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1058 Meeting, 27 May 2009
8 Youth and sport

8.1 European Steering Committee for Youth (CDEJ), Advisory Council on Youth (JCC), Joint Council on Youth (CMJ)
a. Abridged reports of the 42nd meeting of the CDEJ, of the 21st meeting of the JCC and of the 20th meeting of the Joint Council on Youth CMJ (Mollina (Spain), 23-25 March 2009)
b. Draft terms of reference of the Ad hoc Advisory Group on Child and Youth Participation
(MJ-S-CYP)

Item to be prepared by the GR-C at its meeting on 19 May 2009
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The 42nd meeting of the European Steering Committee for Youth (CDEJ), the 21st meeting of the Advisory Council on Youth (CCJ) and the 20th meeting of the Joint Council on Youth (CMJ) were held in Mollina (Spain), at the Centro Eurolatinoamericano de Juventud/CEULAJ, at the invitation of the Spanish government in the context of its Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers. The following is a summary of the most relevant discussions and decisions stemming from the meetings of the three bodies.

42nd meeting of the European Steering Committee for Youth (CDEJ)

The agenda of the 42nd meeting of the CDEJ is included in Appendix 1. The list of participants is available from http://www.coe.int/t/dg4/youth/restricted

Mr Jan VANHEE (Belgium) and Ms Barbara WURSTER (Germany) were elected respectively Chair and Vice-Chair of the CDEJ for 2009. Furthermore, in the context of the partial renewal of the Bureau, Mr Alexis RIDDE (France) was elected for a second term of office of two years, Ms Zdenka MASKOVA (Czech Republic) and Mr Andris GRAFS (Latvia) were elected for a first term of office of two years (2009-2010) and Mr Roman ALEKSANDROV (Russian Federation) was elected for a first term of office of one year (2009).

In accordance with its terms of reference, the CDEJ designated among its members eight governmental representatives to sit on the Programming Committee on Youth (CPJ) for 2009-2011: Azerbaijan, Belgium, France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Serbia and the Russian Federation.

The CDEJ had an exchange of views on the results of the evaluation and follow-up meeting on the international reviews of national youth policies, which took place in The Hague (Netherlands) in December 2008. Many of the proposals stemming from this meeting, designed to improve and enhance this important programme element, were supported by the CDEJ. They concerned, for example, measures to motivate more countries to volunteer for a review, as well as to encourage countries having undergone a review in the past to provide reports on the implementation of the recommendations formulated by the international review teams. They also concerned practical measures to simplify some of the procedures, in order to increase the efficiency and impact of the process.

The CDEJ had an exchange of views on the evaluation of the 8th Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for youth (Kyiv, October 2008) and thanked again the Ukrainian government for its support and contribution, as well as for the excellent organisation of the event. In this context, the CDEJ took note of the invitation made by the Russian Delegation at the closing session of the 8th Conference to host the 9th Conference in the Russian Federation. It discussed possible dates of the 9th Conference, underlining the importance of implementing the results of the previous Conference before holding the next one. This question will be further discussed at the next CDEJ meeting.

In relation to the implementation of the results of the 8th Conference of Ministers responsible for youth and the Resolution Res(2008)23 of the Committee of Ministers on the youth policy of the Council of Europe, the CDEJ fully supported the establishment of an Ad hoc Advisory group on Child and Youth Participation, which would have the task of further promoting the participation of children and young people through policy reviews, standard-setting and other support measures.

Following the outcomes of the last meeting of the Joint Council on Youth (October 2008) regarding the priorities for the 2009 programme of the youth sector, the CDEJ discussed the preparation of the intergovernmental programme of activities in the youth field for the current year, underlining the important role and place of the international reviews of the national youth policies, as well as the activities aiming to assist national governments in the development of their youth policy.

Part of the meeting of the CDEJ was devoted to the preparation of the meeting of the Joint Council on Youth. Several items considered particularly important were given special attention: the evaluation and follow up of the youth campaign “All different-all equal”; the 2010 programme and budget of the youth sector; the co-operation between the Directorate of Youth and Sport and the Russian Federation; and the co-ordination of child and youth policies.

