1045th meeting – 14 January 2009

Appendix 9
(Item 8.1c)

Terms of reference of the Joint Council on Youth (CMJ)

Fact sheet

Name of Committee:

Joint Council on Youth (CMJ)

Compliance with Resolution Res(2005)47:

YES

Programme of Activities: project(s)

Programme V.2.1 “Youth policies, non-formal education and training”:
2003/DG4/16: Youth participation and democratic citizenship
2006/DG4/883: Youth policy development
2006/DG4/903: Social cohesion and inclusion of young people
Programme V.4.1 “Intercultural Dialogue – follow up to the White Paper on Intercultural Dialogue”:
2003/DG4/15: Youth programme on human rights education and intercultural dialogue

Project relevance:

Third Summit Action Plan, Chapter 3.4.
Contribution to core values of the Council of Europe.
Contribution to the implementation of White Paper on Intercultural Dialogue.

Consolidation, promotion, implementation of Council of Europe standards in the fields of human rights, democratic citizenship, social cohesion and intercultural dialogue.

Relevance to Council of Europe country strategies and country-specific needs: the four projects aim at improving youth policy and youth work in the member states taking into account specific national realities.

Project added value:

The Council of Europe as leading agency as regards the international review of the national youth policies. Leading role also in terms of training of multipliers in the youth field (European Youth Centres and the European Youth Foundation are unique instruments for European youth co-operation).

Partnership with the European Union, in particular (efficient model).

The CMJ has the task of defining the annual programme and projects in the youth field and to evaluate them. The bodies responsible for the implementation of the activities are the CDEJ (for the intergovernmental programme of activities) and the Programming Committee on Youth (CPJ) (for the programme of activities of the European Youth Centres and European Youth Foundation).

Financial information:

2 meetings a year. No cost (as the CMJ meets during the meetings of the CDEJ and CCJ, which take place in parallel).

Terms of reference of the Joint Council on Youth (CMJ)

1.

Name of Committee:

Joint Council on Youth (CMJ)

2.

Type of Committee:

Ad hoc Committee

3.

Source of terms of reference:

Committee of Ministers

4.

Terms of reference:

Having regard to:

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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);

the Declaration and the Action Plan adopted by the Heads of State and Government of the Council of Europe at their Third Summit (Warsaw, 16-17 May 2005), and in particular Chapters III.4 “Developing youth co-operation” and III.6 “Fostering intercultural dialogue”;

the Declaration adopted by the 8th Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Youth “The future of the Council of Europe youth policy: Agenda 2020” as well as Resolution CM/Res(2008)23 on the youth policy of the Council of Europe, adopted by the Committee of the Ministers on 25 November 2008 at the 1042nd meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies;

the European Cultural Convention (ETS No. 18);

the Statutes of the European Youth Centre and European Youth Foundation.

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Within the framework of the Programme of Activities, under Programme V.2.1 “Youth policies, non-formal education and training” and Programme V.4.1 “Intercultural Dialogue – follow up to the White Paper on Intercultural Dialogue”, the Joint Council on Youth, hereafter referred to as the “Joint Council”, is instructed to:

develop, in a spirit of co-management, a common position on the priorities, annual/pluri-annual objectives, the main budget envelopes and the necessary budget specifications of the youth sector, within the political and budgetary framework established by the Committee of Ministers.

The position adopted by the Joint Council shall be submitted to the Committee of Ministers for approval:

- should the Joint Council fail to reach an agreement on a common position, the Bureaus

of the European Steering Committee for Youth (CDEJ) and Advisory Council on Youth (CCJ) shall prepare a common position and submit it to the Joint Council for approval;
- should the Joint Council fail to reach an agreement on the proposal of the Bureaus, a report on the discussions of the Joint Council shall be addressed to the Committee of Ministers in a form to be determined by the Joint Council;


draw up, once a year, a report to the Committee of Ministers on the activities of the youth sector.

5.

Composition of the Committee:

5.A.

Members

 

The Joint Council shall be composed of the members of the European Steering Committee for Youth (CDEJ) and the members of the Advisory Council on Youth (CCJ).
The Council of Europe budget will bear the travel and subsistence expenses of all members.

5.B.

Participants

i.

The Parliamentary Assembly may send a representative to meetings of the Joint Council, without the right to vote and at the charge of its administrative budget.

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

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The Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe may send a representative to meetings of the Joint Council, without the right to vote and at the charge of its administrative budget.

5.C.

Other participants

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The European Commission may send a representative to meetings of the Joint Council, without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses.

The Youth Programme of the Commonwealth Secretariat may send a representative to meetings of the Joint Council, without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses.

The Ibero-American Youth organisation may send a representative to meetings of the Joint Council, without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses.

5.D.

Observers

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ii.

The national youth research correspondents may send one representative to meetings of the Joint Council, without the right to vote. The Council of Europe bears travelling and subsistence expenses for this representative.1

The European Youth Forum may send a representative to meetings of the Joint Council, without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses.

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Working methods and structures:

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As a general rule, the Joint Council shall meet twice a year on the occasion of the meetings of the European Steering Committee for Youth (CDEJ) and the Advisory Council on Youth (CCJ). The meetings of the Joint Council shall be held at one of the two European Youth Centres of the Council of Europe, but the Committee of Ministers may authorise the holding of meetings elsewhere.

The meetings of the Joint Council shall be prepared jointly by the Bureau of the European Steering Committee for Youth (CDEJ) and the Bureau of the Advisory Council on Youth (CCJ).

The Chair and the Vice-Chair of the Joint Council shall be the Chair of the European Steering Committee for Youth (CDEJ) and the Chair of the Advisory Council on Youth (CCJ). They shall be elected for a period of three years and shall exercise the function of Chair and Vice-Chair of the Joint Council, alternately during half of the triennial period.2

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Duration:

 

These terms of reference will expire on 31 December 2011.

1 As adopted by the Ministers' Deputies at their 816th meeting (13 November 2002), which constitutes a dispensation to Article 3.4 of Resolution Res(2005)47.

2 As adopted by the Ministers’ Deputies at their 816th meeting (13 November 2002), which constitutes a dispensation to Article 12.e of Appendix 1 of Resolution Res(2005)47.


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