JOINT COUNCIL ON YOUTH: COUNCIL OF EUROPE 18TH MEETING

Joint Council on Youth: Council of Europe 18th Meeting

The Joint Council is comprised of the CDEJ and the Advisory Council and operates under the principle of co- management.

The European Network of Youth Centres (ENYC) was invited as a guest to the meeting to give a presentation and to attempt to secure improvements in the working relationship with the Council. Viv Mckee attended to represent the Network.

CDEJ

Discussed:

  • Youth policy priorities: EOP, living in diverse societies, social inclusion including how to promote access to social rights and wellbeing and good health
  • The Mosquito Campaign
  • The UK representative raised the need for administrative support for ENYC and asked for this to be an agenda item at the next meeting of the CDEJ.

The Council on Youth

Discussed:

  • Youth Policy review of Hungary. The report will be available on the Council website. The social and political context in Hungary shape the current and future possibilities for youth policy. There are now a number of the key elements in place within the country. The challenge is to shape these into a coherent and long term strategy within limited resources. This will include a strong long term policy framework, a stable infrastructure to support policy implementation through a changing political landscape, clarity about responsibilities for delivery and improvements in the level and distribution of resource. This will then secure a culture of trust and participation.
  • Agenda 20 / 20. Proposals are being developed for consideration by the Ministers of the countries represented take forward Agenda 20 / 20. There was an interesting debate around the “age of youth”, which is different across the countries, issues around gender and the precariousness of the lives of some young people. Other points were made about autonomy and young people, where environmental rights could fit with the Declaration of Rights and the concept ( or not ) of European citizenship. Amendments will be made before the proposal goes for consultation to the countries.
  • The reopening of the Strasbourg Youth Centre. This is scheduled for October. Joint Council meetings will be also be held to reduce time demands for individual members. A priority is to secure proper involvement of members of the Assembly.
  • Youth policy review in Latvia. The report is available on the Ministry website. Latvia is undergoing significant social, cultural and economic transformation and has experienced political instability through this period. Youth policy was initially formed in 1991 and is now moving towards consolidation. There is a journey to travel to improve coordination and funding. Some challenges are around the relationship between “hobby” programmes and youth work, the range of interventions and opportunities for disadvantaged young people and the development of strategies to secure the well being of young people within political change.
  • The programme up to 2009 was discussed. This will operate within reduced budget. There was considerable discussion about ways of improving the operation of co- management. An amended proposal was agreed.
  • ENYC made a presentation. See separate sheet. The presentation was much welcomed. CDEJ stated that it would like to offer observer status to the Network, to work to clarify the criteria for centres and to formalise the cooperation. This will have implications for relationships with EYCA and ERYCA. It was agreed that members of Joint Council should meet with the Bureau of ENYC to take this forward. Proposals would need to be presented to the Committee of Ministers. Antje Rothemund will be the new link to ENYC. ENYC will be likely to be invited as a guest to the Joint Council until future status is clarified.

Meeting with Michele Bergdorf, Antje Rothemund and Andre Jacques Dodin

Agreed that representatives from the Joint Council should meet with the Bureau of ENYC to determine a working arrangement. Stressed the different nature of youth work in the different countries and the importance of a process which is sensitive to this. Said ti would be useful to consider an approach which “secures” rather than “provides” residential opportunities if all countries are to participate. The existing criteria could be used as a basis from which to develop standards.

Raised the issue of administrative support. Proposed that we require for two years a 0.5 post to coordinate membership, secure content for website and to position the Network more efficiently for bidding.. AJD discussed possibilities of secondments etc.