21st meeting of the Advisory Council on Youth (CCJ)

The 21st meeting of the Advisory Council on Youth was the first in its new composition (valid for 2009-2011). The Advisory Council adopted the agenda of its meeting as it appears in Appendix 2. The list of participants is available from the following web site address: http://www.coe.int/t/dg4/youth/restricted

The Advisory Council elected Ms Antonia WULFF (Organising Bureau of European School Students - OBESSU) as its Chairperson and the following two members as its two Vice-Chairpersons for 2009-2011: Ms Sonia MEJRI (Union des Jeunes Euro-Maghrébins - UJEM) and Ms Loreta SENKUTE (World Organisation of the Scout Movement - WOSM). In addition to the Chair and two Vice-Chairs, it elected the following two members as members of its Bureau, for 2009-2011: Mr Ion Marian ANCUTA (European Network of Animation- ENOA) and Ms Imse NILSSON (National Youth Council of Sweden - LSU).

The Advisory Council elected the following eight members as its representatives on the Programming Committee for 2009-2011: Ms Jelena SPASOVIC (International Federation of Liberal and Radical Youth - IFLRY), Mr Aleksandar JOVANOVIC (Federation of Young European Greens - FYEG), Mr Roman KÜHN (ALLIANCE of European Voluntary Service organisations), Ms Dominica ŚKOTKOVA (Erasmus Student Network - ESN), Ms Intissar KHERIGI (Forum of European Muslim Youth and Student Organisations - FEMYSO), Ms Ruxandra PANDEA (Human Rights Youth Education Network - HREYN), Mr Denis BARINOV (National Youth Council of Russia - NYCR) and Mr Jaan URB (National Youth Council of Estonia - ENL).

The following members were elected as substitutes: Ms Camelia NISTOR (UNITED for Intercultural Action), Mr Oliver WAGNER (European Educational Exchanges - Youth For Understanding - EEE-YFU) and Ms Tove Iren LEA (World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts - WAGGGS).

The Advisory Council agreed on activities and work arrangements to be pursued during its mandate, in order to follow up on the different priorities contained in the “Agenda 2020”. It discussed its internal communication and co-operation mechanisms, and made proposals in this respect for the future. It also designated its representatives to forthcoming activities and events organised in the framework of the programme of the Directorate of Youth and Sport or other Council of Europe’ sectors.

The Advisory Council had an exchange of views with members of the Sub-Committee on Youth and Sport of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. Several issues were raised that could usefully be discussed between the two bodies in the future. It was hoped that regular communication and co-operation could be developed.

Like the CDEJ, the Advisory Council devoted part of its meeting to prepare the meeting of the Joint Council. In this context, it discussed the implementation of the “Agenda 2020” and notably expressed its support to the proposal to establish an Ad hoc Advisory Group on Child and Youth participation. It debated the draft report of the Joint Council on the youth campaign “All different all equal”, as well as the draft message to be addressed by the Joint Council to the Committee of Ministers.

20th meeting of the Joint Council on Youth (CMJ)

The 20th meeting of the Joint Council was chaired by the Chair of the CDEJ, Mr Jan VANHEE (Belgium). The Vice Chair of the meeting was the Chair of the Advisory Council, Ms Antonia WULFF (Organising Bureau of European School Students - OBESSU). The agenda of the meeting is included in Appendix 3. The list of participants is available from http://www.coe.int/t/dg4/youth/restricted.

The Joint Council benefited from the presence of the Director General of DG4, Ms Gabriella BATTAINI-DRAGONI, who formulated her vision of the implementation of the “Agenda 2020” and the results of the 8th Conference of Ministers responsible for youth. She attached specific importance to the priority relating to the social inclusion of young people and their access to social rights, a matter which may turn out to be particularly relevant in the context of the present economic crisis. She underlined once again the importance of cross-sectoral co-operation on youth matters within the Organisation.

