social Cohesion (CDCS);

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 other Council of Europe bodies, namely Steering Committees, in their actions to promote, implement and follow-up the Council of Europe Disability Action Plan 2006-2015;

f. 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), the Nordic Council of Ministers, and the United Nations (UN);

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

No.

Activity

Objective

Body responsible

Deadline

Mid-term review at 29th session, October 2006

1

Council of Europe Disability Action Plan

Promote, Implement, Follow up

CD-P-RR

P-RR-WGAP

2015

31/12/2008

Ongoing
On stand-by, particularly for the co-operation with the European Co-ordination Forum for the Council of Europe Disability Action Plan 2006-2015 (CAHPAH)

2

Prevention of disability

Publish final Report

CD-P-RR

Spring 2006

Completed (currently at the printers)

3

Universal Design (Accessibility)

Examples of Good Practice, Recommendations

P-RR-UD

31/12/2006

Report will be approved and publication will be authorised by correspondence. A draft Partial Agreement Resolution will be prepared thereafter.

4

Education of children with autism

Examples of Good Practice, Recommendations

P-RR-AUT

31/12/2006

Recommendations approved, Resolution under preparation, Report will be approved and publication will be authorised by correspondence

5

Community living (deinstitutionalisation) of children with disabilities

Recommendations and Guidelines

P-RR-CLCD

31/12/2006

Ongoing, terms of reference revised and prolonged

6

High level Task Force on Social Cohesion in the 21st Century

Input via Position Paper

CD-P-RR

30/06/06

Position paper submitted and further co-operation under way

7

Conference of Ministers for Family Affairs
May 2006

Input via Position Paper

P-RR-CLCD

31/03/2006

Completed

8

Standing Conference of European Ministers of Education, Istanbul, Turkey, 4-5 May 2007

Input via Position Paper

CD-P-RR

Spring 2007

Ongoing

9

Ageing of people with disabilities and older people with disabilities

Examples of Good Practice, Recommendations

P-RR-VPH

31/12/2009

Terms of reference adopted

Appendix 2

Specific terms of reference of the Committee of Experts on Community Living (Deinstitutionalisation) of children with disabilities (partial agreement) (P-RR-CLCD)

Name of committee

Committee of experts on community living (deinstitutionalisation) of children with disabilities (Partial Agreement) (P-RR-CLCD)

Compliance with Resolution Res(2005)47

Resolution Res(2005)47 stipulates in article 1.2 that it shall apply to all committees created outside the scope of Article 17, if not otherwise indicated and in the absence of specific rules.

The Resolution governing the Partial Agreement in the Social and Public Health Field, Resolution (96) 35 of 2 October 1996, provides for specific rules, and thus takes the Partial Agreement in the Social and Public Health field out of the scope of the Resolution Res(2005)47: “In compliance with Article 2 of Resolution (96) 34, the specific working methods shall continue to be applied within the framework of this revised partial agreement.”(article 7, Res(96)35).

Finally, according to the Statutory Resolution (93) 28, stating that “provision ought ... to be made for flexible … arrangements”, the “Partial Agreements already established shall continue to function according to their own rules”.

Programme of Activities: project(s)

Under the authority of the Committee on the Rehabilitation and Integration of People with disabilities (Partial Agreement) (CD-P-RR), and based on its work previously accomplished, the Committee of Experts is instructed to:

    on the basis of its stocktaking of the current situation in Council of Europe member states, elaborate recommendations to the CD-P-RR to assist member states who on a voluntary basis would want to review their policy, legislation and practice to promote community living and deinstitutionalisation for children with disabilities;

    identify indicators of success to monitor progress;

    update its draft recommendations and guidelines to promote community living for children with disabilities and de-institutionalisation as well as to help families to take care of their disabled child at home.

Project relevance

Third Summit Action Plan, Chapter 3 – Building a more humane and inclusive Europe, article 1- Ensuring Social Cohesion.

Within the conceptual framework of the Council of Europe’s Strategy for Social Cohesion and the 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 as a follow-up to the Conference Human Rights – Disability – Children (Strasbourg, 8-9 November 2004), the purpose of the Committee is to make recommendations and establish guidelines which will lead to the deinstitutionalisation of children with disabilities, promote the policy of community living and support families who care for their disabled children within their home.

