Ministers' Deputies / Rapporteur Groups
GR-SOC
Rapporteur Group for Social and Health Questions

GR-SOC(2007)1 22 January 20071
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Notes on the Agenda
Meeting of 1 February 2007 (9.30 am.)

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1. Communication by the Director General of DG III

1. The Director General of DG III will present briefly information on DG III’s main activities in recent and coming months. The full text of his communication will be distributed during the meeting.

2. European Committee on Migration (CDMG) –

    a. Presentation of the Statement on the role and activities of the CDMG by its Chairperson and a member of the Bureau

b. Abridged report of the 52nd meeting (Strasbourg, 6-8 November 2006)
c. Draft terms of reference of the CDMG and a body answerable to it
CM(2007)1

2. This exchange of views with two members of CDMG takes place within the framework of the decision of the Committee of Ministers to improve communication between its rapporteur groups and steering committees particularly in the context of identifying future activities to be undertaken by the Council of Europe. CDMG will be represented by its chairperson, Mrs Athanassia Ioannou (Greece) and a member of its Bureau, Mr Chris Hedges (United Kingdom).

3. CDMG was established by the Committee of Ministers in 1979 as a development of the work undertaken by the Council of Europe on migration since 1953, firstly through the Special Representative for national refugees and overpopulation, and subsequently by the Special Representative’s Advisory Committee (CAHRS). At its last meeting, CDMG adopted a statement on its role and future activities, with the purpose of ensuring that future activities correspond to the interests of the specialised ministries that participate in the committee and to the specific role of the Council of Europe.

4. The exchange of views will provide an opportunity for delegations to discuss with the members of CDMG on the basis of this document the question of what should be the future role of CDMG, and indeed more widely of the Council of Europe in the field of migration.

5. The Group is also invited to examine the abridged report of the CDMG’s 52nd meeting, with a view to bringing the report and the appended statement on the role and activities of the CDMG to the attention of the Deputies at their 988th meeting on 21 February.

6. The Group is also invited to examine the CDMG’s new draft terms of reference as they appear in Appendix III of document CM(2007)1, with a view to proposing their adoption by the Deputies at the same meeting on 21 February. It is also invited to examine the draft new terms of reference for the select Committee of experts on access of migrants to employment as they appear at appendix IV. Finally, the attention of the Group is drawn to the request in paragraph 23 of the abridged report, that the travel and subsistence expenses of the participation of Greece in the committee MG-S-ROM be covered by the Council of Europe budget.

3. Exchange of views with Mrs Mary Daly, Chair of High-level Task Force on Social Cohesion in the 21st Century

7. The High-level Task Force on Social Cohesion in the 21st Century was created in autumn 2005 as part of the follow-up to the Third Summit of Heads of State and Government, and entrusted with a review the Council of Europe’s Strategy for Social Cohesion by the preparation of an in-depth report and recommendations on promoting social cohesion in Europe. Taking account of the differing concepts of social cohesion found in different countries, the Task Force was invited to propose innovative and practical ways in which social cohesion could be promoted within the changed European and world environment of the 21st century.

8. The Task Force, which brings together eight eminent social policy experts with personal experience of policy making and implementation appointed in December 2005, is due to present its final report to the Committee of Ministers not later than 30 November 2007. The Group is invited to exchange views with the Chair of the High-level Task Force on Social Cohesion in the 21st Century, Mrs Mary Daly, on the basis of her presentation of the current state of the work of the Task Force.

4. Draft terms of reference of the European Committee for Social Cohesion (CDCS)
CM(2007)5

9. At their 983rd meeting on 13 December 2006, the Deputies took note of the abridged report of the 17th meeting of the European Committee for Social Cohesion (CDCS), and in particular adopted Recommendation Rec(2006)19 on policy to support positive parenting submitted with the report. The terms of reference of the CDCS discussed at this meeting were adopted subsequently by the CDCS by written procedure, and therefore the Group is invited to examine them, with a view to their submission to the Deputies for adoption at their 988th meeting on 21 February 2007.

5. Committee on the Rehabilitation and Integration of People with disabilities (Partial Agreement) (CD-P-RR)
Abridged report of the 29th session (Strasbourg, 17-20 October 2006)
CM(2007)7

10. The Committee on the Rehabilitation and Integration of People with disabilities (Partial Agreement) (CD-P-RR) held its 29th Session on 17-20 October 2006. The Group is invited to examine the abridged report of the meeting as it appears in document CM(2007)7, and to take note of the terms of reference of the Committee of Experts on Community Living (Deinstitutionalisation) of Children with Disabilities (Partial Agreement) (P-RR-CLCD), of the Working Group on the Council of Europe Disability Action Plan (partial agreement) (P-RR-WGAP) and of the Committee of Experts on Ageing of people with disabilities and older people with disabilities (Partial Agreement) (P-RR-VPH) as they appear at appendices 2 to 4 of document CM(2007)7.

11. The abridged report and terms of reference will be submitted to the 988th meeting (21 February) for the Deputies, in their composition restricted to Representatives of the States members of the Partial Agreement in the Social and Public Health Field,2 to take note.

6. Working migration from the countries of Eastern and Central Europe: present state and perspectives – Draft reply to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1748 (2006)
REC_1748 (2006), CM/AS(2007)Rec1748 prov
and
7. Demographic challenges for social cohesion – Draft reply to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1749 (2006)
REC_1749 (2006), CM/AS(2007)Rec1749 prov

12. Examination of the replies to these two recommendations was postponed, pending the results of the discussions concerning the draft Programme of Activities and budget for 2007. The Secretariat has now prepared draft replies to Recommendations 1748 and 1749 (2006), which are contained in documents CM/AS(2007)Rec1748 prov and CM/AS(2007)Rec1749 prov. The Group is invited to examine the drafts, with a view to submitting the draft replies to the Deputies for adoption without further debate at their 988th meeting on 21 February 2007.

8. Migration refugees and population in the context of the Third Summit of heads of state and government of member states of the Council of Europe (Warsaw, 16-17 May 2005) – Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1757 (2006)
REC_1757 (2006), CM/AS(2007)Rec1757 prov

13. The Secretariat has prepared a draft reply to Recommendation 1757 (2006), which is contained in document CM/AS(2007)Rec1757 prov. The Group is invited to examine the provisional draft which could be completed in the light of the discussion under item 2.a of the present meeting, with a view to submitting a draft reply to the Deputies for adoption without further debate at their 988th meeting on 21 February 2007.

9. Effective access to social rights for immigrants : the role of local and regional authorities – Recommendation 194 (2006) of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities
Congress REC_194 (2006), CM/Cong(2007)Rec194 prov

14. The Secretariat has prepared a draft reply to Congress Recommendation 194 (2006), which is contained in document CM/Cong(2007)Rec194 prov. The Group is invited to examine the draft with a view to submitting the draft reply to the Deputies for adoption without further debate at their 988th meeting on 21 February 2007.

10. Other business

None at present.

11. Date of next meeting

Tuesday, 27 March 2007.

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 States concerned: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom.



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