1. The Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable
Development supports the report on young people’s access to fundamental
rights prepared by Mr Michael Connarty on behalf of the Committee
on Culture, Science, Education and Media in response to the joint
initiative of the chairpersons of the two committees concerned.
It considers that both the Council of Europe and its member States
should respond more effectively to the plight of young people, who
are bearing the brunt of the financial crisis and austerity policies.
This calls for enhanced intergenerational dialogue and action to
correct asymmetries as regards access to fundamental rights – including
socio-economic and political rights – by different generations. Stronger
action in favour of the young generation is needed to involve young
people fully in the political, economic and social life and to enable
them to both contribute to and benefit from the solidarity mechanisms in
the society they live in.
2. In line with its conclusions, the Committee on Social Affairs,
Health and Sustainable Development presents several amendments to
the draft recommendation with a view to strengthening the message
of the Parliamenta ry Assembly by adding proposals concerning the
Council of Europe campaign “Nurturing human rights”, activities
at local and regional level, intergenerational dialogue and a greater
role of youth organisations.