Strasbourg, 7 April 2009

Monday, 27 April 2009 (14.30-18.00)
Room 2, Palais de l’Europe

1. Adoption of the agenda and of the synopsis of the meeting of 27 January 2009 [CONF/CIV(2009)SYN1]

2. Introduction by the Chair and the Vice-Chair: report on activities (Document I) and presentation of the interests expressed by members concerning the work of the Committee (questionnaire circulated at the end of 2008 (Document II)

3. Proposal for an action plan (Document III)

4. Proposed activities linked to the European Local Democracy Week: report by the Vice- Chair on the preparatory meeting held on 15 April and report on the questionnaire sent to Committee members (Document IV)

5. Regional Meetings of the Committee (Document V), discussion

6. Participation of the members of the Committee in intergovernmental Steering Committees and Sub-committees of the Council of Europe

Coffee break

7. Update on the Code of Good Practice for Civil Participation in the Decision-making Process: Suggestions for the implementation phase, further involvement of NGOs, Cyril Ritchie.

8. Expert Council on NGO Law: update, Cyril Ritchie

9. Proposed debate on how to measure the impact of the Committee on the local democracy activities of the Council of Europe (Document VI), discussion.

10. Identification of potential co-operation platforms for the Committee (Document VII)

11. Forum for the Future of Democracy, follow up, Michael Remmert

12. Action of the Committee in Belarus and document for the Conference of INGOs (Document VIII), possible activities on the spot with local NGOs

13. Other businesses: Action of the Committee in Russia: possible activities on the spot with local NGOs; Proposed sub-committee on local democracy and civil society to react to the globalised crisis

End of the meeting