Committees 2014-2015

CommitteesThe structure presented below of steering and ad hoc committees is based on the priorities for 2014-2015.
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Ad hoc Committee of Experts on Roma Issues (CAHROM)
Main tasks: oversee and coordinate the intergovernmental work of the Council of Europe in the field of Roma.
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Ad hoc European Committee for the World Anti-Doping Agency (CAHAMA)
Main tasks: co-ordinate the positions of all the States Parties to the European Cultural Convention on issues relating to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)
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European Committee on Democracy and Governance (CDDG)
Main task: Under the authority of the Committee of Ministers, and building notably on the achievements in the area of local and regional democracy and the outcomes of relevant ministerial conferences, the European Committee on Democracy and Governance (CDDG) will oversee the Council of Europe’s intergovernmental work in the field of democratic governance, with a particular focus on local and regional democracy, while taking due account of the role of civil society, and advise the Committee of Ministers on all questions within its area of competence.
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Steering Committee for Culture, Heritage and Landscape (CDCPP)
Main task: Under the authority of the Committee of Ministers, in the framework of the European Cultural Convention, the CDCPP will oversee the Council of Europe’s intergovernmental work in the field of culture, heritage and landscape, and advise the Committee of Ministers on all questions within its area of competence. Taking due account of relevant transversal perspectives, the overall aim is to share information on policy, exchange best practice and develop standards as appropriate relating to culture, heritage and landscape policies in States Party to the Cultural Convention and other relevant Conventions.
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Committee of experts for the revision of European Convention on Cinematographic Co-production (CPP-CINE)

Main task: Under the supervision of the Steering Committee for Culture, Cultural Heritage and Landscape (CDCPP), the CPP-CINE is entrusted with the task of assessing the continued relevance of the provisions of the European Convention on Cinematographic Co-production and drawing up a revised version of the Convention which takes into account recent technological and financial changes in the European film industry.
The CPP-CINE will submit its final draft to the CDCPP, which will transmit it to the Committee of Ministers for adoption and opening for signature.
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Steering Committee for Educational Policy and Practice (CDPPE)
Main task: Under the authority of the Committee of Ministers and in the framework of the European Cultural Convention, the CDPPE will oversee the Council of Europe’s programmes in the field of education and advise the Committee of Ministers on all questions within its area of competence. Taking due account of relevant transversal perspectives, the overall aim is to develop a coherent approach of the role of education on the basis of a broad vision encompassing both values and competences, with particular emphasis on preserving and promoting human rights, democracy and the rule of law, and the ability of our societies to engage in intercultural dialogue. The CDPPE will cover all areas and levels of education.
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European Committee for Social Cohesion, Human Dignity and Equality (CDDECS)
Main task: Under the authority of the Committee of Ministers, the CDDECS will oversee and co-ordinate the intergovernmental work of the Council of Europe in the fields of social cohesion, human dignity, equality and anti-discrimination, and advise the Committee of Ministers on all questions within its area of competence.
With the aim of securing the full enjoyment of and access to human rights, including social and economic rights, by all members of society, reducing the vulnerability of people and strengthening the fabric of sustainable democratic societies, the CDDECS will contribute to the promotion of solidarity and protection of human dignity, equality and equal opportunities for all, and the prevention and combatting of violence and discrimination on any ground. On the basis of the relevant Council of Europe strategies24 and taking due account of relevant transversal perspectives, the CDDECS will enhance implementation of the related standards and policies in the member States and co-operate with other structures and bodies as appropriate.
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Gender Equality Commission (DECS-GEC)
Main task: Under the supervision of the European Committee for Social Cohesion, Human Dignity and Equality (CDDECS), the DECS-GEC will conduct the intergovernmental work in the field of gender equality assigned to it by the Committee of Ministers.
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Committee of Experts on the Council of Europe strategy for the rights of the child (2016-2019) (DECS-ENF)

