The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe has adopted by consensus Recommendation CM/Rec(2022)10 on policies and multilevel governance for intercultural integration. It is the second international standard in this field after the adoption in 2015 of CM/Rec(2015)1 on intercultural integration, and the very first co-drafted by representatives of local and national authorities in the framework of the Working Group on Intercultural Integration Integration (GT-ADI-INT).
Created in 2020 under the aegis of the Anti-Discrimination, Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee, the GT-ADI-INT has fulfilled its mandate by adapting the Intercultural Cities model at regional and national level by:
- review the implementation of CM/Rec(2015)1, in this context, map remaining strengths and needs;
- the development of a model framework for an intercultural integration strategy at the national level, which was adopted by consensus in June 2021;
- and suggest ways to promote multi-level governance and intercultural integration policies.
While the previous CM Recommendation primarily asked States to encourage the promotion of intercultural integration principles at the local level, the new CM Recommendation is aimed directly at the national level, recommending that their national integration strategies be based on the four key principles of the intercultural integration model . They are: substantive equality; diversity as a collective advantage; meaningful cross-cultural interaction; and active citizenship and participation. According to the recommendation, intercultural integration strategies should be designed on the basis of evidence, in a participatory manner, and implemented in cooperation and coordination with all levels of government.
The model framework will serve as a practical tool for public officials responsible for implementing the recommendation.
Recommendation of the Committee of Ministers to member States on policies and multi-level governance for intercultural integration (Adopted by consensus by the Committee of Ministers on 6 April 2022 at the 1431st meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies)