WINTER SESSION

SOCIAL COHESION AND ERADICATION OF POVERTY COMMITTEE
CONF/SOC(2009)SYN1

Strasbourg, 23 March 2009

S Y N O P S I S
OF THE MEETING HELD ON 27 JANUARY 2009

FOR THE ATTENTION OF THE MEMBERS OF THE SOCIAL COHESION AND ERADICATION OF POVERTY COMMITTEE

The Social Cohesion and Eradication of Poverty Committee, meeting on 27 January 2009 with Antonina Dashkina, Vice-Chair, in the Chair, in the absence of Irene Donadio, Chair:

1. Heard a message from Irene Donadio, Chair, to all members.

Amended the agenda as follows:

2. Adopted the synopsis of the meeting held on 2 October 2008 [CONF/SOC(2008)SYN1].

3. Adopted the following principles for synopses: concise, synoptic and universally accessible.

4. Appointed Marie-Eve Fischer (ATD-Fourth World) committee rapporteur.

5. Feedback on consultation of members on the priorities for the committee

6. Participation of the primary stakeholders (poor and excluded): methods, strategies, concrete proposals (deferred to a future meeting)

7. Proposal for a Joint NGO campaign: ‘Europe says no to poverty’

Heard a presentation of the project by the Vice-Chair:

Discussed methods of action. Several measures were put forward:

8. EU and Council of Europe action in the field of social cohesion

9. Debate on the preparation for European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion (EU, 2010)

10. Update on the advocacy in the Council of Europe on the UN Guidelines on Human Rights and Poverty

11. Update on the debate on the report on health prevention, appointment of a rapporteur on health issues (deferred to a future meeting)

12. Work plan

Cc: Members of the Standing Committee
Secretary General of the Parliamentary Assembly
Secretary General of the Congress
Secretary to the Committee of Ministers
Directors General
Registrar of the European Court of Human Rights
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 a.i. of the Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights