1016th meeting – 30 January 2008

Appendix 5
(Item 7.1a)

Terms of reference of the Steering Committee for Culture (CDCULT)

Fact Sheet

Name of Committee:

Steering Committee for Culture (CDCULT)

Compliance with Resolution Res(2005)47:

YES

Programme of Activities:
project(s)

(as mentioned in the 2008 Programme of Activities)

Line of action V.3.1

    · 2007/DG4/1142 – Kyiv initiative

Line of action V.3.2

    · 2005/DG4/434 – Cultural policies and diversity
    · 2005/DG4/479 – Promote European identities through culture and heritage

Line of action V.4.1

    · 2008/DG4/1371 – Intercultural cities: governance and policies for diverse communities
    · 2008/DG4/1376 – Implementation of the White Paper on Intercultural Dialogue and the “Faro Strategy”

Project relevance:

1. Third Summit Action Plan Chapter

    · III.5. Protecting and promoting cultural diversity
    · III.6. Fostering intercultural dialogue

2. Contribution to core values

    Agreements and common action on culture with a view to achieving greater unity between its members is part of the Council of Europe’s aims as set in the Statute of the Organisation of 5 May 1949 (Article 1, chapter 1). The political relevance of culture vis-à-vis the long-term mission of the Council of Europe is especially manifested through:
    · culture’s close links to values on which the Council of Europe was founded and its role in forging a Europe of solidarity and shared standards (“culture is at the heart of the mission of the Council of Europe”);
    · democratisation and sustainable development are inextricably linked with cultural development and cultural policies (“building on culture to consolidate democracy”);
    · cultural rights are an important part of human rights (“guaranteeing access to culture for all”);
    · culture’s role in managing diversity democratically (“using diversity as a force for democracy”);
    · culture’s role in promoting intercultural dialogue and contributing to conflict prevention (“working for dialogue and peace”).

3. CM decisions

Political justification/framework (examples)

    · Declaration adopted by the Ministers responsible for culture, education, youth and sport from the States Parties to the European Cultural Convention in Wrocław, on 9 and 10 December 2004;
    · Action Plan adopted by the Third Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Council of Europe (Warsaw, 16-17 May 2005);
    · Faro Declaration on the Council of Europe's Strategy for Developing Intercultural Dialogue adopted by the Ministers responsible for Cultural Affairs of the States Parties to the European Cultural Convention, meeting in Faro on 27 and 28 October 2005.

Consolidation, promotion, implementation of Council of Europe standards (examples)

    · Follow-up work to the European Cultural Convention, the European Convention on Cinematographic Co-production, the Audiovisual Heritage Convention and its Protocol on the Protection of Television Productions (once the latter two entered into force); follow-up to the Opatija Declaration on Intercultural Dialogue and Conflict Prevention, the Declaration on Cultural Diversity, the Recommendation on European Policy on Access to Archives and other guidelines;
    · Development and monitoring of soft standards (recommendations, good practices) in the cultural field and cultural governance observatory function (especially on cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue).

Relevance to Council of Europe country strategies and country-specific needs (examples)

    · National cultural policy review programme (most recent: Ukraine; forthcoming: Turkey) responding to individual countries’ requests for comprehensive policy analysis and guidance;
    · Targeted cultural policy assistance to member states and contribution to the Kyiv initiative and other regional programmes;
    · Compendium information and monitoring system providing comparative data and analysis as well as good practices to inspire national policy making;
    · Cultural events raising awareness of political priority issues such as intercultural dialogue and cultural diversity;
    · Cultural Routes contributing to awareness of shared heritage and promoting intercultural dialogue.

Timeliness of projects (examples)

    · Intercultural Cities: a topical programme to enhance democratic governance of cultural diversity at local level, build capacity and raise awareness on diversity and dialogue issues;
    · Compendium cultural policy information and monitoring system: a practical tool for collecting and disseminating information on governance of culture (financing, legal and administrative aspects), policies on participation and access, management of diversity, promotion of intercultural dialogue and monitoring the follow-up given at European level to the recent UNESCO Convention on the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions;
    · Cultural Policy Review programme providing analysis and advice in reply to member states’ specific needs.

