Law No. 176 Of 4 November 1997

Original Language Title:  LEGE nr. 176 din 4 noiembrie 1997

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Law No. 176 of 4 November 1997 for Romania's accession to the Statute of the Conference of Education Ministers of the States which have in common the use of French language-adopted by Resolution CONFEMEN, 94-46-01, Yaounde-July 1994 was published in PARLIAMENT ISSUING the OFFICIAL GAZETTE nr. 309 of 13 November 1997, the Romanian Parliament adopts this law.

The sole article Romania accede to the Statute of the Conference of Education Ministers of the States which have in common the use of French language-adopted by Resolution CONFEMEN, 94-46-01, Yaounde-July 1994.
This law was adopted by the Senate at its meeting on 4 September 1997, in compliance with the provisions of art. 74 para. (2) of the Constitution of Romania.
p. SENATE PRESIDENT OLIVIU GHERMAN this law was adopted by the Chamber of deputies at its meeting on 6 October 1997, in compliance with the provisions of art. 74 para. (2) of the Constitution of Romania.

Title I-basic principles CONFEMEN Function Article 1 the institution called the Conference of Education Ministers from countries sharing the use of French language, called hereafter CONFEMEN, and having the vocation to get under or all Member countries of the Francophone Community is created between States and acceding Governments.
This text represents the status.
CONFEMEN members list is given in annex II.

Article 2 Headquarters is in Dakar CONFEMEN. Registered office can be transferred in any member country.

Article 3 CONFEMEN works by common cooperation willingness of the participating countries, to define with clarity the objectives and rigorously means the orders, the appropriate integration of national educational systems in the process of economic and social development.
CONFEMEN shall constitute such a structure for information, reflection and consultation between Ministers of education.

Article 4 Exchange of information will focus in particular on the evolution of educational systems, national reforms under way or planned, difficulties encountered, and the positive results recorded.

Article 5 the reflection which will be drawn up on the themes of common interest might require the pooling of technical committees and may lead to the development of the synthesis documents.
Recommendations arising, feeding the national policies, regional and international education, can lead to its own operations or actions made CONFEMEN in cooperation with regional or international bodies, aimed at similar or complementary objectives.

Article 6 Coordination must allow the Ministers of education, which have in common the use of the French language, the elaboration of common positions, they will expose instances of international bodies, especially those of the Francophonie.

Title II Member Countries-adhesion Proceedings Article 7 CONFEMEN shall consist of the Member countries, Ministers responsible for education and training at various educational levels. The working language of CONFEMEN is French.

Article 8 Any country where French is the official language, language of work and language of communication may require its admission as a full member in CONFEMEN.
CONFEMEN shall decide, General session, claims an accession that it received between sessions.

Article 9 Any country where French is the official language, language of work, communication may be admitted as an observer in the work of CONFEMEN either based on a call to the President-in-Office, or on the basis of the invitation the host country.

Article 10 status of the country member is lost by resignation notified the President in Office or by exclusion pronounced by CONFEMEN Chairman and notified to the country in question.

Title III, article 11 the courts Courts CONFEMEN CONFEMEN are:-Ministerial Conference, called hereinafter the Conference;
-national correspondents;
-Administrative and financial Commission.
The Bureau is the executive body. He relies for this purpose on the permanent technical secretariat, as referred to in title VIII.

Article 12 assemblage, normally one session every two years in a member country, which launched the invitation at the previous session.
She will meet before the Ministerial Conference of Foreign Affairs and la Francophonie, which will transmit its findings directly.
The frequency of such courts may, however, be revized, if Member States so decide, for reasons of costs, in particular materials and equipment as financial or consideration the working calendar of the Francophone courts.

Article 13 the Organization of the Conference, and the Organization and functioning of the Secretariat, on the occasion of the sessions of the host country, assisted by the technical secretariat.
In conjunction with the Office of the technical secretariat and permanent host country responsibilities as follows:-to fix the date of the session which it organizes;
-to launch invitations to session;
-to establish the programme of the Conference;
-to create a National Committee for the Organization;
-to fix, for each country, the number of delegates who will bear the costs;
-to determine the list of invited international organisations.

Article 14 Ministers of education lead, normally their country's delegation to the General session. Member States may, where the Minister is prevented to attend, to be represented by another personality of a ministerial or senior official authorized under the procedure.
In contrast, no member country may not represent another country, nor to decide in its place.

Article 15 the quorum consists of a majority of member countries that have announced their participation in the session. This quorum is essential validation proceedings.
This rule applies to the General session, and all courts CONFEMEN.

