The main decisions taken by the statutory bodies in October 2020
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the youth sector statutory committee plenary meetings took place via videoconference. These first ever fully online co-managed youth statutory meetings (CDEJ, CCJ and CMJ) were very well attended (more than 120 registered participants all in all) and successful.
Despite the constraints related to the use of an online platform, they fulfilled their main objectives in a spirit of co-management and a number of crucial decisions were taken by all three committees.
The European Steering Committee for Youth (CDEJ)
- The CDEJ elected its new chair and vice-chair fr 2021, as well as 3 representatives to the Programming Committee on Youth (CPJ).
- The CDEJ also held a roundtable discussion on the latest youth policy developments in Europe, including the youth public authorities' response to the Covid-19 pandemic and related challenges.
- The CDEJ welcomed the flexible implementation of the programme of assistance measures to member States for 2020 in order to adapt to the pandemic, and approved the draft intergovernmental programme for 2021.
The Advisory Council on Youth (CCJ)
- The CCJ notably exchanged views on the state of play of the Advisory Council on Youth's Work Plan 2020-21 thus far.
- It also welcomed the increased visibility of its work thanks to its newly adopted outreach, communications and visibility strategy.
- The CCJ also proposed to appoint a co-ordinator on anti-racism, and this proposal was endorsed by the CMJ.
The Joint Council on Youth (CMJ)
- The official opening of the CMJ meeting by the Director General on Democracy was followed by an exchange of views on the situation of the youth sector in the current context and on a future youth campaign.
- Further to this exchange, the CMJ notably decided to launch a future flagship youth campaign focusing on "revitalising democracy" in 2022, on the occasion of the youth sector's 50th anniversary.
- The CMJ also exchanged views on the results and recommendations of the CMJ Working Group on responses to Covid-19.
- The committee decided on the follow-up to be given to the CMJ thematic debate on the "climate crisis and global governance".
- The CMJ then took stock of the implementation of the 2020-2021 programme thus far (including the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic).
- The CMJ discussed the youth dimension of the current and upcoming Committee of Ministers’ chairmanships (notably Greece and Germany), and the Council of Europe involvement in the 3rd European Youth Work Convention (December 2020) and in the implementation of a common European Youth Work Agenda between the EU and the Council of Europe.
- The CMJ examined the youth sector's work on Artificial Intelligence and its impact of young people.
- Finally, the CMJ approved the Council of Europe youth sector's draft priorities for 2022-23 (subject to the Committee of Ministers' final approval).
Communication and transversality
- The youth sector statutory bodies also held fruitful exchanges of views with the Director General of Democracy, 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 and Co-ordinator on communications, outreach and visibility provided detailed updates.
- The Conference of INGOs, the Congress, ERYICA, and EYCA also provided updates on their own priorities and activities to the committees.