Association of European Senates

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The Association connects upper chambers of parliaments of European countries and the Russian Federation. The Association, whose spiritual father is the president of the French Senate Christian Poncelet, promotes experience and advantages of bicameralism. The National Council is the founding member of the Association, which was founded based on the initiative of C. Poncelet on 8 November 2000. The Association has 15 members and one observer. Besides the National Council the members are also the upper chambers of Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Romania, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and Luxembourg as the observer. The presidents of the upper chambers meet annually and discuss various topics connected to democracy and the role of bicameralism.

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Paris, 6 June 2001: Senates and Representation of Local Authorities

Brussels, 12 - 14 November 2001: The Senates and the Quality of Legislation

Ljubljana, 28 June 2002: Bicameralism Ś Democracy and Role of Civil Society

Madrid, 28 February 2003: Government Control by Upper Chambers

Prague, 7 October 2003: A Different Composition of the Chambers in Bicameral Parliaments as a Precondition of Their Efficiency?

Warsaw, 25 May 2004: The Role of Upper Chambers of National Parliaments in the European Union and in the Process of European Integration

Berlin, 2 September 2005: Bicameralism and federalism in the Process of Change - Current Developments and Reform Projects

Bern, 20 - 22 April 2006: Upper Chambers of Parliaments and Civil Society

Prague, 28 and 29 September 2006: Upper Chambers of Parliaments and Their Functions in the 21st Century

Bucharest, October 12, 2007: Ensuring a transparent and accountable governance – the contribution of the Senates.

Vienna, April 18, 2008: The contribution of the information and communication technologies to the legislative process. 

Saint-Petersburg, November 14, 2008:The role of the parliaments’ Upper Houses in cultural and intercivilizational dialogue development. 

The Hague, April 17, 2009:The role of the Senates on the European Continent.

Gdansk, October 23, 2009: Democracy in Europe twenty years after the first free elections east of the Berlin Wall – Europe and the World twenty years after the Cold War.

Rome, April 16, 2010: The Evolution of Parliamentary Diplomacy in the 21st Century. The Role of Senates – The Role of Senates between Local Government and the European Union.

Madrid, June 17, 2011: The Senate and its mechanisms for collaboration with the regions and the local entities.

Paris, March 16, 2012: The fight against the international economic and financial crisis: what role for parliaments and in particular for the second European chambers?

London, June 14, 2013: Relationships between upper and lower chambers "/" Senates and the use of social media "

The Hague, May 21 and 22, 2015: Spotlight on the Senate - Modern Concepts of Senate Functioning in the Bicameral Parliamentary System "

Bern, October 20 and 21, 2016: The fight against terrorism in Europe - Extension of the powers of the Intelligence and Exceptional Rights of the Government: What is the role of the Parliament? "/" The weight of the Senate in parliamentary decision-making"

Ljubljana, June 1 and 2, 2017: The European Senate – The road towards a closer link with EU citizens? - Second chambers facing the challenges of time

Bucharest, June 14 and 15, 2018:  Current challenges to the economic, social and territorial cohesion in Europe: what role for the Senates?



Members of the Association of European Senates

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