SOCIAL COHESION AND ERADICATION OF POVERTY COMMITTEE
Strasbourg, 15 July 2010
1. Agenda of the meeting [CONF/SOC(2010)OJ3] – adopted with a modification, new item on the agenda: Presentation by Susie Morgan from the Health and Bioethics Department of the Council of Europe, on the priorities of the Health Division.
Susie Morgan briefed the committee on the outcome of the extraordinary meeting of the Committee on Health in Lisbon on 8 June. She updated the committee on the work of the expert group on children and health care and on the Council recommendations on migration and mobility. She also offered the possibility to co-operate with the social cohesion committee. Ms Morgan proposed to provide input to expert groups via focal points and the healthd ivision’s e-share points, as well as submit information on best practices.
2. Synopsis of the meeting held on April 2010 [CONF/SOC(2010)SYN2] - adopted without modification.
3. The Reform of the Council of Europe and its implication for the INGO Conference - update by Gérard Greneron, Vice-President of the Conference of INGOs:
Gérard Greneron informed the committee about the decisions of the Bureau, the discussion and the extraordinary meeting of the standing committee held on 21 June. He illustrated all the steps taken by Jean-Marie Heydt, the President of the Conference of the INGOs, to contribute to the debate on the reform of the Council of Europe. A proposal for a meeting of the Conference of INGOs on the reform of the Council of Europe and the implications of the proposed budget cuts to be voted on 24 June 2010.
4. Briefing on the intervention by Gabriel Nissim, Chair of the Human Rights Committee and Marie-José Schmitt to the Intergovernmental Committee on the Social Charter on 25 May 2010, for information.
Marie-José Schmitt spoke about the opportunities for input from civil society within the framework of the monitoring of the implementation of several articles of the Social Charter. (Link to Marie-José Schmitt’s detailed report)
5. Co-operation with the Congress of Local authorities, the way forward by Marie-Eve Fischer – point to be discussed at the next meeting in October.