Project added value

    The Council of Europe is a leading international intergovernmental organisation in this field with a number of recommendations with respect to children with disabilities;
    The Council of Europe is the only international intergovernmental organisation where the disability issues are dealt with from a human rights perspective. As a matter of comparison, the WHO looks at the health-related issues, while the European Commission focuses on the employment of people with disabilities;
    Duplications are avoided by the close cooperation with the EC and the WHO, e.g. through participation with an observer status at the relevant meetings.

Financial information

The sending authorities of the Partial Agreement member states bear the travel and subsistence expenses of their representatives’ participation in all meetings.

In 2007 the P-RR-CLCD will meet twice for 3 days each time.

Partial Agreement budgetary calculations are not detailed into expenses for each subordinate body.

The budget for the whole sector of Integration and protection of rights of people with disabilities is set out in the document CM/Del/Dec(2006)983 on Decisions adopted by the Ministers’ Deputies at their meeting on 13 December 2006, item 11.2, part 5, Appendix 21. (Staff related expenditure € 392 700 and Other expenditure € 353 200).

1.

Name of committee: Committee of Experts on Community Living (Deinstitutionalisation) of Children with Disabilities (Partial
Agreement) (P-RR-CLCD)

2.

Type of committee: Committee of Experts

3.

Source of terms of reference: Committee on the Rehabilitation and Integration of People with disabilities (Partial Agreement) (CD-P-RR) by virtue of Resolution (96) 35 of 2 October 1996

4.

Terms of reference:

Within the conceptual framework of the Council of Europe’s Strategy for Social Cohesion and the 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 as a follow-up to the Conference Human Rights – Disability – Children (Strasbourg, 8-9 November 2004), the purpose of the Committee is to make recommendations and establish guidelines which will lead to the deinstitutionalisation of children with disabilities, promote the policy of community living and support families who care for their disabled children within their home.

Under the authority of the Committee on the Rehabilitation and Integration of People with disabilities (Partial Agreement) (CD-P-RR), and based on its work previously accomplished, the Committee of Experts is instructed to:

    i. on the basis of its stocktaking of the current situation in Council of Europe member states, elaborate recommendations to the CD-P-RR to assist member states who on a voluntary basis would want to review their policy, legislation and practice to promote community living and deinstitutionalisation for children with disabilities;

    ii. identify indicators of success to monitor progress;

    iii. update its draft recommendations and guidelines to promote community living for children with disabilities and de-institutionalisation as well as to help families to take care of their disabled child at home, in light of work carried out in 4.i. and 4.ii.

5.

Composition of the Committee:

5.A.

Members

Governments of member states of the Partial Agreement in the Social and Public Health Field are entitled to appoint representatives with the following qualifications: experts with expertise in disability policy formulation/research or standard setting, particularly in relation to disabled children and their families and with ability to draft in one of the official languages of the Council of Europe.

The sending authorities of the Partial Agreement member states will bear the travel and subsistence expenses for their representatives in the Committee of Experts’ meetings.

Each state shall have one vote.

5.B.

Participants

    i. All other member states of the Council of Europe may appoint delegates to participate in the Committee of Experts’ meetings without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses.

ii. The European Committee for Social Cohesion (CDCS) may send representatives without the right to vote and at the charge of the corresponding Council of Europe subhead.

iii. The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe may send representatives without the right to vote and at the charge of its respective administrative budget;

iv. The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe may send representatives without the right to vote and at the charge of its respective administrative budget;

v. The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights may send representatives without the right to vote and at the charge of its respective administrative budget.

5.C.

Other participants

    i. The European Commission may send representatives without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses;

    ii. The states with observer status with the Council of Europe (Canada, Holy See, Japan, Mexico, United States of America) may send representatives without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses;

    iii. The Nordic Cooperation on Disability, operating under the aegis of the Nordic Council of Ministers may send representatives without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses;

5.D.

Observers

The following non-governmental organisation may send a representative without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses:

    - European Disability Forum (EDF).

6.

Working Methods and Structures

The Group will hold regular meetings in Council of Europe offices or other venues outside of Strasbourg to complete its terms of reference as set out in 4.

The Group may also make use of consultants within the limits of the budgetary appropriations of the Partial Agreement in the Social and Public Health Field.

7.

Duration

These terms of reference will expire on 30 June 2008.

Appendix 3

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

Name of committee

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

Compliance with Resolution Res(2005)47

Resolution Res(2005)47 stipulates in article 1.2 that it shall apply to all committees created outside the scope of Article 17, if not otherwise indicated and in the absence of specific rules.

