WINTER SESSION

CIVIL SOCIETY AND DEMOCRACY COMMITTEE
CONF/CIV(2009)SYN1

Strasbourg, 16 February 2009

SYNOPSIS
OF THE MEETING OF 27 JANUARY 2009

1. Adoption of the agenda

2. Adoption synopsis of the meeting held on 3 October 2008 [CONF/CIV(2008)SYN1]

3. Introduction : The Chair confirmed that the first objective was to involve the participants of the Committee and to measure the impact of our work in the Council of Europe institutions and in other international fora. It was necessary to identify in which platforms we needed to be present. Another objective was to make the Conference of INGOs known by more people. The work of the Committee would also be strongly influenced by the new Presidency of the INGO Conference that would be elected the next day. The Vice-Chair informed the participants that the Chair had used these first months to get familiar with the INGO documents. The idea was to focus on the consultation of citizens and to work with a democratic method.

4. Visits of the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Committee to different countries to meet INGOs, which are members of the Civil Society and Democracy Committee

5. Report on the regional consultation meetings on the draft Code of good practice on civil participation (Stockholm, Penza, Istanbul)

6. Possibilities for participation in the European Local Democracy Week (ELDW)

7. Support to civil society in Belarus: possibilities for action

8. Contribution to the implementation of the 3-year framework co-operation programme on “Strengthening Civil Society and Civic Participation in the Russian Federation”

9. Identification of resource persons among the Committee members with a view to attending and contributing to events

10. Coordination and communication

11. Strategy and action plan for the next three years

12. Any other business

Cc: President of the Conference of INGOs
Members of the Standing Committee
Secretary General of the Parliamentary Assembly
Secretary General of the Congress
Secretary to the Committee of Ministers
Directors General
Director of the Private Office of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe
Director of External Relations
Director of Strategic planning
Director of Communication
Director of the Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights