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CM(2009)159 21 October 20091
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1070 Meeting, 18 November 2009

6 Social Cohesion

6.5 European Co-ordination Forum for the Council of Europe Disability Action Plan 2006-2015 (CAHPAH) –
a. Abridged report of the 3rd session (Strasbourg, 23-25 September 2009)
b. Renewal of the terms of reference of the European Co-ordination Forum for the Council of Europe Disability Action Plan 2006-2015 (CAHPAH)
c. Extension of the terms of reference of the Drafting Committee on Evaluation Criteria (CAHPAH-DCEC)

Item to be prepared by the GR-SOC on 12 November 2009
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1. The European Co-ordination Forum for the Council of Europe Disability Action Plan 2006-2015 (CAHPAH) held its 3rd meeting from 23 to 25 September 2009 in Strasbourg. It elected Mr Helmut HEINEN (Belgium) as Chair and Ms Jemma BAGHDASARYAN (Armenia) as Vice-Chair.

Committee of Ministers’ Decisions

2. The Forum noted with satisfaction that the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe had agreed for it to meet for three instead of two days once a year, subject to the necessary budgetary resources being available, and expressed the hope to be able to continue this practice in 2010.

Committee of Ministers’ Chairmanship Priorities and Events

3. The Forum welcomed that disability issues were often included in Chairmanship priorities,

- congratulated the Swedish Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe and Chairmanship of the Nordic Council of Ministers for their timely initiative to organise a conference on the UN Disability Convention and the Council of Europe Disability Action Plan and thanked them for their generous support of the event. It thanked the Nordic Cooperation on Disability (NSH), working under the aegis of the Nordic Council of Ministers, for its efforts in co-organising the conference, and the Hungarian authorities for launching the conference with the official opening ceremony of the Disability History Touring Exhibition in the Palais de l’Europe;

- welcomed that the Spanish Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers hosted a specific event on one of the cross-cutting aspects of the Council of Europe Disability Action Plan 2006-2015, namely on women with disabilities, with a particular view to their vocational training and employment, in León, Spain, 12-13 February 2009;

- welcomed the forthcoming European Conference on disability and ageing, Portorož, Slovenia, 26-27 October 2009, organised under the aegis of the Slovenian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers, and recommended to all CAHPAH delegations to actively participate in that event.

4. The Forum encouraged all forthcoming Chairmanships of the Committee of Ministers to include disability issues amongst their chairmanship priorities.

Conferences of Specialised Ministers

5. The Forum noted with satisfaction that all seven rapporteurs nominated at its 2nd meeting had submitted position papers, adopted by CAHPAH by correspondence, to the Secretariat of the respective Ministerial Conferences for circulation to all conference participants. It also noted with satisfaction that CAHPAH had been represented at 5 Ministerial Conferences.

6. The Forum regarded CAHPAH Position Papers and CAHPAH representation at Ministerial Conferences as excellent ways to contribute to the mainstreaming of disability issues into all policy areas and decided to continue these activities. It considered that all forthcoming Conferences of Specialised Ministers as set out in document CM/Inf(2009)40 could potentially be of interest to CAHPAH, and nominated rapporteurs and representatives in order to actively contribute to these events.

7. The Forum took note of the fact that CAHPAH representation at Conferences of Specialised Ministers was subject to the inclusion of CAHPAH in the list of participants adopted by the Committee of Ministers, and entrusted the Secretariat with the task of contacting the respective Secretariats of the Ministerial Conferences in order to add CAHPAH to the list of participants of the above-mentioned events.

Replies to Recommendations of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

8. The Forum took note of the reply by the Committee of Ministers to PACE Recommendation 1854 (2009) noting with satisfaction that the Committee of Ministers shared the thrust of the views expressed by CAHPAH in its Opinion adopted on 13 April 2009 and appended to the reply, and that the Committee of Ministers would bear in mind the Parliamentary Assembly’s support when deciding on the renewal of CAHPAH’s terms of reference.

Implementation of the Council of Europe Disability Action Plan 2006-2015

- Keynote presentations on innovative approaches

9. The following innovative approaches were presented to the Forum:

- “Implementation of the Council of Europe Disability Action Plan in Armenia”, Ms Jemma BAGHDASARYAN, Armenia;
- “Quality of services for people with disabilities – a new strategy for Portugal”, Ms Andreia MARQUES, Portugal;
- ”The role of independent bodies supporting policy reform, particularly in the field of mainstreaming disability issues in all policy areas”, Ms Siobhan BARRON, National Disability Authority (NDA), Ireland.

