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1156 Meeting, 28 November 2012

6 Social Cohesion

6.3 2nd Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Social Cohesion (Istanbul, Turkey, 11-12 October 2012) –

Report by the Secretary General

For consideration by the GR-SOC at its meeting on 20 November 2012



Introduction

1. The Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Social Cohesion is the only high-level political forum addressing social cohesion issues and enabling cooperation with and between member states at pan-European level. The 2nd session of the Conference of Ministers responsible for Social Cohesion took place in Istanbul on 11-12 October 2012 at the invitation of the Government of the Republic of Turkey.

2. The theme of the conference was “Building a secure future for all”, the sub-themes were “Protecting and empowering groups of vulnerable persons, particularly in times of crises” and “Achieving social sustainability through intergenerational solidarity”. The aim of the conference was to review the national-level use and usefulness of the Council of Europe New Strategy and Action Plan for Social Cohesion, approved by the Committee of Ministers in July 2010, and to exchange examples of good policy practice on how to maintain a high level of social cohesion particularly in times of the current financial and economic crisis.

3. Mr Faruk Çelik, Minister of Labour and Social Security of the Republic of Turkey was elected Chair of the conference, Mr Fizuli Alakbarov, Minister of Labour and Social Protection of Population of Azerbaijan and Ms Tatyana Blinova, Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Protection of the Russian Federation, were elected Vice-Chairs of the conference.

4. The conference programme and the Istanbul Ministerial Declaration, adopted on 12 October 2012, can be found in Appendices 1 and 2 to this report and on the conference web site www.socialcohesionistanbul.com .

Participants

5. The conference was attended by 135 delegates from 41 countries, including 25 participants at the level of Minister, Vice-Minister, State Secretary or Undersecretary, 17 delegates from other Council of Europe bodies and committees, and 9 delegates from international organisations both governmental and non-governmental. The list of heads of delegations appears in Appendix 3 to this report. A full list of participants is available from the Secretariat upon request.

Conference debate

6. The conference was opened by Ms Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, and Mr Faruk Çelik, Minister of Labour and Social Security of the Republic of Turkey. Opening speeches were also made by Ms Fatma Şhahin, Minister of Family and Social Policies of the Republic of Turkey, Mr Kastriot Sulka, Deputy Minister of Labour, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities of Albania and Representative of the Albanian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, Ms Carina Ohlsson, Chairperson of the Sub-Committee of Social and Economic Rights of the Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Mr Keith Whitmore, President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, and Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoğlu, Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Co-operation (OIC).

7. Mr Nils Muiznieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, gave a keynote address on human rights and social cohesion as an introduction to the themes of the conference. He stated that the financial and economic crisis had turned into a social crisis, rocking the foundations of human rights, democracy and the rule of law. Precariousness, exclusion and social injustice may lead to social unrest and have in some member states already led to the rise of undemocratic movements. He referred to social cohesion as the “glue” that holds European societies together.

Implementation and impact of the Council of Europe New Strategy and Action Plan for Social Cohesion at national level

8. Four presentations (Bosnia and Herzegovina, two from Turkey, European Committee of Social Rights) underlined that social cohesion underpins the core values of the Council of Europe and should be promoted through signature, ratification and implementation of relevant Council of Europe instruments.

9. The Ministers discussed that local and regional authorities play a key role since local communities are the places where social cohesion or exclusion is first experienced. Despite budget cuts due to austerity measures, local communities are in continuous dialogue with citizens, thus promoting their active participation and contributing to restoring people’s trust in democratic processes and institutions. The Ministers also debated the gender perspective, showing women as strong agents of social cohesion, and often the agents of economic growth through increased participation in the labour market.

Protecting and empowering groups of vulnerable persons, particularly in times of crises

10. Sixteen delegations (Azerbaijan, Cyprus, Greece, Iceland, Moldova, Norway, Romania, Russian Federation, Switzerland, Ukraine, Ad hoc Committee of Experts on Roma issues (CAHROM), Gender Equality Commission (GEC), Committee of Experts on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CS-RPD), Advisory Council on Youth (CCJ), European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD)) made contributions.

11. Older persons, people with disabilities, members of the Roma community and of other minorities were repeatedly identified as persons in situations of vulnerability. Ministers underlined that groups of vulnerable persons are at an increased risk of poverty, marginalisation and social exclusion and that their access to social rights is often impeded.

