The Presidents of Parliament from the 47 Council of Europe member states and many partner, observer and neighbouring countries, along with the Presidents of other international assemblies, met in Strasbourg on 24 and 25 October 2019 for a European parliamentary summit.
Some 60 Presidents, together with 300 other delegates, attended the conference, organised by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). They discussed three current affairs issues:
• “Our Common European Home”: the next 70 years, presented by Richard Ferrand, President of the National Assembly of France, and Marina Carobbio Guscetti, President of the National Council of Switzerland.
• Implementing the UN 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals: contribution by parliaments, presented by Gabriela Cuevas Barron, President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union.
• Women in politics and in the public discourse – what role can national parliaments play in combating the increasing level of harassment and hate speech towards female politicians and parliamentarians, presented by Tone Wilhelmsen Trøen, President of Norway’s Stortinget and Michael Kaufman, author and co-founder of the White Ribbon Campaign.
PACE President Liliane Maury Pasquier and Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić gave the opening addresses on Thursday 24 October at 11 am.
The first conference was held in 1975. This event is held every two years, alternately in Strasbourg and in a capital of a Council of Europe member state.
News related to the conference will be published on PACE’s web page: http://assembly.coe.int. The conference will be streamed live on the web page.
Videos of the interventions can be downloaded via the Audiovisual Content Manager at http://assembly.coe.int. Photos will be published online and can be downloaded at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/parliamentaryassembly/sets
A fully-equipped press room will be available. Journalists can follow the conference either from the press room or from the press gallery in the Debating Chamber. TV cameras can operate in the press gallery of the Debating Chamber and in the area foreseen in the foyer of the Debating Chamber. Photographers have access to the plenary but are invited to follow rules governing this access.
Contact: PACE Communication Division, firstname.lastname@example.org; Tel : +33(0)3 88 41 31 93.
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; of parliaments enjoying observer and 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 are also associated.
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.
Mr Wojciech SAWICKI (Secretary General of the Parliamentary Assembly)
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Ms Marja RUOTANEN (Director of Committees)
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Ms Isild HEURTIN (Head of the Office of the Secretary General of the Parliamentary Assembly)
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Ms Annick SCHNEIDER (Assistant to the Secretary General of the Parliamentary Assembly)
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Ms Aurélie HAUG (Assistant to the Director of Committees)
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