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CM(2010)57 17 May 20101

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1088 Meeting, 16 June 2010
8 Youth and sport

8.2 European Steering Committee for Youth (CDEJ), Advisory Council on Youth (CCJ), Joint Council on Youth (CMJ)
a. Abridged reports of the 44th meeting of the CDEJ, of the 23rd meeting of the CCJ and of the 22nd meeting of the CMJ (Strasbourg, 8-10 March 2010)

b. Draft Recommendation CM/Rec(2010)… of the Committee of Ministers to member states on youth information

Item to be prepared by the GR-C at its meeting on 8 June 2010
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1. The 44th meeting of the European Steering Committee for Youth (CDEJ), the 23rd meeting of the Advisory Council on Youth (CCJ) and the 22nd meeting of the Joint Council on Youth (CMJ) were held in Strasbourg, in parallel, from 8 to 10 March 2010. The agendas of the meetings are included in Appendices 1, 2 and 3. The list of participants is available from the restricted website: http://www.coe.int/t/dg4/youth/restricted and/or it can be obtained from the Secretariat.

2. The main outcomes of the meetings were as follows:

44th meeting of the European Steering Committee for Youth CDEJ

3. The CDEJ elected Mr Alexis RIDDE (France) and Ms Seija ASTALA (Finland) respectively as Chair and Vice-Chair of the CDEJ for 2010. Furthermore, it proceeded to the partial renewal of its Bureau and in this regard, elected the following members of the CDEJ: Mr Roman ALEKSANDROV (Russian Federation) for a second term of office of two years (2010-2011); Mr Jorge Orlando QUEIROS (Portugal) and Ms Laurence HERMAND (Belgium) for a first term of office of two years 2010-2011 and Mr Farhad HAJYEV (Azerbaijan) for a first term of office of one year (2010).

4. The CDEJ revised the current guidelines for the implementation of the international reviews of national youth policies carried out since 1997 and decided on measures to be undertaken in 2010 concerning the follow-up of the reviews. Furthermore, the CDEJ agreed to provide member states’ governments (Ministries responsible for youth) with updated information about the programme of international reviews of national youth policies, with a view to raising their awareness of the possibility of applying for a review.

5. The CDEJ had an extensive discussion on the preparation of the 9th Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Youth. It welcomed the invitation of the Russian Federation Government to host this Conference, preferably in St Petersburg (and if not, in Moscow), in September 2012 and had an exchange of views on the main theme of the Conference, with a view to taking a final decision in this respect at its next meeting in October 2010.2

6. The CDEJ approved the revised intergovernmental programme of activities in the youth field for 2010 and drew up orientations and guidelines for the preparation of the 2011 programme of activities.

7. The CDEJ approved a draft recommendation from the Committee of Ministers to the member states on youth information, as it appears in Appendix 4, with a view to submitting it to the Committee of Ministers for adoption.

23rd meeting of the Advisory Council on Youth (CCJ)

8. The 23rd meeting of the Advisory Council on Youth (CCJ) was chaired by Ms Antonia WULFF (Organising Bureau of European School Students Unions – OBESSU). The Advisory Council elected Ms Camelia NISTOR (UNITED for Intercultural Action) as a member of the Bureau to replace Mr Marian ANCUTA.

9. The Advisory Council agreed to a common agreement on questions to be raised during the meeting of the Joint Council on Youth, notably concerning the possible implications of the Council of Europe’s reform on the youth sector.

10. It agreed to support the proposal of the European Youth Forum to suggest the following title for the next Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Youth: “Agenda 2020: a rights-based future for youth policies of Europe”. The Advisory Council also prepared comments on the proposed future strategy 2010-2013 of the partnership between the Council of Europe and the European Commission in the field of youth and welcomed the fact that its Chair would take part in the Management Board meeting in April to discuss the new framework agreement.

11. Concerning the 2011 budget, the Advisory Council adopted the following documents which were submitted to the Joint Council on Youth: a statement on the budget of the youth sector, two proposals responding to the request for budgetary cuts in 2011 and a project proposal for the priority pool of the Secretary General.

12. The Advisory Council proposed amendments to the draft recommendation of the Committee of Ministers to the member states on youth information, to be taken into account by the CDEJ.

13. As part of its efforts to integrate a youth dimension in other sectors of the Council of Europe, the Advisory Council nominated representatives to attend the committee of experts on participation of people with disabilities in political and public life (CAHPAH-PPL) and the committee of experts on fostering social mobility (CS-SM). In addition, it nominated a representative to follow preparations for the European-Mediterranean Youth Forum on Drugs Prevention organised by the Pompidou Group. The Advisory Council also confirmed its interest in organising an exchange of views with the Parliamentary Assembly Sub-Committee on Youth and Sport in October 2010.

14. The Advisory Council welcomed the first issue of its newsletter and a web page devoted to the Advisory Council on the Youth web site (www.coe.int/youth).

