ECPP 2014

The Storting will welcome 59 Presidents of Parliament from the Council of Europe's Member States, as well as representatives from many neighbouring and observer countries, during The European Conference of Presidents of Parliament (ECPP) in Oslo on 11 and 12 September.

Olemic Thommessen, President of the Storting. Photo: Terje Heiestad/the Storting.
Olemic Thommessen, President of the Storting. Photo: Terje Heiestad/the Storting.

Watch the conference opening in the Storting September 11

Photos from the conference on Flickr. 

Opening speech by Olemic Thommessen, President of the Storting. 

Conclusions of the Conference – presented by the President of PACE and the President of the Storting

Conclusions de la Conférence – présentées par la Présidente de l'APCE et le Président du Storting

Link to programme and practical infomation / Lien de programe et information practique

Biennial Conference

The biennial European Conference of Presidents of Parliament was first held in 1975 and is the only arena in which all European Parliamentary Presidents have the opportunity to meet. It is hosted alternately in Strasbourg or in the capital of a Council of Europe member state. At the invitation of the Parliament of Norway, it is held this year at the Storting. 

The Conference was opened by the President of the Storting, Olemic Thommessen, the President of PACE (the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly) Anne Brasseur, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjorn Jagland, and the Norwegian Minister of European Economic Area and European Union Affairs, Vidar Helgesen.

The participants will adresse three major topical issues (see more information under "Documents" below).

  • Fundamental constitutional rights and freedoms – participation, trust and public debate as conditions for democracy
  • Democracy, Sovereignty and Security in Europe
  • Majority and opposition – striking a balance in democracy

Democracy on the agenda

The aim of the ECCP Conference in Oslo is to create an arena for meetings between Europe's parliamentary Presidents ro exchange experiences and discuss the development of democracy and other critical challenges facing Europe.

"National parliaments are the cornerstone of European democracy. The key to a successful democracy lies in confidence and closeness between politicians and the population at large. Different political traditions, which can inhibit democratic development, and the economic challenges currently facing Europe, are examples of situations that can put this confidence to the test, " said President of the Storting, Olemic Thommessen.

A President’s responsibility

"We have, as parliamentary Presidents, a particular responsibility for democratic development in Europe. Not least, it is essential that we pay particular attention to our youth, the young people who as a result of unemployment, and sadly, in some countries, corruption are losing faith in those they elected," he added.

The events unfolding in Ukraine and other parts of Europe are also considered highly relevant topics for this year’s gathering.

The Council of Europe is the oldest pan-European organisation. Founded by treaty in 1949, it is an inter-state organisation with 47 European Member States and a total of 800 million inhabitants. The Organisation, which is based in Strasbourg, works to promote democracy, human rights and the development of the rule of law in its member countries.

Press release from Council of Europe 

Speakers

List of speakers, theme 1

List of speakers, theme 3

Documents

English

Theme 1

Fundamental constitutional rights and freedoms - Participation, trust and public debate as conditions for democracy

Reference Documents for Background paper Theme 1

Parliamentary Assembly Resolution 1547 (2007) on the state of human rights and democracy in Europe.

CDL-STD(1994)010, Introductory statement by President Antonio La Pergola and CDL-STD(1995)015, Rights suitable for protection by constitutional appeal procedures, Professor J.L. Cascajo Castro.

Parliamentary Assembly Resolution 1836 (2011) on The impact of the Lisbon Treaty on the Council of Europe and Resolution 1610 (2008) on The accession of the European Union/European Community to the European Convention on Human Rights, with further references.

Doc. 12279, as well as Resolution 1746 (2010) and Recommendation 1928 (2010) on Democracy in Europe: crisis and perspectives.

Website of the 2014 World Forum for Democracy.

Theme 2

Democracy, Sovereignty and Security in Europe

Theme 3

Majority and opposition – striking a balance in democracy

ECPRD Draft agenda

ECPRD Activity report

ECPRD Priorities and programme

Reference Documents for Background paper for Theme 3

CDL-AD(2010)025

Doc. 11465 rev, as well as Resolution 1601 (2008) on procedural guidelines on the rights and responsibilities of the opposition in a democratic parliament.

