Statutory report 2006

8. Youth and Sport

Youth
Partial Agreement on the Youth Card
Sport

Youth

At their 978th meeting on 25 October (Item 8.1) the Deputies adopted Recommendation Rec(2006)14 of the Committee of Ministers to member states on citizenship and participation of young people in public life, and took note of the Explanatory Memorandum to the recommendation.

At their 965th meeting on 24 May (Item 8.2) the Deputies adopted the revised terms of reference of the European Steering Group of the European Youth Campaign for Diversity, Human Rights and Participation “All Different – All Equal” (CMJ-SGADAE).

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

CDEJ (European Steering Committee on Youth)
European Youth Centres and European Youth Foundation
Programming Committee of the European Youth Centres and the European Youth Foundation

CDEJ (European Steering Committee on Youth)

At their 965th meeting on 24 May (Item 8.1a) the Deputies took note of the abridged report of the 36th meeting of the European Steering Committee for Youth (CDEJ).

At their 964th meeting on 10 May (Item 8.1) the Deputies adopted the revised terms of reference of the Joint Council on Youth (CMJ), the Advisory Council on Youth (CCJ) and the Programming Committee on Youth (CPJ).

At their 952nd meeting on 11 January (item 8.2) the Deputies designated the following thirty members of the Advisory Council on Youth for a period of three years (2006-2008):

- Twenty structures (INGYOs and National Youth Committees) proposed by the European Youth Forum:

Alliance of European Voluntary Service Organisations (ALLIANCE); Comité pour les Relations Nationales et Internationales des Associations de Jeunesse et d'éducation Populaire (CNAJEP); German National Youth Council (DNK); European Alliance of Young Men’s Christian Associations (YMCA); European Educational Exchanges – Youth for Understanding (EEE – YFU); European Union of Jewish Students (EUJS); Ecumenical Youth Council in Europe (EYCE); Federation of the Young European Greens (FYEG); Finnish Youth Co-operation (Allianssi); International Federation of Liberal and Radical Youth (IRLFRY); International Union of Socialist Youth (IUSY); International Young Nature Friends (IYNF); National Unions of Students in Europe (ESIB); National Youth Council of Catalonia (CNCJ); National Youth Council of Lithuania (LIJOT); National Youth Council of Moldova (CNTM); National Youth Council of Norway (LNU); Organising Bureau of School Students’ Unions (OBESSU); World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS); World Organisation of the Scout Movement (WOSM).

- Ten structures either involved in areas of youth work relevant to the Council of Europe’s youth policy, or INGYOs and networks not members of the European Youth Forum, proposed by the Secretary General:

Co-ordinating Committee for International Voluntary Service (CCVIS); European Non-Governmental Sports Organisation (ENGSO Youth); Forum of European Muslim Youth and Students’ Organisations (FEMYSO); International Federation of Hard of Hearing Young People (IFHOHYP); Minorities of Europe; United for Intercultural Action; “Young Europe” Movement and Youth Network against Racism and Intolerance; Young Women from Minorities (WFM); Youth Association for Habitat and Agenda 21; Youth Communication Centre – OKC, member organisation of South-East European Youth Network (SEEYN).

At the same meeting (item 8.3) the Deputies took note of the Secretary General’s report on the 7th Council of Europe Conference of European Ministers responsible for Youth (Budapest, 23-24 September 2005), whose main theme was “Human dignity and social cohesion: youth policy responses to violence”.

They went on (item 8.5a) the Deputies agreed to forward draft recommendation Rec(2006)… on the promotion of participation of minority youth and its draft Explanatory Report, as they appear in document GR-C(2005)21, together with the proposals for amendments by delegations as they appear in the Addendum to that document, to the following bodies to give a joint opinion with a deadline of 30 June 2006:

- the Committee of Experts on Issues relating to the Protection of the National Minorities (DH-MIN) through the Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH);

- the European Committee on Migration (CDMG);

- the European Committee for Social Cohesion (CDCS);

and for separate opinions, with the same deadline, to the following bodies:

- the Steering Committee for Education (CDED);

- the Steering Committee for Higher Education and Research (CDESR);

- the Steering Committee for Culture (CDCULT);

- the European Health Committee (CDSP);

- the Steering Committee for Equality between Women and Men (CDEG);

- the European Committee on Legal Co-operation (CDCJ).

