The Committee of Ministers,
Having regard to the Statute of the Council of Europe adopted on 5 May 1949;
Recalling Resolution (89) 14 establishing a European Centre for Global Interdependence and Solidarity, adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 16 November 1989 at its 85th Session;
Recalling Resolution (93) 51 confirming the continuation of the European Centre for Global Interdependence and Solidarity, adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 21 October 1993, at the 500th meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies;
Having regard to Statutory Resolution (93) 28 on partial and enlarged agreements, adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 14 May 1993, at its 92nd session;
Having regard to Recommendation 1893 (2009) on the future of the European Centre for Global Interdependence and Solidarity (North-South Centre), adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly on 20 November 2009, reaffirming the added value of the work of the North-South Centre and calling for its enlargement to all Council of Europe member states;
Having regard to the positive opinions expressed by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe and by the Conference of International Non-governmental Organisations of the Council of Europe, as well as the consultations held with the European Union institutions concerned;
Recognising the efforts of the North-South Centre to reflect adequately and consistently the Council of Europe’s political priorities as established at the 3rd Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Council of Europe in Warsaw (16-17 May 2005);
Acknowledging the important work of the North-South Centre in implementing the Council of Europe Strategy for the Development of Intercultural Dialogue, adopted in Faro (Portugal) in October 2005, and the recommendations of the White Paper on Intercultural Dialogue (2008);
Welcoming the growing and positive collaboration between the North-South Centre and regional and international organisations such as the European Union (in the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Council of Europe and the European Union, signed in May 2007) and the United Nations;
Considering the relevance of the North-South Centre in an increasingly complex international environment and its unique mission of providing a framework for North-South co-operation to increase public awareness of global interdependence issues, promoting policies of solidarity in conformity with the aims and principles of the Council of Europe and strengthening global commitments to universally shared values;
Welcoming the strong and indefectible support from the Government of Portugal since the establishment of the North-South Centre,
Reaffirms the importance and relevance of the North-South Centre, which shall henceforth function as an enlarged agreement to be managed autonomously as an institution set up by the Council of Europe and subject to the provisions contained in the appended revised statute, which shall enter into force upon adoption of the present resolution.
1.1. The aims of the European Centre for Global Interdependence and Solidarity (the Centre) are:
1.2. The Centre will thus serve to:
The Centre’s premises are located in Lisbon by courtesy of the Government of Portugal.
3.1. All member states of the Council of Europe shall be members of the Centre. [or]
3.1. All member states of the Council of Europe are entitled to become members of the Centre.
3.2. Any other Contracting Party to the European Cultural Convention may join the Centre at any time by notification addressed to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe.
3.3. Other states may be invited to accede to the Centre by a decision of the Committee of Ministers taken by the majority provided for in Article 20.d of the Statute of the Council of Europe.
3.4. The European Union is invited to join the Centre.
The organs of the Centre are:
5.1. The members of the Executive Council shall be designated for a period of three years on the following basis:
5.2. The Executive Council shall, within the limits of its financial resources made available for that purpose, decide on the programme of activities of the Centre on the basis of proposals made by the Centre’s Executive Director and taking into account programme recommendations made by the Committee of Representatives of Members of the Centre.
5.3. The programme and budget of the Centre shall be adopted by a two-thirds majority of the votes cast and a majority of the members of the Executive Council.
5.4. The Executive Council shall meet twice a year in Lisbon or in Strasbourg.
6.1. The Executive Council shall elect from among its members a Bureau composed of eight members ensuring that three of them are governmental representatives (including one from the South) and that parliamentarians, NGOs and local and regional authorities are each represented on the Bureau as well as the European Commission and the Secretary General of the Council of Europe. Among these members, it shall elect a chairperson and three vice-chairpersons representing the different dimensions of the quadrilogue.
6.2. The Bureau shall monitor the preparation and execution of programmes and prepare the meetings of the Executive Council, with the assistance of the Centre’s secretariat.
7.1. Meetings of the Committee of Representatives of Members of the Centre shall be convened in Strasbourg twice a year for the purpose of establishing the financial resources available for the Centre’s regular programmes and to determine the contributions to the operational expenditure of the Centre, on the basis of indications from the Executive Council regarding the programmes and envisaged activities.
7.2. During these meetings, the representatives may also pledge voluntary contributions for specific programmes to be carried out by the Centre;
7.3. The representatives shall examine and agree on proposed contributions and grants from other donors to support the Centre and its activities.
8.1. The secretariat of the Centre shall be headed by an Executive Director. The number of staff shall be determined by the Executive Council in the light of the tasks and the agreed programmes of the Centre, and subject to approval by the Committee of Representatives of Members of the Centre.
8.2. The secretariat shall in particular:
9.1. Expenditure relating to the implementation of common secretariat expenditure and an allocation to the programme account shall be covered by the regular budget of the Enlarged Agreement establishing the Centre, within the limits agreed by the Committee of Representatives of Members of the Centre and governed by the financial rules as foreseen for Enlarged Agreement budgets of the Council of Europe;
9.2. Additional expenditure relating to programmes, consultants and temporary staff recruited on the basis of specific needs arising from such programmes shall be covered through a special account provided by voluntary contributions made available by members of the Centre, the European Union and/or other donors to fund these programmes.
9.3. The travel and subsistence expenses of persons attending meetings of the Executive Council shall be paid by the member state or the organisation concerned, unless otherwise decided by the Executive Council on the basis of special purpose allocations specified in the budget of the Centre.
9.4. The travel and subsistence expenses of persons attending meetings of the Committee of Representatives of Members of the Centre shall be paid by their respective governments or institutions.
9.5. Additional expenditure arising from the organisation of statutory meetings elsewhere than at the seat of the Council of Europe or the premises of the Centre shall be borne by the host country.