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Political changes in the South Mediterranean and the Middle East

Political changes in the South Mediterranean and the Middle East: the role of representative institutions

Strasbourg, 05.11.2013 – The role of representative institutions in the political changes in the South Mediterranean and the Middle East will be the central theme of a conference organised by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), with the support of the European Union, at the Ismaili Centre in Lisbon (Portugal) on Friday 8 November.

The conference (open to the press) will start at 9.30 am with speeches by the Speaker of the Portuguese Parliament Assunção Esteves, PACE President Jean-Claude Mignon, and the Speakers of the Moroccan House of Representatives and House of Councillors, Karim Ghellab and Mohamed Cheikh Biadillah.

The hundred or so participants attending the conference include the Speakers and representatives of the parliaments of Algeria, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, the National Constituent Assembly of Tunisia, the Palestinian National Council, representatives of the political forces in Egypt and members of the PACE Political Affairs Committee.

The working sessions will focus on the challenges of transition and national experiences, partnership for democracy with the PACE as a platform for interparliamentary co-operation, and the contribution of the Council of Europe’s Venice Commission to constitutional and legal reforms.

The conference will be preceded by the 2013 Lisbon Forum on 6 and 7 November, also at the Ismaili Centre. Both events are organised as part of the joint Council of Europe/EU programme “Strengthening democratic reform in the southern neighbourhood” (South programme).

Francesc Ferrer, PACE Communication Division, mobile +33(0)6 30 49 68 22
Emilia Soares, Council of Europe North-South Centre, mobile +351 934 524 403