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CM(2005)178 2 December 20051
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951 Meeting, 14 December 2005
7 Education and culture


7.3 Steering Committee for Culture (CDCULT) –

Abridged report of the fourth plenary session (Strasbourg, 19-21 October 2005)

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The CDCULT held its 4th plenary session from 19-21 October 2005. The agenda of the meeting appears at Appendix 3. The list of participants is available on the Internet site for DG IV.

Items submitted to the Committee of Ministers for decision

1. The CDCULT decided to adopt its draft revised Terms of Reference for 2006-2007 by written procedure and instructed the Secretariat to submit it to the Committee of Ministers in due course. The new draft Terms of Reference (Appendix I) reflect the Council of Europe’s priorities following the Third Summit of Heads of State and Government, the ongoing reform work on Resolution (76)3 and the desire to streamline work with that of other Steering Committees.

2. Following an exchange on the matter, the Committee asks the Committee of Ministers to approve of its decision to grant Observer status with the CDCULT to the European Roma and Travellers Forum (ERTF), as requested by this body.

3. The CDCULT asks the Committee of Ministers to support the development of the Compendium cultural policy information system that serves as a practical tool for European cultural co-operation and provides an exchange platform on good practices on cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue. It also asks the Committee of Ministers to invite all member states to join the project and contribute to its development.

4. The CDCULT invites the Committee of Ministers to take note of its opinion (set out in Appendix 2) on the Council of Europe’s draft Action Plan for People with Disabilities (cf. document P-SG(2005)15), following the invitation from the Committee on the Rehabilitation and Integration of People with Disabilities (CD-P-RR) to CDCULT to comment on the draft action plan.

5. The Committee welcomed the offer made by the Romanian Government to host the next Intercultural Forum on the theme of dialogue in the service of future citizens – a theme which resulted from the Warsaw Summit Action Plan – in light of the Romanian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers. Hence, the Committee decided to hold the 3rd Intercultural Forum in Bucharest, Romania, 16-18 March 2006. The Committee of Ministers is invited to take note of this. Hungary was thanked for a voluntary contribution towards its organisation.

Items submitted to the Committee of Ministers for information

6. Election

The Committee re-elected Ms Roberta Alberotanza (Italy) as Chair and Mr Kimmo Aulake (Finland) as Vice-Chair for another one-year term of office.

7. Communication on major events and work prospects with reference to cultural co-operation

The CDCULT was briefed on recent and forthcoming major events and their programme implications2. It took note of the Message from the Committee of Ministers to Committees involved in inter-governmental
co-operation at the Council of Europe (cf CM(2005)145rev). It expressed its determination to substantially contribute to implementing the relevant parts of the Warsaw Summit Action Plan and the activities derived from the Faro Declaration in accordance with its duties. The Committee is ready to contribute to joint work with the Steering Committee for Cultural Heritage related to the new Framework Convention and to collaborate with other relevant Steering Committees and bodies in areas of common interest.

Programme perspectives

8. Preparing the CDCULT contribution to the implementation of the Faro Declaration on the Council of Europe strategy for developing intercultural dialogue and cultural diversity

The Committee made proposals for certain amendments to the Draft Faro Declaration debated by the GR-C. These were consequently communicated to the GR-C meeting on 21 October 2005. The Committee expressed its interest and willingness to contribute to the new Council of Europe strategy on developing intercultural dialogue and cultural diversity, to be launched by the Ministerial Conference in Faro (27-28 October 2005) by means of the project on intercultural dialogue and conflict prevention, diversity studies, the Compendium cultural policy online information and monitoring system as well as technical assistance activities.

9. CDCULT’s contribution to the follow-up of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions

The Committee welcomed the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions and approved the proposals of the working document on CDCULT’s contribution to the regional follow-up work on the Convention. The Compendium cultural policy information and monitoring system, and Eurimages should be used in this context. The Committee will explore concrete options for follow-up, also considering possible partnership with the European Union.

