Conferences
European Conference of Presidents of Parliaments
Strasbourg, 20 - 21 September 2012

The next Conference of Presidents of Parliament will be held at the Council of Europe Headquarters in Strasbourg,France, on 20 and 21 September 2012.
The Conference is composed of Speakers and Presidents of the Parliaments of the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe;of parliaments enjoying observer and partner for democracy status with the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) and of international parliamentary assemblies. The Parliaments of Central Asia and Maghreb are also associated.
The Conference will deal with an essential challenge to Europe’s future: Is representative democracy in crisis ? Challenges for national parliaments”. A second current political issue will also be debated. The topic will be announced  on the Conference website at the end of May.

*Conference site

Conference on Nuclear Energy
Strasbourg, 25 - 26 November 2010

Nuclear energy and its impact on climate change, the economy and society have been the focus of a conference organised by the Committee on the Environment, Agriculture and Local and Regional Affairs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), in Strasbourg, on 25 and 26 November 2010. Exchanges of views between the hundred or so parliamentarians, experts and non-governmental organisation representatives provided material for the preparation of a future report on the subject. The themes of the five working sessions covered the nuclear situation in Europe and the rest of the world, its impact on the economy and climate change, education and training in the nuclear field, safety and waste management.

*Verbatim record

Presentations

Mr Aleksei LOTMAN
Dr Atam RAO
Mr Paul H. GENOA
Mr Peter FAROSS
Dr Hans-Holger ROGNER
Dr Ralf GÜLDNER
Prof Riitta KYRKI-RAJAMÄKI
Prof Dr Ing. Alfred VOSS
Prof Joseph SAFIEH
Mr Jean-Claude GAUTHIER
Mrs Ute BLOHM-HIEBER
Mr Jukka LAAKSONEN
Mr Nils BØHMER
Mr Peter WIKBERG
Mr Joseph O’REILLY MP
Mr Rik VANBRABANT
Mr Vladimir GRACHEV

 

European Conference of Presidents of Parliament
Limassol (Cyprus) 10- 12 June 2010
The next Conference of Presidents of Parliament will be held in Limassol (Cyprus) from 10 to 12 June 2010.

The Conference is composed of Speakers and Presidents of the Parliaments of the Member States of the Council of Europe; parliaments enjoying observer status with PACE and international parliamentary assemblies.



*Conference site
*Proceedings - European Conference of Presidents of Parliament

The themes of the Conference will be:

*Rights and Responsibilities of the Opposition in a Parliament;
*National Parliaments and International Human Rights law: implementation of the principle of non-discrimination


Migration and violence against women in Europe
Paris, 10-11 December 2009

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) and the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) organised a parliamentary conference on “Migration and violence against women in Europe” at the French National Assembly, which was attended by some 80 parliamentarians and experts from around 25 countries. The event formed a European regional conference within the framework of the UN Secretary General’s campaign to end violence against women and girls (2008-2015). (more...)

* Conference site

Conference on "Status and political participation: women as agents of change in the Euro-Mediterranean region”
Lisbon, 2 and 3 April 2009

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The North-South Centre of the Council of Europe and the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) Sub-Committee on Equal Participation of Women and Men in Decision-Making held a conference on the status and the political participation of women in the Euro-Mediterranean region.

Lydie Err (Luxembourg, SOC), Chairperson of the Sub-Committee, José Mendes Bota (Portugal, EPP/CD), Vice-Chairperson of the PACE Equal Opportunities Committee, Christine McCafferty (United Kingdom, SOC), Chairperson of the PACE Social Affairs Committee, and other members of PACE spoke about the participation of women in politics, society and economic life and changes in family codes and women’s rights in the Euro-Mediterranean area.

Nouzha Skalli, Minister for Social Development, Family Affairs and Solidarity (Morocco), and Isabel Martínez Lozano, Secretary General for Equality Policies (Spain) took part alongside parliamentarians, representatives of governments and local and regional authorities, academics and NGO from Euro-Mediterranean region (Algeria, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Turkey).

The conference was organized with the support of the Spanish Presidency of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers.

At the end of the Conference, Deborah Bergamini, President of the Executive Council of the North-South Centre, and Lydie Err, Chairperson of the PACE Sub-Committee on Equal Participation of Women and Men in Decision-Making, presented the conclusions of the discussions.

