Statutory Report 2001 / Last updated 9 January 2002
7. Education and Culture
Council for Cultural Co-operation (CDCC)
At their 748th meeting on 3 April (748/7.5) the Deputies, after examining the Abridged report of the 69th session of the CDCC (Strasbourg, 31 January – 1 February 2001):
- took note of Resolution CDCC N° 1/2001 on the draft Programme and Budget of the Council for Cultural Co-operation (CDCC);
- took note of the establishment by the CDCC of a “Structures” working group with a view to elaborating urgent proposals on the reform of structures of the CDCC and its specialised committees;
- asked the GR-C to follow these matters and keep the Deputies informed of relevant developments;
- took note of the establishment by the CDCC of a working Group on the “Cultural Diversity and Social Cohesion”, with a view to identifying the issues concerning cultural diversity and social cohesion in the fields of interest of the CDCC and to elaborate concrete proposals for future actions.
At their 762nd meeting on 5 September (762/7.1) the Deputies, after examining the abridged report of the Bureau of the Council for Cultural Co-operation (CDCC) held in Strasbourg on 15-16 May 2001 (CM(2001)85) took note of CDCC Resolution No. 2/2001 approving the balance sheet of the Cultural Fund as at 31 December 2000, and of CDCC Resolution No. 3/2001 on the revised programme of activities for 2001, as they appear in Appendices II and III to document CM(2001)85.
The Deputies took note of the request of the CDCC Bureau to finalise the reform of CDCC structures as soon as possible. They also took note of the support given by the CDCC Bureau to the idea of revitalising the European Cultural Convention through an additional protocol and agreed to bear this in mind when finalising the structural reform.
At their 773rd meeting on 21 November (773/7.2) the Deputies, following the favourable opinion of the Budget Committee, decided to incorporate the Cultural Fund and Sport Fund into the Ordinary Budget as from 1 January 2002, it being understood that this would not involve any increase in the member states' contributions. The Deputies decided to transform the Council for Cultural Co-operation (CDCC) and its specialised Committees into four Steering Committees as follows:
CDED Steering Committee for Education
CDESR Steering Committee for Higher Education and Research
CDCULT Steering Committee for Culture
CDPAT Steering Committee for Cultural Heritage
The terms of reference of these committees appear in CM/Inf(2001)43.
The Deputies also decided:
i. as is the practice with all other Steering Committees, to rely for co-ordination on the Secretary General and the staff of DG IV (Directorate General IV - Education, Culture and Heritage, Youth and Sport) in close co-ordination with the Rapporteur Group on Education, Culture, Sport, Youth and Environment(GR-C);
ii. in the spirit of Resolution (95)38, to instruct the GR-C to hold at least one meeting a year, enlarged to additional national representation of those states who so wish, to assist the Committee of Ministers in examining and adopting programmes in the cultural co-operation field and to ensure the coherence of these programmes with the priorities set by the Committee of Ministers for intergovernmental co-operation as a whole.
Replies to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendations (see also Appendix 2):
At their 748th meeting on 3 April (748/7.3) the Deputies adopted a reply to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1465 (2000) on ""Europe, a common heritage" - A Council of Europe campaign".
A public website giving access to information concerning all areas of activity within the Directorate of School, out-of-School and Higher Education (including Higher Education, Co-operation and Technical Assistance, Education policy, Education for democratic citizenship, Language policy and Learning) is located at the following address:
Standing Conference of European Ministers of Education – 20th Session
(Cracow, 15-17 October 2000)
At their 737th meeting on 17 January (737/7.1) the Deputies took note of the Declaration on the main theme of the Conference and of the Resolution on the 2001-2003 programme of activities and agreed to transmit these documents to the Council for Cultural Co-operation so that they may be taken into account in the implementation of its 2001 programme and the drafting of its 2002 programme. They also took note of the Resolution on the results and conclusions of the completed projects and adopted Decision No. CM/772/17012001 assigning ad hoc terms of reference to the Education Committee of the Council for Cultural Co-operation asking it to draw up a draft Recommendation of the Committee of Ministers on policies in the field of education for democratic citizenship and a draft Recommendation of the Committee of Ministers on history teaching. Moreover, the Deputies took note of the Resolution on the European Portfolio of Languages and decided to transmit it to the Council for Cultural Co-operation, so that it may follow up in the framework of its modern language activities.