10. New project on “Identity, common values and citizenship”

The Committee took note of the contents of the new project on “Identity, common values and citizenship” and expressed its interest in this initiative as a contribution to the forthcoming white paper on intercultural dialogue and cultural diversity.

11. Draft Framework Convention of the Council of Europe on the value of cultural
heritage for society, and subsequent activities of relevance to CDCULT

The CDCULT took note of the adoption by the Committee of Ministers of the Draft Framework Convention of the Council of Europe on the value of cultural heritage for society and looked forward to its opening for signature at the Ministerial Conference in Faro (27-28 October 2005).

Implementation of the work programme 2005

Cultural policies

12. Compendium online cultural policy information and monitoring system; information and documentation

The 6th edition of the Compendium information and monitoring system3 was presented. The Committee considered the Compendium as a core project, stressing its potential as a tool for promotion of cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue4 as well as for monitoring the UNESCO Convention at European level (cf. point 8). The CDCULT thanked participating countries for providing regular information updates and invited new member states to join the system, which will soon embrace 40 countries. Hungary, Monaco and the Netherlands (host of the Compendium Authors’ Meeting 2005) were thanked for financial and material support made available in 2005. Other member states were encouraged to support this information system, including financially.

13. STAGE project (South Caucasus)

The CDCULT took note of the report “STAGE Project: Assessment and directions for the future” and will follow-up on the report’s recommendations within the framework of a future integrated regional co-operation activity, which is to be launched shortly. It noted with great interest the Final Declaration adopted by the Ministers of Culture and the Kyiv Initiative5 on “Culture and Cultural Policies for Development” and looked forward to implementing their recommendations including the initiation of a comprehensive, adequately financed integrated project for culture and heritage in the South Caucasus region. Romania offered to host the next Ministerial Colloquy associated with the new integrated project.

14. Cultural Policy Review of Ukraine

The Committee approved the new approach proposed for this review in accordance with Ukrainian priorities and needs, and asked the Secretariat to report back on the review’s implementation at forthcoming CDCULT meetings.

15. Future work on cultural provision, access and participation

The Committee noted the initial reflections on standard setting in relation to issues of cultural provision, access and participation and suggested to apply a positive approach focusing on “indicators of achievement” rather than on “standards”. Interesting synergies would be built with the Compendium system and its indicator work.

16. Co-operation with the European Year of Citizenship through Education

The Committee welcomed the draft study on the function of culture in building citizenship capacity and proposed an appropriate follow-up. An addition follow-up was suggested within the good practices section of the Compendium information and monitoring system.

Intercultural dialogue and conflict prevention (see also item 5)

17. Survey on good practices in Intercultural dialogue and conflict prevention and follow-up via the Compendium

The Committee took note of the progress regarding the good-practices survey on intercultural dialogue and recognised the added-value of the Compendium online information system for future monitoring of policies and practices in the field. It invited delegations to take an active part in this activity through participation in the survey as well as financial support to the best practice work within the Compendium project in 2006.

18. Co-operation with the Anna Lindh-Euro Mediterranean Foundation for the Dialogue between Cultures (ALF)

The Committee welcomed the forthcoming signing of the Memorandum of co-operation between the Council of Europe and this Foundation at the Ministerial Conference in Faro Portugal, 27-28 October 2005. Article 15 of the Memorandum provides the main themes for future co-operation regarding the CDCULT activities.

19. Co-operation with the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organisation (ALECSO)

The CDCULT welcomed the forthcoming co-ordinated programme of activities between the Council of Europe and ALECSO, and paid tribute to the latter’s work on intercultural dialogue.

Promoting European identities through culture and heritage

20. Art exhibitions: Evaluation and future of the exhibition series

The Committee agreed to include the exhibition “The Holy Roman Empire of German Nations” (Magdeburg and Berlin, 2006) as the 29th exhibition in the series without financial commitment. It took note of the report by the Group of Consultants of September 2005 including recommendations for re-orientation of the exhibition series and invited the Consultants to discuss both recommendations and future exhibitions at their next meeting. The Committee considered Islamic art and other contemporary and modern art themes as prospective for future exhibitions. The Council of Europe would hence provide a reference point on contemporary European representations of common identity and belonging for the public at large. The Committee considered expanding the Group of Consultants.

