12 July 1995

Doc. 7357

MOTION FOR A RECOMMENDATION

on the promotion of understanding

between communities and families

within the area of the North and Baltic Seas

presented by the Earl of DUNDEE, United Kingdom, EDG

and others

This motion has not been discussed in the Assembly and

commits only the members who have signed it

1.       With the recent political changes in central Europe, historical, economic and cultural links in the northern area of Europe have been restored and new forms and subjects for co-operation have been developed.

2.       The Assembly has been particularly interested in cultural co-operation in this area. It has had several contacts with the Nordic Council and has discussed structures of cooperation with the Baltic States.

3.       It is the right time to promote much broader regional and inter-regional co-operation in northern Europe.

4.       The Assembly recommends therefore that the Committee of Ministers

i.       seek means of associating the Council of Europe with the development of cultural co-operation in the area of the North and Baltic Seas;

ii.       develop projects in specific areas such as

      - communication

      - cultural exchanges

      - school partnerships

      - social and environmental education

      - university co-operation

      - archaeology and all heritage

      - cultural and historical tourism.

Signed:

Dundee, United Kingdom, EDG

Landsbergis, Lithuania, EDG

Zingeris, Lithuania, EDG

Atkinson, United Kingdom, EDG

Jansson, Finland, LDR

Hunt, United Kingdom, EDG

Fenner, United Kingdom, EDG

Berg, Norway, EDG

Johnston, United Kingdom, LDR

Ragnarsdóttir, Iceland, EDG

Rathbone, United Kingdom, EDG

Smith, United Kingdom, EDG

*       SOC : Socialist Group

      EPP : Group of the European People's Party

      EDG : European Democratic Group

      LDR : Liberal, Democratic and Reformers Group

      UEL : Group of the Unified European Left