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Forum History

 

The Forum was established by the Third Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Council of Europe  (Warsaw, May 2005), to strengthen democracy, political freedoms and citizens' participation.

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Forum previous sessions

Forum_Democracy2011

(Limassol, Cyprus, October)

Interdependence of democracy and social cohesion.

New: Proceedings

"Radical measures taken in many countries to try to balance public budgets are both necessary and understandable” but  “Countries are running a high risk of seriously undermining the European model of social cohesion.”  declared Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland while opening the Cyprus Forum.

2010

(Yerevan, October)

Perspectives 2020 Democracy in Europe - Principles and Challenges

Proceedings

 

''The Council of Europe has a unique strategic role to play in strengthening good democratic governance at all levels in the European space''. Democracy, or rather good democratic governance, is now not only intrinsically linked to the respect of human rights but is also recognised as the most effective form of governance to ensure stability, sustainability and well-being.

 That was the main message of the 2010 Forum.

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2009

(Kyiv, October)

Electoral systems: strengthening democracy in the 21st century

(Proceedings)

 "In a genuine democracy, the citizen is sovereign and the voter decides" - that was the main message of the 2009 Forum, which highlighted the need for greater public involvement, with a view to increasing voter turnout and ensuring that all stages of public life are democratic..

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2008

(Madrid, October)

"E-democracy: who dares?"

 

The discussions addressed the impact of information and communication technologies (ICTs) on democracy.

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2007

(Stockholm, June)

"Power and empowerment - The interdependence of democracy and human rights"

 

This event addressed issues such as the role and responsibilities of the opposition, representative democracy at the local and regional level, empowerment of the individual and non-discrimination, respect for freedom of expression and association for civil society, and fostering democracy, human rights and social networks.

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2006

(Moscow, October)

"The role of political parties in the building of democracy"

 

The Forum reflected on  the role and responsibilities of political parties in finding democratic solutions to contemporary challenges, the interaction between political parties and with other actors in the democratic process, and the building and strengthening of democratic institutions.

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Launch meeting (Warsaw, November 2005)

"Citizens' participation"

 

 

The discussions addressed the state of contemporary democracy in Europe.

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Previous projects

("Making

Democratic institutions work")

 

    Towards a European Charter for Democratic Schools without Violence


List of conference participants

Country

City

School

     

Bulgaria

Ruse

English Language Secondary School "Geo Milev"

Bulgaria

Stara Zagora

Foreign Language Secondary School "Romain Rolland"

Croatia

Cakovec

Ekonomiska i Trogovacka Skola

Croatia

Cakovec

Gimnazija Cakovec

Croatia

Metkovic

Gimnazija Metkovic

Croatia

Slatina

Srednja skola Marko Marulic

Cyprus

Larnaca

Saint George Lyceum of Larnaca

Cyprus

Limassol

Lycée Lanitio A

Finland

Helsingfors

Gymnasiet Lärkan

Germany

Stuttgart

Jörg-Ratgeb-Schule

Greece

Pireus

1st Vocational School of Piraeus

Hungary

Nagykanizsa

Batthyány Lajos Egészségügyi Szakközépiskola

Iceland

Selfoss

Fjölbrautaskoli

Ireland

Thurles

Gairmscoil Mhuire

Italy

Corato (Bari)

Instituto Tecnico Commerciale "Padre A.M. Tannoia"

Lithuania

Vilnius

Vilnius Senvage Secondary School

Malta

Sta Lucia

'Margaret Mortimer' Girls' Junior Lyceum

Malta

Tal-Handaq

'Mikiel Anton Vassalli' Boys' Junior Lyceum

Poland

Wojkowice

Zespol Szkol - Liceum Ogolnoksztalcace w Wojkowicach

Portugal

Amadora

Escola Secundária da Amadora

Russia

St. Petersburg

School 700

Serbia and Montenegro

Zrenjanin

HPTS "Uros Predic" Zrenjanin

Spain

Leon

IES Eras de Renueva

Spain

Valdepenas, Ciudad Real

Colegio San Agustín

Ukraine

Sumy

Sumy Classical Gymnasium #2

United Kingdom

North London

Northumberland Park Community School