* Conclusions of the Chairpersons

Parliamentary Conference "Environment and Health: Indoor Pollution and Multi-System Illnesses"
Strasbourg, 5 December 2008

vignette de la conférence sur l'environnement et la santé - M. Huss

Parliamentary Conference "Environment and Health: Indoor Pollution and Multi-System Illnesses" - Summary for the Council of Europe Internet website

"An increasing number of scientific studies are showing the links that exist between certain pollutants and given types of illnesses, such as allergies, respiratory disorders, reproductive problems or diseases of the central nervous system." It was in these terms that Jean Huss (Luxembourg, SOC), Rapporteur of the Parliamentary Assembly's Committee on the Environment, Agriculture and Local and Regional Affairs, introduced the theme of the conference "Environment and Health: Indoor Pollution and Multi-System Illnesses" held at the Council of Europe's headquarters in Strasbourg on 5 December 2008.

The experts attending the conference concluded that an urgent response was needed to the omnipresent "cocktail" of chemical, physical and biological agents surrounding us (electromagnetic fields, substances used in the construction industry or toxic moulds), which engendered new syndromes. Pollution inside homes and buildings (whether old or new) was just as harmful to health as outdoor pollution. The participants regretted the fact that environmental diseases were marginalised within health care systems and often treated as psychiatric disorders. They called for environmental medicine to be recognised as a full-blown medical discipline.

In his report Mr Huss underlined the positive advances made in the environmental protection sphere and the exemplary action taken by certain NGOs to warn the public and political decision-makers. He also proposed adopting a global strategy aimed at enhancing prevention of health risks linked to the environment.

The draft report will be discussed by the Assembly's Standing Committee at its meeting being held at the French National Assembly building in Paris on 13 March 2009.

*Proceedings: HTML version, PDF version (4,9 Mo)

Conference on rescue archaeology
Paris, 8 December 2008

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On 8 December 2008, at the Assemblée Nationale in Paris, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Sub-Committee on the Cultural Heritage held a conference on rescue archaeology - the study and preservation of significant elements of archaeological heritage under threat from development work.

Archaeologists, developers, public authority managers, NGOs and representatives of European and international institutions debated the topic, and concrete examples were considered in the form of case studies. In particular, the conference helped to identify the roles of the different interested parties as well as principles of good practice. It will contribute to the preparation of a PACE report on a balanced approach to the rescuing of archaeological finds from development projects.

*Programme (with links to speeches)
*List of participants (PDF)
*Summary
*Balanced approach to the rescuing of archaeological finds from development projects (Doc. 11617)
*Link to background/reference documents

Conference on specific challenges facing European democracies –
the case of diversity and migration and measures to improve the democratic participation of migrants
Strasbourg 24 June 2008

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe will hold a Parliamentary Conference on Specific challenges facing European democracies – the case of diversity and migration and measures to improve the democratic participation of migrants, on 24 June 2008. This Conference is being organised to allow civil society and other actors, including Council of Europe bodies, to have an input into the Parliamentary debate on the same issue taking place on 25 June as part of the State of Democracy in Europe debate.

Two reports have been prepared for the Parliamentary Conference and the Parliamentary Debate. The first report has been prepared by the Political Affairs Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly (Rapporteur Mr A. Gross, Switzerland, SOC) and is entitled “Specific challenges facing European democracies – the case of diversity and migration” and the second report has been prepared by the Committee on Migration, Refugees and Population (Rapporteur Mr J. Greenway, United Kingdom, EDG) entitled “Measures to improve the democratic participation of migrants”.

*Programme
*List of participants
*Background information for the conference
*Doc. 11623:
    - Specific challenges facing European democracies: the case of diversity and migration (PDF)
    - Compendium of Amendments (PDF)
    - Recommendation 1839
    - Resolution 1617
*Doc. 11625:
    - Measures to improve the democratic participation of migrants (PDF)
    - Compendium of Amendments (PDF)
    - Recommendation 1840
    - Resolution 1618
*Photograph to be downloaded: small size - large size

European Conference of Presidents of Parliaments
Strasbourg, 22 - 23 May 2008

The next Conference of Presidents of Parliament will be held at the Council of Europe Headquarters in Strasbourg on 22 and 23 May 2008.

The Conference is composed of Speakers and Presidents of the Parliaments of the Member States of the Council of Europe; parliaments enjoying observer status with PACE and international parliamentary assemblies.