At their 771st meeting on 31 October (771/7.1) the Deputies adopted Recommendation Rec(2001)15 of the Committee of Ministers to member states on history teaching in twenty-first-century Europe, the first Committee of Ministers recommendation on history teaching.
Replies to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendations (see also Appendix 2):
At their 748th meeting on 3 April, the Deputies adopted replies to the following Recommendations:
- Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1437 (2000) on non-formal education (748/7.1).
- Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1454 (2000) on education in Bosnia and Herzegovina (748/7.2).
- Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1466 (2000) on Media education (748/7.4).
At their 751st meeting on 2 May (751/7.1), the Deputies adopted a reply to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1401 (1999) on Education in the responsibilities of the individual.
At their 765th meeting on 19 September (765/7.1) the Deputies adopted a reply to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1501 (2001) on Parents' and teachers' responsibilities in children's education.
At their 776th meeting on 6 December (776/7.1) the Deputies adopted a reply to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1539 (2001) on the European Year of Languages.
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2nd Informal Conference of Ministers of Education from South-East Europe, Strasbourg, 19-20 November 2001
“The future of education reforms and the obstacles facing them: from the brain drain to the mobilisation of skills”
This conference, organised jointly with UNESCO, the OECD and the Stability Pact (Graz Process) brought together education ministers from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Moldova, Romania, Slovenia, “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”, Turkey and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Montenegro and Serbia). As an outcome of the meeting, the ministers adopted a Declaration.
Education Committee (CC-ED)
Two meetings of the Bureau of the Education Committee, Strasbourg, 14-15 February and 11-12 June 2001
24th meeting of the Education Committee, 1-3 October 2001
Educational policy and the European dimension
The Education Committee held a discussion forum on “Access to and equality in education”, with speeches from five experts. This forum was a contribution of the Education Committee to the work of the Steering Committee for Social Cohesion. The forum papers will be published in 2002.
In addition, a first meeting of experts was held on 6 and 7 December, organised jointly with the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities in Europe and the Directorate of Youth and Sport, on “Partnerships between the school and local authorities for preventing and combating violence in school”
Three national seminars on standards of education reform were held: Kirov (Russian Federation) in June, Belgrade (Republic of Serbia) in June and Rostov on Don (Russian Federation) in November.
In the framework of the In-Service Training Programme for Educational Staff, 80 seminars were held (700 international participants) on the priority themes of the Education Committee programme.
Learning and teaching in the communication society
The first Autumn University, organised jointly by the Centre des Etudes européennes in Strasbourg and the French Ministry of Education was held in Strasbourg, from 7 to 10 November 2001 and brought together around 40 teachers, experts, trainers, 20 states signatory to the European Cultural Convention, as well as speakers from Israel and Canada;
Learning and teaching about the history of Europe in the 20th century
Final conference for the project “Learning and teaching about the history of Europe in the 20th century” entitled “The 20th century – an interplay of views”, held at the House of History Museum in Bonn from 22 to 24 March brought together 200 participants from both the signatory states to the European Cultural Convention and the observer countries (Canada, Japan, Israel).
The Committee of Ministers adopted on 31 October the Recommendation on history teaching in 21st-century Europe, the first Committee of Ministers recommendation on history teaching.
Reform of history teaching and preparation of new history textbooks
A series of seminars and meetings of experts were organised within the framework of the programmes on the reform of history teaching – Stability Pact, the Russian Federation, “The Tbilisi Initiative”, the Black Sea Initiative on History, the Joint Programme between the Council of Europe and the European Commission to strengthen democratic stability in the North Caucasus.