The Resolution governing the Partial Agreement in the Social and Public Health Field, Resolution (96) 35 of 2 October 1996, provides for specific rules, and thus takes the Partial Agreement in the Social and Public Health field out of the scope of the Resolution Res(2005)47: “In compliance with Article 2 of Resolution (96) 34, the specific working methods shall continue to be applied within the framework of this revised partial agreement.”(article 7, Res(96)35).

Finally, according to the Statutory Resolution (93) 28, stating that “provision ought ... to be made for flexible … arrangements”, the “Partial Agreements already established shall continue to function according to their own rules”.

Programme of Activities: project(s)

Under the authority of the Committee on the Rehabilitation and Integration of People with disabilities (Partial Agreement) (CD-P-RR), the Working Group is instructed to oversee, within the general framework of the terms of reference of the CD-P-RR, the promotion, implementation and follow-up 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 2006 – 2015”. In particular, it may cooperate with and offer its expertise to the European Coordination Forum for the Council of Europe Disability Action Plan 2006-2015 (CAHPAH) with the view to the promotion, implementation and follow-up of the Council of Europe Disability Action Plan.

Project relevance

Third Summit Action Plan, Chapter 3 – Building a more humane and inclusive Europe, article 1- Ensuring Social Cohesion.

The Recommendation Rec(2006)5 of the Committee of Ministers to the member states on 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 2006 – 2015;

The Ministerial Declaration of the Second European Conference of Ministers responsible for integration policies for people with disabilities held in Malaga on 7-8 May 2003;

Project added value

    The Council of Europe is a leading international intergovernmental organisation in this field; the recent adoption 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 2006 – 2015” was highly appreciated at the UN level in the framework of the adoption of the UN Disability Convention. The Council of Europe Disability Action Plan may be instrumental for the implementation of the UN Convention in Europe;
    The Council of Europe is the only international intergovernmental organisation where the disability issues are dealt with from a human rights perspective. As a matter of comparison, the WHO looks at the health-related issues, while the European Commission focuses on the employment of people with disabilities;
    Duplications are avoided by the close cooperation with the EC and the WHO, e.g. through participation with an observer status at the relevant meetings.

Financial information

The sending authorities of the Partial Agreement member states bear the travel and subsistence expenses of their representatives’ participation in all meetings.

The CD-P-RR decided to keep the P-RR-WGAP on stand-by, particularly for the
co-operation with the European Co-ordination Forum for the Council of Europe Disability Action Plan 2006-2015.

Partial Agreement budgetary calculations are not detailed into expenses for each subordinate body.

The budget for the whole sector of Integration and protection of rights of people with disabilities is set out in the document CM/Del/Dec(2006)983 on Decisions adopted by the Ministers’ Deputies at their meeting on 13 December 2006, item 11.2, part 5, Appendix 21. (Staff related expenditure € 392 700 and Other expenditure € 353 200).

1.

Name of committee:

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

2.

Type of committee:

Committee of Experts

3.

Source of terms of reference:

Committee on the Rehabilitation and Integration of People with disabilities (Partial Agreement) (CD-P-RR) by virtue of Resolution (96) 35 of 2 October 1996

4.

Terms of reference:

Under the authority of the Committee on the Rehabilitation and Integration of People with disabilities (Partial Agreement) (CD-P-RR), the Working Group is instructed to oversee, within the general framework of the terms of reference of the CD-P-RR, the Committee of Experts has to:

oversee the promotion, implementation and follow-up 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 2006 – 2015”.

5.

Composition of the Committee

5.A.

Members

Governments of member states of the Partial Agreement in the Social and Public Health Field are entitled to appoint representatives with the following qualifications: experts in the field of rehabilitation and integration of people with disabilities.

The sending authorities of the Partial Agreement member states will bear the travel and subsistence expenses for their representatives’ participation in the Committee of Experts’ meetings.

Each member state shall have one vote.

5.B.

Participants

All other member States of the Council of Europe may appoint delegates to participate in the Committee of Experts’ meetings without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses.

5.C.

i.

ii.

Other participants

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

The states with observer status with the Council of Europe (Canada, Holy See, Japan, Mexico, United States of America) may send representatives to the meetings of the Committee without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses.

5.D.

Observers

The following Non-governmental Organisation may send a representative to the meetings of the Committee without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses:

- European Disability Forum (EDF).

6.