Project added value:

1. Council of Europe as leading agency, most important facilitator (examples)

    The CDCULT has a pioneering role in cultural policy development and enhancing standards at European level. Based on its expertise and vocation, it has been able to conceive a number of innovative tools and projects of a longer-term nature, that reflect the added value of pan-European, intergovernmental work:

    · Cultural governance observatory function relating existing Council of Europe tools and projects (Compendium; HEREIN; Cultural Policy Review programme; Transversal and sectoral studies including on issues connected to cultural rights; also in exchange with the Audiovisual Observatory and the Eurimages Fund) can only be accomplished by the Organisation, since the Council of Europe is the only developer of such tools at European level;
    · Cultural events – the Cultural Routes Programme and an innovative series of activities building on the Council of Europe’s Arts Exhibition programme offer unique opportunities for raising awareness of the Council of Europe’s values, priorities and key messages to the public.

2. Project covering ‘new ground’ (examples)

    · Intercultural Cities: innovative formula taking up the priority policy concern of managing diversity democratically at local level, building on previous Council of Europe projects, open for collaboration with different sectors within the Organisation as well as for external partners (cities, associations, networks).

3. Possibility of partnerships with other international organisations
(examples)

    · Compendium system is open to future co-operation with the EU and with UNESCO as regards the follow up at European level of the UNESCO Convention on the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions (2005);
    · Intercultural Cities may be supported by the EU and run in the future in
    co-operation with this body.

Financial information:

Annual budget:

    · €56 000 for travel and subsistence expenses for participation of delegates in the two meetings mentioned below
    · €9 000 for interpretation, €1 500 for production of documents and postage and €7 000 for translation.

Number of meetings:

    · One plenary meeting of 2 days (49 delegates)
    · One Bureau meeting of 2 days (8 delegates)

Number of participants:

    · Delegates from 49 European states plus 20 persons (participants from Council of Europe bodies, other participants from the European Commission, observer states, intergovernmental organisations, observers, experts).

Terms of reference of the Steering Committee for Culture (CDCULT)

1. Name of Committee: Steering Committee for Culture (CDCULT)

2. Type of Committee: Steering Committee

3. Source of terms of reference: Committee of Ministers

4. Terms of reference:

    Having regard to:

    - the European Cultural Convention (adopted in Paris, on 19 December 1954);

    - the Declaration adopted by the Ministers responsible for culture, education, youth and sport from the States Parties to the European Cultural Convention in Wrocław, on 9 and 10 December 2004;

    - the Declaration and Action Plan adopted by the Third Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Council of Europe (Warsaw, 16-17 May 2005), in particular chapters III.5. “Protecting and promoting cultural diversity” and III.6. “Fostering intercultural dialogue”;

    - the Faro Declaration on the Council of Europe's Strategy for Developing Intercultural Dialogue adopted by the Ministers responsible for Cultural Affairs of the States Parties to the European Cultural Convention, meeting in Faro on 27 and 28 October 2005;

    - 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).

    Within the framework of the Programme of Activities, under Programmes V.3.1 Implementing Council of Europe standards for culture and cultural heritage and co-operation in priority regions (South-East Europe, South Caucasus and Black Sea), V.3.2 Promoting dialogue and cultural and natural diversity, V.4.1 Intercultural Dialogue and bearing in mind the criteria set out in document CM(2006)101 final, the Committee is instructed to focus on:

i. cultural policies, and good governance in culture, the management of cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue with the key functions of devising/monitoring standards and policies; building capacity and awareness raising. This includes specifically to:

    · conceive and develop cultural policies through examination of national/regional/local policies and trends as well as comparative transversal and sectoral studies and provide policy recommendations; knowledge transfer through provision of policy information systems and sharing of good practices; cultural co-operation/action (such as the Cultural Routes Programme promoting intercultural dialogue) and pilot projects;

    · assist in the implementation of these cultural policies through targeted assistance and capacity building activities, as well as regional co-operation initiatives;

    · develop, as appropriate, European standards, principles and good practices, in particular regarding:

      - good governance in culture and the democratic management of diversity, inter alia, through intercultural dialogue;
      - access to and participation in culture;
      - enhancement of creativity.