Achieving social sustainability through intergenerational solidarity

12. Five delegations (Bulgaria, Finland, Lithuania, Serbia and Spain) made contributions noting with concern that contributory social security systems were under severe strain. Since the reform of social protection systems is a challenge that cuts across national boundaries, the Ministers discussed issues related to international co-operation in this field, debating ways and means of ensuring the sustainability of social protection systems, of reducing youth unemployment, and of raising the level of intergenerational solidarity.

The Way Forward

13. The Ministers discussed means of financially supporting projects aimed at raising the level of social cohesion in member states, as presented by the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) and the Islamic Development Bank (IDB). They also discussed social cohesion policies aimed at children and families, as presented by UNICEF, and the involvement of civil society.

14. The Ministers deliberated on the important role of intercultural and interreligious dialogue to enable living together peacefully in diverse societies.

Closing

15. Conclusions were presented by Mr Ralf-René Weingärtner, Director of Human Rights and Antidiscrimination at the Council of Europe, stressing that despite certain achievements made, still more transversal co-operation was needed, involving all stakeholders, to combat poverty and exclusion through shared social responsibilities.

16. The Ministers unanimously adopted the Istanbul Ministerial Declaration “Building a secure future for all”, reaffirming their commitment to the priorities set out in the Council of Europe New Strategy and Action Plan for Social Cohesion (2010) and emphasising the fact that immediate and sustained action at all levels is needed to restore people’s confidence in a secure future for all, thus also contributing to the achievement of key objectives, such as democracy, peace, security, social justice, inclusive and sustainable social protection systems, raising the level of intergenerational solidarity, a fair sharing of resources and a healthy environment.

17. The closing of the conference by Mr Halil Etyemez, Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Security of the Republic of Turkey, was followed by a press conference.

18. The Ministers thanked the Turkish authorities for hosting the conference and for their warm hospitality and the Council of Europe Secretariat for coordinating the preparation of the conference. They also thanked the authorities of Azerbaijan for the offer to host the 3rd Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Social Cohesion in 2015.

Outcome and prospects

19. The 2nd Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Social Cohesion noted with concern that social inequalities are growing and that societies face social tensions and potential unrest. In such times, social cohesion, as the capacity of a society to ensure the well-being of all its members, minimising disparities and avoiding marginalisation, is more important than ever. Equitable access to social rights needs to be ensured and social protection mechanisms need to be strengthened.

20. It confirmed that existing social rights and standards should not be compromised as a consequence of the economic crisis, and underlined the unique role of the Council of Europe in the field of social cohesion, since its instruments and tools such as the Revised European Social Charter, the Collective Complaints Procedure, the European Code of Social Security, and the Strategy and Action Plan for Social Cohesion provide a comprehensive framework for member states, helping them to ensure the protection of social rights, social justice and social peace in Europe, thereby also consolidating democracy.

21. The conference supported the continuous development of co-operation with the European Union and international organisations, both governmental and non-governmental.

22. It offered the opportunity for informal bilateral meetings between participating delegations.

23. In the light of the recommendations of the conference, the Committee of Ministers is invited to:

- give high political priority to social cohesion as a strategic concept for the Council of Europe, in particular in times of crisis;

- entrust the European Committee for Social Cohesion (CDCS) with the task of:

    - taking stock, analysing and evaluating the concepts, methods and tools used in initiatives to develop new forms of action and shared social responsibility for the future;

    - seeking solutions to current challenges in the field of social cohesion, co-ordinating transversal implementation of activities and facilitating the implementation and impact evaluation of the Council of Europe’s New Strategy and Action Plan for Social Cohesion at national level, upon request from member States, and by providing them with practical tools, including an implementation agenda, to achieve more social cohesion through immediate action;

    - elaborating concrete guidelines to assist member States, upon their request, in protecting and empowering groups of vulnerable persons, particularly in times of crises, and in achieving social sustainability through intergenerational solidarity;

- give further attention to the desirability of strengthening the role and potential of the Social Charter and the Council of Europe Development Bank in this field;

- intensify co-operation with relevant United Nations bodies, with the European Union, (particularly in the framework of the Europe 2020 Strategy aiming at reducing poverty) and with international organisations working in this field, by exploring further areas for joint action and exchanges, in order also to allow for the optimisation of efforts and the creation of further synergies;

- invite the Secretary General to transmit the Istanbul Ministerial Declaration “Building a secure future for all” for information to the Council of Europe’s competent bodies, to the European Union, and relevant international organisations, both governmental and non-governmental;

- take note of this report as a whole.

