O POTVRĐIVANjU SPORAZUMA O OSNIVANjU REGIONALNE
KANCELARIJE ZA SARADNjU MLADIH, SA STATUTOM REGIONALNE KANCELARIJE ZA SARADNjU MLADIH
Potvrđuje se Sporazum o osnivanju Regionalne kancelarije za saradnju mladih, sa Statutom Regionalne kancelarije za saradnju mladih, koji je potpisan u Parizu4. jula 2016. godine, u originalu na engleskom jeziku.
Tekst Sporazuma o osnivanju Regionalne kancelarije za saradnju mladih, sa Statutom Regionalne kancelarije za saradnju mladih u originalu na engleskom jeziku i u prevodu na srpski jezik glasi:
THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE
REGIONAL YOUTH COOPERATION OFFICE
WE, the Western Balkan participants, hereinafter referred to collectively as “the Contracting Parties’ and individually as “the Contracting Party”;
RECOGNIZING that we, in the region, share many similarities in our histories and have a clear interest in cooperating and creating stabile societies that build trust amongst peoples and ensure better livelihoods in the region;
REITERATING that the Agreement on the establishment of the Regional Youth Cooperation Office (hereinafter referred to as the “Agreement”) follows into the objectives set-out as part of the ‘Berlin Process’, and based on the ‘Joint Declaration on the establishment of the Regional Youth Cooperation Office in the Western Balkans’ (hereinafter ‘Declaration’) signed on 27 August 2015 at the Conference on Western Balkans in Vienna, Austria;
NOTING that the Contracting Parties have worked in partnership with civil society to pave the way for the establishment of a regionally owned institutional mechanism with mandate and capacity to create the conditions and support activities that promote reconciliation, mobility, diversity, democratic values, participation, active citizenship and intercultural learning, with the spirit of the European integration process of the region in mind;
TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION that the vision of the Regional Youth Cooperation Office, (hereinafter referred to as “RYCO”) is to support a diverse region in which young people, as the group with the most interest in investing in the future, have an awareness of the past and play an active role in building a more prosperous future for their societies;
STRESSING that RYCO, as an independently functioning institutional mechanism for cooperation is established on values of peace, trust based on mutual understanding, respect for human rights, diversity, dignity, solidarity, cooperation, tolerance and respect, and is underlined by an understanding that only through joint action we can progress as a region;
WELCOMING the inclusive and equitable approach to youth exchanges that will enable young people to use this supportive institutional mechanism realising innovative regionally owned projects;
CONSIDERING that this will make a unique contribution to the desire to improve understanding of the realities of each other’s societies by enabling young people to meet, make acquaintances, make friends and engage in regional dialogue on topics that will support them in building better future for all;
Have agreed as follows:
The Regional Youth Cooperation Office with its seat in Tirana, Albania, is hereby established.
The mission of RYCO is:
to support the regional exchange of youth, and their sharing of ideas, as a ground for future cooperation prospects in our region, based on the values of co-existence, tolerance and respect for human rights and diversity, as well as commitment to inclusion and security,
to step up regional cooperation among youth and youth-dedicated institutions and ensure implementation of joint programs for young people with the focus on the principles of democratic governance, sustainable economic development, education and innovation,
to coordinate youth cooperation in the Western Balkans.
1.The Statute of RYCO is hereby adopted and shall constitute an annex hereto,
2. A Host Country Agreement shall be concluded between RYCO and the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Albania.
RYCO and certain categories of its personnel shall enjoy privileges and immunities necessary for the performance of their tasks and duties, which shall be defined in the Host Country Agreement.
This Agreement shall be opened for signature by the Contracting Parties,
This Agreement shall be approved pursuant to the relevant legislation of each Contracting Party and shall enter into force as of the day on which the last instrument certifying approval hereof is deposited with the Depositary.
Upon its entry into force, this Agreement shall be open for accession to other parties pursuant to mutual prior consensus of all Contracting Parties,
For an acceding party, the present agreement shall enter into force on the date on the deposit of its instrument of accession with the Depositary.
This Agreement shall apply provisionally from the date of its signing until the date of its entry into force in accordance with relevant national legislation of the Contracting Parties.
