Ministers’ Deputies
Notes on the Agenda

CM/Notes/1017/6.2 25 January 20081
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1017 Meeting, 6 February 2008
6 Social cohesion


6.2 Committee of experts on ageing of people with disabilities and older people with disabilities (CAHPAH-VPH) –

Revised terms of reference

Item prepared by the GR-SOC on 17 January 2008

Reference documents:
CM(2007)198

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Action:

To adopt the revised terms of reference of the Committee of experts on ageing of people with disabilities and older people with disabilities (CAHPAH-VPH), as they appear in the Appendix to these notes.

1. At its meeting on 17 January 2008, the GR-SOC examined the revised terms of reference of the Committee of Experts on ageing of people with disabilities and older people with disabilities, a subordinate committee of the European Co-ordination Forum for the Council of Europe Disability Action Plan 2006-2015 (CAHPAH), as they appear in document CM(2007)198. It noted that these had been prepared in the light of the Deputies’ decision at their 1002nd meeting on 11-12 July 2007 (CM/Del/Dec(2007)1002/6.1) that, as of 1 January 2008, disability-related activities would be carried out exclusively under the Ordinary Budget of the Council of Europe.

2. During discussions, the GR-SOC expressed the view that it would be desirable that CAHPAH ensure that there be some continuation in expertise when appointing the members of the new Committee and that this position be reflected in the Deputies’ decisions.

3. The GR-SOC consequently agreed to recommend that the Deputies adopt these terms of reference as amended during its meeting, and as they appear in the Appendix to these notes, together with a decision reflecting the desirability that the CAHPAH ensure some continuity of expertise in the membership of the group.

Financing assured: YES

DRAFT DECISIONS

1017th meeting – 6 February 2008

Item 6.2

Committee of Experts on ageing of people with disabilities and older people with disabilities
(Partial Agreement) (CAHPAH-VPH) –
Revised terms of reference
(CM(2007)198, GR-SOC(2008)CB1)

Decisions

The Deputies

1. adopted the revised terms of reference of the Committee of Experts on ageing of people with disabilities and older people with disabilities (CAHPAH-VPH) as they appear at Appendix … to the present volume of Decisions; << Appendix to these Notes >>

2. in so doing, expressed the desirability that the CAHPAH ensure some continuity of expertise when deciding on the membership of the group.

Appendix

Revised terms of reference of the Committee of Experts on ageing of people with disabilities and older people with disabilities (CAHPAH-VPH)

Revised fact-sheet

Name of Committee:

Committee of Experts on ageing of people with disabilities and older people with disabilities (CAHPAH-VPH)

Compliance with Resolution Res(2005)47:

YES

Programme of Activities: project(s)

Project 2007/DG3/1218 Improving the quality of life of people with disabilities in Europe

Project relevance:

Falls fully under Chapter 3 – Building a more humane and inclusive Europe, Article 1 – Ensuring Social Cohesion, of the Action Plan of the Third Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Council of Europe (2005), the Ministerial Declaration of the Malaga Ministerial Conference on Disability (2003), and the Council of Europe Disability Action Plan 2006-2015, particularly its cross-cutting aspect of ageing of people with disabilities.

The work of the CAHPAH-VPH falls directly within the core values of the Council of Europe given the importance of the protection of rights of people with disabilities. The work of the CAHPAH-VPH will reinforce and build upon existing Council of Europe standards.

The current demographic trends in the Council of Europe member states, by which the number of elderly people would increase considerably in the coming decade requires an urgent response with the view to protecting and promoting the human rights of this group of population. The severity of disabling conditions amongst the elderly and the progressive ageing of people with disabilities due to increased life expectancy present new challenges for societies in Europe. Innovative approaches and concerted action at European level are required to meet these challenges.

The CAHPAH-VPH will contribute to the implementation of the Council of Europe’s Strategy for Social Cohesion and the Action Plan to promote the rights and full participation of people with disabilities in society: improving the quality of life of people with disabilities in Europe (Rec(2006)5).

Project added value:

The Council of Europe is a leading international intergovernmental organisation in this field with a number of recommendations with respect to people with disabilities;
The Council of Europe is the only international intergovernmental organisation where the disability issues are dealt with from a human rights perspective. As a matter of comparison, the WHO looks at the health-related issues, while the European Commission focuses on the employment of people with disabilities;
Duplications are avoided by the close co-operation with the EC and the WHO, e.g. through participation with an observer status at the relevant meetings.

Financial information:

Number of meetings per year: 2 three-day meetings.

Number of participants:

12 participants from member states of the Council of Europe, whose travel and subsistence expenses are covered by the Council of Europe budget; and representatives of CDCS, PACE, Congress, and the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights; and up to 6 other participants representing EC, states with observer status with the Council of Europe and the Nordic Co-operation on Disability under the aegis of the Nordic Council of Ministers, and NGOs – all at their own expense.

Reimbursement of participation in meetings: € 25600
Interpretation: € 11700
Translation and production of documents: € 15000
Hearings: € 10.000
Official journeys: € 4000 

Revised terms of reference of the Committee of Experts on ageing of people with disabilities and older people with disabilities (CAHPAH-VPH)

1.