Article 16 Order of each Conference shall allow:-the assessment of the debate on the relative problems of educational systems and national experiences of studying or followed in relation to international organisations, aiming at objectives similar or complementary to those of CONFEMEN;
-pronunciation:. on the orientation of the axes of programming in the field of education-training, subject to approval by high-level meetings; on the programme of activities of the session, prepared by the Office and the meeting studied the national corespondentilor; well. on issues that will be the subject of studies, working groups, at the request of the Office or of a Conference;
-examining questions relating to the functioning of CONFEMEN:. reports of the activities of the President whose term has expired and the Secretary-General; report of the auditor and of the meeting of national corespondentilor;. requests for membership; renewal of the Bureau of the Conference and, if necessary, the agents put at the disposal of the permanent technical secretariat.

Article 17 of the agenda is set by the permanent technical secretariat, under the guidance of the Chairman-in-Office, and subject to the members of the Bureau.
He is then addressed the members of the permanent Technical Secretariat.
Any Member may then ask for the inclusion of additional issues on the agenda. In this case, the members of the permanent technical secretariat and should, as far as possible, is to receive the report, necessary for the examination of additional problems, at least one month before the opening of the Conference.
The permanent technical secretariat prepare, on the basis of the provisional agenda and the list of additional issues, an agenda reviewed.
After the opening of the Conference and after hearing the report of the President-in-Office, President of the new Office subject to the approval of the members present in plenary revised agenda.
On this occasion, some problems with character nestatutar can be removed from the agenda, based on the decision of the Conference.

Article 18 apart ceremonies the opening and closing, the host country of the Conference invite personalities, at his choice, the debates are conducted only in the presence of the official delegations of member countries and observers invited international bodies, as well as the permanent technical secretariat responsibilities.
The Conference may, nevertheless, according to the procedures it establishes for each case to decide that the meetings should be taken behind closed doors, in order to discuss certain issues.
Decisions taken on this occasion can be shared in plenary meeting, without having to be subject to debate.

Article 19 In all deliberations of CONFEMEN, voting is, as far as possible consultations shall be replaced, in order to arrive at a consensus.

CONFEMEN Bureau title IV Article 20 the Bureau shall consist of 9 members, including five Ministers representing the countries of the South and four Ministers representing the States and Governments in the North.
Are members of the law: the President of the host country's premier conference, Dean-the oldest Minister in Office, the two Deputy Chairmen of the country-Minister hosted the last Conference and Minister of the host country of the Conference.
Are elected by the general Conference and the rapporteur: 4 members.
At the beginning of each Conference, its Dean invites his colleagues to rule over the appointment of the members of the Bureau.
The Office shall ensure the proper conduct of CONFEMEN works.
Between sessions he has the mandate: 1. to implement the Conference held, relying for that purpose on the permanent technical secretariat,;
2. to rule. status of budgetary execution of the year ended;. over all the possible decision to amend;

3. to achieve or make possible to achieve any study to continue and to develop reflections and deliberations of the Conference and to enable the programming orientation in the field of education and training to Francophone;
4. to identify, for new activities, CONFEMEN means at the same time human, material and financial resources;
5. to intensify relations with countries and organizations involved or interested in the Conference, particularly Francophone courts;
6. initiating any action aiming at the enlargement to other countries who meet the statutory conditions of accession;
7. to intensify the audience, the credibility and effectiveness of the Conference;
8. ensure the independence of its courts and Conference.
Office gathers once a year, based on the calling of the President. He treats any problem concerning the activities of the Conference. When necessary, the Bureau may be convened in extraordinary session, at the request of the President or two of its members.

Article 21 the President leads debates and ensures compliance with statutory provisions.
He makes known to the President of the Conference, in the shortest time, orientation and definition of General programming in the field of education and training, which will be submitted to the high-level Conference.
The President can be trusted with any special assignments Bureau. In no time, he shall inform the Bureau on these missions, as well as on the actions it has taken personally.
The Chairman shall convene and lead meetings of the Bureau. He has, for the fulfilment of its mission, the permanent Technical Secretariat services.
Between conferences, he will ensure that the performance of the tasks conducted by the secretariat, which shall communicate regularly about its activities.
The President may invite the Secretary-General of the permanent technical secretariat, when necessary.

Article 22 the first vicepresedintie is attributed to the Minister of the country which will host the next session.
The second vicepresedintie is assumed by the Minister of the country which will host the session later.
A third vicepresedintie is attributed to the Minister a member countries, on the basis of the decision of the General session. The term of office lasts from the time of his election or until the opening of the next session.
Vice-Presidents assist the President in his functions, and to the extent, if any, to refill it.
In this case, the Vice-President who provide the interim presidency has the same powers as President.

