Central European Initiative (CEI)

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URL: http://www.ceinet.org/

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1989-11-11 Budapest Hungary


11 Nov 1989, Budapest (Hungary), as Quadrilateral Initiative -- Initiative quadrilatérale or Quadragonale, by representatives of Austria, Hungary, Italy and Yugoslavia. When Czechoslovakia joined, May 1990, became Pentagonal Initiative - Initiative pentagonale, also referred to as Pentagonale, Pentagon Group or Pentagonal Conference. During 2nd summit meeting, 27 Jul 1991, Dubrovnik (Yugoslavia), when Poland became a member, name changed to Hexagonal Initiative -- Initiative hexagonale or Hexagonal -- Hexagonale. Present name adopted 1992, when Croatia, Slovenia and Bosnia-Herzegovina became full members. Nov 2000, Yugoslavia joined (later called Serbia and Montenegro); Jun 2006, when countries split, Montenegro became 18th Member State, with Serbia continuing membership. Also referred to by the French acronyms ICE or INCE.


As an intergovernmental forum for concertation and cooperation based on political decision-making rather than official international agreements: establish cohesion in Europe; strengthen cooperation among member states, participation of all member states in the process of European integration and the transition process of the reform countries.


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Functions through 3 Dimensions. 'Governmental Dimension', consisting of Summit of Heads of Government (annual), Meeting of Ministers for Foreign Affairs (annual), other Ministerial meetings, Committee of National Coordinators (CNC) and Network of Focal Points. 'Parliamentary Dimension', consisting of Parliamentary Assembly, Parliamentary Committee and General Committees (Political and Home Affairs; Economic Affairs; Cultural Affairs). 'Business Dimension'. Rotating Presidency with meetings held in country holding Presidency. Secretariat, headed by Secretary-General, based in Trieste (Italy).


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UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 13: Climate ActionGOAL 14: Life Below WaterGOAL 15: Life on LandGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong InstitutionsGOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal



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