Working Methods and Structures

Within the limits of budgetary appropriations of the Partial Agreement in the Social and Public Health Field the Working Group may set up subordinate bodies or arrange consultations, by means of hearings or by any other means, with any individual or group, not belonging to any Council of Europe committee. In particular, it will cooperate with and offer its expertise to the European Coordination Forum for the Council of Europe Disability Action Plan 2006-2015 (CAHPAH) with the view to the promotion, implementation and follow-up of the Council of Europe Disability Action Plan.

7.

Duration

These terms of reference will expire on 31 December 2008.

Appendix 4

Specific terms of reference of the Committee of Experts on Ageing of people with disabilities and older people with disabilities (partial agreement) (P-RR-VPH)

Name of committee

Committee of Experts on Ageing of people with disabilities and older people with disabilities (Partial Agreement) (P-RR-VPH)

Compliance with Resolution Res(2005)47

Resolution Res(2005)47 stipulates in article 1.2 that it shall apply to all committees created outside the scope of Article 17, if not otherwise indicated and in the absence of specific rules.

The Resolution governing the Partial Agreement in the Social and Public Health Field, Resolution (96) 35 of 2 October 1996, provides for specific rules, and thus takes the Partial Agreement in the Social and Public Health field out of the scope of the Resolution Res(2005)47: “In compliance with Article 2 of Resolution (96) 34, the specific working methods shall continue to be applied within the framework of this revised partial agreement.”(article 7, Res(96)35).

Finally, according to the Statutory Resolution (93) 28, stating that “provision ought ... to be made for flexible … arrangements”, the “Partial Agreements already established shall continue to function according to their own rules”.

Programme of Activities: project(s)

Under the authority and within the general framework of the terms of reference of the Committee on the Rehabilitation and Integration of People with disabilities (Partial Agreement) (CD-P-RR), the Committee of Experts on Ageing of people with disabilities and older people with disabilities (Partial Agreement) (P-RR-VPH) will undertake the following actions:

    · draw up a report on the current situation of ageing people with disabilities and older people with disabilities, with examples of good practices and innovative experiences, which identifies the opportunities, challenges and perspectives in member states;

    · prepare recommendations for member states based on a selection of good practices and measures on comprehensive, community-based and mainstream social services, programmes and social protection systems in order to promote autonomy, and an independent and active life for ageing people with disabilities and older people with disabilities;

    · make recommendations to member states to enhance the quality of services for ageing people with disabilities and older people with disabilities;

    · make recommendations to member states to enhance equal access to social services and legal protection for ageing people with disabilities and older people with disabilities.

Project relevance

Third Summit Action Plan, Chapter 3 – Building a more humane and inclusive Europe, article 1- Ensuring Social Cohesion.

The Recommendation Rec(2006)5 of the Committee of Ministers to the member states on 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 2006 – 2015;

The Ministerial Declaration of the Second European Conference of Ministers responsible for integration policies for people with disabilities held in Malaga on 7-8 May 2003;

Project added value

    The Council of Europe is a leading intergovernmental organisation in this field with a number of recommendations with respect to people with disabilities;
    The Council of Europe is the only international organisation where the disability issues are dealt with from a human rights perspective. As a matter of comparison, the WHO looks at the health-related issues, while the European Commission focuses on the employment of people with disabilities;
    Duplications are avoided by the close cooperation with the EC and the WHO, e.g. through participation with an observer status at the relevant meetings.

Financial information

The sending authorities of the Partial Agreement member states bear the travel and subsistence expenses of their representatives’ participation in all meetings.

In 2007 the P-RR-VPH will meet twice for 3 days each time.

Partial Agreement budgetary calculations are not detailed into expenses for each subordinate body.

The budget for the whole sector of Integration and protection of rights of people with disabilities is set out in the document CM/Del/Dec(2006)983 on Decisions adopted by the Ministers’ Deputies at their meeting on 13 December 2006, item 11.2, part 5, Appendix 21. (Staff related expenditure € 392 700 and Other expenditure € 353 200).

1.

Name of Committee:

Committee of Experts on Ageing of people with disabilities and older people with disabilities (Partial Agreement) (P-RR-VPH)

2.

Type of Committee:

Committee of Experts

3.

Source of terms of reference:

Committee on the Rehabilitation and Integration of People with disabilities (Partial Agreement) (CD-P-RR) by virtue of Resolution (96)35 of 2 October 1996

4.

