Priorities 2020-21 – Mainstreaming disability issues – Strategy 2030
Some of the highlights of the October 2018 statutory meetings
More than 110 governmental and non-governmental representatives took part in these statutory meetings, perhaps proof of the growing commitment of the states parties to the European Cultural Convention and the representatives of European young people to the Council of Europe’s youth sector and its Youth for Democracy Programme.
Consensus was found on a number of what could be called landmark decisions, proving once again the value of the co-managed decision-making bodies.
- adopted the draft priorities for the Youth for Democracy Programme 2020-21. These proposals were drawn up following the Advisory Council on Youth’s consultation of youth organisations and networks on young people’s needs from last summer. The proposed priorities will be integrated in due course into the Council of Europe’s draft Programme and Budget for the next biennium to be examined by the Committee of Ministers in 2019.
- accepted the Advisory Council on Youth’s proposal to appoint a Rapporteur on Mainstreaming Disability Issues in order to monitor and promote disability issues in the Council of Europe Youth Department. The proposal was made in order to ensure the Council of Europe Disability Strategy 2017-23 is taken into consideration in the youth sector’s activities and programmes. This new Rapporteur will work closely with the Rapporteurs on Roma Issues and Gender Equality on considerations of intersectionality, focusing on protecting these young people from abuse.
- paid tribute to the achievements of the No Hate Speech Movement Campaign and adopted a draft Committee of Ministers’ Declaration on its legacy. The report of the evaluation conference of the NHM “Is this it?...” is now available online.
- adopted guidelines on how to implement the Recommendation on young people’s access to rights. Council of Europe member states are encouraged to take these guidelines into consideration in their work with young people and their organisations to improve their access to rights. Youth organisations are encouraged to ensure use is made of them.
- approved a draft Committee of Ministers’ recommendation on supporting young refugees in transition to adulthood. This draft text is part of the Council of Europe Action Plan on Protecting Refugee and Migrant Children in Europe and will now be forwarded to the Committee of Ministers for final adoption.
- approved the next steps in the development of a strategy for the period 2020-30. With a view to shaping the youth sector’s future programmes, the Joint Council on Youth set up a drafting group to provide policy guidance and draw up a broad political roadmap, or mission statement, for the future.
- exchanged views on the latest youth policy developments in Europe;
- expressed its appreciation of the successful implementation of the programme of youth policy assistance measures to member states in 2018;
- approved the draft programme of assistance measures to member states for 2019.
- elected two new substitutes to the Programming Committee on Youth (CPJ);
- assessed progress in the implementation of the 2018-19 priorities;
- decided to present its proposals for mainstreaming disability issues into the youth sector’s work to the Joint Council on Youth and to propose “inclusion of young people with disabilities” as the subject of the next CMJ thematic debate to be held during the March 2019 meeting.
Elections - priorities - shrinking space
Some of the highlights of the March 2018 statutory meetings:
The CDEJ and the CCJ held elections: Miriam Teuma (Malta) is the new CDEJ Chair; Anja Olin Pape the new CCJ chair.
Alice Barbieri was appointed CMJ Gender Equality Rapporteur; Matic Germovsek-Znidarsic as CMJ Rapporteur on Roma Issues.
- debated the perceived shrinking space for civil society and youth organisations, the challenges it poses and discussed possible solutions;
- discussed the upcoming review process of CM/Rec(2015)3 (Enter! Recommendation);
- agreed to review implementation of CM/Rec(2016)7 on young people’s access to rights, focusing on discriminatory practices faced by young people and on obstacles to the right to freedom of assembly, including forming and joining associations and trade unions;
- endorsed the high-level task force on youth work’s proposal for a common European youth work agenda, to be drafted by 2020;
- revised the roadmap for the development of a Council of Europe “Youth Agenda 2030”.
Priorities - pilot activities 2018 - thematic debate
Some of the highlights of the October 2017 meeting
- took stock of the successes in 2016-17
- discussed the priorities for 2018-19
- agreed on the European Youth Foundation's pilot activities in 2018
- decided to debate "the shrinking space for civil society and youth organisations: contemporary challenges and solutions" for the March 2018 meeting
- discussed the Council of Europe's youth strategies: Agenda 2020 and Youth Strategy 2020-30