22nd meeting of the Joint Council on Youth (CMJ)

15. The Joint Council had an exchange of views with the Director General of DG4, Ms Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, concerning the Secretary General’s proposed reform of the Council of Europe and welcomed the possibility for the statutory bodies of the youth sector to express their opinions and proposals in this respect.

16. The Joint Council had an in-depth discussion on the preparation of the 2011 budget of the youth sector, in the light of the request of the Secretary General to reduce the budget by 2% and to identify a further 5% for transversal activities to be included into a priority pool. First of all, it wished to emphasize the very central role played by young people and youth organisations in furthering the Council of Europe’s core values of democracy, human rights and the rule of law; their strong contribution towards social stability, the promotion of social inclusion and human rights in many communities across Europe and their ability to respond to contemporary societal challenges. Secondly, the Joint Council approved a proposal from the Secretariat to transfer the costs of the four European Youth Foundation Secretariat posts from the Ordinary Budget to the European Youth Foundation budget itself provided that not more than 15% of the Foundation’s annual total budget is devoted to staff expenses. Another condition in this regard was that the biggest part of the European Youth Centres’ programme budget should be devoted to activities initiated, organised or
co-organised with, and/or benefiting youth NGOs and taking place in the EYCs. As regards the Secretary General’s priority pool, the Joint Council developed a proposal which it asked the Secretariat to elaborate in more detail. This proposal concerns the establishment of youth ambassadors for peace.

17. The results of the international review of the Albanian youth policy were presented during the meeting of the Joint Council. This review, the 17th since the establishment of this programme, was carried out in 2009 and had already been presented at national level. In line with the guidelines adopted by the CDEJ, the government of Albania was invited to prepare a progress report on the implementation of the recommendations stemming from the international report in two years’ time.

18. The Joint Council had an exchange of views on the results of the evaluation and follow-up meeting of the Forum on Human Rights Education which had been held in October 2009 in order to develop the strategy of the Council of Europe’s youth sector with regard to human rights education with children and young people for the coming years.

Appendix 1

44th meeting of the European Steering Committee for Youth (CDEJ)

Agenda

1. Opening of the meeting and adoption of the agenda

2. Election of the Chair and Vice-Chair for 2010

3. Partial renewal of the CDEJ Bureau

4. Report of the CDEJ Bureau meeting held on 14 and 15 January 2010

5. Report of the follow-up meeting of the international reviews of national youth policies held on 9 and 10 February 2010

6. Report of the consultative meeting on the future of intergovernmental co-operation in the youth field held on 15 and 16 February 2010

7. 9th Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Youth

8. Revised intergovernmental programme of activities for 2010

9. Guidelines for the preparation of the intergovernmental programme of activities for 2011

10. Methods of selection of experts and representatives of the CDEJ in ad hoc groups or other similar bodies

11. Preparation of the 22nd meeting of the Joint Council on Youth

12. Examination of a draft recommendation on youth information prepared by the Joint Co-ordination Committee of the Partnership Agreement between the Council of Europe and ERYICA

13. Council of Europe label for youth centres in Europe

14. Recent developments concerning youth policies in the member states

    - Recent developments on youth policy in general
    - Developments regarding the recognition of youth work and the promotion of the European portfolio for youth leaders and youth workers

15. Any other business

16. Adoption of decisions taken at the meting

17. Date and place of the next meeting

Appendix 2

23rd meeting of the Advisory Council on Youth (CCJ)

Agenda

1. Opening of the meeting and adoption of the agenda

2. Adoption of the report of the 22nd meeting (Budapest, 5-7 October 2009) and presentation of the
report of the 25th meeting of the Bureau (Strasbourg, 14-15 January 2010)

3. Presentation of the report of the 22nd meeting of the Programming Committee on Youth (Strasbourg,
9-11 December 2009)

4. Preparation of the 22nd meeting of the Joint Council

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

    a) Priorities for the Advisory Council in 2010 and calendar of events
    b) Report by the Chair of the AC on her meetings with other Council of Europe sectors in 2009
    c) Overview of events attended by AC members in 2009 and follow up
    d) State of play on co-operation with other Council of Europe sectors, e.g.:

- Parliamentary Assembly
- North-South Centre
- Conference of International Non-Governmental Organisations (INGOs)
- Pompidou Group

6. Working methods, visibility and communication of the Advisory Council

7. Any other business

8. Date and place of the next meeting

9. Adoption of the abridged report

10. Evaluation of the meeting and feedback

Appendix 3

22nd meeting of the Joint Council on Youth (CMJ)

Agenda

1. Opening of the meeting and adoption of the agenda

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

      2.1 Report of the Director of Youth and Sport
      2.2 Report by the Chair of the Programming Committee
      2.3 Reports of the first and second meeting of the Ad hoc Advisory Group on Child and Youth participation (1 December 2009 and 1-2 February 2010 respectively)
      2.4 Report from members of the CDEJ and Advisory Council who participated in activities relevant to the youth sector
      2.5 Progress report on the implementation of the co-operation Agreement between the Directorate of Youth and Sport and the Russian Federation