Article 23 the President whose term has expired becomes a member of the Bureau for a period of 2 years.

Article 24 of the general Rapporteur, Minister of a country not a member of the Bureau is elected by the General session. The term of office lasts from the time of his election or until the opening of the next session.
The general rapporteur is assisted in its work by the permanent technical secretariat.

Article 25 Every Minister of education shall appoint a national correspondent of its inaltii officials and shall inform the permanent technical secretariat, in the shortest time.
National number corespondentilor can vary according to the existing structures in the various countries.
Close ministerial authorities, national correspondent shall have a position from the Centre and access to various services, to be able to act quickly and effectively.
It is desirable that the person tasked with this responsibility to be able to practice on a sufficiently long period so as to be able to ensure the continuity of its work.

Article 26 the National Correspondent is the privileged interlocutor of the permanent technical secretariat. In this quality, he receives permanent technical secretariat a copy of any correspondence of an administrative nature and technique, addressed to his country's authorities.
He is studying the resolutions, to make known the Minister or the possibilities to apply them in his country, and ensure the implementation of decisions taken.
He disseminates any information to the interested services and comprehensive documentation of its officials.
He is the depositary, in his country, the information and documentation from the permanent technical secretariat, which addresses all the information relating to the educational system in his country, likely to be of interest to other Member States.
He works closely with the Secretariat of the standing technical meetings organized by international CONFEMEN in his country.
He may be asked by the Chairman of the Bureau to participate in the activities of the working groups restricted and is in charge of the Office or Conference to study all the possible contexts of CONFEMEN actions.

Article 27 National Correspondents shall meet on the basis of permanent technical secretariat was convened and, on the eve of each Conference.
On the occasion of this meeting, they listen to the Secretary-general's report on the State of implementation of the programme in question and that of the administrative and financial Commission.
They submit their activities and report studying the agenda planned for the Ministerial Conference, as well as the program of sessions and any improvements brought to the Conference officers.
In case of need, the incumbent President may convene an extraordinary meeting.

Article 28 the Presidency meeting corespondentilor host country national returns; She is exersata, normally by the national correspondent or.
The President is assisted in his functions by a Vice President, a rapporteur and a Deputy Rapporteur, to choose depending on the circumstances.

Title VII Technical Committees Article 29 administrative and financial Commission is made up of national correspondents of the Member countries of the Office. Convened annually by the President of the Office, the Commission examines the Auditor, listen to the draft budget of the next financial year, set by the permanent technical secretariat before being subjected to the Office, and addresses the recommendations of the Office.

Article 30 the Conference between sessions, and the Office may entrust the CONFEMEN working task groups to study some special problems and report them in a determined period.

Title VIII technical secretariat permanent Article features a 31 CONFEMEN secretariat, hereinafter referred to as the permanent technical secretariat (STP).
Modalities and procedures for the management of the permanent technical secretariat shall be entered in the administrative and financial regulation.
This regulation may be amended in accordance with the provisions laid down for the revision of the statutes art. 49. Article 32 of the standing technical secretariat consists of a Secretary general, personal, personal service, according to the scheme of organization and administrative procedures set out in regulation and financial support.

Article 33 the Government of the country where the head office premises available to put permanent technical secretariat.

Article 34 Technical Staff employed on a permanent secretariat is appointed by the General of CONFEMEN session after the publication of posts appended, to define the profile of these positions and determine the duration of mandates.
In the event of an unexpected vacation, the Office shall be entitled to take interim provisions indispensable good permanent technical secretariat officials.
The secretariat-general shall be appointed under the same conditions as staff employed, but on the basis of a proposal from the country where the head office, for a term of 4 years, renewable once.
If the post is vacant, or in the event of difficulties which put him Secretary general unable to act, the Government of the country where the head office is empowered to appoint an interim Secretary general.

Article 35 the remuneration of staff employed, affected the standing technical secretariat is in charge of States put this at the disposal of CONFEMEN, except contrary provisions, stipulated in the administrative and financial regulation.
Staff recruited in the country where the Head Office of the Secretary general is paid from the operating budget of the permanent technical secretariat.

