6. In order to ensure the future of the Centre, the Assembly recommends to the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe to urge the Centre’s member states yo undertake the following reforms:

7. The Assembly against this background welcomes recent initiatives by the Committee of Representatives of the Member states of the Centre in this direction and its intention to accompany the Centre’s work more closely. It looks forward to learning about the results of their work in this regard.

8. The Assembly notes with regret that, over a decade into the Centre’s existence, only twenty of the Council of Europe’s forty-five member states have chosen to join this Partial Agreement. Taking into account the clear will to undertake the necessary reforms, the Assembly recommends to the Committee of Ministers to urge remaining countries to join as early as possible, and recommends that annual financial contributions by the least wealthy among them be made more modest.

9. The Assembly, recalling its own determining role in creating the Centre in 1992 and its numerous Resolutions devoted to it, states its conviction that a reformed Centre will be able to make an important contribution to a Europe more aware of global relationships, and to a fairer and more equitable world made more receptive to European values.

proposal was adopted by the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers in 1989. The Centre, with the official name “The European Centre for Global Interdependence and Solidarity”, started work the following year.

represented - elects a Bureau, which follows the Centre’s activities even closer. The President of the Executive Council and the Bureau is Mr Miguel Angel Martinez, a former President of the Parliamentary Assembly and currently a member of the European Parliament (and notably its Committee on Development and Cooperation).

1 “External Evaluation of the Global Education and Youth Programme” of 1997 and the “KommEnt Evaluation of the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe” of 1999.

2 In its educational work the Centre is intensifying its cooperation with the Council of Europe’s Youth Centre, especially on trans-Mediterranean projects, and with the Council’s Directorate General on Education, Culture and Heritage, Youth and Sport, not least on the follow-up to the Maastricht Conference on Global Education in November 2002. Cooperation is also close with the OECD Development Centre, the UNDP and the World Bank, especially on public attitudes and support for development co-operation in the light of the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals.

3 The official name of the Campaign was “Council of Europe Campaign on Global Interdependence and Solidarity: Europe against Poverty and Social Exclusion”.

4 See for instance the interesting study on “Public Opinion and the Fight against Poverty”, published jointly in 2003 by the Centre and the OECD Development Centre.