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    CM/Inf(2001)43 6 December 2001

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    New structures for European Cultural Co-operation
    Terms of reference of the four Steering Committees

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    At their 773rd meeting (21 November 2001), the Deputies decided:

    “2. ... to transform the Council for Cultural Co-operation (CDCC) and its specialised Committees into four Steering Committees as follows:

    CDED Steering Committee for Education
    CDESR Steering Committee for Higher Education and Research
    CDCULT Steering Committee for Culture
    CDPAT Steering Committee for Cultural Heritage”.

    The terms of reference of these committees, as adopted at that meeting, appear in Appendices to the present document.

    Appendix I

    Terms of reference of the CD-ED

    Terms of reference 

    1. Name of committee: STEERING COMMITTEE FOR EDUCATION
    (CD-ED)

    2. Type of committee: Steering Committee
     
    3. Source of terms of reference: Committee of Ministers
     
    4. Terms of reference:
     
    4.1 Under the authority of the Committee of Ministers and in the framework of the European Cultural Convention, the Steering Committee for Education shall be responsible for the implementation of school and out-of school educational activities included in the programme adopted by the Committee of Ministers.

    4.2 The Committee of Ministers shall draw up guidelines for the programme of activities which it shall submit to the Committee of Ministers through the Secretary General. Its proposals will focus in particular on:

    - education policy strategies and reforms relating to topical issues and longer-term prospects;

    - building a democratic, caring and pluralist society and fostering mutual understanding between people.
     
    4.3 The Committee ensures that this Programme, once adopted by the Committee of Ministers, is implemented; it evaluates and disseminates its results and put forward appropriate proposals, or, where necessary, takes decisions for exploiting these results to the best possible effect;
     
    4.4 The Committee prepares sessions of the Standing Conference of European Ministers of Education, with the assistance of the Steering Committee for Higher Education and Research (CD-ESR) if this is warranted by the theme adopted, and to ensure that these are followed up.
     
    4.5 As a European Forum the Committee holds regular exchanges of views and, where appropriate, develops partnerships with the European Union and other international organisations and representatives of civil society.
     

    4.6 The Committee shall co-ordinate its work with that of the other Steering Committees of the Council of Europe. It shall contribute in multisectoral initiatives and shall contribute to the joint programmes defined by the Secretary General.

    5. Membership of the Committee:
     
    a. Each Contracting Party to the European Cultural Convention may be represented by one or more national senior officials with responsibility for education policy. The expenses of one representative (two in the case of the state whose representative has been elected as Chair) shall be met by the Council of Europe budget.
     
    b. The Chair of the Steering Committee for Higher Education and Research shall take part in the Committee's meetings. His/her expenses shall be borne by the Council of Europe budget.
     
    c. The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe may be represented – with the right to vote - at the meetings of the Committee. Their representatives' expenses shall be borne by the relevant Votes of the Council of Europe budget.
     
    d. One representative of the European Commission may take part in the Committee's meetings, without entitlement to vote or to have expenses refunded.
     
    e. The following observers with the Council of Europe may send a representative, without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses, to meetings of the Committee:
     
    - Canada
    - Japan
    - Mexico
    - United States of America
     
    f. The following observers with the Committee, may send representatives without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses:
     
    - Israel
    - UNESCO
    - OECD
    - OSCE
    - Nordic Council of Ministers
    - EFTA
     

    g. The Chair of the “education” group of NGOs with observer status to the Council of Europe may send a representative without entitlement to vote or defrayal of expenses to meetings of the Committee.

    Persons or representatives of non-governmental organisations with particular competence in the sphere of education may also participate in the work of the Committee at the invitation of the Chair and subject to the Committee’s agreement, in accordance with such terms and arrangements as the Committee may decide.
     
    6. Working structures and methods:
     
    - Within its terms of reference, the Committee elects a Bureau of eight members.

    - The Committee is entitled to set up working parties with a view to ensuring the implementation of its activities.
     
    - The Committee and its Bureau shall organise their work in accordance with the provisions applicable to intergovernmental co-operation structures laid down by the Committee of Ministers.
     
