Resolução da Assembleia da República n.º 89/2009, de 15 de Setembro de 2009

Resoluçáo da Assembleia da República n. 89/2009

Aprova as Emendas à Convençáo Relativa à Criaçáo do Centro

Europeu de Previsáo do Tempo a Médio Prazo e a Emenda ao Protocolo sobre Privilégios e Imunidades do Centro Europeu de Previsáo do Tempo a Médio Prazo, adoptadas em Reading, na Reuniáo Extraordinária do Conselho do Centro Europeu, em 22 de Abril de 2005.

A Assembleia da República resolve, nos termos da alínea i) do artigo 161. e do n. 5 do artigo 166. da Constituiçáo, aprovar as Emendas à Convençáo relativa à Criaçáo do Centro Europeu de Previsáo do Tempo a Médio Prazo e a Emenda ao Protocolo sobre Privilégios e Imunidades do Centro Europeu de Previsáo do Tempo a Médio Prazo, adoptadas em Reading, na Reuniáo Extraordinária do Conselho do Centro Europeu, em 22 de Abril de 2005, cujos textos, nas versóes autenticadas em língua inglesa e a respectiva traduçáo em língua portuguesa, se publicam em anexo.

Aprovada em 23 de Julho de 2009.


The States Parties to this Convention:

Acknowledging that weather -related threats to life and health, and to economy and property, are increasingly important;

Convinced that the improvement of medium -range weather forecasts contributes to the protection and safety of the population;

Convinced further that the scientific and technical research carried out for this purpose provides a valuable stimulus to the development of meteorology in Europe;

Considering that, to achieve this purpose and these objectives, resources on a scale exceeding those normally practicable at national level are needed;

Noting the importance for the European economy of a considerable improvement in medium -range weather forecasts;

Reaffirming that the establishment of an autonomous European centre with international status is the appropriate means to attain this purpose and these objectives;

Convinced that such a centre can make valuable contributions to developing the scientific basis for environmental monitoring;

Noting that such a centre can also assist in the post-university training of scientists;

Assuring that the activities of such a centre will, moreover, make a necessary contribution to certain programmes of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and to other relevant agencies;

Considering the importance that the establishment of such a centre can have for the development of European industry in the field of data processing;

Realizing the will to widen the membership of such a centre to more States;

have agreed as follows:

Article 1

Establishment, Council, Member States, Headquarters, Languages

1 - A European Centre for Medium -Range Weather Forecasts, hereinafter referred to as «the Centre», is hereby established.

2 - The organs of the Centre shall be the Council and the Director -General. The Council shall be assisted by a Scientific Advisory Committee and a Finance Committee.

Each organ and committee shall carry out its functions within the limits and conditions laid down in this Convention.

3 - The members of the Centre, hereinafter referred to as «Member States», shall be the States parties to this Convention.

4 - The Centre shall have legal personality in the territory of each Member State. It shall in particular have the capacity to contract, to acquire and dispose of movable and immovable property and to be party to legal proceedings.

5 - The Headquarters of the Centre shall be at Shin-field Park near Reading (Berkshire), in the territory of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, unless otherwise decided by the Council in accordance with article 6(1)(g).

6 - The official languages of the Centre shall be the official languages of the Member States.

Its working languages shall be English, French and German.

The Council shall determine the extent to which the official and working languages shall respectively be used in accordance with article 6(2)(l).

Article 2

The purposes, objectives and activities

1 - The primary purposes of the Centre are the development of a capability for medium -range weather forecasting and the provision of medium -range weather forecasts to the Member States.