The Deputies also adopted (item 8.5b) Recommendation Rec(2006)1 of the Committee of Ministers to member states on the role of national youth councils in youth policy development. They took note of the Explanatory Report to the recommendation and authorised its publication.

European Youth Centres and European Youth Foundation

 

Programming Committee of the European Youth Centres and the European Youth Foundation

Partial Agreement on the Youth Card

At their 956th meeting on 15 February (item 8.1) the Deputies, in their composition restricted to States members of the Partial Agreement on the Youth Card, appointed Austria, Croatia, Cyprus, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Serbia and Montenegro and Spain to sit on the Board of Co-ordination of the Partial Agreement in 2006-2007.

Sport

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

At their 981st meeting on 29 November (item 8.1a) the Deputies, in the light of Resolution No. 1 adopted by the 17th informal meeting of European Sports Ministers, expressed in principle their approval for the setting up of an Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS), and invited those States Party to the European Cultural Convention who so wish to notify the Secretary General in writing, without delay, of their intention to join the EPAS. They agreed, in principle, to hold the official launching ceremony of the EPAS at the 117th Ministerial Session on 10 and 11 May 2007, and invited their Rapporteur Group on Education, Culture, Sport, Youth and Environment (GR-C) to continue its work on this question.

They went on (Item 8.1b) to invite their Rapporteur Group on Education, Culture, Sport, Youth and Environment (GR C) to consider European co-ordination in the fight against doping in sport as well as European co-operation with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and to report back at one of their forthcoming meetings.

At their 978th meeting on 25 October (Item 8.2b) the Deputies, in the light of Resolution No. 2 adopted by the 17th informal meeting of Ministers of Sport (document CM(2006)188) and in accordance with decisions CM/Del/Dec(2006)956/8.2b and 957/8.1, designated Minister Jean-François LAMOUR (France) as the European candidate from the public authorities for the position of interim Vice-Chair of WADA for 2007. They confirmed the designation of Minister Brian MIKKELSEN (Denmark) as the candidate to the position of European member of the WADA Executive Committee for 2007 to 2008, and confirmed the designation of Minister Vyacheslav FETISOV (Russian Federation) as the second member of the Foundation Board of WADA appointed by the Council of Europe, for the term of office 2007 to 2009; Finally, they took note that the Ministers of Sport unanimously supported Minister Vyacheslav FETISOV (Russian Federation) for a leading role in or for the Chair of the future Conference of parties of the UNESCO International Convention against Doping in Sport.

 At their 971st meeting on 12 July (Item 8.2), the Deputies took note of the feasibility study prepared by the Ad hoc Committee for the Agreement on Sport (CAHAS) and the budgetary considerations according to which it has been drafted. They agreed to transmit it to member states in anticipation of the 17th informal meeting of European Ministers responsible for Sport in Moscow on 20 and 21 October 2006, which would examine the options presented.

At their 952nd meeting on 11 January (item 8.4) the Deputies adopted the specific terms of reference of the Ad hoc Committee for the Agreement on Sport (CAHAS).

CDSS (Committee for the Development of Sport)

World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) 

At their 957th meeting on 1 March (item 8.1) the Deputies, With regard to the two members of the WADA Foundation Board, took note that the appointment of Mr V. A. Fetisov as a second representative of the Council of Europe was valid for the period November 2003 to December 2006. They agreed that a member state putting forward its candidate for the WADA Foundation Board should have expressed its commitment to support the WADA and the World Anti-Doping Code in accordance with the Copenhagen Declaration and that this commitment should constitute an additional criterion to those adopted by the Ministers’ Deputies at their 848th meeting (10 July 2003). They also decided that items a) and b) of the procedure adopted by the Ministers’ Deputies at their 848th meeting (10 July 2003) would from now on read as follows:

