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.
Paris, 6 June 2001: Senates and Representation of Local Authorities
Berlin, 2 September 2005: Bicameralism and federalism in the Process of Change - Current Developments and Reform Projects
Members of the Association of European Senates
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