Intergovernmental co-operation in the youth field
European Steering Committee for Youth – CDEJ
Restricted website http://www.coe.int/t/dg4/youth/restricted/
Set up by the Committee of Ministers under Article 17 of the Statute of the Council of Europe and in accordance with Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.
Type of committee: Steering Committee
Terms of reference valid from : 1 January 2014 until 31 December 2015
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. With this purpose, the CDEJ is instructed to:
i. promote the values of the Council of Europe;
ii. elaborate standards and instruments of youth policy where necessary;
iii. review national youth policies and advise governments on their youth policy;
iv. promote youth information as a full part of youth policy in line with Recommendation R(90)7 of the Committee of Ministers concerning information and counselling for young people in Europe and Recommendation CM/Rec(2010)8 on youth information;
v. stimulate youth research in Europe and support co-operation between youth researchers;
vi. promote training, lifelong training and education in connection with Council of Europe youth policies and programmes as well as youth activities and youth leaders through the Strasbourg and Budapest European Youth Centres;
vii. promote quality standards through the granting of the Council of Europe Label to youth centres in Europe;
viii. contribute to transversal activities of the Council of Europe involving youth;
ix. designate every two years, from among its members, those who shall be invited to represent it on the Programming Committee on Youth (CPJ), the co-management body in charge of establishing the programme of activities of the youth sector;
x. contribute to the preparation of the Council of Europe Conferences of Ministers responsible for youth and ensure, as appropriate, the follow-up of any decision taken by the Committee of Ministers subsequent to the Conferences.
Sector: Democratic governance
Programme: Democratic governance through education, culture and youth policies
Member States have developed and applied youth policies based on the Council of Europe standards, with a view to supporting young people’s access to rights. The programme of activities implemented under the responsibility of the CDEJ includes:
i. International youth policy reviews of two member States (to be identified).
ii. Follow-up of previous international reviews of national youth policies (to be identified).
iii. Youth policy advisory missions upon request.
iv. Preparation of policy standards promoting the access of young people to rights (follow-up to the 9th Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Youth).
v. Implementation of the project “Council of Europe Quality Label for Youth Centres”.
vi. Annual Summer University of the CDEJ, to examine a specific topical youth policy issue and improve the capacity of CDEJ and Advisory Council members to actively participate in the Council of Europe youth structures and programmes.
vii. Implementation of the partnership with the European Youth Information and Counselling Agency (ERYICA), to improve the quality of youth information services in the member States.
Governments of the 50 States Party to the European Cultural Convention are invited to designate one or more representatives of the highest possible rank in the relevant field, with responsibility at the national level 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 travelling and subsistence expenses of one representative from each State Party to the European Cultural Convention (two in the case of the state whose representative has been elected Chair).
States Party to the European Cultural Convention may send other representatives without defrayal of expenses.
Each member of the Committee shall have one vote. Where a government designates more than one member, only one of them is entitled to take part in the voting.
The following may send representatives, without the right to vote and at the charge of their corresponding administrative budgets:
- Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe;
- Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe;
- Steering Committee for Education Policy and Practice (CDPPE);
- European Steering Committee for Social Cohesion (CDCS);
- Steering Committee for Culture, Heritage and Landscape (CDCPP);
- Other Council of Europe intergovernmental committees as appropriate.
The following may send representatives, without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses:
- European Union;
- The following observer states to the Council of Europe: Canada, Japan, Mexico, United States of America;
- Ibero-American Youth Organisation;
- Secretariat of the Youth Programme of the Commonwealth.
The following non governmental organisations may send representatives, without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses:
- European Youth Information and Counselling Agency (ERYICA);
- European Youth Card Association (EYCA);
- European Youth Forum.
The “Pool of European Youth Researchers” (PEYR), co-operating with the Council of Europe Youth Department and the European Commission in the framework of their partnership in the field of youth, will be invited to send a representative, without the right to vote. The expenses of this representative are borne by the Council of Europe in derogation from Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.
50 members, 2 meetings in 2014, 3 days
50 members, 2 meetings in 2015, 3 days
(held in parallel with the meetings of the Advisory Council on Youth and including the meetings of the Joint Council on Youth)
8 members, including the Chair and Vice-Chair.
2 meetings of 2 days each per year, held in parallel with the meetings of the Bureau of the Advisory Council on Youth and including the meetings of the Bureau of the Joint Council on Youth.
The rules of procedure of the Committee are governed by Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.
The meetings of the CDEJ are held at the European Youth Centres of the Council of Europe. However, the Secretary General may authorise the holding of meetings elsewhere, in particular in other Council of Europe premises, in accordance with the principles of sound management and within the resources available.
Additional working methods:
Meetings/special events involving CDEJ members