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Culture and education through national parliaments: European policies

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ADraft Resolution

1The Parliamentary Assembly reaffirms the importance of culture and education as essential pillars of our democratic systems and of a cohesive society. National parliaments have the responsibility to deliver in these fields policies which effectively uphold our common core values – human rights, democracy and the rule of law –, ensure adequate access to education and support participation in cultural life, creativity and innovation.
2Enhanced policies for culture and education should encourage the development of employment-oriented competencies, but also promote the ethical and political values which are related to the main aims of the Council of Europe, bearing in mind the importance of the humanities and the right of everyone to take part in cultural life.
3National parliaments should build their policies for culture and education on the texts adopted by the Committee of Ministers and the Assembly. They should also take greater advantage of policy instruments and tools developed by the Council of Europe (such as the White Paper on Intercultural Dialogue, the Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe and the Intercultural Cities Index) and by the European Union (such as the recently launched “Rethinking Education” strategy).

23 April 2013

Tabled by Mr Robert SHLEGEL, Mr Anvar MAKHMUTOV, Mr Leonid KALASHNIKOV, Mr Alexander SIDYAKIN, Mr Otari ARSHBA

Votes: 64 in favor 1 against 1 abstention

In the draft resolution, paragraph 3, before the words "by the European Union", insert the following words: ", if appropriate,".

Explanatory note

Such wording is used by the rapporteur in paragraph 5 of the present draft resolution and, in our view, it better reflects the realities of the composition of the Council of Europe as our Organisation consists of countries which are member states of the EU as well as countries which are not members of the EU.

4The Assembly therefore calls on national parliaments to:
4.1review policy making in the fields of culture and education with a view to putting more emphasis on the long-term perspective and at delivering a coherent strategy, paying attention to the interconnections between culture, education and other policy areas such as youth and social cohesion policies, employment, health and environment protection;
4.2re-engage in a broad debate on policies for culture and education, encouraging citizen participation in the debate and the involvement of the relevant stakeholders in policy reforms;
4.3ensure that legislation in these fields deals in a holistic manner with key challenges, including:
4.3.1promoting social cohesion and a culture of inclusion;
4.3.2supporting sustainable socio-economic development within a globalised market economy and an endangered environment;
4.4implement the policy guidelines agreed upon at the level of the Council of Europe and establish proper monitoring and reporting arrangements to regularly assess the impact of measures adopted by the competent governmental authorities;
4.5adopt concrete measures to enhance intercultural dialogue and encourage cultural and educational exchanges across borders, removing administrative barriers to such exchanges;
4.6introduce intercultural learning and practice in the initial and in-service training of teachers and educators.

In the draft resolution, after paragraph 4.6, insert the following paragraph:

"take into consideration the Final Statement of the Conference - The Moscow Agenda - of the 10th Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Culture (Moscow, 15-16 April 2013) in defining national cultural policies."

Explanatory note

The Final Statement of the Conference – The Moscow Agenda – adopted by the Ministers responsible for Culture defines means to support common cultural heritage and diversity ; to favour dialogue on the role of culture in contemporary Europe diversity and artistic creation ; to defend culture as a vector for values ; to facilitate access to cultural creations and heritage by promoting cultural activities and exchanges.

5National delegations to the Assembly are encouraged to set up, in their respective parliaments, the arrangements necessary to provide adequate information about the relevant activities of the Council of Europe – and if appropriate of the European Union – especially activities in the field of culture and education.
6The Assembly invites national parliaments to reinforce inter-parliamentary co-operation in the fields of culture and education at regional and European levels, including co-operation with the European Parliament and with the Assembly.
7Finally, the Assembly supports the recent proposal by the Secretary General of the Council of Europe to initiate work on a European framework of competences for democratic citizenship, human rights and intercultural understanding, and suggests including it in the Organisation’s Programme of Activities for the next biennium, insisting on the importance of intercultural dialogue.