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European Conference of Presidents of Parliament

PRESIDENTS OF PARLIAMENT GATHER FOR ATHENS SUMMIT (21-22 October 2021)

Presidents of Parliament from the 47 Council of Europe member states, as well as many neighbouring and observer countries and other partner parliamentary assemblies, met on 21 and 22 October 2021 in Athens, on the occasion of a conference organised by the Hellenic Parliament and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).

The Conference was opened by the President of the Hellenic Parliament Constantine An. Tassoulas, PACE President Rik Daems, and the Secretary General of the Council of Europe Marija Pejčinović Burić.

Some 60 Presidents and Speakers, together with 300 other delegates, participated at the biennial summit to discuss three major topical issues:

Democracies facing the Covid-19 public health crisis: sharing experiences
Key-note speeches by the Speaker of the Russian Federation Council Valentina Matviyenko and the President of Austria’s National Council Wolfgang Sobotka.

'#EnvironmentRightNow': national parliaments and the right to a healthy and sustainable environment
Key-note speeches by the Speaker of the Parliament of Georgia Kakha Kuchava; the Speaker of the Parliament of Finland Anu Vehviläinen, and a member of the Council of Europe Advisory Council on Youth, Spyros Papadatos.

The common future of all European citizens
Key-note speeches by the President of the Belgian Senate Stephanie D’Hose; the President of the Cypriot House of Representatives, Annita Demetriou; and the President of the Slovenian National Assembly, Igor Zorčič.

Secretaries General of the participating parliaments and assemblies also met on the margin of the conference.

The first conference was held in 1975. It takes place every two years, hosted alternately in Strasbourg or in the capital of a Council of Europe member state. At the invitation of the Hellenic Parliament, it is held this year in Athens, when the country celebrates the bicentennial of its independence.

Did you know?

The European Conference of Presidents of Parliament brings together Speakers and Presidents of:
- the parliaments of the 47 member States of the Council of Europe;
- the parliaments of the states enjoying observer or partner for democracy status with the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe;
- and of international parliamentary assemblies.
The parliaments of central Asian and Maghreb countries also take part.

The Conference has been organised under the auspices of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe since 1975. It takes place every other year, in Strasbourg or in a host country. Topics on the agenda include prominent political issues.