The Agreement and its annex hereto may be amended in writing by the consent of all the Contracting Parties,
Any such proposal shall be communicated by the Secretary General to the Contracting Parties at least 3 months prior to its submission to the Governing Board for adoption,
3. Amendments adopted as referred to in paragraph 2 shall be subject to approval and shall enter into force in accordance with the relevant national legislation procedure set forth in Article 5 of this Agreement.
Each Contracting Party may withdraw from this Agreement at any time by written notification to the Depositary, which shall then transmit a certified copy of that notification to each Contracting Party,
Withdrawal shall take effect six months from the date on which the notification was received by the Depositary,
A Contracting Party shall not be discharged, by reason of its withdrawal, from financial obligations, which accrued while it was a Contracting Party to the Agreement.
The Council of Ministers of Albania shall act as Depositary of this Agreement,
The original of this Agreement in a single copy in the English language shall be deposited with the Depositary, which shall transmit a certified copy to each Contracting Party.
All disputes arising from the interpretation or application of this Agreement shall be settled through consultation and negotiations between the Contracting Parties.
This Agreement with the Annex attached hereto forms a legally binding instrument between the Contracting Parties.
In witness hereof, the undersigned, being duly authorized by their respective Governments, have signed this Agreement.
Done in Paris on 4th July in the year two thousand sixteen in a single original in the English language.
For Albania, Prime Minister : Mr Edi RAMA
For Bosnia and Herzegovina, Chairman of the Council of Ministers : Mr Denis ZVIZDIĆ
For Kosovo*, Prime Minister : Mr Isa MUSTAFA
For Macedonia, Prime Minister : Mr Emil DIMITRIEV
For Montenegro, Prime Minister : Mr Milo ĐUKANOVIĆ
For Serbia, Prime Minister : Mr Aleksandar VUČIĆ
Annex: The Statute of Regional Youth Cooperation Office
*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence.
STATUTEOF THE REGIONAL YOUTH COOPERATION OFFICE
The Regional Youth Cooperation Office shall be an independently functioning institutional mechanism for youth cooperation among Western Balkans participants.
The organisational structure of RYCO shall be established in Tirana, Albania in accordance with Albanian legislation,
The abbreviation for the Regional Youth Cooperation Office is “RYCO”,RYCO shall have its own logo.
1. The Secretariat of RYCO has its Head Office in Tirana, Albania,
2. The Secretariat may propose to the Governing Board to establish Local Branches as appropriate in each Contracting Party,
3. The Local Branch in the Host Contracting Party shall be an integral part of the Secretariat Head Office.
RYCO shall have a legal personality and legal capacity necessary to carry out its functions and fulfill its mandate. These include concluding contracts, acquiring and disposing of movable and immovable property, managing all its assets, and instigate legal proceedings in accordance with the legislation of the Host Contracting Party,
The Host Contracting Party shall, without delay, facilitate the provision of all necessary and relevant documents for the purposes of regulating the legal status needed for the establishment of RYCO,
The Host Contracting Party Government shall provide the Secretariat Head Office, free of charge and without effect on the RYCO budget and contributions, the premises and utility services as deemed necessary for the effective and efficient performance of the duties of RYCO,
Costs related to the premises and utility services of Local Branches, located in each Contracting Party other than the Host Contracting Party, shall be covered in full by the host government, and have no effect on the RYCO budget and contributions,
The Secretariat, including Local Branches, shall not be located in the building(s) with other public administration bodies of the Contracting Party where they are stationed.
RYCO founding members are the Signatories to the Agreement on the Establishment of the Regional Youth Cooperation Office,
Other parties may become members of RYCO in accordance with article 6 of the Agreement.
RYCO is open to collaboration on projects and/or programs with other interested participants. This collaboration shall be based on a Special Agreement stipulating the scope and aims of the collaboration. The collaboration shall be carried out in accordance with the Rules of Procedure of RYCO.
MANDATE OF RYCO
1. The mandate of RYCO is to support youth projects that aim at, and contribute to:
Promoting diversity and democratic values,
Enhancing sustainable regional cooperation amongst youth, and establishing new relations amongst young people in the Western Balkans region,
Fostering reconciliation and constructive approaches to remembrance,
Increasing regional mobility,
Promoting the European spirit of cooperation, understanding, and tolerance,
Active citizenship and participation in decision-making processes by young people,
Social inclusion and promotion of employability of young people,
2. The mandate of RYCO as defined under this article shall apply to any new RYCO Contracting Party and collaboration being established with other participants.