2 - The objectives of the Centre shall be:

  1. To develop, and operate on a regular basis, global models and data -assimilation systems for the dynamics, thermodynamics and composition of the Earth's fluid envelope and interacting parts of the Earth -system, with a view to:

  2. Preparing forecasts by means of numerical methods; ii) Providing initial conditions for the forecasts; and iii) Contributing to monitoring the relevant parts of the Earth-system;

  3. To carry out scientific and technical research directed towards improving the quality of these forecasts;

  4. To collect and store appropriate data;

  5. To make available to the Member States, in the most appropriate form, the results provided for in (a) and (b) and the data referred to in (c);

  6. To make available to the Member States for their research, priority being given to the field of numerical weather forecasting, a sufficient proportion of its computing capacity, such proportion being determined by the Council; f) To assist in implementing programmes of the World Meteorological Organization;

  7. To assist in advanced training for the scientific staff of the Member States in the field of numerical weather forecasting.

    3 - The Centre shall establish and operate the installations necessary for the achievement of the purposes defined in paragraph 1 and the objectives defined in paragraph 2.

    4 - As a general rule, the Centre shall publish or otherwise make available under the conditions laid down by the Council, the scientific and technical results of its activities, inasmuch as these results are not covered by article 15.

    5 - The Centre may carry out activities requested by third parties that are in line with the purposes and objectives of the Centre and that are approved by the Council in accordance with article 6(2)(g). The cost of such activities shall be borne by the third party concerned.

    6 - The Centre may carry out Optional Programmes in accordance with article 11(3).

    Article 3

    Co -operation with other entities

    1 - In order to obtain its objectives, the Centre shall co -operate to the largest extent possible, in accordance with international meteorological traditions, with the Governments and national agencies of the Member States, with States which are not members of the Centre and with governmental or non -governmental international scientific

    6380 and technical organisations whose activities are related to its objectives.

    2 - The Centre may conclude co -operation agreements to that end:

  8. With States under the conditions laid down in article 6(1)(e) or 6(3)(j);

  9. With the national scientific and technical agencies of the Member States and with the international organisations referred to in paragraph 1, under the conditions laid down in article 6(3)(j);

  10. With national scientific and technical agencies of non -Member States under the conditions laid down in article 6(1)(e).

    3 - The co -operation agreements referred to in paragraph 2 may make part of the Centre's computing capacity available only to public agencies of the Member States.

    Article 4

    The Council

    1 - The Council shall have the powers and shall adopt the measures necessary to implement this Convention.

    2 - The Council shall be composed of not more than two representatives from each Member State, one of whom should be a representative of his national meteorological service. These representatives may be assisted at Council meetings by advisers.

    A representative of the World Meteorological Organization shall be invited to take part in the work of the Council as an observer.

    3 - The Council shall elect from among its members a President and a Vice -President who shall be appointed for one year and who may not be re -elected more than twice in succession.

    4 - The Council shall meet at least once a year. It shall be convened at the request of the President or at the request of at least one third of the Member States. Meetings of the Council shall be held at the Headquarters of the Centre unless the Council decides otherwise in exceptional cases.

    5 - The President and Vice -President may call on the assistance of the Director -General in the performance of their duties.

    6 - The Council may set up advisory committees and shall determine the composition and duties thereof.

    Article 5

    Voting at Council

    1 - The presence of the representatives of the majority of Member States entitled to vote shall be necessary to constitute a quorum at meetings of the Council.

    2 - Each Member State shall have one vote in the Council. A Member State shall lose its right to vote in the Council if the amount of its unpaid contributions exceeds the amount of the contributions due from it, under article 13, for the current financial year and for the preceding financial year. The Council, acting in accordance with article 6(3)(l), may nevertheless authorise the Member State to vote.

    3 - Between meetings of the Council, the Council may dispose of any matter which is urgent by means of a postal vote. In such cases, the majority of the Member States entitled to vote shall constitute the quorum.

    4 - In determining unanimity and the various majorities provided for in this Convention, only votes cast for or against a decision and, in cases where the Council acts in accordance with the procedure laid down in article 6(2), the financial contributions of the Member States taking part in the vote, shall be taken into account.

    Article 6

    Voting majorities

    1 - The Council, acting unanimously, shall:

  11. Fix the ceiling of expenditure for implementing the programme of the activities of the Centre over the five years following the entry into force of this Convention; b) Decide on the accession of States, in accordance with article 23, and lay down the conditions for...

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