10. The Forum decided to invite more keynote presentations on innovative approaches to the next CAHPAH session.2

- Oral presentations by member states

11. The Forum noted with interest the different activities to promote, implement and follow-up the Council of Europe Disability Action Plan at national level, as reported orally by the delegations of Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, the Russian Federation, Spain, Sweden, and “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”.

12. It noted with satisfaction that the Council of Europe Disability Action Plan had been translated into 2 more languages (Bosnian, Irish) and encouraged all member states who had not yet done so to translate the Plan into their respective national languages, unless already covered by an existing translation.

13. It noted with satisfaction that Braille versions of the Council of Europe Disability Action Plan existed in English, French and Croatian, and encouraged all delegations to produce the Action Plan in Braille in their respective national languages, if not covered by the present documents.

14. It noted with satisfaction that easy-to-read versions of the Council of Europe Disability Action Plan were now available in English, French, and Portuguese, and that an Armenian version was imminent, and encouraged all delegations to take these versions as models for producing the Plan in easy-to-read version in their respective national languages, if not covered by the present documents.

15. It confirmed that it would assist member states, at their request, in their endeavours to implement the Council of Europe Disability Action Plan at national level, and invited member states to put forward such requests. In that context, it took note of the interest expressed by Bosnia and Herzegovina in support and co-operation in the implementation of the Council of Europe Disability Action Plan at national level, and entrusted the Secretariat with the task of exploring possible options for relevant activities that could be carried out in 2010, subject to the availability of financial resources in the Council of Europe Ordinary Budget.

- Web site

16. The Forum took note of the fact that all 29 language versions and all easy-to read versions of the Council of Europe Disability Action Plan 2006-2015, as well as the presentations given at the disability conferences were available on the public web site of the Council of Europe. It also took note of the fact that all written contributions to the first reporting cycle (completed in April 2008) and that the written replies to the CAHPAH questionnaire from 43 member states and 3 other stakeholders were available on the restricted, password-protected web site of the Council of Europe.

- Report on the replies to the questionnaire

17. The Forum reviewed and approved the Draft Report on the replies by member states to the questionnaire on the promotion and implementation of the Council of Europe Disability Action Plan 2006-2015, including an analytical summary of the replies of 43 member states and 3 other stakeholders, covering all Action Lines and cross-cutting aspects, describing and evaluating, in a general way, progress made over time, identifying areas that need more attention and future challenges as well as general, not country-specific, recommendations on how to meet these challenges.

- Mid-term review 2010

18. The Forum noted that the Committee of Ministers had stressed the importance of such a mid-term stocktaking in the year 2010, and confirmed that the 2010 mid-term review should include the production of a mid-term review report and the holding of an event (e.g. conference) to present that report.

19. The Forum invited all member states to put forward proposal for the holding of a mid-term review event, to take place preferably before the next CAHPAH meeting (e.g. May or June 2010), so that its results could be reported to CAHPAH and be taken into account into the future CAHPAH work programme.3

20. It asked all CAHPAH delegations to provide a specific and concrete written update on the Report on the implementation of the Council of Europe Disability Action Plan at national level.

CAHPAH Work Programme

21. The Forum reviewed its terms of reference, made some corrections and amendments, approved them, and decided to submit them to the Committee of Ministers with a request for renewal.

22. It reviewed its Work Programme and timetable 2007-2009 and particularly discussed Draft Recommendation CM/Rec(2009).. on community living and deinstitutionalisation of children with disabilities.

23. The Forum approved its new Work Programme and provisional timetable3 as set out in Appendix 1.

CAHPAH Working methods

24. The Forum reviewed its working methods and agreed to provide for a more focused exchange of views by identifying certain priority themes or Action Lines prior to the meeting.

CAHPAH Bureau

25. The Forum endorsed the work of its Bureau, and elected the following Bureau members:

Members ex officio: Mr Helmut HEINEN (Belgium), Chair; Ms Jemma BAGHDASARYAN (Armenia), Vice-Chair;
Members elected or re-elected for two years: Mr Georg ANTONSEN (Norway); Mrs Mona SINNO (Germany); Ms Andreia MARQUES (Portugal); Ms Ekaterina SYVOROTKINA (Russian Federation); Mr Vladimir PESIC (Serbia);
Members elected for one year: Mr Romolo DE CAMILLIS (Italy); Ms Paulina TUDOS (Moldova).