RYCO shall provide full support to the youth exchange programmes and other activities involving young people from the Contracting Parties and partners, which shall be in-line with and contribute to the fulfillment of the RYCO mission, vision and mandate.
Eligible organisations and persons from the Contracting Parties can apply for support in order to organise exchange activities, which shall be in-line with and contribute to the fulfillment of the RYCO mission, vision and mandate.
When approving project proposals, emphasis shall be placed on ensuring that RYCO financed projects take into consideration the quality of proposals, respective contributions of the Contracting Parties to the RYCO Budget as defined in Article 44, and priorities of RYCO as described in its Operational Plan.
Each Contracting Party shall provide full support to the implementation of projects with all other Contracting Parties.
Additional and more specific regulations defining activities and eligibility of the applicants shall be outlined in the RYCO Guidelines for Applicants, which shall be developed by the Secretariat and approved by the Governing Board.
STRUCTURE OF RYCO
RYCO structures shall be composed of:
A Governing Board
An Advisory Board
THE GOVERNING BOARD
The Governing Board is the highest decision-making authority of RYCO.
The Governing Board is composed of two representatives from each Contracting Party as described below:
One Government representative in direct charge of youth policy,
One youth representative.
The Government representative serves a term in line with his or her mandate in the government of the Contracting Party they represent.
The youth representative shall be no younger than 18, and no older than 30 years of age at the start of her/his mandate,
The youth representative shall serve a mandate of 3 years, with no possibility of extension,
Each Contracting Party will select a youth representative using its own mechanisms in a transparent, inclusive and democratic manner and in close cooperation with civil society dealing with youth.
Decisions of the Governing Board are taken by consensus.
The Governing Board shall:
Adopt the Rules of Procedure and other secondary regulation required for the functioning of RYCO,
Adopt a 3 year Strategic Plan, and annual operational plans of RYCO,
Adopt the Annual RYCO Budget and its Financial Plan for the upcoming 3 year period,
Approve the Annual Program Report,
Approve the Annual Financial Report,
Ensure political support for strategic, operational and financial plans of RYCO from the Contracting Parties,
Mandate the Advisory Board in cooperation with the Secretary General to establish working groups on a particular youth-related issue, within the scope of the RYCO mandate,
Appoint the Secretary General of the Secretariat based on merit and competences of candidates, and dismiss the Secretary General,
Conclude and terminate agreements on collaboration with participants and organisations outside the RYCO Contracting Parties,
Establish a Selection Committee, of which the Secretary General shall be a member, tasked with the selection process for the staff of the Secretariat and Local Branches,
Appoint external financial auditors for RYCO pursuant to this Statute,
Execute other tasks as defined in this Statute.
The Board meets once a year unless otherwise decided,
The meeting of the Board takes place at the Contracting Party chairing it and is presided over by the Chair,
The Chair is composed of a government representative and a youth representative from the same Contracting Party,
The youth representative will assist and, when needed, replace the government representative in presiding over the meeting,
The Chair rotates each year in alphabetical order of the names of the Contracting Parties,
The costs of attendance for the Governing Board members will be included in the RYCO Secretariat Budget.
The Chair shall:
Preside over the meetings of the Governing Board,
Support the Secretary General in fulfilling their mandate, in representing RYCO, including in fundraising efforts outside RYCO Contracting Parties,
The Secretariat is made up of the Head Office and Local Branches that may be established in accordance with article 3 of the Statute,
The Head Office is located in Tirana, Albania and is made up of the Secretary General, Deputy Secretary General as well as administrative, support and program staff,
The Secretariat will function in accordance with the Rules of Procedure.
A Selection Committee, set up by the Board shall elaborate the selection criteria for the Secretariat staff and select the candidates,
The candidates for the Secretariat staff shall be identified through an open call. The candidates shall be evaluated and employed based on merit, and should reflect the diversity of the RYCO Contracting Parties.
