Document V (in English only) prepared by the Chair of the Civil Society and Democracy Committee

Preparatory documents for the Civil Society and Democracy Committee,
Spring Session, April 2009

Strasbourg, 23rd of March 2009

Proposed Regional meetings of
the Civil Society and Democracy Committee:

The Chair of the Civil Society and Democracy Committee, in the winter session1, has suggested the possibility to organize meetings in different countries to meet INGOs members of the Committee.
One of the aim is that the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Committee, visiting the countries, could establish a closer relation with the INGOs, especially those who could hardly come to Strasbourg on a regular basis.

Methodology

The Regional meeting wishes to include clusters of INGOs registered in the Committee, based in a specific region, plus other INGOs relevant and present in the region.
The hosting INGO should co-fund the activity and the participants could bear their own costs.
It is important to underline that these Regional meetings could have the same methodology of consultation, presentation of INGO Conference documents and visibility of the Conferences in Strasbourg.
We do propose 4 meetings for 2009.

Topics

The meetings will focus on the ongoing activities of the Committee such as the Code on Best Practices and way for implementation, the Local Democracy Week, the possible evaluation of the impact on the Council of Europe activities, the platform to be addressed by the Committee.

A recollection of all the topics and interest and debates raised will be presented in a report to the Conference of INGOs in 2010.

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1 Winter session: meeting in Strasbourg on 27 January 2009.