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eLearning Regions & Cities Memorandum of Understanding

Article I. Aim

The Signatories have agreed to cooperate in order to develop a European network of eLearning territories (regions and cities) to achieve the goal of a knowledge and learning Europe.

Article II. General principles

This MoU is the first constituting step towards the establishment of European eLearning Territories Network, that is territories using knowledge, information and learning technologies (KILT) in order to value all its assets, human, economical, industrial, cultural, and natural through interactive learning and community building.

All Signatories commit themselves to do their best in order to make this venture successful.

Signatories of the MoU can be Regions, Cities or Community Networks as well as other networks, associations and technology providers.

The Signatories will cooperate to:

  • promote the development of eLearning territory strategies and share of good practice among policy makers;
  • promote the interoperability of technologies used by territories (e.g. local or regional portals) in order to ensure a continuity of services to learning citizens, organisations and communities across Europe
  • promote quality of learning for individuals, organisations and territories;
  • increase the sources and possibilities of fund raising, build synergies and cooperation to put in common resources gained through ESF, Interreg, Education & Training and other RTD Programmes and actions;
  • organise dissemination events such as conferences, seminars, etc.

Article III. Scope

The scope of co-operation under this MoU may include all aspects of exchange of good practice in the field of eLearning technologies and policies through facilitating ad-hoc partnerships for specifically targeted objectives.

It includes the dissemination of the SEEL project outcomes, such as the Quality Guidelines, Quality Award, Network of Excellence Centres.

Article IV. Management & Administration

A Steering Committee will be set up for coordinating the activities of the Network, being assigned the task of ensuring that all the activities undertaken in the framework of this MoU conform to the principles and the scope of the Network.

    1. The first eLRC Steering Committee will initially consist of nominated representatives of the regional partners of the SEEL Project, or SEEL partners with an official mandate from a regional public authority, together with invited (non-voting) representatives of a limited number of other relevant stakeholders, that will have undersigned the MoU.
    2. An affiliate partner program will be proposed by the Steering Committee in accordance with the principles and guidelines of this MoU. The Committee will also organise the 2005 eLearning Regions & Cities conference and will launch a set of special interest groups (SIGs) appointing a coordinator for each theme.
    3. Within one year from the signature of all the founding members (with the exception of those that have provided a written declaration of withdrawal), representatives of all signatories (General Assembly) will decide to either elect new Steering Committee, or to merge with another European group or initiative.
    4. The Steering Committee will delegate day-to day management to a Network Management Team.
    5. Representatives of other relevant initiatives and networks can be invited as guests, with no voting rights, to attend Steering Committee meetings
    6. A portal will be used to support internal and external communication.

Article V. Organizing Co-operation

All the European regions will be invited to be represented in the Network, either through membership, by signing this MoU or through an affiliate partner program.

    1. A Signatory wishing to undertake a certain initiative involving other Signatories may invite them by giving timely notice.
    2. The Signatory that has taken the initiative to collaborate shall organise and arrange for all necessary actions, preparations and requirements due for the collaboration to materialize.
    3. In the case of such a collaboration, the Signatories concerned are responsible for the maximum dissemination across the Network for those results produced that cannot be considered to be of solely private interest or whose sharing would not breach any IPR rules,

A Signatory will make its best efforts to reach a common position with other Signatories having similar interests before submitting contributions to local, regional, national or European policy makers.

Article VI. Self-regulatory framework

    1. Any new MoU signatory will be accepted after approval by the Steering Committee
    2. This MoU shall not be deemed to constitute, create, give effect or otherwise recognise a joint venture, partnership of any form or any other legal entity of any kind. At this stage, all that is envisaged is a European network of organizations (the Signatories) with principles and guidelines concerning cooperation in the field of regional lifelong learning & development.
    3. Each party shall be responsible for its own costs and expenses for running the activities related to the project, including but not limited to legal fees, travel and any other expenses.
    4. The present MoU may not be amended except in writing, bearing the signatures of at least three quarters of the signatories.
    5. A Party can terminate its participation in the project by means of a written notification.
    6. All disputes arising in connection with this MoU shall be finally settled in accordance with Belgium Law by the competent Courts of Brussels.

Article VII. Timing

This MoU shall be for a period of 24 months after the signatory date, upon which it may be renewed by tacit agreement, or superseded by a contractual agreement or the creation of, or the delegation to, a legal entity.

Article VIII. Future cooperation

The present MoU describes the general conditions and arrangements for future cooperation between the parties. It is not legally binding on the parties. More detailed terms and conditions for this future cooperation will be negotiated in due course and laid down in a contract, should circumstances permit.

The Signatories

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