Council of Europe/UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education (IITE) – Meeting of Experts on: “History education and the New Information Technologies (ICT)” and one-day training workshop on the use of ICT in education, Moscow, 5-7 April
Joint Programme of Co-operation between the European Commission and the Council of Europe to strengthen Democratic Stability in North Caucasus – Seminar on: “History teaching in secondary schools : teacher training and history textbooks”, Dombay, Karachaevo-Cherkesskaya Republic, Russian Federation, 23-24 April
Seminar on: “New approaches in the preparation and publication of history textbooks in the Russian Federation” Vladivostok, 21 - 23 May
Joint Programme - North Caucasus - Seminar on : “How history teaching can strengthen reconciliation, mutual understanding and tolerance in present-day society” Nalchik, Kabardine-Balkaria, Russian Federation, 5 – 6 October
Stability Pact - Teacher training seminar on: “Teaching materials: controversial and sensitive issues, multiperspectivity”, Ohrid, “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”, 6 - 8 May
Stability Pact – Meeting of Experts on: “The preparation of a comparative study on the initial training of history teachers in South East Europe” Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria, 18 - 19 May
Stability Pact – Regional Seminar on “Teaching the beginning of World War II”, Bled, Slovenia, 18 - 20 October
Stability Pact – Regional Seminar on “The challenges facing history teachers in the 21st Century in a regional context”, Budapest, 8 - 10 November
The Black Sea Initiative – Regional Meeting of Experts on the Black Sea Initiative teaching pack, Chisinau, 16 - 17 November
“The Tbilisi Initiative” - Regional Meeting with the teams from Armenia, Azerbaïjan, Georgia and the Russian Federation, Tbilisi, 7 - 8 December
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The misuses of history (2000)
Teaching 20th century women's history: a classroom approach
The European home: representations of 20th century Europe in history textbooks
Teaching 20th-century European history
Europe on-screen: cinema and the teaching of history
Teaching the Holocaust in the 21st century
The 20th century: an interplay of views (in print)
A changing Europe: population flows in the 20th century (in print)
Structures and standards of initial training for history teachers in 13 member states of the Council of Europe (in final preparation)
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Education For Democratic Citizenship
Please also consult: http://culture.coe.int/citizenship
Setting up of new activities on education for democratic citizenship 2001-2004
The first half of the year was devoted to setting up the structures (steering group and expert groups) and to planning the new EDC activities to be held in 2001-2004 as follow-up to the first EDC project 1997-2000.
Activities within the multilateral programme of activities
- Restructuration of the EDC website (expert meetings on 26-27 April and 30-31 August)
- Nominations by member countries of EDC coordinators and coordinators' first meeting (Andorra, 23-24 November)
- dissemination seminars in Slovenia (16-17 November) and Ireland (28-29 November)
- planning of the all-European study on EDC policies (expert meeting on 12-13 November, Strasbourg)
- first seminar on EDC policies, Strasbourg, 6-7 December
- EDC policy development seminar, Russian Federation, 27 February-2 March
- Training of Chechen teachers: 30 April-4 May and 1-6 October, Russian Federation
- Joint CoE / UNESCO mission to Serbia (2-3 July) and joint CoE / UNESCO seminar on an EDC strategy in Serbia (12-15 December)
Regional activities (within the Stability Pact Task Force on education and youth)
- co-ordination of working group on EDC and management of diversity (Timisoara, 18-19 March)
- EDC and management of diversity seminar (Sarajevo, 6-7 May)
- Participation in meetings of the Task Force
- Implementation of the Stability Pact funded project on twinning of sites of citizenship (setting up of project monitoring group (5-6 February) two training seminars on 15-16 June and 4-7 October, coordination of 5 bilateral exchanges and of the project's evaluation)
- Implementation of the Stability Pact funded project “stocktaking research on EDC policies in Southeast Europe” (three meetings of the stocktaking researchers 19-20 February, 4-5 May and 31 August-1 September, coordination of the production of the nine country reports and of the regional report)
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Finalisation of the publications of the 1997-2000 EDC project
Education for democratic citizenship and social cohesion
Education for democratic citizenship: words and actions
Responsibility: from principles to practice
ISBN 92-871 4511-3
Education for democratic citizenship: methods, practice and strategies
The emergence of human rights in Europe. An anthology
Translation of the final reports of the 1997-2000 EDC project (Albanian, German, Romania, Russian, Serbian, Slovak)
Production of a new presentation leaflet
Preparation of an interactive publication on EDC concepts
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Please also consult: http://culture.coe.int/her/index.html
At their 748th meeting on 3 April (748/7.2), the Deputies adopted a reply to the Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1454 (2000) on education in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
At their 754th meeting on 6, 7 and 8 June (754/6.2) the Deputies took note of the Opinion of the Higher Education and Research Committee (CC-HER) on Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1457 (2000) on new technologies in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and agreed to communicate it to the Assembly. They also adopted a reply to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1457 (2000).
