Ministers' Deputies / Rapporteur Groups
GR-C
Rapporteur Group on Education, Culture, Sport,
Youth and Environment

GR-C(2005)52 14 December 20051
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Notes on the agenda
GR-C meeting of 15 December 2005 at 10 a.m.


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1. Communication by the Director General of DG IV

The Director General of DG IV will present information about DG IV's recent major activities and events.

2. Agreement on Sport – Draft terms of reference for the CDDS Bureau on the feasibility study
(GR-C(2005)50)

In the context of preparation of the draft 2006 budget, the Secretary General has proposed to transfer the sports co-operation activities previously carried out by the Committee for the Development of Sport (CDDS) to a new agreement.2 The GR-C, while discussing the draft programme of activities of the DG IV for 2006 at its meeting on 3 November 2005, shared the opinion of the CDDS that a period of reflection was necessary before taking a decision on the future of the sport in the Council of Europe. The Secretariat prepared, at the request of the GR-C, a document on transitional measures for 20063 listing the following costs: the CDDS Bureau meetings, the Moscow Ministerial Conference in October 2006, the Sprint Programme, a feasibility study on a possible Agreement for Sport and staff for the Sports sector.

Note The Deputies adopted the Council of Europe’s budget for 2006, including transitional measures for the sports sector, at their 949th meeting (1 December 2005, item 7.1).4 In order to carry out the transitional measures, the Secretariat, instead of seeking to renew the expired CDDS’ terms of reference, has prepared ad-hoc terms of reference for the present CDDS Bureau5 (Appendix 1 to GR-C(2005)50) to enable it – as a representative forum – to work on the above-mentioned matters in 2006. The GR-C is invited to consider them, with a view to their transmission to the Deputies for adoption.

3. Follow-up to the Faro Conference:

a. 5th (enlarged) Ministerial Colloquy of the STAGE6 Project (Kyiv, 15-16 September 2005)

At their 950th meeting, 7 December 2005, the Deputies:

“1. took note, with satisfaction, of the conclusions and results of the 5th (enlarged) Ministerial Colloquy of the STAGE Project (Kyiv, 15-16 September 2005), as they appear in document CM(2005)169;

2. extended sincere thanks to Ukraine for the organisation of the meeting and their hospitality;

3. welcomed the “Kyiv Initiative for the democratic development through culture of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine” launched during the Colloquy;

4. requested their Rapporteur Group on Education, Culture, Sport, Youth and Environment (GR-C) to evaluate the STAGE project with a view to preparing the decisions to be taken concerning the elaboration, in close co-operation with interested states, of a new regional and transversal project of cultural co-operation for Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova, as a follow-up to the STAGE Project which comes to a successful end in December 2005; in this context, the convocation, as soon as possible, of a working party composed of representatives from member states to the CD-CULT who have expressed their support for the Kyiv initiative will also be considered;

5. expressed their gratitude to Romania for proposing to host in 2006 the next enlarged ministerial colloquy, in the framework of the new regional project.”

The Group is invited to have a preliminary discussion on the follow-up to these decisions. Delegations will take note of the evaluation report in English that has been brought to their attention, while waiting for the French version that will be distributed soon. The Chair will particularly give propositions concerning the time-table of this question.

Draft Recommendation Rec(2005)… of the Committee of Ministers to member states on the UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Diversity of Cultural Contents and Artistic Expressions
(GR-C(2005)51)

Draft Recommendation Rec(2005)… of the Committee of Ministers to member states on the UNESCO Convention on the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions has been prepared and adopted by the Steering Committee on the Media and New Communication Services (CDMC) at its meeting on 29 November-2 December 2005. In that context, it should be recalled that the Deputies adopted, at their 945th meeting, 9 November 2005, item 7.1,7 the following decision:

“[The Deputies] encouraged the member states of the Council of Europe to take the necessary measures to bring into force as quickly as possible the Convention on the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions adopted by UNESCO on 20 October 2005, and instructed the GR-C to keep this question on its agenda.”