The Committee of Ministers is invited to take these recommendations into consideration in the framework of its deliberations on the programme and budget for 2014-2015.

24. The authorities of Azerbaijan and the Council of Europe Secretariat will in due course approach the Committee of Ministers regarding the organisation of the next ministerial conference on social cohesion. Azerbaijan’s offer to host the conference in 2015 will be presented and examined in accordance with the relevant regulations of the Committee of Ministers governing the organisation of Conferences of Specialised Ministers.2

Appendix 1

Programme

Thursday, 11 October 2012

PLENARY SESSION 1: Opening session

Welcome by Ms Gabriella BATTAINI-DRAGONI, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe

Mr Faruk ÇELİK, Minister of Labour and Social Security of the Republic of Turkey

Election of the Chair and Vice-Chair

Adoption of the programme

Ms Fatma ŞAHIN, Minister of Family and Social Policies of the Republic of Turkey

Mr Kastriot SULKA, Deputy Minister of Labour, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities of Albania,

Representative of the Albanian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe

Ms Carina OHLSSON, Chairperson of the Sub-Committee on Social and Economic Rights of the Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

Mr Keith WHITMORE, President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe

Prof. Ekmeleddin İHSANOĞLU, Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)

Opening Address by Ms Gabriella BATTAINI-DRAGONI, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe

PLENARY SESSION 2: Keynote Address – introduction to the theme

Mr Nils MUIZNIEKS, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights

PLENARY SESSION 3: Implementation and Impact of the Council of Europe New Strategy and Action Plan for Social Cohesion at National Level

Presentations by Ministers, Deputy Ministers, or State Secretaries representing Council of Europe member states, and by Representatives of Council of Europe bodies

PLENARY SESSION 4: Protecting and empowering groups of vulnerable persons, particularly in times of crises

Presentations by Ministers, Deputy Ministers, or State Secretaries representing Council of Europe member states, and by Representatives of Council of Europe bodies, European Institutions and International Organisations

PLENARY SESSION 5: Achieving social sustainability through intergenerational solidarity

Presentations by Ministers, Deputy Ministers, or State Secretaries representing Council of Europe member states

Possibility of private meetings for Ministers

Friday, 12 October 2012

PLENARY SESSION 6: The Way Forward

Mr Jenö KALTENBACH, Chairman, European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI)

Mr Apolonio RUIZ-LIGERO, Vice Governor for Social Development Strategy, Council of Europe Development Bank

Dr Areef SULEMAN, Manager Policy Development, Islamic Development Bank (IDB)

Mr Jean-Marie HEYDT, President, Conference of International Non-Governmental Organisations of the Council of Europe

Dr Ayman ABULABAN, UNICEF Representative to Turkey

Questions and Answers

PLENARY SESSION 7: Conclusions and Closing

Conclusions

Mr Ralf-René WEINGÄRTNER, Director of Human Rights and Antidiscrimination, Council of Europe

Adoption of the Istanbul Ministerial Declaration “Building a secure future for all”

Closing

Mr Halil ETYEMEZ, Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Security of the Republic of Turkey

END OF CONFERENCE

Press Conference

Appendix 2

Istanbul Ministerial Declaration “Building a secure future for all”

We, the Ministers responsible for Social Cohesion of Council of Europe member States, meeting in Istanbul, Turkey, from 11 to 12 October 2012, on invitation of the Turkish government, at the 2nd Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Social Cohesion,

Believing

that human rights are universal, indivisible and interdependent;

that social cohesion, defined in the Council of Europe New Strategy for Social Cohesion (2010) as “the capacity of a society to ensure the well-being of all its members – minimising disparities and avoiding marginalisation – to manage differences and divisions and ensure the means of achieving welfare for all members”, completely relies upon and substantially contributes to the achievement of the core Council of Europe objectives on human rights, democracy and the rule of law;

that the rights-based approach to social cohesion should be accompanied by policy measures to ensure that everyone has access to their rights in practice and without any discrimination, as well as by measures to facilitate and stimulate active participation of citizens, including groups of vulnerable persons, as they have a vital role to play in upholding these rights;

that social cohesion should be fostered in order to strengthen the position of groups of vulnerable persons as well;