    · follow-up standard setting instruments and standards in the field of culture, notably:

      - the European Cultural Convention (1954);
      - the European Convention on Cinematographic Co-production (1992);
      - the European Convention for the Protection of the Audiovisual Heritage (2001);
      - the Protocol to the European Convention for the Protection of the Audiovisual Heritage (2001);
      - any other legal instruments and tools, available or to be prepared, such as
      recommendations, declarations, good practice collections.

    · assume a cultural governance observatory function through adequate action and tools, such as the information/monitoring system Compendium of Cultural Policies and in conjunction with other information and monitoring tools of the Directorate of Culture, Cultural and Natural Heritage;

ii. preparation of the Conferences of European Ministers responsible for Cultural Affairs of the Council of Europe and ensure their follow-up;

iii. taking into consideration the progress of work and paying particular attention to the relevance of its activities to the core values of the Council of Europe, development, under its own responsibility, of proposals for the Programme of Activities for the years to come;

iv. co-ordination of its work with that of other committees and relevant Council of Europe bodies in order to ensure the highest possible level of synergy;

v. contribution to the conception and implementation of transversal activities related to its area of competence, and especially with the Steering Committee for Cultural Heritage and Landscape (CDPATEP);

vi. contribution to the dissemination of the work results, utilising them to the best possible effect, especially to the benefit of appropriate civil society bodies and structures of their respective countries.

5. Composition of the Committee:

5.A Members

    Governments of member states of the Council of Europe and of other states having acceded to the European Cultural Convention shall be entitled to appoint representatives of the highest possible rank responsible for cultural policies and action. Each State Party shall have one vote.

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

5.B Participants

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

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

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 following states with observer status with the Council of Europe may send a representative to meetings of the Committee, without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses:

    - Canada;
    - Japan;
    - Mexico;
    - United States of America.

iii. The Education and Culture group of INGOs which has participative status with the Council of Europe may send (a) representative(s) to meetings of the Committee, without the right to vote and at the charge of the sending body.

iv. The following intergovernmental organisations may send a representative/representatives to meetings of the Committee, without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses:

    - United Nations Education Culture and Science Organisation (UNESCO);
    - Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD);
    - Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE);
    - European Free Trade Agreement (EFTA);
    - Nordic Council of Ministers;
    - Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organisation (ALECSO).

5.D Observers

i. The following non-member state:

    - Israel;

and the following non-governmental organisations:

    - European Cultural Foundation (ECF);
    - European Cultural Centre in Delphi;
    - European Forum for the Arts and Heritage (EFAH);
    - European Network of Cultural Administration Training Centres (ENCATC);
    - European Roma and Travellers Forum (ERTF);

    may send representatives to meetings of the Committee, without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses.

6. Working methods and structures:

    Within its terms of reference, the Committee elects a Bureau of eight members.

    In order to pursue its tasks the Committee may have recourse to ad hoc meetings of limited numbers of its members, consultants, cultural policy experts, within its budgetary resources available.

    The Chair may, with the Committee's agreement and subject to the conditions and terms decided by it, invite persons with particular expertise in cultural matters to attend meetings, without the right to vote and within its budgetary resources available.

    The Committee and its Bureau shall organise its work in accordance with the provisions applicable to intergovernmental co-operation structures laid down by the Committee of Ministers.

7. Duration:

    These terms of reference will expire on 31 December 2009.



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