Agenda for the CE-meeting in Amsterdam on Friday 30 January 2004
Starting time 09.00 p.m.
Theo Binnendijk, Rolf Widmer, David Lane, Martti Kemppainen, Anton Tobé
2. Minutes of the CE meeting in Roskilde on 2 October 2003 (enclosure)
3. Proposal Office manager (enclosure)
5. Sources of finance
Meeting in Bulgaria in May 2004
9. Congress in Glasgow in 2004
10. Preparations Congress in Sarajevo in 2006
11. Friendship camp South East Europe in August 2004 (enclosure by Roland Stübi)
PR / Information FICE International
14. Honorary Presidents
17. FICE Europe
Minutes of the meeting on 17th October, 2003 in the hotel “Jardins de Paris, Alésia-Montparnasse, Paris
Start: 10 a.m. End: 5 p.m.
Chairwoman: Christine Labonté-Roset
Mrs Labonté-Roset welcomes the participants and recommends a round of introductions.
Hansjörg Keller (IFSW) and Sören
Hegstrup (FICE) participate for the first time in a meeting of ENQASP.
The minutes of the Copenhagen Meeting are
accepted with two modifications:
The proposal for a contract was sent to
all the members. The following alterations are suggested and accepted:
A first version of the modified contract is added to these minutes in the addendum.
Corresponding to the contract the structure
has to be modified: The “Accreditation Board” will be the
Agenda item 5: Application for accreditation at the German Accreditation Council
The application for accreditation at the German Accreditation Council has to be modified corresponding to the contract, too. It is mentioned, that their is an unprecise variation of expressions as “Universitäten und Fachhochschulen (Sozialarbeit)”, “im Bereich Sozialarbeit”, etc. Correctly it should be “ im Bereich sozialer Berufe”.
5 th of March 2004, Alicante
taker: Sieglinde Machocki
Of the European Network for Quality Assurances in Study Programmes in Social Professions (ENQASP) with the legal status of the Europäische wirtschaftliche Interessenvereinigung (EWIV) (European Economic Interest Grouping EEIG).
The European Economic Interest Grouping (EEIG)) shall bear the name of "European Network for Quality Assurances of Study Programmes in Social Professions – EEIG (ENQASP-EEIG)". Its seat shall be Berlin.
(1) ENQASP shall be an independent accreditation agency. It shall strive for being acknowledged by the accreditation council of the Federal Republic of Germany.
(2) The objective of ENQASP shall consist in accrediting bachelor and master study programmes in social professions with an international orientation in a European context. The purpose of this certification is to guarantee consistent quality standards and the comparability of these study programmes within Europe.
(3) ENQASP may also act as monitoring for developing new programmes and study courses in social professions.
(4) Study programmes shall be evaluated on application of the HEI and ENQASP shall charge fees for the evaluation. Details shall be regulated by rules of procedure.
(1) Members of ENQASP-EEIG are:
I = International Association of Social Educators
(2) Legal persons of public and private law who support and promote the work of ENQASP intensely may become members, too, provided the detailed preconditions are fulfilled. The right of admitting new members shall lie with the Membership Assembly.
(3) Membership shall be terminated by a written statement of withdrawal or expulsion for important causes. It shall end automatically with the dissolution of ENQASP. Upon withdrawal the membership shall end with the end of the financial year. The declaration of withdrawal must be submitted six months before the beginning of the financial year in which it is supposed to become effective and it must be addressed to the Executive.
(1) The members shall pay once an amount of 4.000 € on signing this contract at the beginning of the financial year. Decisions on any further financial obligations or on exceptions shall be made by the membership assembly.
(2) Any further income of ENQASP shall be generated by its activities.
(3) Further, ENQASP shall be entitled to accept other finance (donations, allocations, etc.) provided the purposes these are to serve conform with its statutes (Which statutes ???) and do not impair its independence.
(4) The financial year shall be the calendar year. The first partial financial year shall end on…..
(5) The finance must be used only for the purposes described in the statutes. Individual persons must not be favoured by expenses which do not conform with the purpose of ENQASP-ENWIV or by unreasonably high expenses.
The bodies of ENQASP-ENWIV are:
the Membership Assembly 2. the Executive
(1) The Membership Assembly shall be summoned twice a year by the Executive with a period of six weeks with a simple letter to the last known addresses of the members.
(2) The Executive shall be obliged to summon the Membership Assembly immediately if this is required in the interest of ENQASP or if at least half of its members require it in writing mentioning also the purpose and reasons for their requirement.
(3) The proposed agenda shall be enclosed in the invitation.
(4) The main tasks of the Membership Assembly shall be:
consultation for the Executive;
Each member shall have one vote. The Membership Assembly shall adopt
its resolutions with the majority of the members present. In deviation
from this resolutions on the following items shall require a majority
of two thirds of the members present:
the following resolutions require unanimous vote:
(6) Resolutions made in writing shall become effective only with the written approval by all members.
(7) The Membership Assembly shall elect from among its ranks a chairperson for a term of three years. The chairperson may be re-elected. The resolutions of the Membership Assembly must be laid down in minutes which must be signed by the chairperson and the keeper of minutes who is appointed for each meeting. The members and the Executive shall receive one copy of the minutes each.
(8) The chairperson of the Membership Assembly shall appoint the Executive.
(9) The Membership Assembly shall have a quorum if more than half of the members are present. It shall make its resolutions with majority vote provided no qualified majority is required by law or by the statutes.
(10) The Membership Assembly will decide on the next meeting place.