At their 759th meeting on 4 July (759/7.5) the Deputies approved revised ad hoc terms of reference (Decision No. CM/772/17012001) of the Education Committee (CC-ED).
A Steering Committee for Higher Education (CDESR), starting on 1 January 2002, was set up by the Committee of Ministers on 21 November 2001 (773/7.2). The terms of reference appear in CM/Inf(2001)43.
Conference on Higher Education Policies and Reform in Europe, Belgrade, 12 – 13 March. The conference, which was co-organized with the EUA- European University Association, the Serbian Ministry of Education and the AAEN – Alternative Academic Education Network, gathered some 850 participants from all Yugoslav universities. http://www.aaen.edu.yu/eng/aaen.php.
Annual meeting of the ENIC Network, Riga, 3 – 5 June.
Second meeting of the Committee of the Council of Europe/UNESCO Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education in the European Region, Riga, 6 June. The Committee adopted a Recommendation on Criteria and Procedures for the Assessment of Foreign Qualifications and a Code of Good Practice in the Provision of Transnational Education.
“The Winds of Change in the Teaching Profession”, joint meeting with the French National Commission for UNESCO and the CC-ED, Strasbourg, 18 – 19 June.
Annual meeting of the Higher Education and Research Committee (CC-HER), Strasbourg, 11 – 12 October, and meetings of the CC-HER Bureau, Strasbourg, 5-6 April and 21-22 June 2001.
“Current Challenges in the Management of the University Heritage: professional profiles in the light of institutional policies” (jointly with the Cultural Heritage Department), Strasbourg, 13 – 14 November.
Final conference of the CC-HER project on Lifelong Learning for Equity and Social Cohesion, Paris, 15 – 17 November.
Regional seminars on “Teaching and learning in the communication society”:
· Strasbourg, 22-23 November
· Strasbourg, 29-30 November
· Andorra, 4-5 December
· Budapest, 9-10 December
Seminar on quality assurance in higher education, for all Serb universities, with the EUA and the German Conference of Rectors, Novi Sad, 24-26 November
Regional seminar “Recognition of qualifications and mobility in Higher Education in South-East Europe” Tirana, Albania, 23-24 February 2001.
Launching Meeting of an International Association for European Studies, University of Surrey, Guildford (UK), 8-9 June 2001.
Council of Europe, “Meeting the needs of all students in a changing society”, reports from a Workshop held in Bornholm, Denmark, May 1999 (Strasbourg, 2001).
Council of Europe, “Application of information and communication technologies in lifelong learning”, Proceedings of a Workshop held in Catania, Italy, April 2000 (Strasbourg, 2001).
Council of Europe, “Structures and qualifications in lifelong learning”, Proceedings of a Workshop held in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, November 2000 (Strasbourg, 2001).
Suzy Halimi and Stefanka Hristoskova, “Lifelong learning for equity and social cohesion: a challenge to higher education”, Scottish Journal for Adult and Continuing Education, Vol. 7 (1), pp.21-32 (2001).
Sjur Bergan: “The New European Higher Education Area and Its Implications”, UK NARIC Web page. Also published in News of the Recognition Field, published by the ACE professional section of the European Association for International Education, December 2001.
Sjur Bergan: “Institutional Autonomy between Myth and Reality”, Web page of the Observatory of Fundamental University Values and Rights.
Sjur Bergan: “Gensidig anerkendelse af uddannelseskvalifikationer: Dansk lov og europæisk standard” (“Mutual Recognition of Education Qualifications: Danish Law and European Standards” – in Danish), Web page of the Danish ENIC/NARIC (http://www.cvuu.dk) and background material for a Danish national seminar.
Sjur Bergan: “Higher Education in Serbia: Forward to Europe or Back to the Past?”, Web page of the Alternative Academic Education Network, Beograd (http://www.aaen.edu.yu/eng/aaen.php) and in the Education Bulletin of DG IV/Directorate of Education.
Sjur Bergan, Jindra Divis and Andrejs Rauhvargers “Recognition Issues in the Bologna Process”, EAIE Bulletin, Spring 2001.
