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MPs of Southern Mediterranean partners discuss the role of diaspora in building inclusive societies

Lisbon, Portugal 7-8 September 2017
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MPs of Southern Mediterranean partners discuss the role of diaspora in building inclusive societies

Representatives of the parliaments of Algeria, Lebanon, Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia and Palestine* joined members of European parliaments (MP) in the launching of the Parliamentary Network on Diaspora Policies organised by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on 7-8 September 2017 in Lisbon. The launching conference was marked by PACE’s proclamation of 8 September as the European Day of Diaspora.

The Parliamentary Network is intended to advance policy and legislative reforms related to diaspora’s role in the countries of origin and host societies. As such, the network will bring together parliamentarians from countries of origins a nd host countries together with representatives of diaspora organisations for a political dialogue, exchanges of information and good practices in the promotion of the role of diasporas in migrant integration. The agenda of the conference was focused on the analysis of diaspora’s contribution to European societies, to the development of the countries of origin as well as its role in building cohesive societies. The event was concluded with an agreement on the prioritised activities of the Network, including but not limited to strengthening MPs’ capacities to “address the needs of diaspora community and build inclusive societies”.

 

 

 

*This designation shall not be construed as recognition of a State of Palestine and is without prejudice to the individual positions of Council of Europe member States on this issue.


Introduction Introduction

A flagship programme supporting democratic governance in the Southern Mediterranean

Since its start in 2012, the South Programme has been a strategic European Union-Council of Europe initiative supporting democratic reforms in the Southern Mediterranean based on the demand from the partners from the region. From legislative expertise to the strengthening of institutions' capacities, through peer-to-peer exchanges and networks, the South Programme has contributed to the establishment of a common legal area between the two shores of the Mediterranean.

The second phase of this ambitious three-year European Union-Council of Europe joint programme started in January 2015. It is namely contributing to the establishment of new legislative and constitutional frameworks and democratic governance structures in the region as well as institutions deriving from them. Besides, the Programme aims to contribute to the establishment of a common legal area through a progressive accession of countries from the Southern Mediterranean region to key Council of Europe conventions, which constitute the foundations for legal cooperation between countries who share common values of respect for human rights, the rule of law and democracy in the 47 Council of Europe member states and beyond.

Through the Council of Europe various intergovernmental and interparliamentary networks, the South Programme II aims to foster better regional cooperation between Europe and the Southern Mediterranean partners, as well as among them, in the fields related to human rights, the rule of law and democracy.

South Programme II brochure

SOUTH PROGRAMME PRESENTATION SOUTH PROGRAMME PRESENTATION

 

South programme II launch event South programme II launch event

 

 

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