The Joint Council heard reports on the most recent developments concerning the preparation of the 2010 budget of the Council of Europe, including the youth sector’s budget. In the light of the results of the 8th Conference of Ministers responsible for youth and Resolution Res(2008)23 on the youth policy of the Council of Europe, the Joint Council endorsed the joint decision of the Bureaus of the CDEJ and Advisory Council on Youth taken in January 2009 concerning the proposed allocation of budget means to the four projects which the Joint Council had established at its previous meeting in October 2008.

The Joint Council had an exchange of views on the youth elements of the draft progress review report on the activities of Council of Europe in 2008, prepared by the Directorate of Strategic Planning, as well as on an evaluation of the youth programme 2006-2008 prepared by an external consultant. It agreed that, in addition to the progress review report and in accordance with its terms of reference, it should prepare an annual report on the activities of the youth sector for the attention of the Committee of Ministers.

A substantial part of the meeting of the Joint Council was devoted to discussing the implementation of the “Agenda 2020”, following the Kyiv ministerial conference and the adoption of Resolution Res(2008)23 on the youth policy of the Council of Europe. The discussions on this item took place partly in mixed working groups (CDEJ and Advisory Council), focussing on two questions: “How to deal with the Agenda 2020 priority issues” and “What needs to be revised in terms of approaches and working methods, in order to implement the Agenda 2020 in the most efficient manner”.

One particularly important result of this discussion was the support of the Joint Council for the new strategy regarding the further development of the Council of Europe’s programme “Building a Europe for and with children”, adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 27 November 2008. The Joint Council unanimously approved the proposal to establish a subordinate Ad hoc Advisory group on Child and Youth Participation, which they regarded as an important step for improving co-ordination of child and youth policies as requested by the Committee of Ministers in Resolution Res(2008)23. As regards the Ad hoc Advisory group on Child and Youth Participation, the Joint Council also approved its terms of reference, with a view to submitting them to the Committee of Ministers for adoption (the draft terms of reference are included in Appendix 4).

The follow-up of the youth campaign “All different–All equal” was another important item on the agenda of the Joint Council meeting. The Joint Council decided to prepare a final summary report, as well as a “message” to be brought to the attention of the Committee of Ministers. Both draft documents were discussed in detail; revised versions will be discussed at the forthcoming meeting.

Other items on the agenda of the Joint Council’s meeting concerned co-operation with the Steering Committee for Education on the preparation of a policy document regarding education for democratic citizenship and human rights education; developments regarding the Partial Agreement on the Youth Card; and co-operation with the Russian Federation in the youth field.

Appendix 1

EUROPEAN STEERING COMMITTEE FOR YOUTH (CDEJ)

42nd meeting

Agenda

1. Opening of the meeting and adoption of the agenda

2. Election of the Chair and Vice-Chair for 2009

3. Partial renewal of the CDEJ Bureau

4. Designation of 8 CDEJ members in the Programming Committee for 2009-2011

5. Report of the Bureaux meetings held on 15-16 January 2009

6. Evaluation and follow-up meeting of the international reviews of national youth policies (expert meeting 11-12 December 2008)

7. Exchange of views on the evaluation of the 8th Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Youth (Ukraine, 2008)

8. Co-ordination of Child and Youth Policies

9. Intergovernmental programme of activities for 2009 and proposals for 2010

10. Preparation of the 20th meeting of the Joint Council on Youth

11. Recent developments concerning youth policies in the member States

12. Any other business

13. Date and place of the next meeting

Appendix 2

ADVISORY COUNCIL ON YOUTH (JCC)

21st meeting

Agenda

1. Opening of the meeting and adoption of the agenda

2. Election of the Chair and two Vice-Chairs

3. Election of the Bureau of the Advisory Council

4. Election of eight members of the Advisory Council to the Programming Committee

5. Presentation of the report of the 20th meeting of the Advisory Council (Strasbourg, 1-3 October 2008) and of the report of the 23rd meeting of the Bureau (Strasbourg, 15-16 January 2009)

