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23.06.11
Ethics, transparency and politics: two major events at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg

The Council of Europe is holding a week of exchanges and debates about ethics and transparency in democracy in partnership with the City of Strasbourg from 27 June to 1 July.
 
1. The 6th Summer University for Democracy – “Ethics and Politics”, 27-29 June.
 
Organised by the Council of Europe for its network of Schools of Political Studies, with the support of Alsatian local authorities and Strasbourg.
 
Description:
Every year, the Summer University brings together several hundred young public sector leaders from the “new Europe” to debate, exchange views about and seek responses to the challenges of our times.  The focus this year will be on ethics both in politics and in the media and business.  Fruitful exchanges will be guaranteed through thematic conferences and round tables, combined with professional workshops.
 
Speakers and participants:

  • The Secretary General, Thorbjørn Jagland, will open the Summer University at 9 am on 27 June and Rafaa Ben Achour, Delegate Minister to the Prime Minister of the interim government of Tunisia, will give the opening lecture.
  • The other speakers during the opening session will be the Senator and Mayor of Strasbourg, Roland Ries, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, on behalf of the chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers, the Vice-President of the Parliamentary Assembly, Jean-Claude Mignon, the French Minister for Local Authorities, Philippe Richert, and the President of the European Association of the Schools of Political Studies of the Council of Europe, Catherine Lalumière.
  • NebojÅ¡a Radmanović, Chair of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Vladimir Lukin, Human Rights Ombudsman of the Russian Federation, will take part in the closing session at 6 pm on Wednesday 29 June, during which a final declaration should be presented.
  • The 2011 Summer University will, for the third time, welcome participants from Africa through the co-operation with the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF).  And, for the second time, experts from North America and Japan will also take part.

2. The International Colloquy – “Transparency and public ethics: a challenge to democracy”, 30 June – 1 July
 
Organised jointly by the Council of Europe, the City and Urban Community of Strasbourg, the University of Pau and the French National Centre for Local Public Service (CNFPT).
 
Description:
Democracy will fail if societies are not capable of ensuring minimum standards of ethics and transparency at all levels of public life, starting with the local level.  Both are fundamental principles of good governance – for which authorities must conduct their activities in such a way that they are subject to direct public scrutiny.  Through three round tables, the colloquy will seek to define the content of the concepts, take stock of the situation and challenges, identify best practices and propose ideas and approaches for the future.
 
Speakers and participants:

  • The Secretary General, Thorbjørn Jagland, will open the colloquy together with Roland Ries, Senator and Mayor of Strasbourg, Alain Beretz, President of the University of Strasbourg, and Jean-Michel Uhaldeborde from the University of Pau.
  • Dominique Wolton, Director of the Institute of Communication Sciences of the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), will give the introductory speech.
  • All the debates will be open to the public (subject to compulsory prior registration for access to the Council of Europe)

Interpretation of the debates will be provided in English, French and German.
 
Note to editors
 
Press conferences
A press conference will be held at 10 am on Wednesday 22 June (Room 1, Palais de l’Europe) with Jean-Louis Laurens, Director General of Democracy and Political Affairs, Robert Hermann, First Deputy Mayor of Strasbourg, and Nawel Rafik-Elmrini, Deputy Mayor of Strasbourg in charge of International and European relations.

Other press conferences may be announced on the spot.
 
Public debates
The plenary sessions, round tables, thematic conferences and professional workshops of the Summer University will be open to the press, but not the bilateral meetings or the visits to the European Court of Human Rights.
 
The opening and closing sessions of the Summer University will be streamed live on the site www.coe.int
 
All the debates of the Colloquy will be open to the public (subject to compulsory prior registration for access to the Council of Europe)
 
Interviews
Please submit any requests to the contact persons indicated below. 

Accreditation
Please submit requests to: accreditation@coe.int
 
Contacts Presse:

Council of Europe:
Henriette Girard, tel 333 88 41 21 41, mob 336 75 65 03 39
henriette.girard@coe.int

City of Strasbourg :

Véronique Petitprez, tel 333 88 60 96 81, mob 336 45 65 22 74
veronique.petitprez@strasbourg.eu

Frédérique Wikrzak, tel : 33 (0)3 88 60 93 75 ; Fax : 33 (0)3 88 43 6642 frederique.wikrzak@strasbourg.eu

For more information see: www.coe.int  / www.coe.ge

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