Education, training and advisory services in agriculture, fisheries and forestry Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1320 (1997). - Council of Europe. Committee of Ministers, Ministers'Deputies - Decision 623/7.2 (March 1998)

623rd meeting – 17 March 1998

Item 7.2






The Deputies adopted the following reply to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1320 (1997):

"1. The Committee of Ministers noted Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1320 (1997) on education, training and advisory services in agriculture, fisheries and forestry in April 1997 and immediately brought it to member governments' attention.

2. While acknowledging the importance of the questions raised in the recommendation, the Committee of Ministers regrets to inform the Assembly that at the present stage, and more particularly in the light of Council of Europe priorities as laid down at the Second Summit of Heads of State and Government, it does not have any plans to amend the Organisation's intergovernmental work programme by introducing activities concerning education and training in agriculture, fisheries and forestry.

3. However, the Committee of Ministers has invited a working party of the Committee of Senior Officials of the European Conference of Ministers responsible for Regional Planning (CEMAT) to draw up a European Charter for Rural Areas, and the working party will bear in mind the proposals in Recommendation 1320.

4. Similarly, the question of equal access for women and men to education, training and advisory services in agriculture, fisheries and forestries might be added to the work programme of the Steering Committee for Equality between Women and Men (CDEG) even though the fields concerned appear well outside the Council of Europe's province.

5. As regards work on the equivalence of diplomas and the recognition of study periods abroad (paragraph 11(i) of the Recommendation), the Committee of Ministers draws attention to the joint Council of Europe-Unesco Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education in the European Region, opened for signature in Lisbon on 11 April 1997. 34 States, including 26 Council of Europe member States, have since signed the convention, a key agreement on recognition, by States in UNESCO's European Region, of one another's qualifications. The convention will come into force after five ratifications, the five to include three States in the Council of Europe or Unesco's European Region."



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