Terms of reference:

Having regard to:

-

The Recommendation Rec(2006)5 of the Committee of Ministers to the member states on 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 2006 – 2015;

-

the Ministerial Declaration of the Second European Conference of Ministers responsible for integration policies for people with disabilities held in Malaga on 7-8 May 2003;

a.
b.

c.

d.

Under the authority and within the general framework of the terms of reference of the Committee on the Rehabilitation and Integration of People with disabilities (Partial Agreement) (CD-P-RR), and Bearing in mind:

The need to assure full access to human rights and protection of personal dignity;

    That in most European countries the proportion of elderly people is increasing throughout the demographic spectrum, many of whom become disabled;
    That as a result of an increased quality of social and health services and provisions, the life expectancy of people with disabilities is prolonged;

That all European countries have to be prepared to respond to the needs of ageing people with disabilities and older people with disabilities to improve the quality of their lives.

 

The Committee of Experts will:

    i. draw up a report on the current situation of ageing people with disabilities and older people with disabilities, with examples of good practices and innovative experiences, which identifies the opportunities, challenges and perspectives in member states;

    ii. prepare recommendations for member states based on a selection of good practices and measures on comprehensive, community-based and mainstream social services, programmes and social protection systems in order to promote autonomy, and an independent and active life for ageing people with disabilities and older people with disabilities;

    iii. make recommendations to member states to enhance the quality of services for ageing people with disabilities and older people with disabilities;

    iv. make recommendations to member states to enhance equal access to social services and legal protection for ageing people with disabilities and older people with disabilities.

5.

Composition of the Committee:

5.A

Members

 

Governments of member states of the Partial Agreement in the Social and Public Health Field are entitled to appoint representatives from the relevant public authority responsible for policies with regard to people with disabilities.

These may include experts in the field of the rehabilitation and integration of elderly people with disabilities, in issues relating to community-based social services, social allowances, and long term care.

The sending authorities of the Partial Agreement member states will bear the travel and subsistence expenses for their representatives in the Committee of Experts’ meetings.

Each state shall have one vote.

5.B

Participants

i

All other member states of the Council of Europe may appoint delegates to participate in the Committee of Experts’ meetings without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses.

ii.

The following committees may each send representatives to meetings of the Committee of Experts, without the right to vote and at the charge of the corresponding Council of Europe sub-heads:

- Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH);
- European Committee for Social Cohesion (CDCS);
- European Health Committee (CDSP).

The Committee of Experts may invite representatives of other committees and bodies of the Council of Europe to specific meetings depending on the agenda of the respective meeting, without the right to vote and at the charge of the corresponding heads of the Council of Europe budget.

iii.

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

iv.

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

v.

The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights may send representatives to meetings of the Committee of Experts, without the right to vote and at the charge of its administrative budget.

vi.

The Council of Europe Development Bank may send representatives to meetings of the Committee of Experts, without the right to vote and at the charge of its administrative budget.

vii.

The Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe may send representatives to meetings of the Committee of Experts, without the right to vote and at the charge of the sending body.

5.C

Other participants

i.

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

ii.

The states with observer status with the Council of Europe (Canada, Holy See, Japan, Mexico, United States of America) may send representatives to the meetings of the Committee without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses.

iii.

The following intergovernmental organisations may send representatives to meetings of the Committee of Experts, without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses:

- World Health Organization (WHO);

5.D

Observers

 

The following non-governmental organisation may send a representative to meetings of the Committee of Experts, without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses:

      - European Disability Forum (EDF).

6.

Working methods and structures:

 

The Committee of Experts will hold regular meetings in Council of Europe offices or other venues in or outside of Strasbourg.

With the view to reaching its objectives, the Committee of Experts may arrange consultations, if necessary, by means of hearings or by any other means.

In carrying out its terms of reference, the Committee of Experts must ensure that people with disabilities or their representatives or other stakeholders are appropriately involved in the work, e.g. through written consultation procedures or by attending hearings.

The Committee of Experts may appoint rapporteurs.

Where necessary, in order to expedite the progress of its work, the Committee of Experts may entrust a limited number of its members with a specific task.

The Committee of Experts may request the Secretary General to have recourse where appropriate to the service of one or more consultants, within the limits of budgetary appropriations of the Partial Agreement in the Social and Public Health Field.

The Committee of Experts will ensure that the CD-P-RR is regularly informed about progress made.

7.

Duration:

 

The terms of reference will expire on 31 December 2009.

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.
Note 2 CM(2003)93 Vol. II, p. 10, (17 September 2003)


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