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Education/Higher Education joint programme on “Partnerships for Educational Renewal”
Documents available on website: http://www.coe.int/T/E/Cultural_Cooperation/education/T%2EA%2EC/
The committees for school and out-of-school education (CC-ED) and higher education (CC-HER) have decided to bring their targeted assistance projects within a common strategy. They reviewed the first comprehensive annual report of a joint working party submitted in October, and adopted a “mission statement” for partnerships activities. The two priority regions continued to be SE Europe and the former Soviet Union.
In South-East Europe the main foci were:
Bosnia and Herzegovina: the Council continued its active support to the only educational structures bringing together both Entities under the auspices of the OHR, the Conference of Ministers of Education and the Higher Education Coordination Board. In the internationally administered enclave on Brcko, the Council continued to carry out the curriculum reform and retraining project with UNESCO on human rights education
Kosovo (FRY): acting as lead agency for UNMIK for legislative issues in education, with funding and advice from the World Bank, the Council completed and submitted on time two draft Regulations on higher and general education, based on European standards and wide consultation in Kosovo. A revised Statute for the University of Prishtina was also submitted. These were accepted by UNMIK but for political reasons the SRSG decided to defer their adoption until the setting up of the Provisional Institutions of Self-Government.
Serbia (FRY) and Montenegro (FRY): (see under higher education above)
Croatia: the final report on concepts of higher education legislation was delivered to the Ministry of Education.
In the region of the former Soviet Union:
Russian Federation: under a framework programme agreed between the Council of Europe and the Ministry of Education in 2000, and evaluated in November 2001, two further regional case studies (seminars and reports) were completed for the project on Federalism in Education; the second national seminar is planned for early 2002 to adopt key policy principles. In another project, in partnership with the World Bank as well as the Ministry, agreement was reached in December 2001 on the terms of reference for an International Strategic Group of Experts to support the implementation of reforms in the education system. The first meeting of the ISEG will be held in Moscow in early 2002.
Under the multisectoral Joint Programme with the European Commission for strengthening democratic stability in North Caucasus, a small expert group has been established to draft a law on education for the Chechen Republic.
Georgia: with the Open Society Georgia Foundation, a joint working group of experts was set up in September to develop a concept of higher education reform for Georgia. The report, completed within 4 months, was presented to the Georgian Parliament in December 2001.
Regional Project Education Policy and Minorities: the pilot project in Ukraine (2000-2001) was completed with an assessment seminar in April 2001. The national working group for Moldova was established (October 2001) within the framework of the multisectoral Joint Programme with the European Commission for strengthening democratic stability in Moldova.
South Caucasus Regional Project “Legislative Frameworks for Quality Assurance in Education”: the second Regional Conference, bringing together Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia was held in Baku in June 2001. The three Ministers of Education adopted an important statement, which has been transmitted to the Committee of Ministers.
Please also consult:
European Year of Languages 2001: http://culture.coe.int/AEL2001EYL
At their 744th meeting on 7 March (744/7.1) the Deputies took note of the events scheduled in the context of the European Year of Languages whose official launch took place on 18-20 February 2001 in Lund (Sweden). (cf. Information on the European Year of Languages (2001) (GR-C(2001)8)).
At their 776th meeting on 6 December (776/7.1) the Deputies adopted a reply to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1539 (2001) on the European Year of Languages.
They also agreed to declare a European Day of Languages, which will be held on the 26 September of each year.
Official European launch of the European Year of Languages – Lund, Sweden, 18 - 21 February, co-organised with the Swedish authorities and the European Commission; event involving representatives from the 45 States taking part in the European Year of Languages
European Adult Language-Learners' Week, 5 – 11 May
Booklet published with European Union: “How you can learn languages”
European Day of Languages, 26 September
- Game launched on the Council of Europe web site (24 prizes)
- Events in the 45 participating countries
Official European Closing event of the European Year of Languages, Brussels, Belgium, 7 – 8 December, co-organised with the Belgian authorities and the European Commission; event involving representatives from the 45 States taking part in the European Year of Languages.
Other events: see below.
Expolingua and seminar for 15 new countries joining the European Language Portfolio - Prague, Czech Republic, 22 - 25 February.
International Conference “Linguistic diversity: Role and challenges for European cities and regions” in cooperation with the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities (organiser), Rovinj, Croatia, 22 – 24 March.
