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European Conference of Presidents of Parliaments

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The European Conference of Presidents of Parliaments , the top-rate meeting within the Council of Europe, was held from the 20th to 21st of September 2012 with the participation of partner, observer and neighbouring countries. The Czech Republic was represented by a delegation headed by Milan Štěch and Miroslava Němcová.

The Conference mainly focused on the three following topics:

•   The future of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR)

•   Crisis and perspectives of representative democracy

•   Situation of Arab states on the way to democracy with the focus on the actual situation in Syria

Concerning the ECHR, the participants emphasized the importance of national parliaments in  controlling the national judiciary functioning, that might contribute to the smooth running of the ECHR.

During the discussion about the crisis of the representative democracy, the assembly expressed its conviction that this phenomenon is one of consequences of the world financial and economic crisis. As a result of the meeting, a recommendation encouraging the reinforcement of relations between the representative institutions and the civil society especially via modern communication means and social networks was asserted.

As regards the Arab states, especially the situation in Syria, the Conference pronounced its critique on the former tolerance of dictatorships. Consequently, the Conference declared its full support to the democratic transition and its will to contribute.

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The European Conference of Presidents of Parliament is held every two years since 1975, either in Strasbourg or in a Member State capital.