26. The Forum agreed that the Bureau should hold its 4th meeting in spring 2010 at the Council of Europe Paris Office in order to assist in the preparation of the mid-term review and to prepare the 4th CAHPAH meeting.4

Drafting Committee on Evaluation Criteria (CAHPAH-DCEC)

27. The Forum took note of the results of the CAHPAH-DCEC meetings and decided to request the Committee of Ministers to prolong the terms of reference of CAHPAH-DCEC for one year until 31 December 2010. This would enable the Drafting Committee to finalise its work and to accompany and support CAHPAH during the mid-term review process.

Committee of experts on participation of people with disabilities in political and public life (CAHPAH-PPL)

28. The Forum took note with great interest of the results of the 1st CAHPAH-PPL meeting, Strasbourg, 7-9 September 2009. It took note of the expression of interest and support by the Parliamentary Assembly for the work of CAHPAH-PPL, including, in particular, on issues linked to the participation of people with disabilities in political parties and as elected representatives in parliaments. It took note of the proposal by CAHPAH-PPL to carry out the data collection in a participatory manner, involving all relevant stakeholders.

Follow-up to the former Committee of experts on ageing people with disabilities and older people with disabilities (CAHPAH-VPH)

29. The Forum noted with satisfaction that the Recommendation had been adopted by the Committee of Ministers and that the Report had been published, and welcomed the opportunity to promote its work at the Conference on Ageing and Disability in Portorož, 26-27 October 2009, to be organised under the aegis of the Slovenian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers.

Disability-related activities of other Council of Europe bodies

30. The Forum took note of the disability-related activities of other Council of Europe bodies (Parliamentary Assembly, Human Rights Commissioner, European Committee for Social Cohesion (CDCS), Governmental Committee of the European Social Charter (T-SG), European Steering Committee for Youth (CDEJ), Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB), Conference of INGOs), and expressed its will to co-operate with them. In order to facilitate the mainstreaming of disability issues in all policy areas, it invited those Council of Europe bodies and steering committees set out in CAHPAH’s terms of reference to be represented at future meetings of the Forum, and all other Council of Europe steering and ad hoc committees to consider giving a CAHPAH representative the status of participant in their meetings.

Disability-related activities of other international organisations

Governmental

31. The Forum took note of the disability-related activities of the European Commission and of UNICEF as reported by their representatives, thanked them for their contributions and expressed its will to continue co-operation with them.

Non-governmental

32. The Forum took note of the Measuring Health and Disability (MHADIE) Policy Recommendations and the European Disability Forum (EDF) Newsletter “Disability Voice.EU – An inside view on disability in Europe”, issue 2, April 2009, including an article by Ms Donata VIVANTI, EDF Vice-President, on the Council of Europe Disability Action Plan. It adopted a Position Paper for the Conference “Salamanca – 15 years on. Inclusion – a school for all”, Dublin, Ireland, 12-13 November 2009 and decided to nominate Ms Andreia MARQUES, Portugal, its representative in that conference. It thanked the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) and Mental Health Europe (MHE) for their position papers addressed to CAHPAH, discussed the issues raised, and decided to invite a FIA and an MHE representative for a hearing at the next CAHPAH meeting.

Next meeting

33. The Forum agreed to hold its next meeting from 27 to 29 September 2010 in Strasbourg.5

Abridged Report

34. The Forum adopted the abridged report of its 3rd meeting on 25 September 2009 at 4.00 p.m..

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Appendix 1

CAHPAH Work Programme

In brief:
The European Co-ordination Forum for the Council of Europe Disability Action Plan 2006-2015 (CAHPAH) is the multi-disciplinary, intergovernmental Council of Europe body to oversee the promotion, implementation and follow-up of the Council of Europe Disability Action Plan.

1. Introduction

The terms of reference of the European Co-ordination Forum for the Council of Europe Disability Action Plan 2006-2015 (CAHPAH) were adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 13 September 2006.

CAHPAH is an Ad Hoc Committee directly answerable to the Committee of Ministers and the first and only intergovernmental Council of Europe body on disability issues comprised of all member states. All observer states and several international organisations, both governmental and non-governmental, as well as various Council of Europe bodies and committees can also participate in its meetings. It thus provided an ideal and much needed platform to mainstream disability issues in all policy areas within the Council of Europe and in member states.