International Conference in the context of the Latvian Presidency: “Language Education Policies in the Baltic countries – Challenges and opportunities”, Vilnius, Lithuania, 23 - 24 March.
International Conference in the context of the Latvian Presidency: “Small languages in the 21st century”, Riga, Latvia, 19 – 21 April.
Regional seminar on the European Language Portfolio for the CIS countries, Moscow, Russian Federation, 14 - 15 May.
International Seminar on the European Language Portfolio, Coimbra, Portugal, 27 – 30 June.
Seminar on the development of curricula, Piatigorsk, Russian Federation, 11 – 13 October.
Seminar on the “Teaching Turkish as a foreign language in Europe”, Istanbul, Turkey, 25-26 October.
Dissemination Conference “Languages: Promoting good practice”, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 15-17 November.
Seminar on the Common European Framework of Reference and the European Language Portfolio, Belgrade, 3 – 4 December.
Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 0 521 80313 6 (hardback)/0 521 00531 0 (paperback)
Cadre européen commun de référence pour les langues: apprendre, enseigner, évaluer, Éditions Didier, ISBN 227805075-3
European Language Portfolio: Final report on the pilot project, Rolf Schärer, General Rapporteur, January 2001
European Language Portfolio: Guide for Teachers and Teacher Trainers, David Little and Radka Perclová, January 2001
European Language Portfolio: Guide for Developers, Günther Schneider and Peter Lenz, June 2001
Interim evaluation of the European Year of Languages 2001, August 2001
Evaluation of the “European Day of Languages”, October 2001
Campaign Book of the European Year of Languages, updated November
Language Policies for a multilingual and multicultural Europe - The Relevance of Language Economics and Education Economics to Language Education Policies: An Introductory Survey, François Grin, April 2001, DGIV/EDU/LANG (2001) 13
Language Policies for a multilingual and multicultural Europe - Democratic Citizenship, Languages, Diversity and Human Rights, Hugh Starkey, April 2001 DGIV/EDU/LANG (2001) 18
"Waystage" level for Greek: Αρχικό Επίπεδο για τα Νέα Ελληνικά
“Threshold” level for Czech: Prahová úroveň - čeština jako cizí jazyk
Please also consult: http://www.ecml.at
20-22 February 2001, Strasbourg, France
The decisions taken at this meeting can be consulted at the following address: http://culture.coe.fr/Restricted/cccult/eng/2001/ecc-cult(2001)_28def.htm (username and password: desctest).
4-5 October 2001, Chisinau, Moldova
1st meeting of the Bureau
The decisions taken at this meeting can be consulted at the following address: http://culture.coe.fr/Restricted/cccult/eng/2001/ecc-cult-bu(2001)_11.htm (username and password: desctest).
Conferences, art exhibitions
29-31 March 2001, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Conference of Ministers of Culture on “Culture and conflict”
At the invitation of Mr Antun Vujic, Minister of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, a ministerial conference on "Culture and Conflict" was organised (in co-operation with the Cultural Policy and Action Department of the Council of Europe) in Dubrovnik (Croatia) from 29 to 31 March 2001.
The Conference was attended by 65 participants from twenty European countries, including eight Ministers of Culture and eight Vice-Ministers or State Secretaries. During the conference and in the framework of two workshops issues such as cultural diversity, identity, globalisation and regional co-operation were examined.
27th Council of Europe Art exhibition
7 October 2001 - 27 January 2002
Part one: “The centre of Europe around 1000AD” was on show in Mannheim (Reiss museum). In 2002 the exhibition will move from March to June to Prague and July to September to Bratislava castle, then go on to Poland at a venue still to be decided.
27 August to 2 December 2001
Part two: Otto the Great, Magdeburg and Europe was on show in Magdeburg (Kulturhistorisches Museum).
19-20 November 2001, Strasbourg, France
International Conference on “Cultural industries and new information technologies” (http://www.coe.int/nitconference)
The Conference, which was organised in collaboration with UNESCO, was attended by about 100 experts on culture and new information technologies from Greater Europe, Canada and Mexico and dealt with the following issues: provision for culture in the information society, public access and freedom of expression in cultural institutions, diversity and globalisation, cultural industries in the face of the new information technologies environment and the impact of new information technologies on the young.
