6 November 2023, 11.10-11.30 - Hemicycle of the European Parliament

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World Forum for Democracy 2023: Times for facts, Welcoming words and Plenary 1

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Hemicycle of the European Parliament 6 November 2023 - 10.00-13.00
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GERLACH Annette 2023


Journalist and TV-Host, ARTE

Annette Gerlach from Berlin is a bilingual journalist and TV host for ARTE, the European cultural channel she joined when it was founded in 1992. She presents the daily news programme as well as prestigious live music events from La Scala in Milan, La Fenice in Venice, the Paris Opera, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Salzburg Festival, and the Savonlinna Festival in Finland. She is also in charge of developing Educ'ARTE and ARTE Campus in Germany, ARTE's educational tools for schools and universities. Annette Gerlach is a regular speaker at conferences, round tables, symposia or award ceremonies for the Council of Europe or the European Parliament, among other institutions and associations. She also does coaching for television and stage presentations.

TAYLOR Alex 2023


European journalist

Alex Taylor is a European journalist. He has produced and presented TV and radio programmes for 30 years, mainly on French TV and radio (France Télévisions, France Inter), but also for international broadcasters (Euronews, TV5 Monde, ARTE, BBC). He was Programme Director for Radio France Internationale in charge of implementing the current 24 hours news format. Parallel to journalism, he has hosted some 1 500 international conferences on a wide variety of topics, especially environmental issues. He has also written a best seller on his passion, languages, of which he speaks (more or less) 7. He also once worked as a camel trainer in a circus.

PEJCINOVIC Marija 2023


Secretary General of the Council of Europe


Olivier BECHT

Minister Delegate for Foreign Trade, Economic Attractiveness and French Nationals Abroad, attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs



Franck LEROY

President of the Grand Est Region





Councillor of Alsace, delegate for strengthening democratic ties and European democracy, European Collectivity of Alsace





Deputy Spokesperson on Youth of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, Deputy Mayor of Strasbourg, in charge of international and European relations


Véronique Bertholle is originally from Dijon. She studied at the Grenoble Institute of Political Studies from 1997 to 2001. From 2001 to 2002, she spent a year living and working in Berlin, as part of an exchange program between the French National Assembly and the Bundestag, as a parliamentary assistant to Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, who sat on the Human Rights and European Affairs Commissions. From 2003 to the end of 2021, she worked for several European associations and NGOs (creation and management of European projects, network coordination, representation and relations with institutional and financial partners, etc.). In December 2021, she was elected to the Strasbourg City Council. Within the municipal team, she is Deputy Mayor of Strasbourg in charge of cross-border, European and international relations and European institutions. Her political group is "Strasbourg écologiste et citoyenne", which is the majority group. Véronique Bertholle is also a member of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe and, since 2022, has been the Deputy Thematic Spokesperson for Youth, appointed by the Bureau of the Congress.



Ambassador, Permanent Representative of France to the Council of Europe