An extraordinary meeting of the Liaison Committee of INGOs was held in Warsaw University on 14 May 2005. The participants were also gathered at the monument of the Warsaw Ghetto on the morning of 15 May. Opening speeches were made by Jan Truszczynski, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland, Terry Davis, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, and Anneliese Oeschger, President of the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe. This event is organised by the Liaison Committee, the Directorate General of Political Affairs with the assistance of the Council of Europe Information Office in Warsaw. (more...) The meeting in pictures
Special meeting of the NGO Liaison Committee
NGOs meeting on 14 May at Warsaw University said they should be included in the preparation of different Council of Europe projects to make them more widely known and give them more impact.
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Jan Truszczynski: INGOs provided with a signicant contribution to the Warsaw Summit
Addressing the Extraordinary INGOs meeting in Warsaw, Jan Truszczynski, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Poland, stated ''The Committee of Ministers is determined to take advantage of the impetus created by the pre-Summit reflection process to create strong, dynamic and rejuvenated Council of Europe. Concerted action by all our partners, and, in particular, by the INGO's enjoying participatory status with the Organisation, will help the Council of Europe to achieve this aim, for the benefit of millions of Europeans''.
Terry Davis: ''NGOs support is crucial for the success of the Council of Europe action''
''I expect NGOs to be specifically mentioned as partners in the Action Plan. Indeed, NGOs will be indispensable for translating into reality much of what this Action Plan sets out, in particular as concerns action in the field, the implementation of standards and performance assessment or monitoring'', stated Terry Davis, opening the INGO's conference.
The Action Plan should be adopted by Heads of State and Government on 16 May. Speech
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Annelise Oeschger, President of the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe Interview Speech