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30 March 2020

Activity Details (ID# 19085)  

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Title Schools of Political Studies - SUMMER UNIVERSITY 2007 
Description Summer University entitled ''Projects for Europe''
3 main themes:
- European Strategies and national policies: drawing together a common space
- Identity, nationality and citizenship in a democratic society
- Conditions for a democratic society: how to build a culture of democracy shared by all the European countries 
Status Completed 
Date 02/07/2007 - 06/07/2007 
Location Strasbourg, France
Countries CoE Members: Albania / Armenia / Georgia / Republic of Moldova / Russian Federation / ''the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia''
Others: Kosovo*
  Joint Programme Activity - NSPS II
Joint Programme EC/CoE
JP NSPS II - Network of Schools of Political Studies - EIDHR    (Logframe)  (Activities)
Project Purpose 1 - 2006/DGDPA/JP/1706   NSPS 2 - Network of Schools of Political Studies
Expected Result 1.1 - Young leaders coming from political, economic, social and cultural sectors in Albania, Armenia, G... Young leaders coming from political, economic, social and cultural sectors in Albania, Armenia, Georgia, Kosovo/UNMIK, “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”, Moldova and the Russian Federation are provided with high-level training with respect to pluralistic democracy, human rights and the rule of law.
Council of Europe Programme of Activities
I – Democracy and Good Governance
Line of Action ⇒ III.1 – Democracy and Good Governance
Programme ☆ III.1.4  Strengthening the role of civil society in a pluralist democracy
Project 2004/DGDPA/124 Network of Schools of Political Studies
Expected Result 1 Young leaders coming from political, economic, social and cultural sectors from South-East Europe, the Caucasus, Russia and Ukraine are trained on democratic values and practices

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Organisation of meetings - Seminar 
Directorate Democracy and Political Affairs 
Last Modified 06/08/2007 

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Objective(s) The Second Summer University for Democracy will take place in Strasbourg, at the Palais de l’Europe, from 2 to 6 July 2007. It will be dedicated to the following general theme: “What future for the European project?”. The programme will be composed of three plenary sessions for all the participants and four thematic conferences each attended by a limited number of Schools, as well as national workshops and visits to the European Court of Human Rights. 
Output/Results The annual programme of the Schools is rounded off by a closing session in Strasbourg to familiarise the participants with the European institutes: Council of Europe, European Parliament, European Court of Human Rights, Eurocorps. 
Conclusions/Follow Up FINAL DECLARATION

Second Summer University for Democracy
(Strasbourg, 2-6 July 2007)

We, the 600 participants in the Second Summer University for Democracy, representing the Council of Europe's 15 Schools of Political Studies, in Strasbourg, from 2 to 6 July:

• In this year of the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, reaffirm our commitment to the grand design for Europe, which was launched immediately after the Second World War, on the basis of the fundamental values shared by the peoples of Europe, namely: democracy, protection of human rights and human dignity, the rule of law, respect for national identities and tolerance;

• Recall that European unity is a goal to be pursued and that, to this end, it is equally important to build institutions as it is to establish ever-closer co-operation in the institutional and economic fields and in respect of civil society;

• Consider that the resolution of the issue of identities is crucial to the establishment of a stable democratic Europe: the forging of a European identity will enable all the citizens of Europe to support a common blueprint and the respect of national identities, open to all, will make it possible to counter the threat that nationalism is posing to democracy and human rights;

• Reaffirm our firm conviction that the holding of free and fair elections is a prerequisite for any genuine democracy;

• Consider that the consolidation of democracy entails, in particular, the strengthening of the links between the political authorities and civil society, the existence of independent, high-quality media that foster rather than undermine the democratic debate, and enhanced local self-government, which ensures that policy-makers are close to the grassroots;

• Undertake to continue our combat against all forms of discrimination and social exclusion, which breed populism and nationalism to excess and which undermine democratic institutions;

• Intend, particularly through the networks of former students, to step up our individual and collective action in order to ensure that Europe and its institutions are closer to the concerns of its citizens, thus contributing to a truly democratic European project, regardless of which institutions are pursuing it;

• Congratulate the European Union member states and the European Commission for the success of the recent European Council in Brussels and await with anticipation the future Reform Treaty;