    7. Duration: the current mandate will be re-examined before 31 December 2003.

    Appendix II

    Terms of reference of the CD-ESR

    Terms of reference

    1. Name of Committee: STEERING COMMITTEE FOR HIGHER EDUCATION AND RESEARCH (CD-ESR)

    2. Type of Committee: Steering Committee

    3. Source of terms of reference: Committee of Ministers

    4. Terms of reference:

    4.1 Under the authority of the Committee of Ministers and in the framework of the European Cultural Convention, the Steering Committee for Higher Education and Research (CD-ESR) shall be responsible for the implementation of higher education and research activities included in the programme adopted by the Committee of Ministers.

    4.2 The Committee shall draw up the orientations for a programme of activities which it shall submit to the Committee of Ministers through the Secretary General. Its proposals will focus in particular on:

    - the development of European higher education and research on the basis of common democratic principles and of the values of the European university heritage, including the freedoms of learning, teaching and research, and the self-government of academic institutions within a democratic society;

    - building a democratic, cohesive and pluralist society and in developing a mutual understanding between peoples.

    4.3 The Committee shall ensure that this Programme, once adopted by the Committee of Ministers, is implemented. It shall evaluate and disseminate its results and put forward appropriate proposals, or, where necessary, take decisions for exploiting these results to the best possible effect.

    4.4 The Committee prepares sessions of the Conference of European Ministers responsible for Higher Education and Research, with the assistance of the Education Committee if this is warranted by the theme adopted, and ensure that these are followed up.

    4.5 The Committee is established as an equal forum of European institutions of higher education and of the competent national administrations. Its scope covers the teaching and research missions of all higher education institutions, including universities and non-university institutions; their contribution to the economy, to culture, and to society; and the relationships to their members, to the public authorities, and to other parts of society, that these missions require.

    The Committee shall in particular:

    i. exchange ideas and experience on issues of policy and practice concerning those institutions and public authorities, and where appropriate identify and disseminate good practice;

    ii. organise advice to national governmental and academic bodies on the renewal of higher education;

    iii. secure the widest possible movement within Europe of individual members of the higher education community, especially through the support and development of the Council of Europe's legal instruments on the recognition of qualifications and on academic mobility;

    iv. to the above ends, promote and facilitate international co-operation between institutions of higher education.

    In its activities, it shall develop appropriate co-operation with the governmental bodies, other international organisations and institutions and the associations of universities and other higher education institutions, active on the European plane.

    4.6 The Committee co-ordinate its work with that of the Steering Committees of the Council of Europe, participates in cross-sectoral initiatives and contributes to the joint programmes set up by the Secretary General.

    5. Membership of the Committee:

    a. All Contracting Parties to the European Cultural Convention shall have the right to appoint two representatives, i.e. one senior official, and one senior academic chosen by the competent body or bodies representing the universities or all institutions of higher education. The expenses of these two representatives, three in the case of the state whose representative has been elected as Chair, shall be borne by the Council of Europe budget.

    The senior official and the senior academic constituting the national delegation shall each have one vote.

    b. The Chair of the Steering Committee for Education shall take part in the Committee's meetings. His/her expenses shall be borne by the relevant Votes of the Council of Europe budget

    c. The Parliamentary Assembly and the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe (CLRAE) may be represented, with the right to vote, at the meetings of the Committee. The expenses of their representatives will be borne by the Council of Europe budget.

    d. One representative of the European Commission may take part in the Committee's meetings, without entitlement to vote or have expenses refunded.

    e. The following observers with the Council of Europe may send a representative without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses to meetings of the Committee:

    - Canada
    - Japan
    - Mexico
    - United States of America

    f. The following observers with the Committee may send representatives without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses:

    - Israel
    - UNESCO
    - OECD
    - OSCE
    - EFTA
    - Nordic Council of Ministers
    - EUA –European University Association
    - European Science Foundation
    - European Cultural Foundation
    - International Association of Universities
    - National Unions of Students of Europe (ESIB)

    g. Persons highly qualified in the field of higher education may attend meetings at the invitation of the Chair, subject to the agreement of the Committee, in accordance with such terms and arrangements as the Committee may decide.