Article 36 members of the permanent technical secretariat exercise exclusive international character functions. In consequence, they will not ask, neither will receive instructions from a Government, nor from any other authority outside the Conference.
All members undertake to respect the international character of the functions of the members of the Secretariat and under no circumstance shall not seek to influence them in the performance of their duties.
In the exercise of their functions, the members of the technical secretariat support on a permanent, with the Government of the country where its headquarters, relations defined by Convention or by any other way approved by the Conference.
Members of the permanent technical secretariat shall undertake to avoid any political activity, national or international, incompatible with independence and impartiality which require their functions or is likely to compromise their neutrality towards one or other of the Member countries.
The Conference should assess in what measure the external activities may be compatible with the functions which it entrusts to the members of the technical secretariat.

Article 37 under the authority of the President in Office, the Secretary-General ensure enforcement and general coordination of the documents of the Conference. He informs his activity.
Between conferences, he's regularly informs the Chairman and on national correspondents about progress made in the fulfilment of the tasks entrusted to it and, if appropriate, about the major difficulties encountered.
He prepares with her conferences, subject to the conditions specified in article 2. 16, 17-21, 24-26 and 27.

He maintains ties between members in order to ensure the implementation of rezolutiilor, receives and distributes documents, reports, and draft resolution of the Conference; It ensures the conservation of all acts and documents within CONFEMEN. He gather the information submitted by each Member, capitalize and shall send to all members.

Title IX permanent technical secretariat Budget Article 38 in order to achieve its objectives, the Conference has at its disposal a budget of their own, powered by the contributions of member countries.
It consists of an operating budget;
a budget of programs.
Each of the accounts shall be subject to separate and rigorous management.
There are also: a common pool;
a reserve fund.
Each of these funds shall be deposited in a separate bank account.
The management of these different funds and budgets shall be made in accordance with the provisions stated in the document entitled administrative and financial Regulation.

Article 39 operating budget is fed through the financial contributions of Member States, in accordance with a fixed distribution grids, Conference.
Non-member countries and aid agencies and cooperation can also contribute financially.
The country where the head office is exempted from contribution, given his involvement directly to the permanent technical secretariat (part of staff salary and making available free space).

Article 40 the budget programs is powered by special contributions of countries and agencies and is aimed at achieving cooperation activities decided by the Conference.

Article 41 common fund serves to finance projects that correspond to the priorities of the Conference. These projects can be made up of multilateral operations, the contexts of the countries as a whole, or with regional or national character when they are organized in line with the multilateral actions carried out previously by CONFEMEN.
The common fund is fed by voluntary contributions of Member States, through budget differences, through grants, donations of natural and legal persons, international organisations and institutions interested in the development of education. Moreover, they are paid the proceeds from the sale of the documents made by CONFEMEN, promotional activities, from collections and other events organized by care.

Article 42 the Reserve Fund is fed by voluntary contributions of its member countries, of individuals, of all the institutions interested in the fields of education, science and culture, as well as financial revenues generated through the placement of these funds.

Article 43 the general Secretary is the administrator of the appropriations and budget officer and of the funds.

Article 44 using the revenue reserve fund is subject to the express authorization of CONFEMEN Chairman in Office.

Article 45 financial is 2 years in annual installments, beginning on January 1 and ending on December 31.
Administrative and financial Commission shall examine, at the annual meeting, the status of implementation of the Office's budget and propose, if necessary, any amendment should be subject to approval by the members of the Conference.
When the Bureau session takes place at the same time as the Ministerial Conference, decisions of the Office shall be approved by the Conference.

Article 46 operating Budgets and programmes are prepared by the Secretary-General and subject to approval by the Conference.

Article 47 the checking accounts of various budgets is carried 2 censors who did not come from the country of the headquarters of CONFEMEN Conference elected. They shall establish administrative and financial Commission report.
The auditor's report and opinion of the administrative and financial Commission, necessarily, of the agenda of the Conference, which is called upon to adjudicate on the Secretary-general's balance sheet.
In the period between sessions, the balance sheet is presented to the annual meeting of the Bureau.

Article 48 in case of delay in approving the budget, the procedure is used so called those twelve months provisional (expired budget year).

Title X statute Amendment 49 Article Statutes can be amended by unanimous agreement of the Member countries present at the Conference.
Any request for amendment of the Statute shall be addressed to the President-in-Office, with at least 6 months before the date of the nearest conferences.
It's a meeting of the Bureau in charge subject to the preparation of the draft text to be submitted to the Conference.

Annex LIST of CONFEMEN countries Belgium French Community from Guinea Conakry Benin Burkina Faso Burundi, Haiti, Luxembourg Mali Mauritius Mauritania Cameroon Canada Canada-New Brunswick Canada-Quebec Niger Central African Republic Rwanda Senegal Cape Verde Comoros Cote d'Ivoire Djibouti Seychelles Switzerland France Chad Gabon Togo Guinea Bissau Zaire — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — —

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