The Conference will deal with two essential challenges to Europe’s future: finding better ways to involve civil society more closely in the political life of our nations; and having the democratic, human rights and rule of law values that underpin all we do to find clearer expression in our daily policies, at national and European level.

*Conference site

Colloquy on the teaching of European literature
Paris, 11 December 2007

On 11 December 2007, in Paris, the Committee on Culture, Science and Education of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE), organised a colloquy on “The teaching of European Literature” to seek to clarify the concept of European literature, including its manifestations beyond Europe, and to look at how it is translated, distributed and taught, as well as the effect of new technologies and literary prizes.

The debates at the colloquy focused on the legitimacy of the concept of European literature and its limits, respect for linguistic diversity of languages, the role of translation in giving people broader access to literature, the need for appropriate, individually adapted teaching methods, the role of publishing, and the ways in which new technologies can be used to facilitate access to all European literature. The colloquy was a first step towards the adoption of a PACE recommendation in 2008, which might take the form of a manifesto.

*Programme
*Summary and list of participants
*Promoting the teaching of European literature (Doc.11527)
*Recommendation 1833 (2008)

Realising the full potential of e-learning at all levels of education
Teleconference of the Committee on Culture, Science and Education
Strasbourg, 1 October 2007

Experiences with e-learning have demonstrated that its technological dimensions have now taken hold in most of the relevant institutes and in most areas of society. Yet the special features of e-learning as a strongly individual instrument for training and learning imply that not only the learning context, but also the particular requirements of the various groups of users must be taken into account in creating and adapting this instrument. New pedagogical and didactical measures and skills will play an increasingly important role in making the necessary distinctions in developing e-learning and in applying e-learning.

How can the possibility of access to e-learning be guaranteed for all people in the Council of Europe member states? In order to prepare a basis for a report on realising the full potential of e-learning at all levels of education by Mr Axel Fischer (Germany, EPP/CD), the Committee on Culture, Science and Education decided to hold this colloquy to exchange views with those who are concerned with this issue.
Contact: Rüdiger Dossow, Co-Secretary of the Committee on Culture, Science and Education, rudiger.dossow@coe.int

*Programme and participants
*Written contributions
*Videos of the teleconference
*Links to texts by the Assembly and the Committee of Ministers
*Council of Europe site for Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals
*Directorate of School, Out-of-School and Higher Education
*The "New Information Technologies" project of the Council for Cultural Co-operation

Conference of National Parliaments and Regional Assemblies
"Representative democracy, European affairs and active citizenship"

Strasbourg, 12 September 2007

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The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and the Conference of European Regional Legislative Assemblies (CALRE) are jointly organising at the headquarters of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, on 12 September 2007, a conference of national parliaments and regional assemblies on the theme of "Representative democracy, European affairs and active citizenship". This conference will be attended by members of Europe's national parliaments and regional assemblies.

The conference is being held to take stock of representative democracy at its various levels, to exchange experience and to outline the future of inter-parliamentary co-operation between national and regional parliaments.

*Programme
*List of participants
*Final Declaration

Intercultural Dialogue:
Colloquy on Questions related to State and Religion
Strasbourg, 27 February 2007

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Further to its work on freedom of expression and religious beliefs in 2006, which included a debate by the Assembly Standing Committee (March), a Committee hearing in the French Senate (May) and a debate in the Assembly and the adoption of Resolution 1510 (June), the Committee on Culture, Science and Education is now preparing a series of reports and other related activities under the general theme of intercultural and interreligious dialogue.

The reports, all due for debate at the June 2007 part-session, are on New steps in the field of intercultural and interconfessional dialogue and The relations between state, religion and the individual - rapporteur, Mr de Puig, Spain, SOC; on Blasphemy, religious insults and hate speech against persons on grounds of their religion - rapporteur: Mrs Hurskainen, Finland, SOC and an opinion on European Muslim communities confronted with extremism – rapporteur for opinion: Mrs Damanaki, Greece, SOC. Another related report, but not for debate in June, is on the dangers of creationism in education – rapporteur: Mr Lengagne, France, SOC.

In order to prepare a basis for these reports the Committee decided to hold a colloquy to exchange views with those who are concerned with this issue, persons from different religious faiths, historians, philosophers and lawyers, on 27 February 2007 in Strasbourg.

