Non-Governmental Organisations



Strasbourg,17 February 2009



1. The Culture, Science and Education Committee of the Conference of INGOs met in Strasbourg on 27 January 2009, with Edouard Jagodnik, of the European Federation of Schools (FEDE), in the chair, assisted by Sabine Rohmann, of the Robert Schuman Institute for Europe (IRSE), vice-chair. The chair, after welcoming the large number of participants, announced that the committee was now effectively getting down to work, said that organisation of the working groups was not yet perfect and was still changing, expressed the hope that participation would be balanced between the countries from western and eastern Europe and that the work done would be as thorough as possible on the basis of competence and expertise, and opened the meeting at 9.15 a.m.

2. The committee adopted the meeting agenda without amendment.

3. The committee, after hearing and taking account of several observations and corrections, adopted the synopsis drawn up after the meeting of 3 October 2008.

4. Organisation of the committee’s work

The committee:

      · heard a long presentation by the chair of proposals for the organisation of work within the committee, with particular reference to the three main centres of interest for which responsibility was held by, respectively, Sabine Rohmann (education), Nina Belyaeva (science) and Edouard Jagodnik (culture), and for meeting arrangements;
      · noted that instructions from the Standing Committee still had to be awaited for the proposed arrangements for functioning through official sub-committees.

      NB: Because of the long intervals between sessions, contacts and exchanges within the committee would mainly be based on the use of the Internet and on the information placed on the INGO website. Also mentioned were tools such as videoconferencing, MSN/Skype and the setting up of a forum. Members were invited to give their e-mail addresses. ORT would continue to provide support for the committee’s publications.

5. Communication with Council of Europe officials

The committee

      · heard about the way in which the chair was going to develop relations with the Council of Europe officials with political and institutional responsibilities, the purpose of such meetings being mainly to obtain information about the progress of the work being done, to find out about current centres of interest and, if possible, to set up working groups on these subjects in order to participate in the discussions under way at the Council of Europe, and to pass on proposals or concerns on which the committee’s INGOs had decided to focus. In the context of this relationship, the chair and vice-chair proposed to meet the main departments between sessions and to invite one of the officials for half an hour during each session. The chair also confirmed that the committee would be represented at meetings of the Council of Europe’s main steering committees relating to the subjects on which it was working.

      NB: Among the centres of interest on which work was being done (Ms Olafsdottir’s department) were: human rights training for teachers, the organisation of human rights partnerships between INGOs and local authorities, and the right to high-quality education.
      NB: After paying tribute to the work done by the former Education and Culture Grouping, and particularly the personal commitment of its leader, Alain Mouchoux, the chair expressed the wish for the experience accumulated to be carefully preserved and built on. He invited Alain Mouchoux to take part in co-operation which would be productive.

      Hearing of Mr Alexander Bartling (Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, Culture and Education Committee)

      Mr Alexander Bartling stated that the Congress comprised 318 elected representatives from 47 countries; he said that the 200,000 local and regional authorities which it represented were an asset to Europe, and he would endeavour to encourage productive exchanges between the two pillars. In very practical terms, he referred to 10 or so of the subjects dealt with by the Congress (a copy would go to the committee chair), in respect of which he invited contributions and feedback on good practice. The chair took note of this excellent spirit of co-operation and proposed that the subjects referred to be included in the work programme as soon as possible.

6. Selection of priority working groups created by the Committee: On the initiative of the committee chair, the INGOs had been invited, during the month of January 2009, to forward and notify the subjects on which they would like working groups to be set up within the three branches: education, science and culture. Some 15 ad hoc forms had been circulated so that members could indicate their intention to participate. There was still time for them to do so. The very number of subjects excluded the possibility of all the work being done simultaneously, which might well lead to dispersion and a degree of inefficiency; it would not therefore be possible for so many sub-groups to be set up.