In the meantime, the draft Recommendation has been communicated to the Chair and Vice-Chair of the CDCULT; the latter has proposed the following additions (highlighted in grey), the GR-C is invited to consider and bear them in mind:

“Noting that, at its 33rd Session (3 to 21 October 2005), the General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) adopted a Convention on the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions, which:

- notes that cultural activities, goods and services have both an economic and a cultural nature and must therefore not be treated as solely having commercial value;

- reaffirms the sovereign right of states to formulate and implement their cultural policies and to adopt measures to protect and promote the diversity of cultural expressions; […]

Observing the commonality between the objectives and guiding principles set out in above-mentioned UNESCO Convention and a number of Council of Europe instruments, notably the European Cultural Convention, adopted on 19 December 1954, and certain Committee of Ministers declarations and recommendations concerning the media, especially the Declaration on Cultural Diversity;

Noting […];
Welcomes […];
Recommends […];

Expressed the preparedness of the Council of Europe to contribute, as appropriate, to the implementation of the Convention, including through the existing Council of Europe tools.”

The GR-C is invited to consider the present draft Recommendation with a view to its transmission to the Deputies for adoption.

4. CAHCIT:8 Report on the 4th meeting (20-21 September 2005)
(GR-C(2005)48)

Mr Krzysztof OSTROWSKI, Chair of the CAHCIT, will present the report of the meeting to the Group as well as further developments concerning the European Year of Citizenship through Education. (11.30 a.m.)

The GR-C is invited to take note of it.

5. Draft Recommendations of the Committee of Ministers to member states

5.1 Draft Recommendation Rec(2005)… of the Committee of Ministers to member states on the promotion of participation of minority youth
(GR-C(2005)21)

The draft recommendation first appeared in document CM(2005)31 Addendum, as approved by the CDEJ at its 34th meeting of 7-9 February 2005 and by the Joint Council of Youth at its 12th meeting on 8 February 2005. The Deputies considered it at their 921st meeting (30 March 2005, item 8.1) and asked the GR-C to consider it before adoption by the Deputies. In the meantime, the Secretariat has prepared an explanatory memorandum to the recommendation and the text of the draft recommendation has been checked by the editorial unit. The “neat” version together with the explanatory memorandum was subsequently issued in document GR-C(2005)21 on 19 August 2005.

The Council of Europe pays attention to minority youth participation since the “all different – all equal” European youth campaign organised in 1996. The campaign identified the need for greater involvement of young people from minority backgrounds. In a declaration on the follow-up of the campaign, the Committee of Ministers invited the Secretary General to follow-up the campaign by, amongst other things, pursuing the training of minority9 youth leaders and opening up its structures to all sectors of civil society. In recent years, the Directorate of Youth and Sport has developed a long-term programme of training minority youth leaders.10 These courses have led to significant changes in many countries and youth structures; their experience is the basis for the present recommendation.

Due to the increased volume of work assigned to the GR-C, the Chair has invited the Delegations to present in writing any possible comments on this item with a deadline of 10 December 2005. To date, no comments have been received.

5.2 Draft Recommendation Rec(2005)… of the Committee of Ministers to member states on the role of national youth councils in youth policy development
(GR-C(2005)2)

Document GR-C(2005)2, which also contains an explanatory memorandum, was issued on 5 January 2005 and was meant for consideration of the GR-C meeting of 10 February 2005. Given the preparations for the Third Summit of Heads of State and Government and of the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the European Cultural Convention, the GR-C was not able to examine this draft recommendation earlier. The GR-C is invited to consider it with a view to its transmission to the Deputies for adoption.

As for its background, this draft recommendation, prepared by the European Steering Committee for Youth (CDEJ), presents guidelines for further promoting active participation of young people and is to be seen as a contribution to the work of the youth sector on “Youth participation and democratic citizenship” theme.

Due to the increased volume of work assigned to the GR-C, the Chair has invited the Delegations to present in writing any possible comments on this item with a deadline of 10 December 2005. To date, no comments have been received.

6. Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1688 (2004) on diaspora cultures – Draft reply
(REC_1688 (2004) and GR-C(2005)15)

The Standing Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly adopted Recommendation 1688 (2004) on diaspora cultures in Warsaw on 23 November 2004. The Deputies considered it at their 909th meeting (15 December 2004, item 3.1), brought it to the attention of their governments, to the Steering Committee for Culture (CDCULT) for information and possible comments by 15 January 2005, and invited the GR-C to prepare a draft reply. The CD-CULT has not provided any comments on the recommendation. The draft reply is thus based on the comments by the Secretariat.

