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Towards a framework of competences for democratic citizenship

Recommendation 2088 (2016)

Parliamentary Assembly
Assembly debate on 19 April 2016 (13th Sitting) (see Doc. 13992, report of the Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media, rapporteur: Mr Jacques Legendre). Text adopted by the Assembly on 19 April 2016 (13th Sitting).
1. The Parliamentary Assembly, referring to its Resolution 2104 (2016) “Towards a framework of competences for democratic citizenship”, welcomes the Council of Europe’s initiative to draw up a framework of competences for a culture of democracy and intercultural dialogue and stresses the importance of such an instrument being established at the international level to assess competences in this area.
2. The Assembly therefore requests the Committee of Ministers to respond positively and as quickly as possible to the work undertaken to prepare the framework of competences and to provide for appropriate follow-up mechanisms, especially in order to prepare the tools necessary for the effective implementation of the framework of competences, as has been done for the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, teaching, assessment (CEFR). These tools could include for example: guides for different user categories and contexts; educational materials illustrating the levels of proficiency; guides describing how to relate examinations to reference levels for the competences described; and a specific website providing practical resources.