(1) The Executive shall consist of one or more members. If the Executive has more than one member each of them shall have sole representation.
(2) The rights of the Executive vis-à-vis third parties shall be limited to the extent that real estate transactions or transactions with a similar character shall require the approval of the Membership Assembly.
(3) The Executive shall adopt rules of procedure which require the approval of the Membership Assembly if the Executive has several members.
The Executive shall be responsible for the current business of ENQASP according to law, the statutes of EEIG and the resolutions adopted by the Membership Assembly. This shall include in particular the preparation and carrying out of evaluations and/or accreditations of European study programmes in social professions or those with a European orientation on the basis of the applications submitted by the institutions of higher education. Further the tasks include consultation services for the training institutions and preparation of the Membership Assembly.
The Executive shall be elected and appointed for a term of two years. Re-election and appointment shall be possible.
(1) ENQASP may establish an Advisory Board with a maximum of seven members for providing advise to the Membership Assembly and the management with respect to choosing experts and for the evaluation procedure. The Advisory Board shall consist of respected scientists and persons with practical expertise from the member states of the Council of Europe (CoE).
(2) The members of the Advisory Board shall be elected by the Membership Assembly and appointed by the chairperson of the Membership Assembly. They may be nominated by the members, the Executive and respective scientific organisations of member states of the Council of Europe (CoE-countries).
(3) The term of office shall be two years. The members of the Advisory Board may be re-elected.
(4) The Advisory Board shall elect a chairperson from among its members. The management shall produce minutes of the meetings of the Advisory Board which shall be signed by the chairperson and one member of the Advisory Board. These minutes shall be presented to the Membership Assembly for its information.
ENQASP may be dissolved by a resolution of the Membership Assembly with a two thirds majority vote by the end of the subsequent financial year. The Executive shall have the task of winding up business as fast a possible and implement the dissolution.
1 Several years ago FICE put together a Glossary of terminology relating to services for children and young people. It was produced by a Working Group of FICE members in the three FICE languages, English, French and German, and Dutch was added later. This Glossary is available on the FICE website (www.FICE-Inter.org) but it is now in need of updating.
2 Following discussions about ways of updating the Glossary, it is proposed that a different approach should now be taken as follows :
(a) The work should be undertaken on a paid basis, rather than as a voluntary exercise.
(b) The Dictionary should be expanded to cover all social professions.
(c) The Dictionary should commence by using the English-German Dictionary prepared by the Universities of Hull and Fachhochschule Frankfurt as a basis.
(d) The Dictionary should be expanded progressively to incorporate all the main languages of Europe.
(e) The finished work should be available on the web as well as in hard copy. It should then be capable of continual updating, and hard copies could be printed as required for any combination of the languages available.
(f) In addition to the Dictionary, a companion volume should be published which considers a limited range of key concepts in depth, in order to identify the significance of terms more fully and clarify the differences in the ways in which they are used in different countries.
(g) An Advisory Committee should be established, to manage, advise on and monitor the work as it proceeds, and to be responsible for its promulgation on completion.
(h) Funding should be sought from the European Union or Council of Europe in order to finance the exercise properly.
(i) In order to seek funding, a Consortium of interested organisations should be established.
3 The task needs to proceed through the following phases :
(a) The proposal needs to be endorsed within FICE. For this purpose I am circulating this document in draft to the following members (with whom I discussed the proposal in Roskilde) :
I will build in any comments I receive by the end of November, and will then send the amended document to Theo Binnendijk for Presidential approval.
(b) If approved, I will then approach representatives of the organisations which might wish to be partners in the project and other individuals who might be interested to participate as members of the Advisory Committee, with the request that they express their interest in principle before the Executive Committee meeting in January 2004. Any amendments to the proposal put forward by potential partners could then be considered by the CE.
(c) Following the CE, organisations would be asked formally to become members of the Consortium. Some funding would be needed for the Consortium to hold a meeting, though thereafter business would probably be conducted by telephone and email. At this meeting, the Consortium would confirm its constitution, decide on its structure and working methods, and select its Chair and any other office holders. (I am prepared to take the proposal forward to that point, but believe that thereafter the control and responsibility should be vested in the Consortium.)
(d) The Consortium would put a bid together for funding, to be sent to the European Union, Council of Europe or other appropriate organisation.
(e) Assuming that funding were obtained, workers would be selected to undertake the actual preparation of the Dictionary and its companion volume. The project would also need to be managed if it were to cover several languages. (It has been suggested that a school which trains interpreters should be invited to be a partner in the Consortium, and that the work could be undertaken by the school’s students as an exercise, to be managed by the school.) An Advisory Committee would be set up, accountable to the Consortium, to be made up of professionals working in the field of services for children and young people from all the countries whose languages are covered by the Dictionary.
(f) The Consortium would authorise the publication of hard copy Dictionaries as they were prepared. If the use of the web is accepted, the Dictionary could be put on the web in stages as it is prepared, and there would be no need to await completion of the full text before making material available on the web.
(g) The Consortium would be responsible for publication of the Dictionary, both on the web and in hard copy, and for publicising it to ensure its widespread use.
Consortium and Advisory Committee
4 The following organisations should be approached to become Consortium members in addition to FICE :
5 The following individuals should be invited to participate in the Consortium or its professional Advisory Committee :
Bradley University of Hull (involved in producing the English-German
8 I would suggest that the business of the Consortium is conducted in English for the sake of simplicity.
9 Corrections and comments on the proposal are welcome, to DCL@DavidLane.org