Underlining

the outcome of the 1st Conference of Ministers responsible for Social Cohesion, Moscow, Russian Federation, 26-27 February 2009, entitled “Investing in social cohesion – investing in stability and the well-being of society”, which led to the elaboration and adoption of the Council of Europe New Strategy and Action Plan for Social Cohesion;

Emphasising

the important role of the Council of Europe and its contribution to improvements in the field of social cohesion, particularly by exploring it from different policy and action perspectives and by responding to new challenges to societal development – including at a global level – putting the cohesion of societies at stake;

the fact that, particularly in times of crises, groups of vulnerable persons are at an increased risk of poverty, marginalisation and social exclusion, and that access to social rights and protecting and empowering as well as improving their employability are key policy challenges in Europe;

the fact that immediate and sustained action at all levels is needed to restore people’s confidence in a secure future for all, thus also contributing to the achievement of key objectives, such as democracy, peace, security, social justice, inclusive and sustainable social protection systems, raising the level of intergenerational solidarity, a fair sharing of resources and a healthy environment;

our support for Council of Europe legal instruments for social rights, in particular the European Social Charter and revised European Social Charter, the European Code of Social Security and its Protocol, the European Convention on Social Security as well as for the Disability Action Plan 2006-2015;

Noting

the results of the Forum for the Future of Democracy, Limassol, Cyprus, 13-14 October 2011, on “The Interdependence of Democracy and Social Cohesion”;

that 2012 has been proclaimed “European Year for active ageing and solidarity between generations” by the European Union;

Reaffirming

our commitment to achieving the priorities for social cohesion as enshrined in the Council of Europe’s New Strategy for Social Cohesion: (1) Reinvesting in social rights; (2) Promoting a greater sharing of responsibilities; (3) Strengthening mechanisms of representation, democratic decision-making processes and social and civic dialogue and (4) Building a secure future for all;

Taking into account

the need to address demographic challenges by reinforcing or developing relevant policies aimed at ensuring the sustainability of social protection systems and increasing active participation, in particular of the elderly, young people, migrants and their families, as well as people with disabilities, hence preventing their precariousness and enabling all of them to foresee a secure future;

that families play a key role as the place where social cohesion is first experienced and learnt, and should therefore be supported by providing a secure environment to young families, mainly to those who foresee difficulties in accessing decent housing and jobs;

the need to promote intergenerational solidarity in all its forms in order to achieve social sustainability;

Acknowledging

that building a social vision for a secure future for all requires the activation of processes of deliberation, participation and cooperation with all different stakeholders and civil society, including young people;

that social protection plays an essential role in reinforcing the feeling of security, in maintaining or re-establishing confidence in the future and in protecting groups of vulnerable persons;

Convinced

that building and maintaining social cohesion falls first and foremost under the responsibility of the member states, but these having to respond to issues that transcend national borders and resources, a Europe wide cooperation process is necessary to propose, strengthen and obtain national and cross-national responses;

Commit ourselves

to promoting and pursuing a coherent policy in the field of social cohesion, taking into account the national context, and to pursuing, within the framework of the Council of Europe, cooperation in this field which is crucial for a secure future for all and a stable and cohesive Europe;

to responding to present challenges, in particular the polarisation of wealth distribution, the possibility of mistrust in the functioning of democratic institutions, demographic changes, increasing precariousness of young people, increasing stigmatisation of migrants and persons belonging to minorities, and rising levels of racism and xenophobia, by adopting appropriate legislation, policies and programmes and renewing the dialogue and concertation with all relevant stakeholders;

to considering the signature and ratification of relevant Council of Europe instruments, such as the European Social Charter (revised), the collective complaints procedure, the European Code of Social Security and its Protocol, as well as the European Convention on Social Security;

to elaborating innovative answers to social challenges by establishing a continuous dialogue with citizens, by promoting participation and taking advantage of new technologies, in particular those used by the younger generation;

to promoting and facilitating social justice and social mobility, offering perspectives and equal opportunities for everyone;