The Forum is charged to oversee the promotion, implementation and follow up of the Council of Europe Disability Action Plan 2006-2015, which was supported by the Council of Europe Warsaw Action Plan. Its work is founded on the rights-based approach to disability, promoting the fundamental principles of non-discrimination, equal opportunities, independent living, full citizenship, and active participation of people with disabilities in the life of the community.

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 CAHPAH activity programme is provided for in its terms of reference. The Council of Europe Disability Action Plan has a life span of ten years (2006-2015).

2. Mission

In line with the overall objective of the Council of Europe to protect and promote human rights, pluralist democracy and the rule of law, the Forum generally aims to foster social cohesion in Europe. It particularly strives for enhancing the enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms 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.

3. General Strategic Objectives

The Forum:

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, upon their request, in the formulation and implementation of an effective 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. seeks to promote access to human 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.

4. Specific Strategic Objective

The Forum provides for 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” (Committee of Ministers Recommendation Rec(2006)5).

5. 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 the European Health Committee (CDSP);

c. Co-operation with the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) and other Council of Europe bodies, namely the Parliamentary Assembly, the Congress, the Human Rights Commissioner, the INGO Conference, and other steering committees, in the promotion, implementation and follow-up of the Disability Action Plan;

d. Co-operation with relevant disability-related services of European Institutions or other international organisations, such as the Commission of the European Communities, the Fundamental Right Agency (FRA), the UN, UNICEF, UNESCO, UNHCR, UNDP, WHO, ILO, OHCHR or OECD, as well as the Nordic Centre for Welfare and Social Issues (NVC) under the aegis of the Nordic Council of Ministers;

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

6. Provisional Timetable

Year

Activity

2010

- Mid-Term Review
- Evaluation Criteria and Evaluation Methodology
- Questionnaire, Replies and Draft Report on the participation of people with disabilities in political and public life
- Draft Recommendation on community living and deinstitutionalisation of children with disabilities
Spring: 3rd meeting of the Committee of experts CAHPAH-PPL
Spring: 4th CAHPAH Bureau meeting
Spring: 6th meeting of the Drafting Committee CAHPAH-DCEC
May/June: Mid-term review event
September: 4th CAHPAH meeting
Autumn: 7th meeting of the Drafting Committee CAHPAH-DCEC
Autumn: 4th meeting of the Committee of experts CAHPAH-PPL

2011

Final Report and Final Recommendations by CAHPAH-PPL to CAHPAH on the participation of people with disabilities in political and public life
Spring: 5th meeting of the Committee of experts CAHPAH-PPL
Spring: 5th CAHPAH Bureau meeting
September: 5th CAHPAH meeting
Autumn: 6th meeting of the Committee of experts CAHPAH-PPL

2012

Spring: 6th CAHPAH Bureau meeting
September: 6th CAHPAH meeting

2013

Spring: 7th CAHPAH Bureau meeting
September: 7th CAHPAH meeting

2014

Preparation of Final Review
Spring: 8th CAHPAH Bureau meeting
September: 8th CAHPAH meeting

2015

Final Review and Proposals for Follow-up
Spring: 9th CAHPAH Bureau meeting
September: 9th CAHPAH meeting

Appendix 2

Draft terms of reference of the European Co-ordination Forum for the Council of Europe Disability Action Plan 2006-2015 (CAHPAH)

Fact sheet

Name of Committee:

European Co-ordination Forum for the Council of Europe Disability Action Plan 2006-2015 (CAHPAH)

Compliance with Resolution Res(2005)47:

YES

Programme of Activities:
project(s)

Programme IV.1.3. – “Promoting social cohesion in Europe”

Project 2007/DG3/1218 - “Improving the quality of life of people with disabilities in Europe”

Project relevance:

Falls fully under Chapter 3 – Building a more humane and inclusive Europe, Article 1 – “Ensuring Social Cohesion”, of the Action Plan of the Third Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Council of Europe (2005), and the Ministerial Declaration of the Malaga Ministerial Conference on Disability (2003): implementation of a decennial Council of Europe action plan on disability.