“a. one of the seats will be filled by the Secretary General or the Deputy Secretary General;

b. the other seat should be filled by a person at the highest possible level, elected by the Committee of Ministers (or, should an appropriate occasion arise in the future, designated by the Conference of European Ministers responsible for sport or by a meeting at ministerial level and confirmed by the Committee of Ministers) on the basis of candidatures submitted to the Secretary General by Sports Ministers from States Party to the European Cultural Convention which fulfil the following criteria:

i. have paid their contribution to WADA for the years 2005 and 2006 and have given a firm commitment to pay in 2007 and 2008;

ii. are not a member of the European Union;

iii. are a party to the Anti-Doping Convention;

iv. are committed to support WADA and the World Anti-doping-Code.”

The Deputies, with regard to the timetable for designation of the two members of the WADA Foundation Board appointed by the Council of Europe, took note of the fact that the next term of office of the Secretary General or the Deputy Secretary General on the Foundation Board will be 2006 to 2008 and that of the second Board’s member designated by the Committee of Ministers will be 2007 to 2009, and agreed that the candidatures to fill the other seat designated by the Council of Europe would be submitted to the Secretary General by 15 September 2006 and that the election or confirmation shall preferably take place before November 2006. The Deputies agreed to establish the timetable for the appointment of the Board members for the terms of office 2009 to 2011 and 2010 to 2012, and this before October 2008;

With regard to the possible designation of candidates representing European public authorities for the positions of Chair or Vice-Chair of the WADA Foundation Board, the Deputies invited the European Co-ordination Forum to adopt a candidate profile for the Vice-Chair or Chair of WADA to guide the identification of persons with the purpose of reporting to the 17th Informal Meeting of Sports Ministers (Moscow, 20-21 October 2006) and to the Committee of Ministers, and agreed that the appointment procedure should give due reference to necessary WADA statutory amendments and complements the international procedure under development. They recommended that the Working Group set up by the European Co-ordination Forum to identify a candidate to the (Vice-)Chair consults at regular intervals with all member states through the Forum and seeks views at worldwide level to deliver a comprehensive and robust procedure;

As regards the position of the Vice-Chair, the Deputies agreed that candidatures to fill this position ad interim for 2007 shall be submitted to the Secretary General by 15 September 2006 and that the appointment of a candidate shall take place before November 2006 under a procedure similar to that set out above.

Finally, with regard to the general terms of reference for the members of the WADA Foundation Board from the European region, the Deputies adopted the revised terms of reference for the members of the WADA Foundation Board coming from the European region, and instructed the Secretariat to bring these general terms of reference to the attention of any office holder or member representing the European region within the Executive Committee or the Foundation Board of WADA whose candidature has been supported by the Committee of Ministers, as well as to members of WADA working committees nominated by European public authorities.

At their 956th meeting on 15 February (item 8.2b) the Deputies agreed that the position on the Executive Committee of WADA should be filled by a person at the highest possible level from a State Party to the European Cultural Convention, which has paid its contribution to WADA for the years 2005 and 2006 and has given a firm commitment to pay in the following years; is a Party to the Anti-Doping Convention; and is committed to supporting WADA and the World Anti-Doping Code.

The Deputies agreed that members of the WADA Foundation Board designated by the Council of Europe, when called upon to appoint the European member of the WADA Executive Committee, shall take account of any relevant discussion within the European Co-ordination Forum on WADA, the Conference of European Ministers responsible for Sport and the Committee of Ministers. Finally, they took note of the election of Minister J.-F. LAMOUR (France) as the representative of the European continent on the Executive Committee of WADA until the end of 2006.

At the same meeting the Deputies (item 8.2c), under the terms of Article 17 of the Statute of the Council of Europe, adopted the revised terms of reference of the European Co-ordination Forum for the World Anti-Doping Agency (CAHAMA) for the period 2006 to 2007.



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