3. Reports of the last meetings of the Bureaus (CDEJ, Advisory Council and joint meeting
14-15 January 2010)

4. Reform of the Council of Europe and possible implications for its youth sector

5. 2011 budget of the youth sector

6. 9th Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Youth

7. Representation of the statutory bodies in other Council of Europe committees/bodies: state of the situation and procedure for the nomination of representatives of the statutory bodies

8. Implementation of the Agenda 2020:

      - follow-up to the working groups held during the last meeting of the Joint Council
      - evaluation of the implementation of the priorities 2010-2012

9. Follow-up to the Human Rights Education Forum held in 2009

10. New Covenant (2010-2013) concerning the Partnership between the Council of Europe and the European Commission in the field of youth

11. Presentation of the international review of the Albanian youth policy

12. Input from the Joint Council to the World Youth Conference in Mexico – 2010

13. Any other business

- World Youth Congress in Turkey
- Euro-African youth co-operation
- World Summit on Media for children and youth (2010, Sweden)

14. Date and venue of the 23rd meeting of the Joint Council

15. Adoption of the decisions taken at the meeting

Appendix 4

Draft Recommendation CM/Rec(2010)…
of the Committee of Ministers to member states
on youth information

(Adopted by the Committee of Ministers on …
at the … meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies)

The Committee of Ministers, under the terms of Article 15.b of the Statute of the Council of Europe,

Having regard to:

- the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (ETS No. 5);

- the Declaration and Action Plan adopted at the Third Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Council of Europe in Warsaw in May 2005;

- its Resolution CM/Res(2008)23 on the youth policy of the Council of Europe;

- the Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse (CETS No. 201), opened for signature on 25 October 2007;

- its Recommendation CM/Rec(2009)5 on measures to protect children against harmful content and behaviour and to promote their active participation in the new information and communications environment;

- the Revised European Charter on the Participation of Young People in Local and Regional Life;

- the resolution to foster the integration of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in education systems in Europe, adopted at the 21st session of the Standing Conference of European Ministers of Education, held in Athens from 10 to 12 November 2003;

- its Recommendation Rec(2004)15 on electronic governance (“e-governance”);

Considering that:

- respect for democracy, human rights and fundamental freedoms implies that young people have access to complete, objective, understandable and reliable information on all of their questions based on their specific needs;

- information and the ability of young people to assess and use it is a pre-requisite for their active participation in society and their responsible citizenship;

- young people are more and more involved in producing and publishing information using the possibilities offered through information and communication technologies;

Bearing in mind the challenges that young people face in finding relevant information, assessing it and then using it for their personal development, including:

- coping with an increasing amount of information;
- dealing with contradictory and ever-changing information;
- being aware of their responsibilities as “producers of information”;
- being aware of the risks involved in using information and communication technologies;
- protecting their personal data;
- having access to the necessary computer hardware and software applications and to the Internet;

Considering that the provision of face-to-face information, guidance and counselling is even more important today than for previous generations, due to the fact that social inclusion of young people is now a lengthier and more complex process;

Underlining the importance of continuous implementation of Committee of Ministers Recommendation
No. R (90) 7 concerning information and counselling for young people in Europe, whilst also acknowledging the important progress and achievements made in the field of information and counselling for young people in the Council of Europe’s member states since 1990,

Recommends that the governments of the member states:

a. consolidate and develop existing youth information and counselling services on the basis of Recommendation No. R (90) 7 on information and counselling for young people in Europe;

b. foster and strengthen the generalist and multi-agency character of youth information and counselling services, as being complementary to specialised services for young people;

c. ensure that young people have access to and benefit from information by adapting the many forms and channels of youth information to the needs of all young people at local, regional, national and European level;

d. when developing youth policy, take into consideration the ever-changing information needs of young people, including by using the knowledge gathered through consultations carried out by grass-root organisations involved in youth information and counselling;

e. foster the development of new working methods, varied approaches and innovative ways to use new forms of communication;

f. encourage the participation of young people in developing youth information content, tools for delivery and policy development;

g. promote the acquisition of competences by young people concerning the management of information, bearing in mind that:

- information literacy should be part of non-formal, informal and formal education,
- young people should learn to deal with information with a critical and self-determined approach,
- young people should be able to create, produce and distribute information content in a responsible way;

h. increase awareness among young people as to the risks they face as consumers and creators of online information;

i. raise the awareness of young people concerning the dissemination of their personal data when active in online social communities;

j. recognise the need for quality standards for online youth information services and support quality initiatives in this context at all levels;

k. raise the level of awareness and training of staff in charge of youth information regarding the new challenges of youth information work, and promote exchanges of experience and practice among key players;

l. encourage the access of disadvantaged young people, including those with disabilities, to online information;

Instructs the Secretary General of the Council of Europe to transmit this recommendation to the governments of those states Parties to the European Cultural Convention (ETS No. 18) which are not members of the Council of Europe.

Note 1 This document has been classified restricted until examination by the Committee of Ministers.
Note 2 This decision on a possible theme will bear in mind the suggestion of the Advisory Council on Youth (CCJ)/European Youth Forum (cf. paragraph 10.)


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