The Spanish cooperation for development is showing in recent years a great dynamism, translating the growing sensitivity of our society to the problems that affect developing countries. Sensitivity that has moved to different private stakeholders and public administrations to take part in this solidarity effort.
Taking into account that the General Administration of the State, the autonomous communities and local authorities devote considerable resources to these activities, it would seem appropriate that a specific organ is in forum for cooperation and consultation between them, so that a proper exchange of information and criteria allow the most appropriate use of funds each public administration dedicated to development cooperation , within their respective fields of competence.
Law 23/1998, of 7 July, international cooperation for development, has echoed in this need, creating the Inter-territorial Committee on cooperation for development and enabling the Government to regulate by rules of procedure its composition and operation.
In his virtue, a proposal from the Minister for Foreign Affairs, with the approval of the Minister of public administration, having received the opinion of the Council of cooperation to development, according to the Council of State and after deliberation by the Council of Ministers at its meeting of January 14, 2000, D I S P O N G O: article 1. Nature and affiliation.
Inter-territorial cooperation for Development Commission is a consultative body coordination, coordination and collaboration between public administrations that run as official development aid eligible costs. It will be functionally attached to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Article 2. Objectives.
1 objectives of the Inter-territorial Committee on cooperation for development are the following: to) the coherence and complementarity of the activities that make the public administrations in the field of cooperation for development.
(b) the highest level of effectiveness and efficiency in the identification, formulation and execution of programmes and projects for development cooperation driven by the different public, fully autonomous administrations for those purposes, within the framework of their respective powers.
(c) the participation of public administrations in the formation of the master plan and annual plan, as well as in the definition of its priorities.
Article 3. Functions.
The functions of the Inter-territorial Committee on cooperation for development are: to) dictate prior management plan and annual plans, within a maximum period of two months from the date of its referral by the Government.
(b) propose the inclusion in the master plan and annual plans of cooperation projects jointly financed by the different public administrations.
(c) promote joint actions among the different public administrations for the identification, formulation and execution of programmes and projects for development cooperation.
(d) meet, and where appropriate, discuss, previously the programming of cooperation of regional and local authorities, ensuring its articulation and harmonious complementation with the principles, objectives and priorities that guide official aid to development.
(e) conduct regular monitoring of the implementation of projects involving the regional and local administrations.
f) promote the creation of a common database that includes programs and projects of cooperation for the development of the General Administration of the State and other public administrations, as well as the provisions of all of them that have incidence in the development cooperation.
(g) to issue the reports and opinions, requesting any of public administrations on matters within its competence.
(h) any other action agreed by the plenary, in the scope of their powers.
Article 4. Composition.
1. the Inter-territorial Committee on cooperation for development will act in full and Permanent Commission.
2. the plenary shall consist of the President, three Vice-Presidents, a Secretary and the vowels that are determined in paragraph 7 of this article.
3. the Minister of Foreign Affairs, who will be replaced by Vice President first, in cases of absence, illness or any other cause will be President.
4 will be Vice-President first Secretary of State for international cooperation and Latin America.
5 will be second Vice-President a representative of the autonomous communities elected by and among the members of the Commission representatives of them.
6 will be third Vice-President a representative of local authorities elected by and among the members of the Commission representatives of them.
7 will be members of the plenary of the Commission: to) the Secretary of State of trade, tourism and small and medium-sized enterprises.
(b) the Secretary general of the Spanish Agency of international cooperation and a representative with at least category Director-general, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; two representatives, with at least category Director-general, by each of the ministries of economy and finance and public administrations; a representative with the same category, for each of the ministries of Justice, Interior, promotion, education and culture, work and Social Affairs, industry and energy, agriculture, fishing and food, health and consumption, and environment; and the Director of the Office of planning and evaluation of the Secretary of State for international cooperation and Latin America.
(c) a representative of each of the autonomous communities and the cities of Ceuta and Melilla, which must be a member of the Council or equivalent body which manages matters related to cooperation for development, with no less than the Director general range in each of those.
(d) 19 representatives of local entities that manage funds conceptualized in their budgets as official development assistance, or supra-municipal instances in which they expressly delegated, in particular funds for cooperation and solidarity; They shall be elected by the Association of the State level with greater implementation, in accordance with their own internal procedures.
