European Conference of Presidents of Parliaments

Oslo, Norway, 11-12 September 2014

 

ECPP 2014

The Storting will welcome 59 Presidents of Parliament from the Council of Europe's Member States, as well as representatives from many neighbouring and observer countries, during The European Conference of Presidents of Parliament (ECPP) in Oslo on 11 and 12 September.

Biennial Conference

The biennial European Conference of Presidents of Parliament was first held in 1975 and is the only arena in which all European Parliamentary Presidents have the opportunity to meet. It is hosted alternately in Strasbourg or in the capital of a Council of Europe member state. At the invitation of the Parliament of Norway, it is held this year at the Storting.
The Conference was opened by the President of the Storting, Olemic Thommessen, the President of PACE (the Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly) Anne Brasseur, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjorn Jagland, and the Norwegian Minister of European Economic Area and European Union Affairs, Vidar Helgesen.

The participants will adresse three major topical issues (see more information under "Documents" below).

  • Fundamental constitutional rights and freedoms – participation, trust and public debate as conditions for democracy
  • Democracy, Sovereignty and Security in Europe
  • Majority and opposition – striking a balance in democracy


Democracy on the agenda

The aim of the ECCP Conference in Oslo is to create an arena for meetings between Europe's parliamentary Presidents ro exchange experiences and discuss the development of democracy and other critical challenges facing Europe.

"National parliaments are the cornerstone of European democracy. The key to a successful democracy lies in confidence and closeness between politicians and the population at large. Different political traditions, which can inhibit democratic development, and the economic challenges currently facing Europe, are examples of situations that can put this confidence to the test, " said President of the Storting, Olemic Thommessen.

A President's responsibility

"We have, as parliamentary Presidents, a particular responsibility for democratic development in Europe. Not least, it is essential that we pay particular attention to our youth, the young people who as a result of unemployment, and sadly, in some countries, corruption are losing faith in those they elected," he added.

The events unfolding in Ukraine and other parts of Europe are also considered highly relevant topics for this year's gathering.

The Council of Europe is the oldest pan-European organisation. Founded by treaty in 1949, it is an inter-state organisation with 47 European Member States and a total of 800 million inhabitants. The Organisation, which is based in Strasbourg, works to promote democracy, human rights and the development of the rule of law in its member countries.

Press release from Council of Europe

Speakers

Documents

English

Theme 1

Reference Documents for Background paper Theme 1

Theme 2

Theme 3

Reference Documents for Background paper for Theme 3

Previous conferences

Français

Thème 1

Droits et libertés constitutionnels fondamentaux - participation, confiance et débat public comme conditions à la démocratie.

Documents de référence pour le document d'information pour le thème 1

Thème 3

Documents de référence pour le document d'information pour le thème 3

Conférences précédentes

German

Programme

Thursday 11. september, 11.00–11.45, The Storting, Storting Chamber

Opening of Conference

Thursday 11. september, 14.30–18.30, Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel

Theme 1 – Fundamental constitutional rights and freedoms – participation, trust and public debate as conditions for democracy
Theme 2 – Democracy, Sovereignty and Security in Europe

Friday 12. september, 9–13, Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel

Theme 2 – Democracy, Sovereignty and Security in Europe (continuation)
Theme 3 – Majority and opposition – striking a balance in democracy

Friday 12. september, 13, Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel

Conclusions presented by the President of the PACE and the President of the Storting

Prime minister Erna Solberg hosts an official buffet dinner at Akershus Castle Thursday 11. September.

Friday 12. September the participants visit Eidsvollsbygningen (Eidsvoll Manor) where the Norwegian Constitution was written and signed in 1814.
 

"Family photo". Kilian Munch/Stortinget.

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