*Programme and speeches
*List of participants
*Summary of the colloquy
*Assembly background documents
*Intercultural Dialogue and the Council of Europe

Conference on the Parliamentary dimension of election observation: Applying common standards
Strasbourg, 15-16 February 2007

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Impartial observation of elections by international bodies such as the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe  is a crucial tool to evaluate and ensure the fairness of election processes and a yardstick by which the democratic development of a country is measured. Increased public acceptance of election observation as an instrument in international co-operation has, in turn, led to a continuous refinement of the methodologies used by the international bodies, such as the Assembly, which are involved in international election observation.

The Parliamentary Assembly will therefore organise an international conference on “The Parliamentary Dimension of Election Observation: Applying Common Standards” on 15 and 16 February in the Palais de l’Europe in Strasbourg. The aim of this conference is to draw attention to the results of Parliamentary election observation in Europe and to identify new avenues of co-operation with a view to strengthening the parliamentary dimension of election observation.

*The programme
*List of participants
*Practical information
*Conclusions of the President
*Conference proceedings

2nd Euro-Mediterranean Conference on Agriculture
Strasbourg, 28 - 29 September 2006
History of the Riigikogu -> Toompea Castle

The Parliamentary Assembly and the European Parliament, in co-operation with the International Federation of Agricultural Producers (IFAP) and the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (ICAMAS), are jointly organising the 2nd Euro-Mediterranean Conference on Agriculture on 28 and 29 September 2006 at the seats of the two parliamentary institutions in Strasbourg. (more...)

The programme
List of participants
Pictures
Conference website
Proceedings of the 1st Conference
Proceedings of the 2nd Conference
The Parliamentary Assembly Documents

European Conference of Presidents of Parliaments
Tallinn, 30 - 31 May 2006
History of the Riigikogu -> Toompea Castle

The next European Conference of Presidents of Parliaments, organised by the Estonian Parliament in cooperation with the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, will be held in Tallinn, Estonia, on 30 and 31 May 2006. Themes proposed:

- "Bridge-building through Parliamentary Diplomacy"
- "Role of parliaments in promoting pluralistic democracy: at home and abroad"

Conference site

European Conference of Presidents of Parliaments
Strasbourg, 17 - 19 May 2004

"The European Conference of Presidents of Parliaments, held at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg on 17-19 May 2004, brought together more than sixty Presidents and Speakers of the Parliaments of our 45 member States.  It was a landmark event in 2004 for the Parliamentary Assembly, the Council of Europe, and all participating national Parliaments and European Assemblies. 

The themes chosen for 2004 were in my opinion timely, challenging and relevant, not only for Parliamentarians, but also for European citizens.  We debated how much confidence our citizens really have in democratic State institutions and political parties, and in what ways the public is involved in political life and decision-making.(...)" Peter SCHIEDER

Conference site
Report of the Conference

Parliamentary Conference on the Stability Pact for South-Eastern Europe
Tirana, 14 - 16 October 2002

The Parliamentary Assembly held a conference on the theme "Enhancing security and political stability through economic co-operation: progress on the Stability Pact for South-Eastern Europe". in Tirana from 14 to 16 October. This conference was the result of an initiative by the Parliamentary Troika of the Stability Pact for South-Eastern Europe (which brings together the Council of Europe and OSCE Parliamentary Assemblies and the European Parliament). The aims of the conference were to allow parliamentarians to take stock of the current state of progress of the projects being implemented under the Stability Pact, in particular as regards the economy and infrastructures, and to reinforce good governance by encouraging parliamentary action to eliminate organised crime and corruption.

Final Declaration

Conference of Speakers and Presidents of the European Parliamentary Assemblies
Zagreb 9-12 May 2002

The Conference of Speakers and Presidents of European Parliamentary Assemblies was organised by the Parliamentary Assembly in co-operation with the Croatian Parliament in Zagreb from 9 to 12 May 2002. The subject of this bi-annual  meeting was "Democracies facing terrorism-National strategies"



Final Declaration
Report of the Conference (PDF Format)

Inter-parliamentary Forum on Combating Terrorism
St Petersburg, 25-28 March 2002

The  Parliamentary Assembly and the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly of the Commonwealth of Independent States (IPA CIS) organised an inter-parliamentary conference on combating terrorism  in St Petersburg from 27 to 28 March.The purpose of the conference was to provide the broadest possible political support for the international fight against terrorism and to agree on conditions - in particular with regard to respect for human rights and the rule of law - in which this campaign should be carried out.


Final Declaration
Final Report of the Forum (PDF Format)