1039th meeting – 22 October 2008

Appendix 3
(Item 6.1b)

Terms of reference of the European Committee for Social Cohesion (CDCS)

Fact sheet

Name of Committee:

European Committee for Social Cohesion (CDCS)

Compliance with Resolution Res(2005)47:

YES

Programme of Activities: project(s)

2008/DG3/1380 Promoting the European Code of Social Security
2009/DG3/1995 Social mobility as a factor of social cohesion
2009/DG3/2021 A Europe of shared social responsibilities: citizens’ and public authorities’ in promoting a cohesive and sustainable society roles
2009/DG3/2065 Implementation of the Social Cohesion Strategy

Project relevance:

    1. Chapter III of the Third Summit Action Plan: Building a more human and inclusive Europe.

    2. Contribution to core values, namely the development of social rights as part of human rights and facilitating access to these rights, particularly by vulnerable groups of population.

3. Political justification/framework: the CDCS plays a key role in the definition, elaboration and setting up of the European Social Cohesion Strategy, particularly in the transversal implementation of the follow-up to the conclusions and recommendations of the High-Level Task Force.

Project added value:

- The Council of Europe is the only European organisation setting standards in areas related to social security (European Code of Social Security and other legal instruments in this field).
- The CDCS has been a pioneer in defining social cohesion and developing tools in this field (e.g. Methodological Guide on the concerted development of social cohesion indicators). The current and future challenges are analysed by the CDCS and recommendations and guidelines are drawn up to assist member states to adjust their social policies accordingly.
- The CDCS has developed and maintains a pan-European approach to co-operation in social matters.

Financial information:

- 1 two-day meeting per year (as a rule)

Number of participants: 47 members + the Chair + up to 5 participants reimbursed, other Council of Europe bodies, observer states, European Commission, UN and other UN bodies, OECD, AELE and social partners at their own expense.

- 2 two day meetings of the CDCS Bureau per year

Budget:
- Each CDCS plenary meeting: €52 700 for travel and subsistence expenses; €3 900 for interpretation.
- Each Bureau meeting: €9 900 for travel and subsistence expenses; €3 900 for interpretation.
- €10 000 for translation and document production per year.

Terms of reference for the European Committee for Social Cohesion (CDCS)

1.

Name of the Committee:

European Committee for Social Cohesion (CDCS)

2.

Type of Committee :

Steering Committee

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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the Declaration and the Action Plan adopted by the Heads of State and Government of the Council of Europe at their Third Summit (Warsaw, 16-17 May 2005), in particular Chapter III (Building a more humane and inclusive Europe);

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the Council of Europe conventions, resolutions and recommendations relevant to social cohesion, in particular, the European Social Charter and Council of Europe instruments on social security;

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the Strategy for Social Cohesion;

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the High-Level Task Force report on social cohesion in the 21st century: “Towards an active, fair and socially cohesive Europe”;

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the recommendations of the 28th session of the Conference of the European Ministers responsible for Family Affairs (Lisbon, 16-17 May 2006);

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the decisions of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe in the field of social cohesion, and bearing in mind the criteria set out in document CM(2006)101 final.

 

Within the framework of the Programme of Activities, under the Programmes

- IV.1.2. “European Code of Social Security”;
- IV.1.3. “Promoting Social Cohesion in Europe”;
- IV.2.1. “Building a Europe for and with children”,

the Committee is instructed to:

i.

implement and develop the Strategy for Social Cohesion as approved by the Committee of Ministers;

ii.

provide follow-up to the conclusions and recommendations of the High-Level Task Force on Social Cohesion in the 21st century established pursuant to the Warsaw Action Plan; ensure co-ordination and communication between relevant Council of Europe bodies and monitor its implementation in order to achieve significant results;

iii.

prepare the first Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Social Cohesion and implement decisions of the Committee of Ministers relating to its follow-up;

iv.

co-ordinate, guide and stimulate co-operation between the member states with a view to promoting the social standards embodied in the European Social Charter, the revised European Social Charter, and other Council of Europe instruments, in particular those mentioned in sub-paragraphs 4.vi. and vii. below;

v.

develop and promote integrated multidisciplinary responses to challenges posed by an ageing European population and other social and economic developments;

vi.

execute the terms of reference derived from the following treaties:

- the European Code of Social Security and its Protocol;
- the European Code of Social Security (revised);
- the European Convention on Social Security and its Supplementary Agreement;

vii.

examine the functioning and implementation of the following treaties, with a view to adapting them and improving their practical application:

- the European Interim Agreement on Social Security Schemes relating to Old Age, Invalidity and Survivors, and Protocol thereto;
- the European Interim Agreement on Social Security other than Schemes for Old Age, Invalidity and Survivors, and Protocol thereto;
- the European Convention on Social and Medical Assistance, and Protocol thereto;
- the European Agreement on “au pair” Placement;
- the European Convention on the Social Protection of Farmers;

viii.

maintain regular exchanges of views, information and good practice on issues relating to social cohesion with Council of Europe member states, as well as with relevant international organisations; 

ix.

while taking account of the progress of this work, prepare, under its own responsibility, proposals for the Programme of Activities for the coming years.

5.

Composition of the Committee:

5.A

Members

The governments of member states are entitled to appoint representatives with the following qualifications: senior national civil servants having responsibility for the planning, development and implementation of policies relevant to the work of the Committee and appointed by their governments to co-ordinate at national level all elements of government policy relevant to the work of the Committee.

 

The Council of Europe budget will bear the travel and subsistence expenses for one representative per member state (two in the case of the state whose representative has been elected Chairperson).

5.B

Participants

i.

The following committees may each send a representative to meetings of the Committee, without the right to vote and at the charge of their administrative budgets:

- European Committee for Social Rights (ECSR);
- Governmental Committee of the European Social Charter (T-SG);
- European Committee on Migration (CDMG);
- European Co-ordination Forum for the Council of Europe Disability Action Plan 2006-2015 (CAHPAH);
- European Health Committee (CDSP);
- Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH);
- Steering Committee for Equality between Women and Men (CDEG);
- European Steering Committee for Youth (CDEJ);
- Steering Committee for Education (CDED);
- Steering Committee for Culture (CDCULT);
- Steering Committee for Cultural Heritage and Landscape (CDPATEP);
- Steering Committee on the Media and New Communication Services (CDMC);
- Steering Committee on Local and Regional Democracy (CDLR).

ii.

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

iii.

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

iv.

The Partial Agreement Co-operation Group to Combat Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in Drugs (Pompidou Group) and the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) may send representatives to the meetings of the Committee, without the right to vote and at the charge of their own administrative budgets.

5.C

Other participants

i.

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

ii.

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

iii.

The following international organisations may send representative/representatives to meetings of the Committee, without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses:

- United Nations and UN agencies: International Labour Organisation (ILO); United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE);
- Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD);
- European Free Trade Association (EFTA).

iv.

The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) and the Union of Industrial and Employers’ Confederations of Europe (UNICE) (“social partners”) may send a representative to meetings of the Committee, without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses.

6.

Working methods and structures:

 

The working structures of the Committee will be:

- a Bureau composed of 11 members from the Council of Europe member states including the Chairperson and Vice-chairperson;

- subordinate committees for the execution of the terms of reference;

- the Committee shall hold regular exchanges of views with the European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR) and the Governmental Committee of the European Social Charter (T-SG). It shall also work in co-operation with other relevant Council of Europe bodies and may proceed, within the limits of its budget, to the hearing of experts and of personalities if necessary.

7.

Duration:

 

These terms of reference will expire on 31 December 2011.



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