The main decisions taken by the statutory bodies in March 2022

The meetings of the CDEJ, CCJ and CMJ were held for the first time hybrid format in the new four-year programming period from 21 to 23 March 2022. This was the first time the members had been able to meet in person since October 2019.

The European Steering Committee for Youth (CDEJ)
  • The CDEJ held an exchange of views on the measures taken by the CDEJ members to support the implementation of the Council of Europe’s campaign on revitalising democracy. It also took note of youth policy developments in member States.
  • The CDEJ took note of the implementation of the 2022 intergovernmental programme of activities and of the update provided by the secretariat.
  • The CDEJ took note of the update provided by the secretariat on the Council of Europe Quality Label for Youth Centres. It also decided to renew the Quality Label for the period 2021-2025 to the Marienthal Youth Centre, Luxembourg.
  • The CDEJ took stock of the progress achieved in the implementation, translations and dissemination of Council of Europe youth policy standards.
  • CDEJ took note of the oral updates provided on the current and upcoming Committee of Ministers’ presidencies.
The Advisory Council on Youth (CCJ)
  • The Advisory Council on Youth took note of the updates on main developments since October 2021.

  • The CCJ extended the mandate of the outgoing Bureau until 30 June 2022 or until the 2022‑23 CCJ term of office has been designated by the CM, whichever is earliest;

  • The CCJ extended the current CPJ membership and substitutes until 30 June 2022 or until the 2022‑23 CCJ term of office has been designated by the CM, whichever is earliest.

The Joint Council on Youth (CMJ)
  • The CMJ adopted a non-exhaustive list of measures and activities to be implemented in the Youth for Democracy programme, as well a statement condemning the aggression and expressing its unwavering support to Ukraine and its young people, citizens, residents and undocumented people.
  • The CMJ welcomed the updated roadmap in view of the increased relevance of the CM recommendation on supporting young refugees in transition to adulthood. Further translations are to be made, especially into the languages of countries neighbouring Ukraine.
  • Amongst the decisions on the thematic priorities, the CMJ agreed to start drafting a Committee of Ministers recommendation on the climate crisis, young people and democracy and nominated members to join the group working on a Committee of Ministers recommendation on the participation of Roma youth.
  • The CMJ applauded the news of the adoption by the Committee of Ministers of recommendation CM/Rec(2022)6 to member States on protecting youth civil society and young people, and supporting their participation in democratic processes.