Stockholm/Sigtuna, Sweden 13–15 June 2007
Hosted by Sveriges Riksdag – the Swedish Parliament,
the Government of Sweden and
the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions

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Stockholm/Sigtuna, 12 June 2007

Council of Europe Forum for the Future of Democracy

Stockholm/Sigtuna, Sweden, 13–15 June 2007

Power and empowerment – the interdependence
of democracy and human rights


Wednesday 13 – DAY ONE

Morning Registration at Arlanda Airport

17.30 Bus departures from Arlanda Airport to the Riksdag

As from Riksdag building accessible to participants
12.30 (Refreshments will be available)

13.30 Opening of the Forum for the Future of Democracy 2007

Welcome by
- Mr Per WESTERBERG, Speaker of the Riksdag

Opening Speeches
- Mr Vuk JEREMIĆ Minister for Foreign Affairs, Serbia, Chairman-in-Office of the Committee of Ministers
- Mr René van der LINDEN, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE)

- Ms Nyamko SABUNI, Swedish Minister for Integration and Gender Equality
- Mr Terry DAVIS, Secretary General of the Council of Europe

Keynote speech on the theme Power and empowerment

Mr Thomas HAMMARBERG, Commissioner for Human Rights,
Council of Europe

15.30 Refreshments

16.00 Parallel panel sessions on the theme Empowerment – the role and responsibilities of parliamentarians

Panel session one

Moderator: Ms. Britt-Marie MATTSSON

18.00 End of parallel panel sessions

Mr Anders JOHANSSON, Mayor, Sigtuna

A 10-minute guided walk to the jetty, by the City Hall

19.00 Departure by boat to Sigtuna
Dinner, hosted by the Ministry of Integration and Gender Equality,

22.00 Arrival in Sigtuna
A short welcome to Sigtuna and then bus transfer to the hotels

Thursday 14 – DAY TWO

09.30 Four parallel sub-theme panels with break-out sessions
The four sessions will take place at different venues in Sigtuna

Sub-theme 2 - Empowerment of the individual – non-discrimination

- Ms Ana Isabel LEIVA DIEZ, State Secretary of Territorial Co-operation, Ministry of Public Administrations, Spain
- Mr Marco GIUGNI, University of Geneva, Switzerland
- Mr Anders WESTHOLM, Associate professor, Uppsala University, Sweden

Council of Europe
- Ms Maria Luisa SILVA, UNDP, Skopje, “The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”
- Ms Ann MACINTOSH, Research Co-ordinator DEMONET, Napier University, United Kingdom
- Mr Marcus BRIXSKIÖLD, Director, Ministry of Integration and Gender Equality, Sweden

13.00 – 15.00 Lunch

15.00 – 17.30 Continuation of break-out sessions (see above)

19.45 Departure by bus to Steninge Palace

20.00 Dinner at Steninge Palace

Friday 15 – DAY THREE

From 07.30 Shuttle buses from hotels to Arlanda Airport

09.30 Plenary session at Arlanda Conference and Business Centre;
results from day one parallel panel sessions
and day two sub-theme discussions
Presentation by sub-theme rapporteurs

11.00 Coffee

11.30 Continuation of plenary session

speakers include

12.00 Summary of results and conclusions
of the Council of Europe Forum for the Future of Democracy 2007

13.00 Closing of the meeting and invitation to the Forum 2008 in Madrid