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How to Assemble Parliamentary Assemblies: Bringing international parliamentary institutions to the next level

Brussels, Belgium
November 27-28 2018
Venue: Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Karel van Miert Building, Rome and Lisbon conference room, Boulevard de la Plaine 5, Ixelles

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Tuesday, 27th of November 2018 (9:15 – 16:00)

9:15 - 9:35  Setting the Agenda & Welcoming Remarks, Dr. Sharei, Center for UN Constitutional Research

9:40 - 11:00 Session 1: Panel & Case Study Parliamentary Assemblies: The State of the Art

  • Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Isra Sunthornvut (Secretary-General, ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly)
  • Evolution of International Parliamentary Institutions and their categorization, Andrea Cofelice (Centre for Studies on Federalism, Turin, Italy)
  • The Role and Importance of Parliamentary Assemblies for Democracy, Andrew Bradley (Director, Office of International IDEA to the European Union)

Moderator: Fernando Iglesias, Chamber of Deputies, Argentina

11:00 – 11:15 – Coffee Break

11:15 – 12:30 Session 2: Panel & Case Study Getting into the Machinery

  • African Union and the Pan-African Parliament (PAP), Hon. Haïdara Aïchata Cissé (Vice-President, PAP)
  • The role of international parliaments in addressing global and regional challenges – the experience of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM), Sergio Piazzi (Secretary General, PAM)
  • Latin America: Parliamento Latino Americano (PARLATINO), Mercosur, Organization of American States (OAS), Fernando Iglesias (Chamber of Deputies, Argentina)

Moderator: Andreas Bummel, DWB

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch

14:00 – 16:00 Session 3: Panel & Case Study IPIs in regional & global governance
Venue:
European Parliament (Rue Wiertz 60, 1047)

  • Experiences from the European Union, Madeleine O. Hosli (Professor, United Nations University – CRIS and Leiden University) and Reinhilde Bouckaert (Researcher, UNU-CRIS)
  • The Inter-Parliamentary Union: Efforts to bridge the democracy gap in international relations and provide a parlia- mentary dimension to the work of the United Nations, Anda Filip (Director for Member Parliaments and External Relations, IPU)
  • The role of people and civil society in the formation and evolution of IPIs - the European experience, Paolo Vacca (Secretary-General, Union of European Federalists)

Moderator: Dr. Sharei, CUNCR

16:00 – 17:00 – Organized tour of the European Parliament, Mathias Eberlen, Policy Advisor, European Parliament

17:00 – 19:00 Reception at the European Parliament (Rue Wiertz 60, 1047) hosted by Jo Leinen, MEP, Germany

 

Wednesday, 28th of November 2018 (9:30 – 16:00)
Venue: Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Karel van Miert Building, Rome and Lisbon conference room, Boulevard de la Plaine 5, Ixelles

9:30 – 11:15 Session 4: Workshop: Laboratory for Parliamentary Assemblies

Workshop on regional and functional parliamentary assemblies with the intent of developing high-level objectives and pathway for respective IPIs institutional development.

Facilitators: International IDEA, UEF, Democracy and Election Actions-European Parliament, European Partnership for Democracy, Center for United Nations Constitutional Research (CUNCR)

  • Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
  • Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM)
  • Pan-African Parliament, African Union (AU)
  • Latin-American Parliament (PARLATINO) & Mercosur

In addition, the conference may also select other functional IPIs, such as Organisation for Economic Co-operation and De- velopment (OECD), or others.

Moderator:

11:30 – 13:00 Session 5: Panel and Case Studies: The rise and development of IPIs and the emerging parliamentary assemblies

  • The rise and the development of international parliamentary assemblies in an era of globalization and nationalism, Niels Blokker, Professor, Leiden University
  • The proposal for a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly, Andreas Bummel, Executive Director, Democracy Without Borders
  • The OECD Global Parliamentary Network – connecting world-class data and analysis to legislators’ work, Silvia Terrón, Coordinator of OECD Global Parliamentary Network.

Moderator: Ivone Soares, MP Mozambique, PAP

Concluding remarks and distribution of certificates

13:15 – 16:00 Lunch & free-format information exchange, networking and coalition-building

Venue : Chalet Robinson, Sentier de l'Embarcadère 1, Bois de la Cambre, 1000 Bruxelles (Open to distinguished guests, speakers and paid registrants)

 

List of politicians, practitioners and academic speakers:

  • Jo Leinen, (MEP, European Parliament)
  • Isra Sunthornvut (Secretary-General, ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly)
  • Haïdara Aïchata Cissé (Vice-President, Pan-African Parliament, African Union)

  • Sergio Piazzi (Secretary-General, Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean)

  • Fernando Iglesias (Chamber of Deputies, Argentina, Mercosur)

  • Anda Filip (Director, Member Parliaments and External Rela- tions at the IPU)

  • Ivone Soares (MP Mozambique, PAP)

  • Madeleine O. Hosli (Professor, United Nations University - CRIS)

  • Niels Blokker (Professor, Leiden University)

  • Andrea Cofelice (PhD, Centre for Studies on Federalism, Italy)

  • Andrew Bradley (Director, Office of International IDEA to the European Union)
  • Paolo Vacca (Secretary-General, Union of European Federalists)

  • Andreas Bummel (Executive Director, Democracy Without Borders)
  • Shahr-yar Sharei (Executive Director, Center for United Nations Constitutional Research)

 

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