Statutory report 2005

7. Cultural co-operation

Education
Higher Education
Culture
Cultural Heritage
EURIMAGES
European Centre for Modern Languages

Education

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At their 930th meeting on 15 June (item 7.2), the Deputies took note of the declaration adopted by the second seminar of European Education Ministers “Teaching remembrance through cultural heritage” (Cracow, 4-6 May 2005), and of the oral report made by the Polish delegation at their 929th meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies (8 June 2005). They agreed to transmit the declaration to the Steering Committee for Education (CD-ED), the Steering Committee for Higher Education and Research (CD-ESR) and the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), for information. The Deputies welcomed the proposed establishment at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum of an education centre to develop the teaching of remembrance and invited the centre to co-operate closely with the Council of Europe, and instructed their Rapporteur Group on Education, Culture, Sport, Youth and Environment (GR-C) to examine the proposals for future Council of Europe action put forward in the declaration.

At their 916th meeting on 23-24 February (item 7.3) the Deputies thanked the Bulgarian authorities for the excellent organisation of the launching Conference of the European Year of Citizenship through Education (Sofia, 13-14 December 2004), taking note with interest of the Final Communiqué adopted at the as it appears in document GR-C(2004)5, and agreeing to transmit it to the DRAFT-SUM for it to take it into account in its work.

The Deputies also took note of the Action Plan as it appears in document GR-C(2005)4 appended to the final Communiqué, and instructed the Ad Hoc Committee of Experts for the “European Year of Citizenship through Education” (CAHCIT) to translate the anti-terrorist dimension of citizenship education and human rights education into a concrete activity to implement during the "Year". They agreed to forward the final Communiqué and the Action Plan for information to the Parliamentary Assembly, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, the Council of Europe Development Bank, the Steering Committee for Education (CD-ED), the Steering Committee for Higher Education and Research (CD-ESR), the Steering Committee for Culture (CDCULT), the Steering Committee for Cultural Heritage (CD-PAT), the European Steering Committee for Youth (CDEJ), the European Committee for Social Cohesion (CDCS) and the Advisory Council on Youth Questions.

The Deputies also approved the revised terms of reference of the CAHCIT and instructed the GR-C to continue to follow the work of the CAHCIT.

At their 911th meeting on 12 January (item 7.4), the Deputies adopted the reply to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1652 (2004) on the education of refugees and internally displaced persons.

CDED
(Steering Committee for Education)

At their 911th meeting on 12 January (item 7.1), the Deputies took note of the Steering Committee for Education's (CD-ED) opinion on Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1666 (2004) “Europe-wide ban on corporal punishment of children” and took note of the abridged report of the CD-ED's meeting of 11-12 October 2004.

Higher Education

(http://www.coe.int/T/E/Cultural_Co-operation/education/Higher_education/)

CDESR
(Steering Committee for Higher Education and Research)

At their 950th meeting on 8 December (item 7.1) the Deputies Item adopted Recommendation Rec(2005)13 of the Committee of Ministers to member states on the governance and management of the university heritage, taking note of its Explanatory Report and authorising its publication. They instructed the Secretary General to transmit this recommendation to the governments of those States Parties to the European Cultural Convention which are not members of the Council of Europe, and instructed the Secretary General to assess the implementation of the present recommendation at the end of the fifth year following its adoption by the Committee of Ministers.

At their 949th meeting on 1 December (item 7.1), the Deputies took note of the abridged report of the 4th plenary session of the Steering Committee for Higher Education and Research (CDESR) (Strasbourg, 29-30 September 2005), and adopted the revised terms of reference of the CDESR.

At their 939th meeting on 28 September (item 7.3), the Deputies took note of the mid-term evaluation report of the Ad hoc Committee of Experts for the “European Year of Citizenship for Education” (CAHCIT), and in particular of: the strong involvement of the member states and the commitment to make the project sustainable after the “Year”; the intensified inter-sectoral co-operation as well as the strengthened working relationship with other international organisations/institutions and non-governmental organisations; the state of affairs as regards the objectives of the Year; the way the CAHCIT had included in its work the GR-C comments concerning the prevention of terrorism; and of the evaluation criteria for the Year.

At their 938th meeting on 21 September (item 7.4), the Deputies took note of the abridged report of the meeting of the Bureau of the Steering Committee for Higher Education and Research (CDESR), held on 8 and 9 June 2005.

At their 924th meeting on 20 April (item 7.1), the Deputies took note of the abridged report of the meeting of the Bureau of the Steering Committee for Higher Education and Research (CDESR). In particular they noted the increasing role of the Council of Europe in the Bologna Process; the scheduled conference on Higher Education Governance on 22-23 September 2005; the medium-term priorities focusing on recognition of qualifications; the European Higher Education Area; quality assurance, and the social dimension of higher education and research.

Culture

At their 951st meeting on 14 December (item 7.1), the Deputies adopted the reply to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1682 (2004) on education for Europe.

At their 950th meeting on 8 December (item 7.2) the Deputies took note, with satisfaction, of the conclusions and results of the 5th (enlarged) Ministerial Colloquy of the STAGE Project (Kyiv, 15-16 September 2005). They extended sincere thanks to Ukraine for the organisation of the meeting and their hospitality, and welcomed the “Kyiv Initiative for the democratic development through culture of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine” launched during the Colloquy. The Deputies 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. The Deputies expressed their gratitude to Romania for proposing to host in 2006 the next enlarged ministerial colloquy, in the framework of the new regional project.

