Since it was first established at the request of the Speakers of European Parliamentary Assemblies in June 1977, the European Centre for Parliamentary Research & Documentation (ECPRD), a community of parliamentary knowledge, has become a useful tool for inter-parliamentary cooperation and information exchange.
The ECPRDs members are: the European Parliament, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and Parliaments where the President is a member of the European Conference of Presidents of Parliament.
The main activities of ECPRD are the comparative requests and seminars hosted by one of the Member Parliaments.
In fact, the ECPRD is less a centre rather than a network of people whose voluntary commitment contributes essentially to its well-functioning.
four functions make up the ECPRD’s governing structure:
- two co-directors, each of whom assisted by a co-secretary;
- the Conference of Correspondents ;
- the Executive Committee.
- Four Coordinators for the Areas of Interest
The Co-Directors, appointed by the Secretary-General of the European Parliament and of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, are responsible for organising all the Centre’s activities.
The Secretary-General of each member parliament selects appoints a senior official ECPRD Correspondent to be a representative at the annual Conference of Correspondents. Acting as a link between the Centre and their own parliament, these officials take part in determining the Centre’s programme.
The Executive Committee is made up of the two directors who are joined by five Correspondents elected from and by the Conference. The task of the Executive Commitee is to lay the ground work for the annual Conference of Correspondents and to keep up the impetus on the Centre.
The Coordinators appointed by the Executive Committee take care respectively of one of the four Areas of Interest:
- Economic and Budgetary Affairs
- Information and Communication Technologies in Parliaments
- Libraries, Research Services and Archives
- Parliamentary Practice and Procedure
The private section of the ECPRD website is only accessible to staff in Member Parliaments.