21. Cultural routes of the Council of Europe: recent developments

The Committee took note of the recent developments of the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe including recently awarded cultural routes and the publication of a six-volume Spanish edition on the project. It postponed the renewal of the Advisory Committee of the Cultural Routes until the updating of the Agreement between the Council of Europe and the Institute for Cultural Routes in Luxemburg.

22. European Heritage Days

The Committee took note of the recent developments of the European Heritage Days, including a launch of Colloquies on the interpretation of heritage, as of September 2006, and the opening of a tender for the liaison office contributing to the diverse European co-ordination tasks regarding the Heritage Days.

Cultural diversity, cultural action and economic and social development

23. Creating Cultural Capital: Progress Report

The Committee took note of and looked forward to further progress of the Cultural Development Agencies in Russia promoting local participation and networks of cultural exchange with a focus on local communities. The Committee endorsed co-operation with the International Association for the Biennale of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean in support of the development of a joint network in the Mediterranean.

24. New partnerships for Culture: Project Progress Report

Following the briefing on the 2005 activities of the pilot project – New Partnerships for Culture – the Committee welcomed the progress made in the pilot phase and wished to see it followed-up within the framework of the forthcoming Action Plan for Russia in 2006.

Working methods of the Committee

25. Communication strategy

The Committee thanked the Chair for her reflections and proposals to improve communication on the work carried out by the CDCULT, thus enhancing visibility.

26. Dates of the next Committee and Bureau meetings

Following a previous decision to convene plenary meetings in the Spring, the Committee decided to hold its next plenary session from 10 to 12 April 2006. Thanks to a voluntary contribution by Finland, the Committee welcomed the possibility of holding an additional Bureau meeting in February 2006.

Appendix 1

Terms of reference of the Steering Committee for Culture (CDCULT)

General Terms of Reference

1. Name of Committee:

Steering Committee for Culture (CDCULT)

2. Type of Committee:

Steering Committee

3. Source of terms of reference:

Committee of Ministers

4. Terms of reference:

Under the authority of the Committee of Ministers, in the framework of the European Cultural Convention and as a follow-up to the priorities defined at the Third Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Council of Europe (Warsaw, 16-17 May 2005) and the objectives adopted by the ministers of culture, in Wroclaw
(9-10 December 2004) and in Faro (26-28 October 2005) as reflected in the annual programme of activities adopted by the Committee of Ministers, the Steering Committee for Culture shall undertake the following:

4.1 Responsibilities:

The Committee shall be responsible for activities related to cultural policy and action and follow up on their implementation, monitoring and evaluation, hence:

a. Prepare the Conferences of European Ministers responsible for Cultural Affairs of the Council of Europe and ensure their follow-up;

b. Provide advice to the Committee of Ministers and the Secretary General on the setting and implementation of programme priorities in its sector, paying particular attention to the relevance of the activities to the core values of the Council of Europe and ensuring that activities are in line with the criteria adopted by the Committee of Ministers;

c. Advise other Committees and bodies of the Council of Europe on culture-related aspects of their programmes as required and co-ordinate its work with that of other steering committees and relevant Council of Europe bodies;

d. Contribute to the conception and implementation of transversal activities with the Steering Committee for Heritage (CDPAT) such as the Cultural Routes programme and integrated technical assistance activities, participate in other multisectoral initiatives and joint programmes defined by the Secretary General and implement the Council of Europe Art Exhibitions programme;

e. Contribute to the dissemination of the work results, utilising them to the best possible effect, including to the benefit of appropriate civil society bodies and structures.