      The committee:
      · listened to what was said and agreed on the adoption of major “families” of subjects which should if possible themselves be incorporated into general themes;
      · would await, where the organisation of its working method was concerned, the opinion which the Standing Committee would be asked to give (cf. item 4);
      · nevertheless expressed the wish that none of the proposed subjects should be dropped or rejected, even if this meant adding them to one or more of the broader themes, as set out by the members responsible for education, science and culture respectively.

7/8/9. Meetings of the Culture, Education and Science sub-committees

      · expressed regret that lack of time during the allotted period for the meeting meant that these three agenda items had not been able to be dealt with.

10. Conclusions

      The meeting was closed at 12.30 p.m.
      The next session of the Conference of INGOs would take place from 27 to 29 April 2009.
      The date of the committee’s meeting had not yet been set.

Secretary/Rapporteur: G. Bernard Krantz

    Cc : President of the Conference of INGOs
    Members of the Standing Committee
    Secretary General of the Parliamentary Assembly
    Secretary General of the Congress

      Secretary of the Committee of Ministers

    Directors General
    Director of the Private Office of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe
    Director of External Relations
    Director of Strategic Planning
    Director of Communication
    Director of the Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights

    NB: Working groups set up and persons responsible (See appendix)




    · Président / President : Edouard Jagodnik
    · Vice-présidente /Vice- Chair : Sabine Rohmann

    · Secrétaire/Secretary : Bernard Krantz
    · Traducteur/Translator : James Barnett
    · Chargée de communication /

in charge of communication : Marie-Pierre Magnillat

    · Ancien Président/Past Président  : Alain Mouchoux
    · Publications  : J.H. Léopold Metzger

Représentation aux comités directeurs du Conseil de l’Europe/

    Participants to steering committees – 2009 Council of Europe:

    · Education  : Edouard Jagodnik, Alain Mouchoux
    · Enseignement supérieur et recherche

/ Higher education and research : Edouard Jagodnik, Jean-Claude Gonon

    · Culture : Edouard Jagodnik

Sous-commission education/
sub-committee education

Groupes de travail/Working groups :

Person in charge:

Responsable/Person in charge : Sabine ROHMANN

L’accès pour tous aux médias numériques, à ses contenus et ses usages –
Access for all to digital media, their contents and their use

Sabine Rohmann, IRSE,

Education à la citoyenneté démocratique et aux droits de l’homme –
Education of democratic citizenship and the human rights

Giovanni Rigone, LCI,

Education et santé – education and health

- Christiaan Colpaert, UEPMD,
- Guy Schlaeder, UPIGO,

L’enseignement multi-perspectif de l’histoire –
Multi-perspective education of history

Jean Philippe Durrenberger, EAICY,

Le métier de l’enseignant dans le XXIe siècle –
Teachers profession in the 21st Century

Sabine Rohmann, IRSE,

Organisation de l’enseignement supérieur en Europe –Higher education organization in Europe

Edouard Jagodnik, FEDE,

Dimension inclusive dans l’éducation – Inclusive dimension in education

Gaston De La Haye, IE,

Sous-commission culture / sub-committee culture

Groupes de travail/Working groups :

Person in charge:

Responsable/Person in charge : Edouard Jagodnik

Dialogue interculturel – Intercultural dialog

Alain Mouchoux, CSEE,


Identité de l’Europe – Identity of Europe

Noël Orsat, CITI,


Dimension religieuse dans le dialogue interculturel –
Religious dimension within the intercultural dialog

James Barnett, ICCS,

Sous-commission sciences/ sub-committee science

Groupes de travail/Working groups :

Person in charge:

Responsable/Person in charge : Nina Belyaeva

Science, société et éthique – science, society and ethics

Nina Belyaeva, Interlegal,


Conférence 2010 avec Commission des Droits de l’Homme/2010 Conference with Human Rights Committee

Groupes de travail/Working groups :

Person in charge:


Universalité des Droits de l’Homme - Human rights universality

Edouard Jagodnik, FEDE,