to promoting accountability as the basis for shared responsibility amongst public authorities and private stakeholders, through dialogue and co-operation with civil society;

to implementing the provisions of the Council of Europe Action Plan for Social Cohesion (2010), strengthening links with citizens so as to better orient the priorities and decisions and restore trust in a secure future for all;

to implementing the provisions of the Council of Europe Disability Action Plan 2006-2015 (Committee of Ministers Recommendation Rec(2006)5) in order to increase the participation and improve the quality of life of people with disabilities, including their access to the labour market;

to taking the necessary measures to ensure that persons in situations of vulnerability enjoy full access to social rights, including services and support in the field of training and employment, particularly in times of crises;

to achieving a more equal society, promoting, inter alia, gender equality and the empowerment of women as integral parts of human rights; to combat discrimination and to develop and promote policies that allow individuals, and in particular young women and men, as well as parents and carers, to reconcile their professional, private and family life as well as their civic engagements;

to preserving and promoting social links, networks and solidarity between the young and the elderly, as well as to supporting families as key contributors to social cohesion and social sustainability;

Recommend

that the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe:

i. gives high political priority to social cohesion as a strategic concept for the Council of Europe, in particular in times of crises;

ii. entrusts the European Committee for Social Cohesion (CDCS) with the tasks of:

- seeking solutions to current challenges in the field of social cohesion, coordinating transversal implementation of activities and facilitating the implementation and impact evaluation of the Council of Europe’s New Strategy and Action Plan for Social Cohesion at national level, upon request from member States, and by providing them with practical tools, including an implementation agenda, to achieve more social cohesion through immediate action;

- taking stock, analysing and evaluating the concepts, methods and tools used in initiatives to develop new forms of action and shared social responsibility for the future;

- elaborating concrete guidelines to assist member States, upon their request, in protecting and empowering groups of vulnerable persons, particularly in times of crises, and in achieving social sustainability through intergenerational solidarity;

iii. intensifies co-operation with relevant United Nations bodies, with the European Union, (particularly in the framework of the Europe 2020 Strategy aiming at reducing poverty) and with international organisations working in this field, by exploring further areas for joint action and exchanges, in order also to allow for the optimisation of efforts and the creation of further synergies;

iv. invites the Secretary General to transmit this Declaration to the competent bodies within the Council of Europe, the European Union, and relevant international organisations, both governmental and
non-governmental;

Welcome

the offer from Azerbaijan to host the next Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Social Cohesion in 2015;

Wish

to share the beliefs, values, and principles concerning human rights and fundamental freedoms in relation to social cohesion and with the aim of building a secure future for all, as set out in this Declaration of European Ministers and identified as common objectives, with everybody, including countries outside Europe.

* * *

Finally, we express our deep gratitude to the government of Turkey for the excellent organisation of the Conference and for their warm and generous hospitality.

Appendix 3

Heads of delegations

ALBANIA/ALBANIE

Mr Kastriot SULKA, Deputy Minister of Labour, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities

ANDORRA/ANDORRE

M. Josep CASALS, Directeur général du Ministère de Santé et du Bien-être social 

ARMENIA/ARMÉNIE

Mr Filaret BERIKYAN, Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Issues

AUSTRIA/AUTRICHE

Ms Bernadette GISINGER-SCHINDLER, Head of Department, Bilateral Relations and International Cooperation, Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection

AZERBAIJAN/AZERBAÏDJAN

Mr Fizuli ALAKBAROV, Minister of Labour and Social Protection of Population

BELGIUM/BELGIQUE

Mr Fred DEVEN, Scientific Director, Department for Public Health and Family

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA/BOSNIE ET HERZÉGOVINE

Ms Denisa SARAJLIĆ-MAGLIĆ, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Civil Affairs

BULGARIA/BULGARIE

Mr Totyu MLADENOV, Minister of Labour and Social Policy

CROATIA/CROATIE

Ms Milanka OPAČIĆ, Vice President of the Republic of Croatia, Minister of Social Policy and Youth

CYPRUS/CHYPRE

Ms Sotiroula CHARALAMBOUS, Minister of Labour and Social Insurance

CZECH REPUBLIC/RÉPUBLIQUE TCHÈQUE

Mr David KAFKA, Deputy Minister for Social and Family Policy

DENMARK/DANEMARK

Apologised/ excusé

ESTONIA/ESTONIE

Ms Merle MALVET, Head of the Social Security Department, Ministry of Social Affairs