4.2. Specific functions:

The Committee’s work shall focus on cultural policy development and help with its implementation, standard setting and follow-up, including:

a. Development of cultural policies:

- examination of national/regional/local policies and trends as well as comparative, transversa
and sectoral studies;
- knowledge transfer through provision of policy information systems and sharing of good
practices;
- cultural co-operation/action/pilot projects.

b. Assistance in the implementation of cultural policies through targeted assistance and capacity building activities, as well as regional co-operation initiatives.

c. Development of European standards, principles and good practices, in particular regarding:

- good governance in culture and the democratic management of diversity inter alia through
intercultural dialogue;
- access to and participation in culture;
- enhancement of creativity.

d. The follow-up of standard setting instruments and standards in the field of culture through adequate action and tools, such as the information/monitoring system ‘Compendium of Cultural Policies’, notably:

- the European Cultural Convention (1954);
- the European Convention on cinematographic co-production (1992);
- the European Convention for the protection of the audiovisual heritage (2001);
- the Protocol to the European Convention for the protection of the audiovisual heritage (2001);
- any other legal instruments and tools, available or to be prepared, such as
recommendations, declarations, good-practice collections.

5. Membership of the Committee:

a. Each Contracting Party to the European Cultural Convention may be represented by one or more national senior official(s) responsible for cultural policy duly mandated by their authorities. Each State Party shall have one vote.

The travel and subsistence expenses of one representative (two in the case of the state whose representative has been elected Chair) shall be borne by the Council of Europe budget.

b. The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe may be represented at meetings of the Committee, with the right to vote. Their representatives' expenses will be borne by their respective administrative budgets.

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

d. The following observer states with the Council of Europe may send a representative to meetings of the Committee without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses:

- Canada;
- Japan;
- Mexico;
- United States of America.

e. With a view to optimal synergy with and contributions by other International bodies, cultural professionals and civil society representatives to intergovernmental work, the following observers with the Committee may send representatives to meetings of the Committee, without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses:

- Israel;
- UNESCO;
- OECD;
- OSCE;
- EFTA;
- Nordic Council of Ministers;
- European Cultural Foundation (ECF);
- European Cultural Centre in Delphi;
- ALECSO (Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organisation).

f. Persons with particular expertise in cultural matters (academics, NGO-representatives, etc.) may be invited by the Chair in co-ordination with the Secretariat to attend meetings, without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses.

6. Working structures and methods:

Within its terms of reference, the Committee elects a Bureau of eight members;

The Committee is entitled to set up working parties with a view to ensuring the implementation of its activities, making use as far as possible of cost-neutral, modern electronic working methods;

The Committee and its Bureau shall organise its work in accordance with the provisions applicable to intergovernmental cooperation structures laid down by the Committee of Ministers.

7. Duration:

These terms of reference shall be reviewed before 31 December 2007.

Appendix 2

Draft Action Plan of the Council of Europe for People with Disabilities

Opinion of the Steering Committee for Culture (CDCULT)
(as adopted by written procedure following its 4th Plenary Session (Strasbourg, 19-21 October 2005))

1. The Steering Committee for Culture (CDCULT) examined the draft Action Plan for People with Disabilities 2006-2015 following its Plenary Session (19-21 October) 2005 and was pleased to contribute to it with the following observations:

2. The CDCULT congratulated the Committee on the Rehabilitation and Integration of People with Disabilities (CD-P-RR) on its achievements towards mainstreaming the needs of people with disabilities and their status as citizens, especially as regards promoting their rights and full participation in society. The CDCULT endorsed and underlined the importance of the Plan’s comprehensive policy approach towards a truly participatory and human-rights oriented policy in this area as well as the importance of the orientation shift implied (“from the patient to the citizen”, etc.).

3. Having studied the action lines of the plan and considering the CDCULT’s field of competence, the Committee expressed its special interest and support to action line 2, “Participation in Cultural Life. The CDCULT would like the CD-P-RR to take note of its recent decision to further research work on standard setting in relation to issues of provision, access and participation within the framework of the forthcoming strategy on the democratic management of cultural diversity (cf. point 5).

