STRUCTURE OF THE NORTH-SOUTH CENTRE


The North-South Centre, officially named the European Centre for Global Interdependence and Solidarity", is an autonomous institution of the Council of Europe.
It was created in November, 1989 under the format of an "Enlarged Partial Agreement" and currently has 22 member States.

Management system: a "quadrilogue" partnership

The North-South Centre’s status in the Council of Europe, an intergovernmental organisation, is unique: it is run on the basis of a "quadrilogue", a term coined to mean the combination of four partners from political institutions and civil society - governments, parliaments, local and regional authorities and NGOs.

This system helps build bridges between players with different approaches, viewpoints and priorities, generating constructive synergies.

The Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is the decision-making statutory organ of the Centre.

The decisions concerning the adoption of the budget of the Centre are taken by the Executive Committee in its composition restricted to the members designated under Article 4.2a of the Resolution CM/Res(2011)6 , with a two-thirds majority of the votes cast and a majority of the members entitled to vote.

All other decisions are taken by the Executive Committee as a whole, with a two-thirds majority of the votes cast and a majority of the members of the Executive Committee, including the favourable vote of at least half of the members voting, as designated under Article 4.2a of the Resolution CM/Res(2011)6 .

The Executive Committee meets twice a year, in principle in Lisbon and in Strasbourg.


The 
Bureau

The Bureau of the Executive Committee is composed of a Chair and eight other members, with five governmental representatives, on the basis of an equitable geographical distribution, and one parliamentarian, one local and regional authorities representative, one civil society representative and a European Commission/Union representative.

The Bureau monitors the preparation and execution of programmes and report to the Executive Committee. It also prepares the meetings of the Executive Committee, with the assistance of the Centre's Secretariat.

The Bureau shall also carry out any other task entrusted to it by the Executive Committee.