FINLAND/ FINLANDE

Mr Klaus HALLA, Director of Development, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health

FRANCE

Mr Alexis RINCKENBACH, Head of European and International Affairs, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health/Ministry of Women’s Rights

GEORGIA/GÉORGIE

Mr David LOMIDZE, Deputy Minister of Labour, Health and Social Affairs

GERMANY/ALLEMAGNE

Dr Jürgen THOMAS, Deputy Head of Division, Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs

GREECE/GRECE

Mr Panagiotis KOKKORIS, Secretary General of Social Security, Ministry of Labour, Social Security and Welfare

HUNGARY/HONGRIE

Mr Gellért GHYCZY, Deputy Head of the Department for Social and Child Welfare Services, Ministry of
Human Resources

ICELAND/ISLANDE

Mr Jón Sæmundur SIGURJÓNSSON, Director, Ministry of Welfare

IRELAND/IRLANDE

Apologised/ excusé

ITALY/ITALIE

Mr Romolo de CAMILLIS, Deputy Director, Legislative Department, Ministry of Labour and Social Policies

LATVIA/LETTONIE

Mr Ingus ALLIKS, Deputy State Secretary, Ministry of Welfare

LIECHTENSTEIN

Apologised/ excusé

LITHUANIA/LITUANIE

Mr Audrius BITINAS, Vice Minister of Social Security and Labour

LUXEMBOURG

M. Claude EWEN, Chef du Service international, Inspection Générale de la Sécurité Sociale, Ministère de la Sécurité Sociale

MALTA/MALTE

Ms Sina BUGEJA, Chief Executive Officer, Foundation for Social Welfare Services

REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA/ REPUBLIQUE DE MOLDOVA

Ms Valentina BULIGA, Minister of Labour, Social Protection and Family

MONACO

Apologised/ excusé

MONTENEGRO

Apologised/ excusé

NETHERLANDS/PAYS-BAS

Mr Onno KERVERS, Consul General of the Netherlands in Istanbul

NORWAY/NORVEGE

Ms Gina LUND, State Secretary for Labour

POLAND/ POLOGNE

Mr Jerzy CIECHANSKI, Counsellor to the Minister, Department of Economic Analyses and Forecasts, Ministry of Labour and Social Policy

PORTUGAL

Ms Odete SEVERINO, Head of the International Relations Unit, Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs

ROMANIA/ROUMANIE

Ms Denisa Oana PĂTRAŞCU, State Secretary, Ministry of Labour, Family and Social Protection

RUSSIAN FEDERATION/FEDERATION DE RUSSIE

Ms Tatiana BLINOVA, Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Protection

SAN MARINO/SAINT-MARIN

Mr Riccardo VENTURINI, State Secretary for Health and Social Security, Responsible for Disability and Residential Assistance, Institute for Social Security

SERBIA/SERBIE

Ms Brankica JANKOVIC, State Secretary, Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Policy

SLOVAKIA/SLOVAQUIE

Mr Jozef BURIAN, State Secretary, Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Family

SLOVENIA/SLOVENIE

Ms Jadranka VOUK-ŽELEZNIK, Senior Adviser, Ministry of Labour, Family and Social Affairs

SPAIN/ESPAGNE

Mr Tomás BURGOS, State Secretary for Social Security, Ministry of Employment and Social Security

SWEDEN/SUEDE

Ms Astrid UTTERSTRÖM, Division for EU and International Affairs, Ministry of Health and Social Affairs

SWITZERLAND/SUISSE

M. Philippe PERRENOUD, Conseiller d’Etat, Ministre cantonal

“THE FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA”/«L’EX-REPUBLIQUE YOUGOSLAVE DE MACEDOINE»

Apologised/ excusé

TURKEY/TURQUIE

Mr Faruk ÇELİK, Minister of Labour and Social Security

UKRAINE

Mr Viacheslav KOLOMIIETS, Deputy Minister - Head of Staff, Ministry of Social Policy

UNITED KINGDOM/ROYAUME-UNI

Apologised/ excusé

Committee of Ministers/Comité des Ministres

Mr Kastriot SULKA, Deputy Minister of Labour, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, Albania