6. Report by the Secretariat on developments in the youth sector

7. Report on external representation of the Advisory Council

8. Presentation of the report of the 20th meeting of the Programming Committee (Strasbourg, 8-10 December 2008)

9. Activities to be undertaken and priorities to be pursued during the present mandate of the Advisory Council

10. Exchange of views with members of the Sub-Committee on Youth and Sport of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

11. Preparation of the 20th meeting of the Joint Council on Youth
- policy document on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights
- implementation of the Agenda 2020
- partnership programme with the Russian Federation
- the European Youth Capital Award
- Young Active Citizens Award

12. Exchange of views on how to enhance the Advisory Council's work and the communication and co-operation between members (both during and in between the meetings)

13. Nominations to forthcoming events and activities

14. Evaluation of the meeting

15. Any other business

16. Date and place of the next meeting

17. Adoption of the abridged report of the meeting

Appendix 3

JOINT COUNCIL ON YOUTH (CMJ)

20th meeting

Agenda

1. Opening of the meeting and adoption of the draft agenda

2. Reports on developments in the youth sector since the last meeting of the Joint Council:

    2.1 Exchange of views with the Director General of DG4
    2.2 Report by the Director of Youth and Sport and members of the secretariat:

      - Programme issues
      - Staff matters
      - European Youth Centres (including financial report of partial renovation of the Strasbourg Centre)
      - European Youth Foundation

    2.3 Report by the Chair of the Programming Committee
    2.4 Report from members of the CDEJ and Advisory Council who participated in multidisciplinary activities
    2.5 Report of the secretariat concerning the Youth Partnership between the Council of Europe and the European Commission:

      - progress report
      - Role of the statutory bodies in the functioning and management of the partnership

3. Reports of the last meetings of the Bureaus (CDEJ, Advisory Council and joint meeting, 15 and 16 January 2009).

4. Budget of the Council of Europe’s youth sector for 2010

5. Progress Review Report of the 2008 youth programme and Evaluation of the 2006-2008 programme

6. Evaluation of the 8th Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Youth (Kiev, October 2008)

7. Implementation of the Agenda 2020

8. Council of Europe actions on child and youth participation

9. Co-operation between the Directorate of Youth and Sport and the Russian Federation

10. Follow up of the “All different–All equal” Campaign:

11. Presentation of the Partial Agreement on the Youth Card

12. European Youth Capital Award

13. Update on the M.A. European Youth Studies

14. Any other business

15. Date and venue of the 21st meeting of the Joint Council

Appendix 4

Draft Terms of reference of the Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Child and Youth participation (MJ-S-CYP)

Fact sheet

Name of Committee:

Ad hoc advisory group on Child and Youth participation (MJ-S-CYP)

Compliance with Resolution Res(2005)47:

YES

Programme of Activities: project(s)

2009/DG3/2031 – “Protection, provision and participation for children in Europe”
2003/DG4/16 – “Youth participation and democratic citizenship”

Project relevance:

Third Summit Action Plan, Chapters 3.2 “Building a Europe for children” and 3.4 “Developing youth co-operation”.
Contribution to core values of the Council of Europe.

Consolidation, promotion, implementation of Council of Europe standards in the field of democratic citizenship and human rights.

Relevance to Council of Europe country strategies and country-specific needs: the two projects aim notably at improving child/youth policy as well as the work with children and young people in the member states, taking into account specific national realities.

Project added value:

The ad hoc Advisory Group ensures a transversal approach to child and youth participation, drawing on the experience of the children’s campaign and other projects implemented separately by Directorate Generals 3 and 4. The Group will develop standards and recommendations that are relevant in both a social cohesion and a youth and child policy context. The joint approach excludes any duplication of programme activities between both sectors.

Financial information:

2 meetings a year.
Annual budget: €32 000 (travel and subsistence expenses of the experts).

