COE : 2017 World Forum for Democracy

Strasbourg, 8-10 November 2017 ! RETAIN THE DATE.

The 2017 World Forum for Democracy will focus on the role of political parties and media in the context of raising populism. A growing disconnect between citizens and political elites and dramatic changes in the media ecosystem are a challenge for democracy as we know it. New political and media actors and practices are emerging, offering opportunities for direct, unmediated engagement of the public, unbound by ethical or institutional safeguards. How can pluralism, freedom of expression, and fair and evidence-based public debate be safeguarded in these new conditions? How to nourish political culture which embraces a long-term perspective and resists the excesses of populism?


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CoE : Highlights from the winter session of the Conference of INGOs


Meeting from January 23rd to 27th, 2017 in Strasbourg, the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe brought together some 300 INGO delegates, experts, parliamentarians and permanent representatives of Council of Europe member states who discussed several major issues of concern today :


  • freedom of expression and of association in Turkey following the attempted coup on 15 July 2016,
  • the situation of NGOs in member States at a time when civil society space is shrinking,
  • the regulation of the activities of multinationals for a better respect of human rights and local development,
  • the surveillance of lawyers and the need for standards safeguarding client confidentiality,
  • the information society, progress made and the threats facing public authorities and NGO.

CoE : World Forum for Democracy 2016 highlights and its conclusions

Dear participants,

Two new videos presenting the World Forum for Democracy 2016 highlights and its conclusions have just been released. Aimed at our participants and the wide audience, the videos describe the challenges faced this year at the Forum and show the scope of its activities through the best highlights.

The videos are available both in a short and long version:

We are also happy to inform you that we are currently working final report.                 

We hope you will enjoy this unique way of recalling the Forum.

Thank you again for your participation and we look forward to seeing you all next year.

Best Regards,              

World Forum for Democracy

Council of Europe

F-67075 Strasbourg

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COMECE : europeinfos #198-November 2016

Editorial, Michael Kuhn: Through the eyes of the poor 


  • US elections and the catholic vote.
  • Possibilities for combating poverty in Europe
  • Growth and the euro after Brexit
  • Brexit and its impacts on environmental policy
  • An electoral year without an election in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Read more : (Link)

Plenary Assembly of Barcelona / Presentation of the permanent delegation of Pax Romana to the Council of Europe

Please find herewith the text in english of the video desplayed by our permanent delegation to the Council of Europe during the Plenary Assembly of Pax Romana in Barcelona on October the 30th 2016, session VI : "Looking to the future".

CoE : 17th October 2016 – World day for the eradication of poverty

It’s a general statement that our society is based on a production and exchange mechanism whose operation escapes the citizens as it does escape in part to the States.  The Council of Europe is then a crucial regulator of the consequences suffered directly by the population and, therefore, its Conference of INGOs committed to  safeguarding  all human rights and especially to fighting against poverty.

CoE : Action by the members of the Conference of INGOs to promote social rights under the Turin Process for the European Social Charter

Dear members of Pax Romana Europe,

Please find attached a letter from Anna Rurka, President of the Conference of INGOs inviting us to give our contribution to the call to action to support the Turin process (European social charter). Kindly confirm your interest in this process and send me your replies  by 4 December 2016 at the latest (limit date was 4th of September but we can still participate).

You will find in the letter the links to :

With kind regards,