The GR-C held a preliminary examination of the draft reply at its meeting of 12 September 2005. At the request of a delegation, the item was postponed to a forthcoming meeting of the Group.

Due to the increased volume of work assigned to the GR-C, the Chair has invited the Delegations to present in writing any possible comments on this item with a deadline of 10 December 2005. To date, no comments have been received.

7. Draft replies to Congress Recommendations

7.1 Recommendation 174 (2005) on youth education for sustainable development: the role of the regions
(REC-174 (2005) and GR-C(2005)26)

The Congress adopted Recommendation 174 (2005) at its 12th Plenary Session (31 May – 2 June 2005). The Deputies considered it at their 936th meeting (7 September 2005, item 12.1), took note of it, brought it to the attention of their governments, forwarded it to the Steering Committee for Education (CDED), European Steering Committee for Youth (CDEJ) and the Joint Committee on Youth Matters, the Committee for the activities of the Council of Europe in the field of biological and landscape diversity (CO-DBP) and the CEMAT for information, and asked the GR-C to prepare a draft reply for consideration and adoption at one of their forthcoming meetings.

Due to the increased volume of work assigned to the GR-C, the Chair has invited the Delegations to present in writing any possible comments on this item with a deadline of 10 December 2005. The Swedish delegation has suggested an addition (in bold) at the end of paragraph two, so that it reads as follows:

“As regards the Council of Europe’s Education Sector, the Division for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education (EDC/HRE) co-operates closely with UNESCO and OHCHR in the framework of the Action Plan of the World Programme for Human Rights Education. At the same time the EDC/HRE project will also seek co-operation with the relevant UN agencies in the framework of the UN Decade on Education for Sustainable Development. A global approach to citizenship has been taken up by many member states during the European Year of Citizenship through Education (2005). It is important that acitivities related to education for sustainable development are co-ordinated on a European level. The Council of Europe takes part in the implementation of the UN-ECE Strategy for Education for Sustainable Development. The goal is to integrate this strategy also on a national level."

The GR-C is invited to consider the draft reply, together with the addition above, with a view to its transmission to the Deputies for adoption.

7.2 Recommendation 175 (2005) on outermost regions: a challenge to the balanced and sustainable development of European territory
(REC_175 (2005) and GR-C(2005)33)

The Congress adopted Recommendation 175 (2005) at its 12th Plenary Session (31 May-2 June 2005). The Deputies considered it at their 936th meeting (7 September 2005, item 12.1), took note of it, brought it to the attention of their governments, forwarded it to the Committee for the activities of the Council of Europe in the field of biological and landscape diversity (CO-DBP) and the European Conference of Ministers reponsible for Regional Planning (CEMAT) for information, and asked the GR-C to prepare a draft reply for consideration and adoption at one of their forthcoming meetings.

Due to the increased volume of work assigned to the GR-C, the Chair has invited the Delegations to present in writing any possible comments on this item with a deadline of 10 December 2005. To date, no comments have been received.

8. Any other business:

None.

9. Date of the next meeting

Thursday, 19 January 2006 at 10 a.m.

Note 1 This document has been classified restricted at the date of issue. Unless the Committee of Ministers decides otherwise, it will be declassified according to the rules set up in Resolution Res(2001)6 on access to Council of Europe documents.

2 At the request of the GR-C, a preliminary draft resolution, set out in document GR-C(2005)49, was circulated to Delegations for information.

Note 3 Document GR-C(2005)47.
Note 4 See Corrigendum to CM(2005)133 Volume II.
Note 5 It could also be called Ad hoc Committee for the Agreement on Sport.
Note 6 Support for Transition in the Arts and Culture in Greater Europe.
Note 7 on the Closing Conference of the 50th anniversary of the European Cultural Convention (Faro, 27-28 October 2005).
Note 8 Ad Hoc Committee of Experts for the European Year of Citizenship through Education.

9 The definition of “minority” used in this work has traditionally been as inclusive as possible – considering different types of minorities (e.g. on the basis of nationality, ethnicity, religion, language, disability, sexual orientation...) – and based on self-identification of young people with one or several minority groups.

Note 10 Training courses on “Participation and Citizenship” and “Diversity and Cohesion”.


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