Name of Committee:

Committee of Experts on ageing of people with disabilities and older people with disabilities (CAHPAH-VPH)

2.

Type of Committee:

Committee of Experts

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;

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Recommendation Rec(2006)5 of the Committee of Ministers to the member states on the Council of Europe Action Plan to promote the rights and full participation of people with disabilities in society: improving the quality of life of people with disabilities in Europe 2006-2015;

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the Ministerial Declaration of the Second European Conference of Ministers responsible for integration policies for people with disabilities held in Malaga on 7 and 8 May 2003, as taken note of by the Committee of Ministers;

 

Under the authority of the European Co-ordination Forum for the Council of Europe Disability Action Plan 2006-2015 (CAHPAH) and in relation to the implementation of the Project 2007/DG3/1218 Improving the quality of life of people with disabilities in Europe, and based on the work previously accomplished by the Committee of Experts on ageing of people with disabilities and older people with disabilities (P-RR-VPH) under the aegis of the Committee on the Rehabilitation and Integration of People with Disabilities (CD-P-RR) within the framework of the Partial Agreement in the Social and Public Health Field, and bearing in mind:

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the need to assure full access to human rights and protection of personal dignity;

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that in most European countries the proportion of elderly people is increasing throughout the demographic spectrum, many of whom become disabled;

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that as a result of an increased quality of social and health services and provisions, the life expectancy of people with disabilities is prolonged;

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that all European countries have to be prepared to respond to the needs of ageing people with disabilities and older people with disabilities to improve the quality of their lives;

 

Bearing in mind the need to focus the activities of the Council of Europe on its core objectives with the help of the criteria set out in document CM(2006)101 final, the Committee of Experts shall:

i.

draw up a report on the current situation of ageing people with disabilities and older people with disabilities, with examples of good practices and innovative experiences, which identifies the opportunities, challenges and perspectives in member states;

ii.

prepare finalise recommendations for member states based on a selection of good practices and measures on comprehensive, community-based and mainstream social services, programmes and social protection systems in order to promote autonomy, and an independent and active life for ageing people with disabilities and older people with disabilities;

iii.

prepare finalise recommendations to member states to enhance the quality of services for ageing people with disabilities and older people with disabilities;

iv.

prepare finalise recommendations to member states to enhance equal access to social services and legal protection for ageing people with disabilities and older people with disabilities.

5.

Composition of the Committee:

5.A

Members

 

Governments of member states are entitled to appoint representatives from the relevant public authority responsible for policies with regard to people with disabilities.

 

These may include experts in the field of the rehabilitation and integration of elderly people with disabilities, in issues relating to community-based social services, social allowances, and long term care.

The Council of Europe budget will bear the travel and subsistence expenses for 12 experts from member states which will be determined by CAHPAH at its next meeting.

5.B

Participants

i.

The following committees may each send representatives to meetings of the Committee of Experts, without the right to vote and at the charge of the corresponding Council of Europe sub-heads:

- Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH);
- European Committee for Social Cohesion (CDCS);
- European Health Committee (CDSP).

The Committee of Experts may invite representatives of other committees and bodies of the Council of Europe to specific meetings depending on the agenda of the respective meeting, without the right to vote and at the charge of the corresponding heads of the Council of Europe budget.

ii.

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

iii.

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

iv.

The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights may send representatives to meetings of the Committee of Experts, without the right to vote and at the charge of its administrative budget.

v.

The Council of Europe Development Bank may send representatives to meetings of the Committee of Experts, without the right to vote and at the charge of its administrative budget.

vi.

The Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe may send representatives to meetings of the Committee of Experts, without the right to vote and at the charge of the sending body.

5.C

Other participants

i.

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

ii.

The states with observer status with the Council of Europe (Canada, Holy See, Japan, Mexico, United States of America) may send representatives to the meetings of the Committee, without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses.

iii.

The following intergovernmental organisations may send representatives to meetings of the Committee of Experts, without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses:

- World Health Organization (WHO);
- Nordic Cooperation on Disability (NSH) under the Nordic Council of Ministers.

5.D

Observers

 

The following non-governmental organisation may send a representative to meetings of the Committee of Experts, without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses:

- European Disability Forum (EDF).

6.

Working methods and structures:

 

With the view to reaching its objectives, the Committee of Experts may arrange consultations, if necessary, by means of hearings or by any other means.

In carrying out its terms of reference, the Committee of Experts must ensure that people with disabilities or their representatives or other stakeholders are appropriately involved in the work, e.g. through written consultation procedures or by attending hearings.

The Committee of Experts may appoint rapporteurs.

Where necessary, in order to expedite the progress of its work, the Committee of Experts may entrust a limited number of its members with a specific task.

The Committee of Experts may request the Secretary General to have recourse where appropriate to hearings with one or more consultants, within the limits of its budgetary appropriations.

7.

Duration:

 

The terms of reference will expire on 31 December 2008.

Note 1 This document has been classified restricted at the date of issue; it will be declassified in accordance with Resolution Res(2001)6 on access to Council of Europe documents.


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