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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")

 


Integrated Projects

    Making democratic institutions work
    Responses to violence in everyday life in a democratic society

 

A EUROPEAN CHARTER FOR DEMOCRATIC SCHOOLS WITHOUT VIOLENCE
Project Conference Programme

Tuesday 13 to Sunday 18 July, 2004
Strasbourg, European Youth Centre

Programme

Tuesday, 13 July 2004

 

Arrival

 

19.00 h

Dinner

 

20.00 h

Opening and welcome

 

20.30 h

International Ice Breaking Games

 

Wednesday, 14 July 2004

09.00 h

Breakfast

 

10.00 h

Who we are, where we come from,
what we did for participation in our schools?

 

12.30 h

Lunch

 

14.00 h

Forming the working groups –
1st Working session - Workshops
The aims and functions of the Charter - Introduction

 

17.00 h

Plenary summing up the results of the working groups

 

19.00 h

Dinner

 

20.30 h

Guided tour through Strasbourg with
French National Holiday Celebrations
Fireworks in the city of Strasbourg

 

Thursday, 15 July 2004

08.30 h

Breakfast

 

09.30 h

2nd Working session - Workshops
Work on the Charter
Discussion of the contributions

 

11.30 h

Plenary summing up 2nd Working session

 

12.30 h

Lunch

 

14.00 h
15.00 h

Guided visit to the Council of Europe
Meeting the Director a.i. of Communication and Research of the Council of Europe Mr Jean-Philippe Bozouls

 

16.00 h

Free time for sightseeing or shopping at Strasbourg

 
 

Drafting group meeting
for putting together the work of the Working Sessions

 

19.00 h

Dinner

 

20.30 h

European Quiz

 

Friday, 16 July 2004

08.30 h

Breakfast

 

09.30 h

Plenary session for the discussion of the draft charter
including practical concepts for democratic participation and violence prevention

 

12.30 h

Lunch

 

14.00 h

Translation of the Charter into the different languages

 

19.00 h

Dinner

 

20.30 h

Adoption ceremony and European Intercultural Evening
and presentation of the certificates of participation

 

Saturday, 17 July 2004

08.30 h

Breakfast

 

09.30 h

Visit to the Europa-Park

 

evening

Farewell

 

Sunday, 18 July 2004

09.00 h

Breakfast

 
 

Departure