Parliamentary Assembly/Assemblée parlementaire

Ms Carina OHLSSON, Chairperson, Sub-Committee on Social and Economic Rights

Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe/Congrès des pouvoirs locaux et régionaux du Conseil de l’Europe

Mr Keith WHITMORE, President

Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights/Le Commissaire aux droits de l’homme du Conseil de l’Europe

Mr Nils MUIZNIEKS, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights

Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe/Conférence des OING du Conseil de l’Europe

M. Jean-Marie HEYDT, Président

Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB)/Banque de développement du Conseil de l’Europe (CEB)

Mr Apolonio RUIZ-LIGERO, Vice-Governor for Social Development Strategy

European Committee for Social Cohesion (CDCS)/Comité européen pour la cohésion sociale (CDCS)

Ms Rita SKREBISKIENE, Chairperson

Governmental Committee of the European Social Charter and of the European Code of Social Security/

Comité gouvernemental de la Charte sociale européenne et du Code européen de sécurité sociale

Mme Merle MALVET, First Vice-Chairperson

European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR)/Comité européen des Droits sociaux (CEDS)

Professor Luis JIMENA QUESADA, Président

Joint Council on Youth (CMJ)/Conseil mixte pour la jeunesse (CMJ)

Ms Maria PASCHOU, Chairperson

Advisory Council on Youth (CCJ)/Conseil consultatif pour la jeunesse (CCJ)

Ms Maria PASCHOU, Vice-Chairperson

European Committee on Local and Regional Democracy (CDLR)/Comité européen sur la démocratie locale et régionale (CDLR)

Mr Jesper LORENZ GRADERT

European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI)/Commission européenne contre le racisme et l’intolérance (ECRI)

Mr Jenö KALTENBACH, Chairman

European Committee on Legal Co-operation (CDCJ)/Comité européen de coopération juridique (CDCJ)

Mr Bilal CALISKAN, Representative

Ad hoc Committee of Experts on Roma Issues (CAHROM)/Comité ad hoc d’experts sur les questions

Roms (CAHROM)

Mrs Mabera KAMBERI, Chairperson

Gender Equality Commission (GEC)/Commission pour l’égalité entre les femmes et les hommes (GEC)

Ms Carlien SCHEELE, Chairperson

Committee of Experts on the rights of people with disabilities (CS-RPD)/Comité d’experts sur les droits des personnes handicapées (CS-RPD)

Mr Robert BECHINA, Chairperson

European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA)/Agence des droits fondamentaux de l’Union européenne (FRA) 

Mr  Ioannis DIMITRAKOPOULOS, Head of Equality and Citizens’ Rights Department

Holy-See/ Saint-Siège

S.Exc.R. Mgr Antonio LUCIBELLO, Nonce Apostolique en Turquie

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)/Fonds des Nations unies pour l’enfance

Dr Ayman ABULABAN, UNICEF Office in Turkey

World Health Organization (WHO)/Organisation mondiale de la Santé (OMS)

Dr Piroska OSTLİN, Programme Manager for Vulnerability and Health, Regional Office for Europe

Nordic Centre for Welfare and Social Issues (NVC)/Centre nordique pour la protection sociale et
les questions (NVC)

Ms Marianne SMEDEGAARD, Deputy Director

European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN)/Réseau européen anti-pauvreté (EAPN)

Ms Kärt MERE, Vice-President

European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD)/Association européenne des prestataires de services pour les personnes handicapées (EASPD)

Mr Phil MADDEN, Vice-President


European Youth Forum (YFJ)/Forum européen de la jeunesse (YFJ)

Mr Luca SCARPIELLO

Organisation of Islamic Co-operation (OIC)/Organisation de la Coopération Islamique (OCI)

Professor Ekmeleddin IHSANOGLU,Secretary General

Islamic Development Bank (IDB)/Banque Islamique de Développement (BID)

Dr Areef SULEMAN, Manager Policy Development

Council of Europe Secretariat General/Secrétariat du Conseil de l’Europe

Ms Gabriella BATTAINI-DRAGONI, Deputy Secretary General

1 This document has been classified restricted until examination by the Committee of Ministers.

2 Resolution CM/Res(2011)7 on Council of Europe conferences of specialised ministers.



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