Main task: Under the supervision of the European Committee for Social Cohesion, Human Dignity and Equality (CDDECS), the Committee on the Council of Europe strategy for the Rights of the Child 2016-2019 is entrusted with:
- the preparation of a report on the implementation of the Council of Europe Strategy on the Rights of the Child 2012-2015;
- the draft Council of Europe Strategy on the Rights of the Child 2016-2019 to be submitted to the Committee of Ministers for adoption by 31 December 2015;
- building on the knowledge and experience of the Council of Europe Network of National Focal Points on the Rights of the Child;
- conducting a consultation with the Council of Europe member States, international organisations and partners, experts and NGOs working in the area of the rights of the child with the view of fostering synergies and complementarity.
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Committee of Experts on the Rights of People with Disabilities (DECS-RPD)
Main task: Under the supervision of the European Committee for Social Cohesion, Human Dignity and Equality (CDDECS), the DECS-RPD shall:
- assist member States in the promotion, implementation, follow-up and evaluation of the national measures taken in pursuance of Committee of Ministers’ Recommendation Rec(2006)5: “Council of Europe Action Plan to promote the rights and full participation of people with disabilities in society: improving the quality of life of people with disabilities in Europe 2006-2015” (‘Council of Europe Disability Action Plan 2006-2015’), the anti-discriminatory provisions of the European Convention on Human Rights (ETS No. 5), the European Social Charter and in particular of Article 15 of the revised European Social Charter (ETS No. 163), and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD), by developing and strengthening relevant targeted and mainstream policies and standards founded on the social and human rights-based model of disability, with particular focus on the issues of empowerment of people with disabilities and their participation in the life of society;
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European Steering Committee for Youth (CDEJ)
Main task: Under the authority of the Committee of Ministers, the European Steering Committee for Youth (CDEJ) will oversee the Council of Europe’s programme in the field of youth and advise the Committee of Ministers on all questions within its area of competence. Taking due account of relevant transversal perspectives, the overall aim is to stimulate co-operation between the governments of the States party to the European Cultural Convention, with a view to developing youth policies which are likely to ensure young people’s successful integration into society. The CDEJ acts as the governmental partner in the co-management structures of the youth sector (the non-governmental partner being the Advisory Council on Youth, CCJ); CDEJ and CCJ co-operate within the Joint Council on Youth (CMJ) in order to establish the priorities of the Council of Europe youth sector.
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Advisory Council on Youth (CCJ)
Main task: Under the authority of the Committee of Ministers, the Advisory Council on Youth (CCJ) will advise the Committee of Ministers on all questions relating to youth. Taking due account of relevant transversal perspectives, the overall aim is to act as the non-governmental partner in the co-management structures of the youth sector (the governmental partner being the European Steering Committee for Youth, CDEJ); the CCJ and CDEJ co-operate within the Joint Council on Youth (CMJ) in order to establish the priorities of the Council of Europe youth sector.
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Joint Council on Youth (CMJ)
Main task: Under the authority of the Committee of Ministers, the Joint Council on Youth (CMJ) will oversee the Council of Europe’s programme in the field of youth and advise the Committee of Ministers on all questions within its area of competence. Taking due account of relevant transversal perspectives, the Joint Council on Youth, within the framework of the Council of Europe policy established by the Committee of Ministers, is the youth policy-making body of the youth sector, bringing together the members of the European Steering Committee for Youth (CDEJ) and the Advisory Council on Youth (CCJ).
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Programming Committee on Youth (CPJ)
Main task: Under the supervision of the Joint Council on Youth (CMJ) and according to the decisions of the Joint Council on Youth on the priorities and expected results of the youth sector, and on the apportionment of the budgetary means available, the Programming Committee on Youth,
- establishes the programmes of the European Youth Centres (Strasbourg and Budapest) and of the European Youth Foundation;
- monitors the implementation and ensures follow-up to the Centres' and the Foundation’s programmes.
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European Committee of Pharmaceuticals and Pharmaceutical Care (Partial Agreement) (CD-P-PH)
Main task: Under the authority of the Committee of Ministers, in its composition restricted to the representatives of the States Parties to the Convention on the Elaboration of a European Pharmacopoeia, the CD-P-PH will
- fulfil the tasks of the Public Health Committee set out in the Convention on the Elaboration of a European Pharmacopoeia (ETS No. 50), as amended by the Protocol (ETS No. 134), Articles 2, 3, 4 and 8;
- fulfil the tasks of the Public Health Committee set out in Resolution ResAP(2007)1 on the classification of medicines as regards their supply;
- contribute to improving public health and reducing health inequalities via developing harmonised provisions and practices including the rational use of medicines, implementing and promoting pharmaceutical care34 in Europe;
- minimise public health risks posed by counterfeit medical products and similar
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Consumer Health Protection Committee (Partial agreement) (CD-P-SC)
Main task: Ensuring consumer health protection in the fields of cosmetics and food packaging materials and improving product quality and safety is an important element of the protection of health as a social human right and essential condition for social cohesion.
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European Committee on Organ Transplantation (Partial Agreement) (CD-P-TO)
Main task: Under the authority of the Committee of Ministers, in its composition restricted to the representatives of the States Parties to the Convention on the Elaboration of a European Pharmacopoeia, without prejudice to the competences of the other relevant committees, the CD-P-TO will oversee and co-ordinate the Council of Europe’s work in the field of transplantation of organs, tissues and cells and advise the Committee of Ministers on all questions within its field of competence. Taking due account of relevant transversal perspectives, the overall aim is to ensure social rights by elaborating and promoting the principle of non-commercialisation of organ, tissue and cell donation, strengthening measures to avoid trafficking of organs, tissues and cells and, in general, elaborating high ethical, safety and quality standards in the field of organ, tissues and cells transplantation.
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European Committee on Blood Transfusion (Partial Agreement) (CD-P-TS)
Main task: Under the authority of the Committee of Ministers, in its composition restricted to the representatives of the States Parties to the Convention on the Elaboration of a European Pharmacopoeia, the CD-P-TS will oversee and co-ordinate the Council of Europe’s work in the field of blood transfusion and advise the Committee of Ministers on all questions within its field of competence. Taking due account of relevant transversal perspectives, the overall aim is to ensure social rights by elaborating and promoting high ethical, safety and quality standards in the field of blood transfusion.
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