Doc. 12278 on Extra-institutional actors in the democratic system.

Report of the Venice Commission on the Role of Extra-Institutional Actors in the Democratic System (Study 590/2010, document CDL-AD(2013)011, March 2013).

Code of Good Practice for Civil Participation in the Decision-Making Process drafted by the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe in 2009.

Doc. 12279,  as well as Resolution 1746 (2010) on “Democracy in Europe: crisis and perspectives”

Website of the 2013 World Forum for Democracy.

Doc. 13386 on Internet and politics: the impact of new information and communication technology on democracy.

Previous conferences

 

Français

Thème 1 

Droits et libertés constitutionnels fondamentaux -

participation, confiance et débat public comme conditions à la démocratie.

Documents de référence pour le document d’information pour le thème 1

Résolution 1547 (2007) de l’Assemblée parlementaire sur la situation des droits de l’homme et de la démocratie en Europe.

CDL-STD(1994)010, allocution d’ouverture du Président Antonio La Pergola et CDL-STD(1995)015, « Les droits invocables dans les recours constitutionnels », Professeur J.L. Cascajo Castro.

Résolutions de l’Assemblée parlementaire 1836 (2011) sur « L’impact du Traité de Lisbonne sur le Conseil de l’Europe » et 1610 (2008) « Adhésion de l’Union européenne/Communauté européenne à la Convention européenne des droits de l’homme ».

Doc. 12279, ainsi que la Résolution 1746 (2010) et la Recommandation 1928 (2010) sur La démocratie en Europe: crises et perspectives.

Site web du Forum mondial de la démocratie.

Thème 3

Majorité et opposition – trouver un équilibre en démocratie

CERDP Projet D'orde du jour

CERDP Rapport D'activite

CERDP Priorités et programme

Documents de référence pour le document d’information pour le thème 3

CDL-AD(2010)025

Doc. 11465 rev, ainsi que la Résolution 1601 (2008) sur les Lignes directrices procédurales sur les droits et devoirs de l’opposition dans un parlement démocratique.

Doc. 12278 sur Les acteurs extra-institutionnels dans un régime démocratique.

Rapport de la Commission de Venise sur le rôle des acteurs extra-institutionnels dans un régime démocratique (Etude n°590/2010, document CDL-AD(2013)011, mars 2013).

Code de bonne pratique pour la participation civile au processus décisionnel, élaboré par la Conférence des OING du Conseil de l'Europe en 2009.

Doc. 12279, ainsi que la Résolution 1756 (2010) sur La démocratie en Europe: crises et perspectives.

Site web du Forum mondial de la démocratie.

Doc. 13386 sur Internet et la politique: les effets des nouvelles technologies de l’information et de la communication sur la démocratie.

Conférences précédentes

 

German

EZPWD Tätigkeitsbericht

EZPWD Prioritäten und Programme

 

Programme

Thursday 11. september, 11.00–11.45, The Storting, Storting Chamber

Opening of Conference

Thursday 11. september, 14.30–18.30, Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel

Theme 1 – Fundamental constitutional rights and freedoms – participation, trust and public debate as conditions for democracy

Theme 2 – Democracy, Sovereignty and Security in Europe

Friday 12. september, 9–13, Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel

Theme 2 – Democracy, Sovereignty and Security in Europe (continuation)

Theme 3 – Majority and opposition – striking a balance in democracy

Friday 12. september, 13, Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel

Conclusions presented by the President of the PACE and the President of the Storting

Prime minister Erna Solberg hosts an official buffet dinner at Akershus Castle Thursday 11. September.

Friday 12. September the participants visit Eidsvollsbygningen (Eidsvoll Manor) where the Norwegian Constitution was written and signed in 1814.

"Family photo".

"Family photo". Kilian Munch/Stortinget.

Download the "family photo" from Flickr.


Last updated: 17.09.2014 14:41