CAHPAH will manage the follow-up process in conformity with chapter 5.3 of Recommendation Rec(2006)5 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:

“At European level, the follow-up of this Action Plan should focus on strengthening co-operation in the field of disability and should allow for effective exchange of information, experience and best practice in a structured way. The forum designated to follow up the Action Plan will manage that process, including the necessary procedures, the establishment of a timetable and a possible mid-term review. This forum could suggest to member states specific priority issues to be analysed in depth.”

This work is particularly appropriate in the light of the challenges faced by contemporary society in its efforts to promote inclusion and participation for all.

Project added value:

In this field, the Council of Europe is the most suitable European body to achieve intergovernmental co-operation with the participation of 47 member states. The Council of Europe is a leading international intergovernmental organisation in this area with a number of recommendations with respect to people with disabilities.

The Council of Europe is the only international organisation where disability issues are dealt with in a comprehensive way and from a human rights perspective. Other international organisations active in the disability field use other and less comprehensive approaches in line with their specific area of competence and expertise (e.g. health, employment/employability, education).

Duplications are avoided by close co-operation with the European Commission, the EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) and other international bodies through mutual participation in meetings and joint action.

 

The replies to the questionnaire addressed to members of steering and ad hoc committees (CM(2008)174) focus on certain key points of the added value provided by the Council of Europe’s work in this field: broad geographical coverage, multi-stakeholder approach, providing a practical tool for the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Europe.

Financial information:

CAHPAH will hold one three-day plenary meeting and one two-day meeting of the Bureau.

CAHPAH Plenary:
Travel and per diem for 48 (47 plus the Chair) member state participants:
€49 900
Interpretation: €5 955
Translation and production of documents: €14 000

CAHPAH Bureau:
Travel and per diem for the 9 Bureau members: €9 400
Interpretation: €3 800
Translation and production of documents: €3 000

Total annual budget: €86 055

Draft terms of reference of the European Co-ordination Forum for the Council of Europe Disability Action Plan 2006-2015 (CAHPAH)

1.

Name of Committee:

European Co-ordination Forum for the Council of Europe Disability Action Plan 2006-2015 (CAHPAH)

2.

Type of Committee:

Ad hoc Committee

3.

Source of terms of reference:

Committee of Ministers

4.

Terms of reference:

 

Having regard to:

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Resolution Res(2005)47 on committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods, adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 14 December 2005 at the 951st meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies;

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the Warsaw Declaration and Action Plan of the Third Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Council of Europe (Warsaw, 16-17 May 2005), and in particular the Chapter 3.1. – “Ensuring social cohesion”;

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

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Recommendation Rec(2006)5 of the Committee of Ministers to 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, adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 5 April 2006 at the 961st meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies.

 

Within the framework of the Programme of Activities under the Programme IV.1.3. - “Promoting Social Cohesion in Europe”, the European Co-ordination Forum (hereinafter called “the Forum”) is instructed:

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to assist with political action and 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”;

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to effectively co-ordinate relevant intergovernmental and intra-institutional co-operation in this area, as well as co-operation with interested international organisations and observers;

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while taking account of the progress of its work, prepare, under its responsibility, proposals for the Programme of Activities for the coming years.

 

To do this, the Forum will undertake the following action:

i.

Promotion

The Forum shall contribute to the widest possible dissemination of Recommendation Rec(2006)5 of the Committee of Ministers to 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” (hereinafter called “Disability Action Plan”) among civil society, and where appropriate, through co-operation with international non-governmental organisations with participatory status in the Council of Europe.

ii.

Implementation

The Forum shall assist member states, at their request, in evaluating their existing disability policy programmes and underlying basic principles against the blueprint of the Disability Action Plan to identify in which areas progress has yet to be made and which specific actions should be prioritised.

The Forum shall assist member states, at their request, in their elaboration of strategies, co-ordinated disability policy programmes and actions to progressively advance in line with the Disability Action Plan, which could be reflected, inter alia, in the establishment of a timetable and measures to monitor progress. The Forum may respond to requests from member states for advice in organising and devising activities at national level.

The Forum will provide a platform for European co-ordination, co-operation between institutions and with interested international organisations and observers, and multidisciplinary project development, as appropriate.

iii.

Follow-up

The Forum shall, as stated in the Recommendation Rec(2006)5, assist with the follow-up of the Disability Action Plan, which should focus on strengthening co-operation in the field of disability and should allow for effective exchange of information, experience, knowledge and innovative practice in a structured way.

5.