Local staff of the RYCO Head Office and Local Branches shall be employed under the terms in accordance with the applicable legislation in each Contracting Party,
Provisions shall be made to enable engagement of interns in the RYCO structures.
Candidates for the position of the Secretary General are selected through an open call and based on merit,
The Secretary General is appointed on a 4-year mandate by consensus of the Governing Board, without possibility of extension,
The Secretary General is accountable to the Governing Board,
The nationality of the Secretary General shall rotate in a manner inclusive to all RYCO Contracting Parties,
The first Secretary General cannot be from the Contracting Party hosting the RYCO Head Office,
The candidates for the position of the Deputy Secretary General are selected through an open call and based on merit,
The Deputy Secretary General is appointed on a 4-year mandate by consensus of the Governing Board and without possibility of extension,
The Deputy Secretary General is accountable to the Secretary General and the Governing Board,
The Deputy Secretary General shall not be of the same nationality as the Secretary General.
The Governing Board shall ensure that an adequate hand-over period between the incoming and outgoing Secretary Generals and Deputy Secretary Generals will be provided.
The RYCO Head Office is in charge of:
Drafting the Strategic Plan and Operational Plans, in consultation with the Advisory Board,
Implementing the Strategic Plan and Operational Plans as approved by the Governing Board,
Proposing the annual RYCO Budget and its financial plan for the upcoming 3 year period,
All day-to-day financial issues in-line with the Financial Regulations, including proposing budget reallocations that fall within the 5% Contingency Costs,
All program issues including programming, formulating and publishing calls for proposals, selection of proposals, tendering, assistance in writing applications, assistance in implementation, reviewing project reports, conducting on-the-spot checks of RYCO financed projects, and reporting,
Communication with donors, other than Contracting Parties, and ensuring additional financial support for RYCO in cooperation with the Chair of the Governing Board,
Organising and implementing promotional, visibility and dissemination activities for RYCO,
Organising the selection process for the staff of the Head Office and Local Branches in-line with the selection criteria and under the supervision of the Selection Committee set-up by the Governing Board,
Ensuring that the Financial Regulations and Rules of Procedures are complied with,
Coordinating the work between the Head Office and the Local Branches,
Publishing calls and appointing the Proposal Evaluation Committee,
Developing, implementing and monitoring the impact of quality control measures such as capacity buildings, trainings, research, monitoring and evaluation,
Preparing the meetings of the Governing Board in coordination with the Chair,
All other operational and administrative issues.
The Secretary General shall:
Represent RYCO and its interests,
Conduct, oversee and coordinate the work of the Secretariat,
Compile and submit Financial and Program reports to the Governing Board, as set out in the Rules of Procedure,
Conclude and terminate contracts with staff of the Head Office and Local Branches, in accordance with the Rules of Procedure,
Conclude international agreements on behalf of RYCO, upon authorization by the Governing Board,
Conclude and terminate contracts with the Project Implementing Parties,
Conclude and terminate contracts with suppliers,
Perform other tasks in accordance with the Statute and the Rules of Procedure.
The Deputy Secretary General shall assist the Secretary General in fulfilling their mandate, and will be specifically responsible to:
Oversee and coordinate the work of the Secretariat in coordination with the Secretary General.
Ensure compliance with the Rules of Procedure and Financial Regulations by all staff within the Secretariat,
Coordinate the work of the Advisory Board.
The Local Branches are in charge of:
Representing RYCO at the level of the Contracting Party where they are located in coordination with the Head Office,
Implementing the Strategic Plan and Operational Plans for the Contracting Party, in coordination with the Head Office,
Providing assistance in project application, implementation and reporting for Project Implementing Parties in the Contracting Party where it is located.
Conducting follow up activities and on-the-spot checks towards Project Implementing Parties in coordination with the Head Office.
Coordinating promotion, visibility and dissemination activities for the Contracting Party where it is located in coordination with the Head Office,
Producing and submitting program, operational and financial reports to the Secretary General as set out in the Rules of Procedure.
The Advisory Board is formed of experts on the thematic issues of RYCO, including representatives of the donor community, civil society, international organisations and other relevant institutions.
The members of the Advisory Board are recommended by the Governing Board and by the Secretary General.
The Advisory Board members are formally appointed by the Governing Board.