At their 763rd meeting on 12 September (763/7.1) the Deputies authorised exceptionally the holding of the CC-CULT Bureau meeting in Chisinau, Moldova, on 4-6 October 2001.
At their 765th meeting on 19 September (765/7.3) the Deputies adopted the texts of the European Convention on the Protection of the Audiovisual Heritage and of the Protocol on the Protection of Television Productions to the European Convention on the Protection of the Audiovisual Heritage as they appear in document CM(2000)137, decided to open these treaties for signature, fixed for this purpose the date of 8 November 2001, on the occasion of the 109th Ministerial Session and authorised the publication of the Explanatory Reports of the Convention and of the Protocol.
The Convention was signed, on that occasion, by Bulgaria, Greece, Iceland and Portugal.
pm A number of interregional cooperation and assistance meetings took place in several of the countries taking part in the MOSAIC and STAGE programmes.
Address of the culture website: http://www.coe.int/t/E/Cultural%5FCo-operation/culture/
Replies to CLRAE Recommendations:
At their 772nd meeting on 14 November (772/7.3) the Deputies adopted a reply to CLRAE Recommendation 92 (2001) on follow-up action to be taken on the Conference “Cities and regions: cultural diversity – a precondition for a united Europe” (Innsbruck, 11-12 December 2000) and agreed to forward it to the Committee of Senior Officials (CSO) of CEMAT for them to take account of the local and regional dimension of intergovernmental co-operation in their specific fields
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“Cultural policy in action throughout Europe”, Cultural Policy and Action Department brochure
“Cultural Policies in Europe: a Compendium of Basic Facts and Trends”, 2001 (http://www.culturalpolicies.net/)
Policy Note No 6: "Culture and Civil Society: New relationships with the 'Third Sector'", by Rod Fisher and Roger Fox
“Cultural Citizenship – Civil society and Cultural policy in Europe”, by Dorota Ilczuk
“Funding the future: A user's manual for fundraising in the arts” by Andrew McIlroy
“Arts Organisations and their Education Programmes: Responding to a need for change” by Tuula Yrjö-Koskinen
“Cultural policy: a short guide”, by Simon Mundy in Albanian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Macedonian, Moldavian, Romanian, Serb and Slovenian
“Vital links for a knowledge culture: Public access to new information and communication technologies”
“New information technologies and the young” by Screen Digest
“Public access and freedom of expression in networked information: guidelines for a European cultural policy”
European Conference of Ministers responsible for Cultural Heritage (5th Session)
(Portoroz, Slovenia, 6-7 April 2001)
At their 759th meeting on 4 July (759/7.4) the Deputies examined the Report by the Secretary General on the 5th European Conference of Ministers responsible for the Cultural Heritage held in Portoroz, Slovenia, on 6-7 April 2001. They:
- took note of Resolution No. 1 on "The role of cultural heritage and the challenge of globalisation", of Resolution No. 2 on "The Council of Europe's future activities in the cultural heritage field (2002-2005)", and the Declaration on "The role of voluntary organisations in the field of cultural heritage", adopted at the Conference, and agreed to transmit these documents to the Council for Cultural Co-operation (CDCC) and the Cultural Heritage Committee (CC-PAT) so that, in particular, due account be taken of Resolution No. 2 in drafting the Programme of Activities for 2002 and beyond;
- agreed to bear these texts in mind when considering the Council of Europe's draft Programme of Activities and Draft Budget for 2002;
- instructed the Secretariat to transmit the two Resolutions and the Declaration adopted at the Conference to the Parliamentary Assembly, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe, and the various steering and specialised committees dealing with the fields of culture, education, nature conservation and social cohesion;
- invited their Rapporteur Group on Education, Culture, Sport and Youth (GR-C) to consider the Resolutions adopted at the Conference and to report back to the Deputies at one of their forthcoming meetings;
- adopted Decision No. CM/792/04072001 assigning ad hoc terms of reference to the Cultural Heritage Committee to draw up, as the culmination of the activity "Heritage, identity and diversity", for which previous ad hoc terms of reference had been given (CM/646/110966, CM(98)89 and CM/692/7.1a and CM(99)166, Appendix IV), a draft additional protocol to the Granada Convention (architectural heritage) - and, if appropriate, the Valletta Convention (archaeological heritage), setting out a universal principle for protecting and enhancing the representative heritage of the various forms of cultural expression which have emerged in the course of history in a single territory, irrespective of the current political context of that territory;
- instructed the Cultural Heritage Committee and the Secretariat to make a simultaneous study of the ways and means of incorporating into the Council of Europe's reference texts, provisions reflecting the broadening of the concept of cultural heritage and the changing nature of its role from the standpoint of sustainable development, inter-community relations and social cohesion;
- gave their support to the guidelines for the future programme set out in Resolution no. 2, instructed the Secretariat to ensure co-ordination between the various existing instruments while at the same time encouraging external partnership, and noted that conflict prevention, intercultural dialogue and history teaching were cross-sectoral themes to which the heritage sector should be making a major contribution.
