Non-Governmental Organisations

AUTUMN SESSION

CIVIL SOCIETY AND DEMOCRACY COMMITTEE
CONF/CIV(2009)OJ4

Strasbourg, 16 September 2009

AGENDA
Wednesday 30th of September 2009 (9.00 to 12.30)
Room 6, Palais de l’Europe

1. (9.00) Agenda of the meeting: for adoption

2. Synopsis of the meeting held on 24 June 2009 [CONF/CIV(2009)SYN3]: for adoption

3. Dialogue with other platforms dealing with civil society and democracy

3.1 (9.15) Joint Programme between the Council of Europe and the European Commission: Minorities in Russia: Developing Languages, Culture, Media and Civil Society: presentation by Christoph Spreng, Special Advisor of the Conference of INGOs on Intercultural Dialogue

3.2 The Committee of the Regions and the Eastern Partnership Programme: possibilities for civil society involvement (presentation by Anna Kadar, Commission for External Relations and Decentralised Cooperation, Committee of the Regions)
This point will be discussed at 10.45

Coffee break (10.15)

4 On going activities

4.1 European Local Democracy Week (12-18 October 2009):
update by Jos Lemmers (Head of the Department for Democratic Participation, Council of Europe)
proposal from the members of the Committee
This point will be discussed at 9.45

4.2 (11.00) Regional meetings of the Committee: presentation of proposals from ALDA , International Council of Women and Belarusian NGOs and debates

4.3 (11.30) Preparation of a strategy to raise awareness of the Code of good practice on civil participation in the decision-making process and to promote its implementation: discussion on the implementation tools, contribution from Cyril Ritchie, Rapporteur on the Code of good practice.
Draft promotion and Implementation strategy of the Code

4.4 (12.00) Session of the Council of Europe Forum for the Future of Democracy on “Electoral Systems” (Kyiv, 21-23 October 2009): update from the Secretariat of the Conference (Michael Remmert, Project Manager of the Forum)
Programme of the Forum
Website of the Forum

4.5 (12.15) Proposal for a recommendation to be submitted to the Conference of INGOs on enhancing cooperation between civil society representatives active in the Council of Europe and the European Union and exchange of views with the members of the Committee