Composition:

5.A

Members

 

Governments of member states are entitled to appoint representatives of the highest possible rank from the relevant public authority responsible for policies with regard to people with disabilities, including experts in the field of rehabilitation and integration of people with disabilities.

The competencies of member states’ representatives to the Forum should correspond to the comprehensive multidisciplinary nature of the Council of Europe Disability Action Plan 2006-2015.

The Council of Europe budget will bear the travel and subsistence expenses of one representative from each member state (two in the case of the state whose representative has been elected Chair).

Each state shall have one vote.

5.B

Participants

i.

The following committees may each send a representative(s) to meetings of the Forum, 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 on Legal Co-operation (CDCJ);
- European Committee for Social Cohesion (CDCS);
- European Health Committee (CDSP);
- European Steering Committee for Youth (CDEJ)
- Advisory Council on Youth (CCJ)
- Governmental Committee of the European Social Charter (T-SG);
- Steering Committee for Equality between Women and Men (CDEG);
- Steering Committee for Education (CDED);
- Steering Committee for Culture (CDCULT);
- Steering Committee for Cultural Heritage and Landscape (CDPATEP);
- Steering Committee on the Media and New Communication Services (CDMC).

The Forum may invite a representative(s) 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.

ii.

The Parliamentary Assembly may send a representative(s) to meetings of the Forum, without the right to vote and at the charge of its administrative budget.

iii.

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe may send a representative(s) to meetings of the Forum, without the right to vote and at the charge of its administrative budget.

iv.

The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights may send a representative(s) to meetings of the Forum, without the right to vote and at the charge of its administrative budget.

v.

The Council of Europe Development Bank may send a representative(s) to meetings of the Forum, without the right to vote and at the charge of its administrative budget.

vi.

The Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe may send a representative(s) to meetings of the Forum, without the right to vote and at the charge of the sending body.

5.C

Other participants

i.

The European Commission and the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) may send a representative to meetings of the Forum, without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses.

ii.

The following intergovernmental organisations may send a representative(s) to meetings of the Forum, without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses:

- United Nations Organisation (UNO);
- United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO);
- United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF);
- World Health Organisation (WHO);
- International Labour Organisation (ILO);
- United Nations Development Programme (UNDP);
- Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
- Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
- Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD);
- Nordic Centre for Welfare and Social Issues (NVC) under the aegis of the Nordic Council of Ministers.

iii.

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

5.D

Observers

 

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

- European Disability Forum (EDF).

6.

Working methods and structures:

 

The Forum shall meet once a year for three days in Strasbourg.

The bureau is composed of 9 members from the Council of Europe member states including:

- the CAHPAH Chair;
- the CAHPAH Vice-Chair;
- 5 members appointed by CAHPAH for two years;
- 2 CAHPAH members for one year, in order to ensure partial replacement of the Bureau each year.

The Forum may appoint a rapporteur, a drafting committee or both.

Where necessary, in order to expedite the progress of its work, the Forum may entrust a limited number of its members with a specific task to be fulfilled by its next meeting.

Within the limits of budgetary appropriations available, the Forum may, as appropriate, arrange consultations, by means of hearings or by any other means, and may request the Secretary General to have recourse to the service of one or more consultants.

The Forum will manage the progress assessment by establishing necessary procedures and timetables for future follow-up. It will prepare evaluation criteria to enable progress review.

The Forum will ensure that the Committee of Ministers is regularly informed about progress made in the implementation of the Disability Action Plan.

7.

Duration:

 

These terms of reference will be assessed by 31 December 2012 and, if appropriate, will be renewed for a specific period in the light of the progress in the implementation of the Disability Action Plan.

Draft terms of reference of the Drafting Committee on Evaluation Criteria (CAHPAH-DCEC)

Fact sheet

Name of Committee:

Drafting Committee on Evaluation Criteria (CAHPAH-DCEC)

Compliance with Resolution Res(2005)47:

YES

Programme of Activities: project(s)

Programme IV.1.3 – “Promoting Social Cohesion in Europe”
Project 2007/DG3/1218 – “Improving the quality of life of people with disabilities in Europe”

Project relevance:

Falls fully under Chapter 3 – Building a more humane and inclusive Europe, Article 1 – Ensuring Social Cohesion, of the Action Plan of the Third Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Council of Europe (2005), the Ministerial Declaration of the Malaga Ministerial Conference on Disability (2003), and the Council of Europe Disability Action Plan 2006-2015.