A Steering Committee for Cultural Heritage (CDPAT), starting on 1 January 2002, was set up by the Committee of Ministers on 21 November 2001 (773/7.2). The terms of reference appear in CM/Inf(2001)43.
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Heritage strategies and partnership activities
The Council of Europe and cultural heritage - 1954 - 2000.
Publication released for the ministerial Conference held on 5-7 April 2001 in Portorož (Slovenia); updated version under preparation.
Forward planning : The function of cultural heritage in a changing Europe
AGESA : European workshops on the management of archaeological sites Publication of the European Foundation for Heritage Skills (FEMP).
CARAVELA : Vocational guidance on skills relating to historic buildings : European pilot project (available in January 2002).
Technical co-operation and consultancy
Guidance on inventory and documentation of the cultural heritage.
Awareness-raising and heritage education
Europe, from one street to the other
CD on "Moments of traditional music in Europe" (available in January 2002)
Communication strategy material in the field of "Heritage of Universities"
Resources produced within the framework of projects of the "Europe, a common heritage" Campaign (1999-2000), carried out in co-operation with the European Union.
Brochure on the European heritage Days 2001
Leaflet on the Technical Co-operation and Consultancy Programme (under preparation)
At their 765th meeting on 19 September (765/7.3) the Deputies adopted the texts of the European Convention on the Protection of the Audiovisual Heritage and of the Protocol on the Protection of Television Productions to the European Convention on the Protection of the Audiovisual Heritage (CM(2000)137). They decided to open these treaties for signature and fixed for this purpose the date of 8 November 2001, on the occasion of the 109th Ministerial Session. They authorised the publication of the Explanatory Reports of the Convention and of the Protocol (CM(2000)137).
Replies to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendations (see also Appendix 2):
At their 748th meeting on 3 April (748/7.3) the Deputies adopted a reply to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1465 (2000) on Europe a common heritage - a Council of Europe Campaign.
At their 759th meeting on 4 July (759/7.2) the Deputies took note of the opinion of the CC-PAT on Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1485 (2000) on "Disused hospitals and military buildings" and agreed to bring it to the attention of their Governments. They also agreed to draw the attention of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities (CLRAE) to this Recommendation and to the opinion of the CC-PAT on it and adopted a reply to the Recommendation.
At their 761st meeting on 18 July (761/7.2) the Deputies took note of the opinion of the CC-PAT on Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1484 (2000) on "Management of cathedrals and other major religious buildings in use" and decided to bring it to the attention of their Governments. They also adopted a reply to the above-mentioned Recommendation.
At their 761st meeting on 18 July (761/7.3) the Deputies took note of the CC-PAT opinion on Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1486 (2000) on "Maritime and fluvial cultural heritage" and in this context, invited the Governments of member states to play a positive role in preparing and adopting the new UNESCO Convention on maritime and fluvial heritage. They also adopted the following reply to the aforementioned Recommendation.
At their 772nd meeting on 14 November (772/7.4) the Deputies adopted a reply to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1521 (2001) on Csango minority culture in Romania, and encouraged its member states which have not yet done so to sign and/or ratify and implement the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages.
At their 776th meeting on 6 December (776/7.2) the Deputies took note of the evaluation report on the Cultural Routes Institute of Luxembourg, as it appears in document GR-C(2001)26 and invited the GR-C to continue consideration of cultural routes in Europe in the light of additional documentation to be prepared by the Secretariat.
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Since January 2001, there were no specific decisions taken within the Committee of Ministers on this item.