Draft Terms of Reference of the Ad hoc Advisory Group on Child and Youth Participation (MJ-S-CYP)

1.

Name of Group:

Ad hoc Advisory Group on Child and Youth participation (MJ-S-CYP)

2.

Type of Group:

Ad hoc Advisory Group

3.

Source of terms of reference:

Committee of Ministers on the proposal of the Joint Council on Youth (CMJ)

4.

Terms of reference:

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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 their 951st meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies);

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The Declaration and the Action Plan adopted by the Heads of State and Government of the member states of the Council of Europe at their Third Summit (Warsaw, 16-17 May 2005), in particular Chapters 3.2 “Building a Europe for children” and 3.4 “Developing youth co-operation” of the Action Plan;

The Council of Europe’s conventions, resolutions and recommendations relevant to participation, in particular the European Convention on the Adoption of Children (revised, 2008), Council of Europe Convention for the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse (2007), European Convention on the Exercise of Children’s Rights (1996), Recommendation R (98) 8 on children’s participation in family and social life, and Recommendation Rec(2004)13 on the participation of young people in local and regional life;

The Strategy for the years 2009–2011 for the programme “Building a Europe for and with children” adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 27 November 2008;

The final Declaration of the 8th Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Youth (Kyiv, 2008) and the Committee of Ministers’ Resolution CM/Res(2008)23 on the youth policy of the Council of Europe;

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iv.

Under the authority of the Joint Council on Youth (CMJ) and in relation with the implementation of Project 2003/DG4/16 “Youth participation and democratic citizenship” and Project 2009/DG3/2031 “Protection, provision and participation for children in Europe”, of the Programme of Activities,
the Group is instructed to:

implement national policy reviews focusing on child and youth participation and develop a concept and methodology in this respect;

elaborate guidelines on child and youth participation at local, national and European levels;

examine the possibility to update existing recommendations of the Committee of Ministers on children’s and young people’s participation and influence in society, or envisage the possibility of a new recommendation on this subject;

examine the relevance of developing educational and training tools with the aim of enabling children and young people to exercise their participatory rights.

5.

Composition of the Group:

5.A.

Members

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ii.

iii.

iv.

The Group shall be composed of seventeen specialists in child and youth participation to be appointed as follows:

Five experts to be appointed by the European Steering Committee for Youth (CDEJ);

Five representatives of non-governmental child and/or youth organisations to be appointed by the Advisory Council on Youth (CCJ);

Five independent experts on child and youth participation to be appointed by the Secretary General;

Two experts to be appointed by the Steering Committee for Education (CDED).

The Council of Europe shall bear the travel and subsistence expenses of these seventeen experts.

5.B.

Participants

i.

The Parliamentary Assembly and the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe may each send a representative to the meetings of the Group, without the right to vote and at the charge of the corresponding budgetary articles of the Council of Europe.

5.C

Other participants

i.

ii.

The European Commission may send a representative to meetings of the Group, without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses;

UNICEF may send a representative to meetings of the Group, without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses.

5.D.

Observers

 

The European Network of Ombudspeople for Children (ENOC) may send a representative to the meetings of the Group, without the right to vote. The Council of Europe budget will bear the travel and subsistence expenses of this representative.2

6.

Working methods and structures:

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ii.

iii.

iv.

In carrying out its terms of reference, the Group shall:

hold two meetings every year;

within the limits of available budgetary appropriations and in order to expedite the progress of its work, call, if necessary, on the services of consultants;

where appropriate, ensure participation by children and young people in aspects of its work which concern them through specific consultations, including by electronic means;

work in close co-operation with other relevant Council of Europe bodies and other international institutions and organisations.

Once a year, the Group shall prepare, through the Joint Council on Youth, a report for the attention of the Committee of Ministers.

7.

Duration:

 

These terms of reference will expire on 31 December 2011.

Note 1 This document has been classified restricted until examination by the Committee of Ministers.
Note 2 In dispensation to Article 3.4 of Resolution Res(2005)47


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