Forum for the future of democracy 
Yerevan, Armenia - 19 to 21 October 2010
A Congress delegation is participating in the Forum for the Future of Democracy, from 19 to 21 October, in Yerevan (Armenia). Organised by the Council of Europe in co-operation with the Armenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Forum for the future of democracy with the theme ''Democracy in Europe – Principles and challenges'' is expected to identify strategic approaches to strengthening good democratic governance in the European space in the face of regional and global challenges, and to formulate proposals for the next phase of the Forum process. Ian Micallef, Acting President of the Congress, addressed the Forum at the opening on 19 October 2010. (more ...)
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Ian Micallef (à gauche) rencontre Armen Gevorgyan, Vice-Premier Ministre d'ArménieIan Micallef welcomes Armenia's willingness to strengthen its cooperation with the Congress
''The threats and opportunities to democracy are constantly on the agenda of the Council of Europe Congress'' said Ian Micallef, President a.i. of the Congress, at the opening of the Forum for the future of democracy, on 19 October 2010. ''For us, democracy is essentially a bottom-up process, and the Congress has a unique mandate to evaluate its situation in Europe through the monitoring of the implementation of the European Charter of Local Self-Government,'' he added. ''I would urge this Forum to follow our example and to examine how this and other European tools can serve to secure, to deepen and to invigorate our democracies''. (suite...)
 
Ian Micallef (à g.) introduit Adam Michnik, rédacteur en chef de Gazeta Wyborcza (Pologne) Ian Micallef : ''Democracy is essentially a bottom-up process''
''The threats and opportunities to democracy are constantly on the agenda of the Council of Europe Congress'' said Ian Micallef, President a.i. of the Congress, at the opening of the Forum for the future of democracy, on 19 October 2010. ''For us, democracy is essentially a bottom-up process, and the Congress has a unique mandate to evaluate its situation in Europe through the monitoring of the implementation of the European Charter of Local Self-Government,'' he added. ''I would urge this Forum to follow our example and to examine how this and other European tools can serve to secure, to deepen and to invigorate our democracies''. (more...)
 
Günther Krug (à gauche) participe à l'atelier sur "Démocratie et représentation" lors du Forum pour l'avenir de la démocratie à ErevanGünther Krug : ''More decentralisation for a stronger economic growth''
"For the Congress, the way out of the crisis is further decentralization of power. It makes economic sense: local and regional authorities know the needs of their communities and businesses best", stressed Günther Krug, Vice-President of the Congress, on 20 October 2010, addressing the workshop on democracy and representation, organised during the Forum for the future of democracy, in Erevan (Armenia). He underlined that "Proximity governance" provides better opportunities for political participation of citizens and serves their interests in the most tangible way. "The era of globalization will also be the era of the local community", he concluded. (more...)
 
Emin Yeritsyan, Vice-Président du Congrès du Conseil de l'EuropeEmin Yeritsyan : « Good governance is at the heart of sustainable development of territories »
"Action on climate change must go beyond adaptation of our communities facing risks. This is really about establishing good democratic governance since responses to climate change cannot be separated from democracy nor its future", underlined Emin Yeritsyan, Vice-President of the Congress, on 20 October, during the workshop on "Sustainable communities for a living democracy", organised in the framework of the Forum for the future of democracy, in Yerevan (Armenia). "Good governance is at the heart of sustainable development of territories and communities, and their resilience to natural disasters", he said. (more...)
 
Gudrun Mösler-Törström, Congress memberGudrun Mosler-Törnström : «Local authorities must play a key role in education for democratic citizenship”
« Democratic institutions are only viable if they are imbued with a broadly shared democratic culture, and a strong participation of citizens », stated Gudrun Mosler-Törnström, Congress member, at the Forum's workshop on "Democratic political culture: democracy's oxygen", on 20 October 2010, in Yerevan (Armenia). "Empowering citizens, thanks to new technologies and better access to knowledge, will boost the participation of citizens and tap into their potential for innovation", she added. (more...)
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Stand of the Congress at the Democracy Fair, during the Forum for the future of democracy
The Congress took part in the "Democracy Fair" organised as a side-event during the Forum. Institutional organisations and civil society presented stands on their activities. This Fair was an opportunity to exchange information and concrete experiences on initiatives for democracy.
 
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