Article 5. The Secretary.
An official of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, appointed by the head of this Department will act as Secretary, with voice but without vote.
Article 6. Substitutions.
In cases of absence, illness or for any other cause, the members may be replaced by alternates. Alternate representatives of the members of the General Administration of the State representatives and those of the autonomous cities of Ceuta and Melilla shall have minimum rank of Deputy Director general or assimilated. The alternates of the members representing the Local Administration should hold comparable to the previous range.
Article 7. Assistance of experts or officials.
1. when required by the nature of the issues to be treated thus, be able to attend meetings of the plenary or the Standing Committee, with voice but without vote, until two officers from each of the public administrations, representing ministries, autonomous communities, provincial or local authorities specifically concerned, who requested his assistance to the President, through the corresponding Vice President and at least two business days in advance of the plenary.
2 depending on the topics to be treated, the President may request the assistance of experts, with voice but without vote.
Article 8. Appointment and dismissal.
1. the Minister for Foreign Affairs shall appoint the members of the Commission, except those who are so by reason of their office, on the proposal of the corresponding organs of the General Administration of the State, regional Governments and the Association of local authorities of greater State implementation.
2 cessation of the members of the Committee is the responsibility of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and it may occur for any of the following causes: a) on the initiative of the entity that proposed the appointment.
(b) by resignation accepted by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, in his capacity as Chairman of the Committee.
(c)) have been convicted of using fraudulent offense sentence firm.
Article 9. Standing Committee.
1 the functions of the Standing Committee are: to) ensure the coordination of the work of the Committee and ensure its continuity.
(b) to ensure compliance with the agreements adopted by the plenary and by ongoing actions arising from them.
(c) resolving the issues which, as a matter of urgency, to the Commission, giving account to the plenary of the actions carried out.
(d) propose topics to discuss and raise motions for resolutions to the plenary of the Commission.
(e) how many tasks you are delegated or assigned by the plenary.
2 the Permanent Committee shall be composed by the first Vice-President of the plenary, which will act as President of the same, and the following members: to) the Secretary general of the Spanish Agency of international cooperation, which will replace the President of the Commission in cases of absence, illness or any other cause.
(b) two members by the General Administration of the State, which one will be chosen by representatives of the same in plenary, among themselves, and the other will be one of the representatives of the Ministry of economy and finance in this House.
(c) three members elected by the representatives of the autonomous communities and cities of Ceuta and Melilla in the plenary, among themselves.
(d) three members elected by the representatives of local authorities in the plenary, among themselves.
3 will be Secretary of the Standing Committee of the House.
Article 10. Operation.
1. the plenary shall meet, at least twice a year and, in any case, when the President will call it by its own initiative or upon request at least one-third of its members.
2. the Standing Committee shall meet, at least four times a year and, in any case, when its President to convene or one-third of its members request it, at least.
3. by agreement of the plenary or the Standing Committee can be presentations, working groups or committees for the better fulfilment of its purposes.
4. without prejudice to the peculiarities of this Royal Decree, the functioning of the Commission will be governed by its own rules of operation and by the provisions of chapter II of title II of law 30/1992, of 26 November, legal regime of public administrations and common administrative procedure.
Article 11. Economic and financial regime.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will attend the operating expenses of the Inter-territorial Committee on cooperation for development, charged to the regular budget of the Secretariat of State for international cooperation and Latin America.
Sole additional provision. Establishment of the Commission.
The Inter-territorial Committee on cooperation for development will be established within a period of three months from the entry into force of this Royal Decree.
First final provision. Regulation of internal operation.
Once constituted, the Inter-territorial Committee on cooperation for development shall approve its rules of operation, within the guidelines laid down in this Decree.
Second final provision. Authorization for development.
By the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is will dictate the necessary provisions for the development and application of the present Royal Decree.
Third final provision. Entry into force.
This Royal Decree shall enter into force the day following its publication in the "official bulletin of the State".
Given in Madrid on January 14, 2000.
JUAN CARLOS R.
The Foreign Minister, ABEL MATUTES JUAN