4. The CDCULT took good note of the proposal made in the Action Plan to mainstream disability issues in Council of Europe activities. It wished to ensure the CD-P-RR that it was prepared to contribute to the implementation the Action Plan for People with Disabilities in its field of competence and proposed to include the perspective of people with disabilities in its future work (e.g. on standard setting in relation to issues of provision, access and participation within the framework of the forthcoming strategy on the democratic management of cultural diversity; on good practices regarding cultural participation). Respective information could be added to the Compendium, the European cultural policy online information system.

5. The Committee finally thanked the CD-P-RR in advance for keeping it abreast of the progress made with the implementation of the Action Plan and the follow-up given to CDCULT’s specific observations.

Appendix 3

AGENDA

1.

Opening of the meeting by the Chair and adoption of the agenda

2.

Message from the Chair

3.

Communications from the Secretariat

 

- The Third Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Council of Europe and the implementation of its Action Plan
- The Colloquy of Intellectuals on “European Culture: Identity and Diversity” (Strasbourg,
8-9 September 2005)
- The closing celebrations of the 50th Anniversary of the European Cultural Convention (Faro, Portugal, 27-28 October 2005);
- Draft Framework Convention of the Council of Europe on the value of cultural heritage for society – State of the art
- Follow-up to previous decisions by the Committee/Bureau
- Joint Session of the Bureaus of CDCULT and CDPAT (Strasbourg, 8 September 2005)

4.

Election

4.1.

Election of the Chair

5.

Information from the member states and exchange of views

5.1.

Developments in legislation, policy and administrative practice in member states

   

6.

CDCULT programme perspectives and new activities

6.1.

Preparing the contribution by CDCULT to the implementation of the Draft Faro Declaration on the Council of Europe’s strategy for developing intercultural dialogue/cultural diversity

6.2.

CDCULT contribution to the follow-up of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions – Draft outline

6.3.

New project on “Identity, common values and citizenship”

6.4.

Framework Convention of the Council of Europe on the value of cultural heritage for society, and subsequent activities of relevance to CDCULT

7.

Cultural policies

7.1.

Compendium: presentation by ERICarts of recent progress;
Information and documentation

7.2.

STAGE Project
Cultural policy review of Ukraine

7.3.

Possible future work on cultural provision, access and participation

7.4.

Co-operation with the European Year of Citizenship through Education

8.

Intercultural dialogue and conflict prevention

8.1.

3rd Intercultural Forum

8.2.

Survey on good practices in Intercultural Dialogue and Conflict Prevention and follow-up via the Compendium

8.3.

Co-operation with the Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation for the Dialogue between Cultures (ALF)

8.4.

Co-operation with the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organisation (ALECSO)

9.

Promoting European identities through culture and heritage

9.1.

Art exhibitions: Evaluation and future of the exhibition series

9.2.

Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe: recent developments

9.3.

European Heritage Days: recent developments

   

10.

Cultural diversity, cultural action and economic and social development

10.1

Creating Cultural Capital: Progress Report

10.2.

New partnerships for Culture: Project Progress report

11.

Working methods of the Committee and Bureau

11.1

Mandate of the CDCULT

11.2.

Strategy / Communication policy internal / external

12.

Other points for information / decision

12.1.

Co-operation between CDCULT and the European Roma and Travellers Forum (ERTF)

13.

14.

Dates of the next Committee and Bureau meetings

Adoption of the list of decisions and closing of the meeting

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.
Note 2 Wroclaw Conference, December 2004; Third Summit of Heads of State and Government, May 2005; Colloquy on “European Culture: Identity and Diversity”, September 2005; closing celebrations of the 50th Anniversary of the European Cultural Convention in Faro, Portugal, October 2005; and the opening for signature of the Framework Convention of the Council of Europe on the value of cultural heritage for society in October 2005 at the Faro Conference
Note 3 A tool for European cultural co-operation and observatory activities.
Note 4 Work on indicators on cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue, a good-practices’ compilation on intercultural dialogue and maintenance of the network of national authors.
Note 5 The Kyiv Initiative for the Democratic Development through Culture of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, launched at the 5th enlarged Ministerial Colloquy of the STAGE Project (Kyiv, 15-16 September 2005).


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