The Advisory Board members are appointed on a 2-year term, with possibility of extension.
Each Contracting Party has three members in the Advisory Board. For each Contracting Party, two members are recommended by the Governing Board, while one is recommended by the Secretary General.
The Advisory Board may, on its own initiative and/or on mandate from the Governing Board and/or the Secretary General, conduct research and assessment, and provide recommendations on issues within the scope of RYCO activities and mandate,
The Advisory Board may form Working Groups composed of its members and external experts, upon recommendation by the Governing Board,
The Advisory Board reports to the Governing Board and the Secretary General.
The total annual budget of RYCO for the first 3-year budgetary period shall be 2,000,000.00 EUR per year.
Governments of Contracting Parties shall ensure long-term financial commitments for the sustainability of RYCO structures, and accomplishment of RYCO mandate as set out in Article 7 of this Statute. As part of this, the sum of contributions of all RYCO Contracting Parties shall be no lower than 50% + 1 EUR of the RYCO Budget for any given year.
The RYCO Budget will be composed of contributions from RYCO Contracting Parties and contributions from other donors as defined in Article 45,
Contributions from other donors exceeding the total annual budget of RYCO will be included in a Special Project Co-financing Fund in line with RYCO mission.
Funds available through the Special Project Co-financing Fund shall be used exclusively for RYCO activity costs as defined in Article 46 of this Statute for either financing or co-financing RYCO activities.
The Operational costs of the RYCO Secretariat, as defined in Article 46 of this Statute shall not exceed 15% of the total RYCO Budget.
Financial Regulations shall be part of the Rules of Procedure and shall cover all financial aspects of RYCO, including those not specifically mentioned in this Statute.
Contributions of each RYCO Contracting Party to the RYCO Budget shall be expressed as a percentage as defined in Article 44 of this Statute.
The RYCO Budget is planned on a three-year basis and approved annually,
The Budget for the upcoming three-year period shall be finalised 6 months before the expiry of the current Budget, and using the latest available economic and population indicators required for the calculation of each RYCO Contracting Party’s contribution.
The Contracting Parties shall agree to any increase in the Contracting Party contributions to the RYCO Budget unanimously.
1. The percentages of contributions of the Contracting Parties to the RYCO budget, in conformity with Article 37 of this Statute, are as follows:
Bosnia and Herzegovina: 15.4%
RYCO may receive funding other than from the RYCO Contracting Parties in line with RYCO mission from:
National and international foundations,
National bi-lateral donors, such as development cooperation funds,
*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence
RYCO Secretariat costs are composed of Operational costs and Activity costs.
Operational costs are:
Vehicle costs (including fuel, registration, insurance, repairs etc.),
Equipment costs (computers, photocopiers, telephones, faxes, scanners, stationary, etc.),
Field visit costs,
Travel costs for meetings, conferences etc,
Staff training and team-building costs,
Governing Board meetings costs.
Activity costs are:
Costs of project activities,
Project proposal evaluation costs,
Training of trainers costs.
Non-RYCO Secretariat costs are:
Space rent for the Secretariat Head Office and Local Branches,
Utility bills (electricity, gas, water, rubbish collection),
Building maintenance and renovation (not caused by damage or negligence of RYCO staff).
All tendering procedures of the Secretariat will be based on the guidelines outlined in the latest available European Commission Procedures and Practical Guide (PRAG),
The Secretariat will be encouraged to develop its own tendering procedures.
All equipment purchased through the RYCO Budget, such as vehicles, IT equipment etc., are the property of the RYCO Secretariat in accordance with the provisions of the Financial Regulations.
RYCO supported projects shall require beneficiary co-financing depending on the capacity of the applicant and the type of project.
For individual exchanges RYCO will cover up to 100% of total project costs.
For group exchanges RYCO will cover up to 75% of the total costs for Project Implementing Parties, with an annual budget of more than 300,000 EUR.
For Project Implementing Parties with an annual budget between 50,000 EUR and 300,000 EUR RYCO will cover up to 85% of the total project costs.
For Project Implementing Parties with an annual budget of less than 50,000 EUR RYCO will cover up to 95% of the total project costs.
All RYCO financial operations, including government contributions, are made in the EURO currency.