The work of the Drafting Committee will assist CAHPAH in overseeing the promotion, implementation and follow-up of the Council of Europe Disability Action Plan 2006-2015 by devising a methodology for progress review and evaluation criteria to enable progress review.

The prolongation of the 3-years terms of reference for 1 year until 31 December 2010 is requested so that CAHPAH-DCEC can finalise its work on evaluation criteria and methodology, as well as to accompany and support CAHPAH in the 2010 mid-term review process of the Council of Europe Disability Action Plan 2006-2015.

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 intergovernmental organisation where disability issues are dealt with from a social and human rights perspective, and in a comprehensive way encompassing all areas of life of people with disabilities.

Duplication is avoided by close co-operation with the European Commission.

Financial information:

Number of meetings per year: 2 two-day meetings.

Number of participants: 8 participants from member states of the Council of Europe, whose travel and subsistence expenses are covered by the Council of Europe budget.

Reimbursement of participation in meetings: € 14 400
Interpretation: € 7 940
Translation and production of documents: € 8 000
Consultations: € 5 000
Official journeys: € 4 000 

Total budget per year: € 39 340

Draft terms of reference of the Drafting Committee on Evaluation Criteria (CAHPAH-DCEC)

1.

Name of Committee:

Drafting Committee on Evaluation Criteria (CAHPAH-DCEC)

2.

Type of Committee:

Committee of Experts

3.

Source of terms of reference:

Committee of Ministers upon the proposal of the European Co-ordination Forum for the Council of Europe Disability Action Plan 2006-2015 (CAHPAH)

4.

Terms of reference:

 

Having regard to:

-

Resolution Res(2005)47 on committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods (adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 14 December 2005 at the 951st meeting of Ministers’ Deputies);6

-

the Warsaw Declaration and Action Plan of the Third Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Council of Europe (Warsaw, 16-17 May 2005), in particular Chapter 3.1. “Ensuring social cohesion”;

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the Ministerial Declaration of the Malaga Ministerial Conference on Disability (2003);

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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.

 

Under the authority of the European Co-ordination Forum for the Council of Europe Disability Action Plan 2006-2015 (CAHPAH) and in relation with the implementation of the Project 2007/DG3/1218 “Improving the quality of life of people with disabilities in Europe” of the Programme of Activities, the Committee is instructed to:

i.

draw up evaluation criteria to enable progress review;

ii.

establish a methodology for progress review.

5.

Composition:

5.A

Members

 

Governments of member states are entitled to appoint representatives with the relevant qualifications and expertise in the field of disability policy, particularly on social cohesion or performance indicators.

 

The Council of Europe budget will bear the travel and subsistence expenses for 8 experts, appointed by the governments of the following member states: Austria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Malta, Moldova, Switzerland and United Kingdom.

5.B

Participants

i.

The European Committee for Social Cohesion (CDCS) may send representatives to meetings of the Committee of Experts, without the right to vote and at the charge of the corresponding Council of Europe budget sub-head.

ii.

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

iii.

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

iv.

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

v.

The Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe may send representatives to meetings of the Committee, 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, 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 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 meetings of the Committee, without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses:

- European Disability Forum (EDF).

6.

Working methods and structures:

 

The Committee will hold a maximum of two 2-day meetings per year.

The Committee may appoint rapporteurs or entrust a limited number of its members with a specific task to be fulfilled by its next meeting.

The Committee may arrange consultations, by means of hearings or by any other means, as appropriate.

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

The Committee may request the Secretary General to have recourse where appropriate to the service of a consultant, within the limits of available budgetary appropriations.

7.

Duration:

 

These terms of reference will expire on 31 December 2010.

Note 1 This document has been classified restricted at the date of issue; it will be declassified in accordance with Resolution Res(2001)6 on access to Council of Europe documents.
Note 2 Subject to the renewal of CAHPAH’s terms of reference by the Committee of Ministers.
Note 3 Subject to the renewal of CAHPAH’s terms of reference by the Committee of Ministers.

4 Subject to the renewal of CAHPAH’s terms of reference by the Committee of Ministers.

Note 5 Subject to the renewal of CAHPAH’s terms of reference by the Committee of Ministers.
Note 6 Resolution Res(2005)47 applies to “all Committees and bodies set up by the Committee of Ministers, or with its authorisation, by virtue of Article 17 of the Council of Europe Statute”.


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