Digital Citizenship Education is a cross-cutting issue that draws on and is connected with other activities conducted by the Education Department and other sectors in the Council of Europe.

In the Final Declaration of the Council of Europe Standing Conference of Ministers of Education on “Securing Democracy through Education” (Brussels, 11-12 April 2016) Ministers undertook “to support the work of the Council of Europe in developing digital citizenship education in line with the Reference Framework of Competences for Democratic Culture” (paragraph 21).

It is recalled that the descriptors of Competences for Democratic Culture have been tested in actual learning contexts in over fifteen member states. The results of this testing will be taken into account by the Digital Citizenship Education (DCE) Expert Group in preparing specific descriptors for DCE. The roadmap that emerged from the multi-stakeholder consultation will contribute to defining the conditions for developing and piloting these descriptors.

Members of the DCE Expert Group have represented the Council of Europe or in an individual capacity attended relevant international events such as EuroDIG 2016 Conference (Brussels, 9-10 June 2016) and the Second European Media and Information Literacy Forum under the theme “Media and Information Literacy in Europe: Citizens’ Critical Competencies for a Rights-Based, Transparent, Open, Secure and Inclusive Information Environment”, which took place in Riga, Latvia, from 27-29 June.

The DCE Expert Group is also contributing to the on-going discussions for the development of a reference framework on Privacy and Data Protection in Education, through one of its members representing CNIL (Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés, France).

On 26 April 2016, a group of members of the Parliamentary Assembly tabled a motion welcoming the launch of the DCE education project (PACE Doc. 14042).

Finally, the work of this Expert Group, and the wider project, represents the Education Department’s contribution to the Council of Europe’s Internet Governance Strategy (2016-19) and Children’s Strategy (2016-21).