At their 945th meeting on 9 November (item 7.1) the Deputies took note with satisfaction of the documents adopted at the Faro Conference, in the light of their discussions held on this subject especially within the Rapporteur Group on Education, Culture, Sport, Youth and Environment (GR-C), namely:

- the Faro Declaration on the Council of Europe's Strategy for Developing Intercultural Dialogue;

- the Declaration of Intent on the setting up of an open platform of inter-institutional co-operation for intercultural dialogue between the Council of Europe and UNESCO;

- the two bilateral agreements of co-operation concluded between the Council of Europe on the one hand, and the Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation for the Dialogue between Cultures and the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organisation (ALECSO) on the other hand (CM/Inf(2005)45 and 46).

They agreed to transmit these texts to the 115th Session of the Committee of Ministers in order that the Ministers can take them into account in their discussions, and 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, instructing the GR-C to keep this question on its agenda.

At their 943rd meeting on 19 October (item 7.1), the Deputies took note of the report by the Chair of the GR-C on the meeting held on 18 and 21 October 2005, in the light of the synopsis (document GR-C(2005)CB9). On that basis they took note of the draft Faro Declaration on the Council of Europe’s strategy for improving intercultural dialogue, with a view to its transmission to the Faro Ministerial Conference for adoption. The Deputies welcomed the prospect of the signature by the Secretary General and his counterparts in the organisations concerned of a memorandum of co-operation between the Council of Europe and the Anna Lindh Euro Mediterranean Foundation for dialogue between cultures, a co-ordinated programme of activities between the Council of Europe and ALECSO in the field of education, culture, cultural and natural heritage, youth and sport, and the platform for intercultural dialogue and co-operation between the Council of Europe and UNESCO, open to other international and regional partners.

At their 939th meeting on 28 September (item 7.2), the Deputies adopted the reply to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1687 (2004) on combating terrorism through culture.

At their 938th meeting on 21 September (item 7.6), the Deputies endorsed the participation of Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia in the Ministerial Conference closing the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the European Cultural Convention, to take place in Faro, Portugal, on 27 and 28 October 2005.

At their 930th meeting on 15 June (item 7.1), the Deputies agreed with the proposal of their Rapporteur Group on Education, Culture, Sport, Youth and Environment (GR-C) not to hold, for the time being, the meeting enlarged to national experts with the task of examining and adopting programmes in the cultural co-operation field, in the light of the prioritisation work done in the framework of the follow-up to the Third Summit of Heads of State and Government and to the Wroclaw Ministerial Conference on 50 years of European Cultural co-operation, as well as of the preparations of the closing Ministerial Conference of the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the European Cultural Convention, to be held in Portugal on 27-28 October 2005.

At their 911th meeting on 12 January (item 7.2), the Deputies took note of the report by the Secretary General on the Opening Conference for the celebrations of the 50th Anniversary of the European Cultural Convention (Wroclaw, 9-10 December 2004. They took note of the “Wroclaw Declaration on Fifty Years of European Cultural Cooperation”, which was adopted by the participants at the end of the conference, and decided to transmit it to the Informal, Open-ended Drafting Group on the Third Summit (DRAFTSUM) for consideration with regard to its preparatory work on the Third Summit. The Deputies instructed their Rapporteur Group on Education, Culture, Sport, Youth and Environment (GR-C) to examine the follow-up to be given to the Declaration, in close connection with the discussions to be held on the matter within DRAFTSUM, and also took note of the report on 50 years of cultural cooperation within the Council of Europe presented by the Secretary General to the Conference.

At the same meeting (item 7.3), the Deputies adopted the reply to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1651 (2004) on ending the plundering of African cultural objects.

(http://www.coe.int/T/E/Cultural_Co-operation/culture/)

CDCULT
(Steering Committee for Culture)

At their 916th meeting on 23-24 February (item 7.2) the Deputies took note of the abridged report of the 3rd plenary session of the Steering Committee for Culture (CDCULT).

Cultural heritage

CDPAT
(Steering Committee for Cultural Heritage)

At their 941st meeting on 13 October (item 7.1), the Deputies took note of the opinion of the Parliamentary Assembly on the draft Framework Convention of the Council of Europe on the value of cultural heritage for society, as it appears in document CM(2005)153, and adopted the Framework Convention. They agreed to open it for signature on the occasion of the Conference of Ministers of Culture to be held in Faro, Portugal, on 27 and 28 October 2005. The Deputies also took note of the Explanatory Report to the Framework Convention.

At their 938th meeting on 21 September (item 7.5), the Deputies agreed to transmit the text of the draft convention on the value of cultural heritage for society as contained in document CM(2005)143 revised, to the Parliamentary Assembly for opinion at its Autumn 2005 Session, and agreed to resume consideration of the draft convention, in the light of the Assembly’s opinion, with a view to its adoption, at their 941st meeting (13 October 2005).

At their 916th meeting on 23-24 February (item 7.1) the Deputies took note of the Steering Committee for Cultural Heritage (CD-PAT)'s final activity report on the preparation of a Council of Europe Framework Convention on the value of cultural heritage for society. They instructed their Rapporteur Group on Education, Culture, Sport, Youth and Environment (GR-C) to make proposals concerning the follow-up to this final report, in the context of the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the European Cultural Convention, and instructed the GR-C to examine the other matters dealt with in the CD-PAT abridged report and to report back.

Audiovisual heritage

Eurimages

(http://www.coe.int/T/E/Cultural_Co-operation/Eurimages/)

European Centre for Modern Languages

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