• Call on the governments of member states to provide the Council of Europe, the Organisation which safeguards the values underpinning any grand design for Europe, with the political support and human and financial resources it needs in order to pursue its vocation for the benefit of 800 million fellow citizens;

• Invite the Council of Europe, the European Union, the governments of member states, observers and all public and private partners, to continue and to step up their support for the development and growth of the Schools of Political Studies, a unique initiative of European civil society, designed to ensure that democratic values, institutions and practices are firmly rooted in day-to-day reality;

• Welcome, in this connection, the recent signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Council of Europe and the European Union and hope that, as a result of their renewed partnership, the network of Schools will benefit from even greater and more effective support from these two European institutions;

• Express our satisfaction at being joined by our new colleagues from the Schools in Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania and Montenegro; this undeniably bears witness to the vitality of the movement launched in Moscow, in the early 1990s, to promote democracy in societies in transition;

• Express our solidarity with our colleagues from Belarus and hope that a School of Political Studies will shortly be set up in that country, in order to promote European values and help bring Belarus into the fold of European democracies as quickly as possible;

• Thank all the eminent personalities, speakers and experts who have contributed to making these past five days of discussion a rare opportunity for sharing views and ideas;

• Express our gratitude to the City of Strasbourg and to all the local and regional authorities, universities and other academic institutions concerned, the Ecole Nationale d’Administration, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe and to all the staff, as well as to all the financial partners, for the excellent organisation of this Second Summer University in Strasbourg;

• Look forward to the Third Summer University for Democracy, in July 2008.

Strasbourg, 6 July 2007
Participants Each year, the 15 operating schools select 40 candidates (under the age of 35) active in public life, such as young politicians, civil servants, lawyers, businessmen and journalists. The diversity of the participants’ personal careers is one of the characteristics of the Schools.

