The main decisions taken by the statutory bodies in March 2021
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the youth sector statutory plenary meetings were again held online. The meetings (CDEJ, CCJ and CMJ) were very well attended (more than 120 registered participants in all) and allowed for a number of important decisions to be taken:
The European Steering Committee for Youth (CDEJ)
- held a roundtable discussion on the latest youth policy developments in Europe, including any possible post-Covid-19 recovery plans in favour of young people by national authorities.
- took note of the implementation so far of the 2021 intergovernmental programme of activities in the context of the continuing Covid-19 pandemic.
The Advisory Council on Youth (CCJ)
- discussed its proposal to organise a CMJ thematic debate on Youth, peace and security today – successes and challenges.
- noted the continued relevance of its Work Plan 2020-21.
- amended its internal code of conduct to include a paragraph on combating sexual harassment.
- elected its third substitute to the Programming Committee on Youth.
The Joint Council on Youth (CMJ), in a spirit of co-management
- exchanged views with the Director of Democratic Participation on a possible future youth campaign.
- agreed that a number of key parameters and conditions should be met, concerning financial and political support, before a campaign could be launched.
- reiterated the need to guarantee the protection of young people’s fundamental and human rights during and after the Covid-19 pandemic.
- took stock of the implementation of the 2020-2021 programme thus far (including the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic).
- commended the composition of the Task Force on Roma youth participation as an example of co-management and cross-sectoral co-operation that should inspire future work on supporting Roma youth participation and combating antigypsyism.
- agreed that its next Terms of Reference (subject to their approval by the Committee of Ministers) should include the drafting of a CM recommendation on promoting Roma youth participation.
- agreed on “Youth, peace and security today - successes and challenges” as the theme of its online debate on 8 June 2021.
- agreed to strengthen the co-operation between the Council of Europe and the European Commission in the implementation of the European Youth Work Agenda (EYWA).
Communication and transversality
- The youth sector statutory bodies held fruitful exchanges of views with the Director of Democratic Participation, the Head of the Youth Department and the ADI-ROM's youth rapporteur.
- The CMJ Roma rapporteur, Gender Equality Rapporteur, Rapporteur on mainstreaming disability issues,
Co-ordinator on anti-racism and Co-ordinator on communications, outreach and visibility provided detailed updates.