Democracy
The future of democracy in Europe
Barcelona, Spain – 17 to 19 November 2004
DOCUMENTS
Programme
Presentation
Background paper
REFERENCE TEXTS
Developing Democracy in Europe - analytical summary of the Council of Europe's acquis  
The Future of Democracy in Europe - Trends, Analyses and Reforms
PHOTO
Photo Gallery
INTERVIEWS
PUBLICATIONS
The Future of democracy in Europe (2004)

Developing democracy in Europe (2004)
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The results of the Council of Europe’s “Making democratic institutions work” project, which was launched in early 2002, were presented at a conference at the Centro de Convenciones Internacional in Barcelona (Zona Forum, Rambla Prim, 1-16) from 17-19 November.

Participants at the conference – organised by the Council of Europe and the Patronat Català Pro Europa, on the invitation of the Spanish authorities and the Regional Government of Catalonia – discussed the challenges and opportunities currently facing democracy, as well as proposals for future reforms and possible Council of Europe action. One key issue tackled during the conference was how information and communication technologies can effectively and securely help people to take part in democratic processes.

The conference - which brought together parliamentarians, senior civil servants, representatives of civil society and leading academics from all over Europe - was opened on 17 November by Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Jordi Sevilla Segura, Spanish Minister of Public Administration, Ernest Maragall, Secretary General of the Catalan Regional Government and Ambassador Estanislao de Grandes Pascual, Permanent Representative of Spain to the Council of Europe, representing the Council's Committee of Ministers.

FOCUS
Towards a forum on the future of democracy? (more...)

Conclusions
Interview with Michael Remmert

The Committee of Ministers will adopt a Recommendation on electronic governance before the end of 2004 (more...)

Maud de Boer-Buquicchio : ''Democracy in Europe will thrive if it lives up to its principles'' (more...)
Speech

The concept of Integrated Projects helps for a better understanding of democracy, says Congress President (more...)
Speech

José Luis Mendez Romeo: ''The citizens react in an unequivocal manner when their are touched in their deepest convictions'' (more...)
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REFERENCE WEBSITES
Conference website
Making democratic institutions work