Some 600 participants, representing 15 Schools, will take part in this event. 
Consultants/Experts Dino ABAZOVIC, Center for Human Rights of the University of Sarajevo
François BAFOIL, Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches Internationales (CERI), Paris
Arcadie BARBAROSIE, Executive Director of the Institute for Public Policy, Chisinau
Karen BEKARYAN, National Assembly, Yerevan
Christophe BERTOSSI, Institut Français des Relations Internationales, Paris
Bogdan BOGDANOV, New Bulgarian University, Sofia
Stephen BOUCHER, Notre Europe, Paris
Yevhen BYSTRYTSKYI, Director of the International Renaissance Foundation, Kyiv
Oleksander CHALYI, Deputy Head of the Presidential Secretariat of Ukraine, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine, Kyiv
Nicolae CHIRTOACA, Ambassador of the Republic of Moldova to the United States of America, Washington
Nadia CUK, Council of Europe Office, Belgrade
Christopher CVIIC, Senior Political Counsellor, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, London
Terry DAVIS, Secretary General of the Council of Europe
Troy DAVIS, Consulting Democracy Engineer, Strasbourg
Maud DE BOER-BUQUICCHIO, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe
Xavier DELCOURT, Centre Universitaire d’Enseignement du Journalisme, Strasbourg
Miljenko DERETA, Civic Initiatives, Belgrade
Paul DOBRESCU, National School of Political Studies, Bucharest
Oliver DULIC, Speaker of the Parliament of the Republic of Serbia
Charles ESSER, Energy Analyst, International Crisis Group, Brussels
Hans-Peter FURRER, former Director General of Political Affairs of the Council of Europe
Jean-Dominique GIULIANI, Chairman of the Robert Schuman Foundation, Paris
Marijana GRANDITS, Stability Pact, Brussels
Andreas GROSS, Chairman of the Committee on rules of procedures and immunities of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Switzerland
Istvan GYARMATI, Centre for Euro-Atlantic Integration and Democracy, Budapest
Thomas HAMMARBERG, Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe
Jack HANNING, former Director of External and Multilateral Relations, Council of Europe
Fabienne KELLER, Senator Mayor of Strasbourg
Fabrice de KERCHOVE, King Baudouin Foundation, Brussels
Shavarsh KOCHARYAN, Member of Parliament, Yerevan
Gabriela KONEVSKA-TRAJKOVSKA, Deputy Prime Minister of “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”, Minister in charge of European affairs
Petra KOVACS, Local Government and Public Service Reform Initiative, Budapest
Renaud de LA BROSSE, Senior Lecturer, University of Reims
François LAFARGE, Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA), Strasbourg
François-Gilles LE THEULE, Director of the Centre for European Studies, Strasbourg
Göran LINDBLAD, Vice-President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Sweden
Thomas MARKERT, Deputy Secretary of the European Commission for Democracy through Law (''Venice Commission''), Council of Europe
Zinta MIEZAINE, Civil Alliance, Riga
Yavuz MILDON, President of the Chamber of Regions of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, Council of Europe
Alexandre MILINKEVICH, winner of “Sakharov prize - for Freedom of Thought 2006”, Belarus
Piro MISHA, Institute for Communication and Dialogue, Tirana
Laure NEUMAYER, Pantheon-Sorbonne University, Paris
Karin NORDMEYER, United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), Germany, Freiburg
Annelise OESCHGER, President of the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe
Saso ORDANOSKI, Programme Director, FORUM-CSRD (Centre for Strategic Research and Documentation), Skopje
Sergey PANKOVSKIY, Chairman of the Board, Belarusian Institute for Strategic Studies, Minsk
Luisella PAVAN-WOOLFE, Permanent Representative of the European Commission to the Council of Europe
Catherine PERRON, Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches Internationales (CERI), Paris
Henri PIGEAT, President of the Training Centre for Journalists, Paris
Doru POP, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca
Dan POPESCU, Administrator, Directorate of Democratic Institutions (DGDPA), Council of Europe
Andrei POPOV, Executive Director of the Foreign Policy Association of Moldova
Julian POPOV, Chairman of the Board of the Bulgarian School of Politics, Sofia
Tuomas POYSTI, National Audit Office of Finland, Helsinki
Zarko PUHOVSKI, Helsinki Committee for Human Rights, Zagreb
Lluís Maria de PUIG, Chairperson of the Socialist Group of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Spain
Anne RASMUSSEN, European University Institute, Florence
Gaëtane RICARD-NIHOUL, Secretary General of Notre Europe, Paris
Levente SALAT, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca
Christian SAVES, Ecole Nationale d’Administration, Strasbourg
Dominique SCHNAPPER, Conseil Constitutionnel, Paris
Klaus SCHUMANN, former Director General of Political Affairs of the Council of Europe
Philippe SEBILLE-LOPEZ, Researcher, French Institute of Geopolitics, University of Paris VIII
Adrian SEVERIN, Member of the European Parliament, Romania
Guy SIAT, Université Robert Schuman, Strasbourg
Gjergj SINANI, University of Tirana, member of the Advisory Committee of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities
George SOROS, Chairman of the Open Society Foundation
Rainer STECKHAN, Chairman of the Administrative Council of the Council of Europe Development Bank
Boris TADIC, President of the Republic of Serbia
Daniel TARSCHYS, former Secretary General of the Council of Europe
Zurab TCHIABERASHVILI, Permanent Representative of Georgia to the Council of Europe
Loïc TRIBOT la SPIERE, Centre d’Etude et de Prospective Stratégique, Paris
Jean-François TROGRLIC, Director of the International Labour Organisation Office, Paris
Milica UVALIC, Professor, Department of Economics, Finance and Statistics, Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Perugia
Antonella VALMORBIDA, Association of the Local Democracy Agencies, Strasbourg
Ivan VEJVODA, Executive Director of the “Balkan Trust for Democracy”, Belgrade
Igor VIDACAK, Office for Co-operation with Non-Governmental Organisations, Government of the Republic of Croatia
Krunoslav VIDIC, Foreign Correspondent, Croatian radio-television
Nebojsa VUKADINOVIC, Researcher, Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches Internationales (CERI), Paris
Boris VUKOBRAT, Founder and Chairman of the Peace and Crises Management Foundation, Zug
Renate WEBER, Open Society Foundation, Bucharest
CoE Secretariat  
Total No. Participants 600 
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  * All reference to Kosovo, whether to the territory, institutions or population, in this text shall be understood in full compliance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo.  
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