Non-Governmental Organisations

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Strasbourg, 20 November 2008


1. Opening of the meeting by Silvia Geise, Vice-president of the Conference of INGOs

2. Adoption of the Agenda

3. Presentation and election of candidates for the post of Chair

Each candidate was given three minutes to make a presentation. Number of votes cast 61. (1 invalid, 1 plain sheet)

Nina BELYAEVA, Inational Public Foundation Interlegal, 11 votes
Gaston DE LA HAYE, International Education (IE) 13 votes
Edouard JAGODNIK, European Federation of Schools (FEDE) 32 votes
Gigel LAZAR, Europe against Drugs, absent, presented by Renée Besseling, 2 votes
Ibrahim SPAHIC, International Association for the Biennial of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean (BJCEM) 1 vote

Newly-elected Chair: Edouard JAGODNIK

4. Presentation and election of candidates for the post of Vice- Chair

Each candidate was given three minutes to make a presentation. Number of votes cast 62.

Jean-Philippe DÜRRENBERGER, European Association for Leisure Time Insitutions for Children and Youth (EAICY) 20
Sabine ROHMANN, Robert Schuman Insitute (IRSE) 42

Newly-elected Vice-Chair: Sabine ROHMANN

Tellers of the votes -
appointed by INGOs: Jean Claude Gonon (EAT) and Monique Bouaziz (WIZO)
Secretariat: Jane Crozier

5. A word from the newly-elected Chair

Silvia Geise handed over the chair to the newly-elected Chair, Eouard Jagodnik and Vice–Chair Sabine Rohmann who thanked the voters for their trust in them.

The Chairman expressed his gratitude to Alain Mouchoux, Past-President, for his dedicated, intensive and successful work with the past committee.

He announced the setting up of sub committees on Education, Culture, and on Science, since the main interest of many was education, and he did not not want Culture and Science to be neglected. Before the end of the January session, sub committees would be created. Thereafter work could start in an effective and efficient way.

6. Discussion on priority subjects and representation in the different inter-governmental committees

The president gave a short summary on the past and invited all the members to make proposals on the future work of the committee, brainstorming and proposals should be sent by email (

He then gave the floor to Alain Mouchoux, who summarised the work of and with the past committee and the friendly spirit in which this had been done.

One of the most important was the publication of the White Paper on Intercultural Dialogue, the printed version actually being available in french, the english version online. He made some introductory remarks to the following discussion by commenting on some key issues dealt with in the white paper, such as:

Education not being any old topic element, but something cross cutting, rather a means of progress of the society.

Culture being organically, and intermittently linked to a vigilenting role, a watchdog role.
Being a vital element and involving identity. He further referred to the intercultural dialogue entering the interreligious dialogue.

Lifelong education being an attraction and challenge intellectually.

Life long education, including University grades and diplomas, giving importance to the way of evaluation the competence, being a key point of the European Union and having been taken up by most member states, already.

A general discussion followed.

The Representative of the Association Internationale des Urbanistes made a remark on the possible impact of e-democracy in this context.

Béata Hildebrand ( AIU / ISoCaRP )
asked for the availability of the “white paper“ online:

Janina Zielinska (Fédération Internationale des Professeurs de Français)
Underlined the importance of introducing the linguistic aspect into the discussion, since language effected communication and integration and couold cause conflicts.

Brigitte le Gouis (International Council of Women)
reminded the participants not to forget the work that had already been done on history, the work of others.

Karmela Belinki (International Council of Jewish Women, ICJW) asked for the structures of the committee and subcommittees.

Christiaan Colpaert (European Association for Education in the Audiovisual Media, EAAME) underlined the connection of prevention of health with science, culture and, especially, with education.

Renee Besseling (Europe against Drugs, EURAD) wished to work on how education and culture could help fight drug abuse.

Richard Fischer (Conference of European Churches) stressed the importance of ethics on culture, science and education.

Brigitte Kahn (Vice-Chair of the Human Rights Committee) suggested setting up a working group on education towards human rights.

Marie-Eve Fischer (International Movement ATD - Fourth World) talked about her experience with people living in extreme poverty being excluded from education. They should be included in the considerations of the committee.

The representative of the intellectual workers suggested working on the similarities of cultures and not on their differences.

Alain Mouchoux (Past-President of the Committee)
agreed with the comment of the previous speaker showing up links of cultural elements such as cultural popular arts, cultural training in groups of two or three nations like the working groups on latinos and the ironside itinerary. He further recommends to foster the inter-generational dialogue.

Anje Wiersinga (International Alliance of Women, IAW) underlined the importance of history teaching and the interreligious dialogue, especially in areas of conflict such as Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Gaston de la Haye (Education International) reminded to pay attention to gender mainstreaming issues, and demands to reach the most underprivileged group, i.e. Roma children.

Jean-Claude Gonon (European Association of Teachers)
underlined the importance of the history image of the others in conflict and post conflict situations.

Claude-Laurent Genty (International Confederation of Professional and Intellectual Workers, CITI) recommended prioritising, since all NGOs could not take part in all of the working groups

Luk Zelderloo (European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities)
asked that when developing a prospective general concept always take into consideration the following question: What does it mean to vulnerable groups?

At the end of the session the participants understood the message that there was no need to reinvent the wheel since there already existed a number of good papers and documents, which should be improved and the intentions of which should be brought into action.

Reporting: Vera John-Mikolajewski