In 1994, upon the initiative of Austria and the Netherlands, with special supportfrom France, eight states founded the European Centre for Modern Languages(ECML) as an Enlarged Partial Agreement of the Council of Europe. It was tobecome “a forum to discuss and seek solutions to the specific tasks andchallenges that face them in the coming years and which will play a decisiverole in the process of European integration”. At the time of writing, thirty-twostates
subscribe to the Partial Agreement. Following a successful initial trialperiod (1995-1998), the continuation of the activities of the Centre wasconfirmed by Resolution (98) 11 of the Committee of Ministers.The aim of the Graz Centre is to offer – generally through internationalworkshops, colloquies and research and development networks and other expertmeetings – a platform and a meeting place for officials responsible for languagepolicy, specialists in didactics and methodologies, teacher trainers, textbook authors and other multipliers in the area of modern languages.
A guide to project management
is the fourth in a series of publications editedwithin the framework of the first medium-term programme of the ECML (2000-2003).The ECML’s overall role is the implementation of language policies and thepromotion of innovations in the field of teaching and learning modernlanguages. The publications are the results of research and development projectteams established during workshops in Graz. The series highlights the dedicationand active involvement of all those who participated in the projects and inparticular of the group leaders and co-ordinators.
1 The 32 member states of the Enlarged Partial Agreement of the ECML are: Albania, Andorra, Armenia,Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany,Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland,Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, „the former Yugoslav Republic ofMacedonia”, United Kingdom.