    6. Working structures and methods:

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

    - When appointing the Chair and the Vice-Chair, the Committee shall seek to ensure the representation of both categories of members.

    - The Committee is entitled to set up working parties with a view to ensuring the implementation of its activities.
    - The Committee and its Bureau shall organise their work in accordance with the provisions applicable to intergovernmental co-operation structures laid down by the Committee of Ministers.

    7. Duration: the current mandate will be re-examined before 31 December 2003.

    Appendix III

    Terms of reference of the CD-CULT

    Terms of reference

    1. Name of Committee: STEERING COMMITTEE FOR
    CULTURE (CD-CULT)

    2. Type of Committee: Steering Committee

    3. Source of terms of reference: Committee of Ministers

    4. Terms of reference:

    4.1 Under the authority of the Committee of Ministers and in the framework of the European Cultural Convention, the Steering Committee for Culture shall be responsible for the activities related to cultural policy and action included in the programme adopted by the Committee of Ministers.

    4.2 The Committee shall draw up guidelines for the programme of activities which it shall submit to the Committee of Ministers through the Secretary General. Its proposals will focus, in particular, on:

    - activities to sustain democracy and civil society;
    - activities to promote cultural diversity;
    - cultural policy review which promotes the international exchange of strategies and good practice;
    - activities aimed at conflict prevention and sustainable development.

    4.3 The Committee shall ensure that this Programme, once adopted by the Committee of Ministers, is implemented. It shall evaluate and disseminate its results and put forward appropriate proposals, or, where necessary, take decisions for exploiting these results to the best possible effect.

    4.4 The Committee shall prepare the Conferences of European Ministers responsible for Cultural Affairs of the Council of Europe and shall ensure follow-up.

    4.5 The Committee shall ensure the follow-up of conventions in the field of culture, notably

    - European Convention on cinematographic co-production (1992);
    - European Convention for the protection of the audiovisual heritage (2001);
    - Protocol to the European Convention for the protection of the audiovisual heritage (2001).

    It will prepare new reference texts in its field of competence, in particular those aimed at creating a coherent legal basis for cultural policy in the context of globalisation.

    4.6 In liaison with the other concerned Committees:

    - it develops a Co-operation and technical assistance programme;
    - it develops a programme of artistic exchanges;
    - it implements the European Cultural Routes programme and the series of Council of Europe art exhibitions.

    4.7 The Committee shall co-ordinate its work with that of other Steering Committees of the Council of Europe, it shall participate in multisectoral initiatives and shall contribute to the joint programmes defined by the Secretary General.

    5. Membership of the Committee:

    a. Each Contracting Party to the European Cultural Convention may be represented by one or more national senior official(s) responsible for cultural policy duly mandated by their authorities. The expenses of one representative (two in the case of the State whose representative has been elected Chair) shall be borne by the Council of Europe budget.

    b. The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe may be represented - with the right to vote - at the meetings of the Committee. Their representatives' expenses will be borne by the relevant Votes of the Council of Europe budget.

    c. A representative of the European Commission may take part in meetings of the Committee, without entitlement to vote or have expenses refunded.

    d. The following observers with the Council of Europe may send a representative, without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses, to meetings of the Committee:

    - Canada
    - Japan
    - Mexico
    - United States of America

    e. The following observers with the Committee may send representatives, without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses:

    - Israel
    - UNESCO
    - OECD
    - OSCE
    - EFTA
    - Nordic Council of Ministers
    - European Cultural Foundation
    - European Centre for Culture (Geneva)
    - European Cultural Centre in Delphi

    f. Persons with particular expertise in cultural matters may be invited by the Chair to attend meetings, subject to the Committee's agreement and to such terms and arrangements as it may decide.

    6. Working structures and methods:

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

    - The Committee is entitled to set up working parties with a view to ensuring the implementation of its activities.

