Inaugural Lecture of the Council of Europe Democracy Debate Series

Published on 06/04/2011

On 5 April, the Secretary General opened the inaugural lecture of the Council of Europe Democracy Debates, organised by the Directorate of Policy Planning. These events, addressed to Ambassadors to the Council of Europe and senior Council of Europe staff, are aimed at stimulating reflection and discussion on developments and challenges which affect our societies, with a view to helping to forge the role of the Council of Europe as a laboratory for new concepts and ideas on democracy. The first lecture was given by Professor Žiga Turk (former Minister for Growth in the Slovenian Government and former Secretary General of the Reflection Group on the Future of Europe, chaired by Felipe Gonzales) who spoke about "Europe in times of change: Governance, democratic empowerment and the information age". The Democracy Debates, which are part of the Forum for the Future of Democracy process, will take place at regular intervals, featuring a recognised personality as a speaker.
(Text of lecture will follow shortly)