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

    7. Duration: the current mandate will be re-examined before 31 December 2003.

    Appendix IV

    Terms of reference of the CD-PAT

    Terms of reference

    1. Name of the Committee: STEERING COMMITTEE FOR CULTURAL HERITAGE (CD-PAT)

    2. Type of Committee: Steering Committee

    3. Source of terms of reference: Committee of Ministers

    4. Terms of reference:

    4.1 Under the authority of the Committee of Ministers, in the framework of the European Cultural Convention, the Steering Committee for Cultural Heritage shall be responsible for the activities concerning physical and immaterial cultural heritage included in the programme adopted by the Committee of Ministers.

    4.2 The Committee shall draw up guidelines for the programme of activities which it will submit to the Committee of Ministers through the Secretary General. Its proposals specifically concern:

    - the contribution of cultural heritage towards the creation of a democratic sphere based on mutual recognition of the various cultural traditions co-existing in Europe and the realisation of common values and shared ideals;

    - the consideration of values related to heritage in the evolution of European society and their contribution to a more coherent and united society;

    - the evolution of conservation and enhancement methods of heritage within the context of the information society and in view of sustainable development.

    4.3 The Committee shall ensure that this Programme, once adopted by the Committee of Ministers, is implemented. It shall evaluate and disseminate its results and put forward appropriate proposals, or, where necessary, take decisions for exploiting these results to the best possible effect.

    4.4 The Committee shall prepare the Council of Europe Conferences of Ministers responsible for cultural heritage and ensure their follow-up.

    4.5 The Committee shall be responsible for the follow-up of conventions pertaining to heritage, namely:

    - the European Convention on the Protection of the Archaeological Heritage (1969)
    - the Convention for the Protection of the Architectural Heritage of Europe (1985)
    - the European Convention on the Protection of the Archaeological Heritage (revised 1992)

    4.6 In collaboration with other concerned Committees:

    - it shall participate in promoting the European Landscape Convention;
    - it shall develop and present to the Committee of Ministers new texts of reference concerning cultural diversity and promotion of heritage;
    - it shall develop legislative, technical and institutional based consultancy missions as well as on-site interventions through the Technical Co-operation and Consultancy Programme in collaboration with the Culture, Regional Planning and Nature Protection Departments.
    - it shall develop awareness-raising and educational programmes namely through the European Heritage Days;
    - it implements the European Cultural Routes Programme.

    It shall use in its work the European Heritage Information Network (HEREIN).

    4.7 The Committee shall co-ordinate its work with that of other Steering Committees of the Council of Europe, it shall participate in multisectoral initiatives and shall contribute to the joint programmes defined by the Secretary General.

    5. Membership of the Committee:

    a. Each Contracting Party to the European Cultural Convention may be represented by one or more national senior official responsible for heritage policy. The expenses of one representative (two in the case of the State whose representative has been elected Chair) will be borne by the Council of Europe budget.

    b. The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe may be represented - with the right to vote - at the meetings of the Committee. Their representatives' expenses will be borne by the relevant Votes of the Council of Europe budget.

    c. One representative of the European Commission may take part in the Committee's meetings, without entitlement to vote or have expenses refunded.

    d. The following observers with the Council of Europe may send a representative, without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses, to meetings of the Committee:

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

    e. The following observers with the Committee may send representatives without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses:

    - Israel
    - UNESCO
    - United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
    - OECD
    - OSCE
    - EFTA
    - Europa Nostra
    - International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS)
    - Organisation of World Heritage Cities (O.W.H.C.)
    - International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Culture Property (ICCROM)

    f. Persons particularly qualified in the field of cultural heritage conservation may attend the Committee's meetings when invited to do so by the Chair, subject to the Committee’s agreement and to the terms and arrangements that the Committee shall decide.

    6. Working structures and methods:

    - Within its terms of reference, the Committee elects a Bureau of eight members.
    - The Committee is entitled to set up working parties with a view to ensuring the implementation of its activities.
    - The Committee and its Bureau shall organise their work in accordance with the provisions applicable to intergovernmental co-operation structures laid down by the Committee of Ministers.

    7. Duration: the current mandate will be re-examined before 31 December 2003.



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