The Council of Europe is holding a week of exchanges and debates about ethics and transparency in democracy in partnership with the City of Strasbourg from 27 June to 1 July 2011.
The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, opened the Summer University on 27 June. The opening lecture was given by Mr Rafaa Ben Achour, Delegate Minister to the Prime Minister of the new interim government of Tunisia. Thorbjørn Jagland will also open the Colloquy on 30 June at 9 am together with Roland Ries, Senator and Mayor of Strasbourg, Alain Beretz, President of the University of Strasbourg, and Jean-Michel Uhaldeborde from the University of Pau.
“Ethics and Politics”, 27 - 29 June
Every year, the Summer University for Democracy brings together several hundred young public sector leaders from the “new Europe” to debate, exchange views about and seek responses to the challenges of our times. The focus this year is on ethics both in politics and in the media and business. Fruitful exchanges will be guaranteed through thematic conferences and round tables, combined with professional workshops.
The 2011 Summer University for Democracy welcomes, for the third time, participants from Africa through the co-operation with the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF). And, for the second time, experts from North America and Japan will also take part.
The event is organised by the Council of Europe for its network of Schools of Political Studies, with the support of Alsatian local authorities and Strasbourg.
“Transparency and public ethics: a challenge to democracy”, 30 June - 1 July
Democracy will fail if societies are not capable of ensuring minimum standards of ethics and transparency at all levels of public life, starting with the local level. Both are fundamental principles of good governance – for which authorities must conduct their activities in such a way that they are subject to direct public scrutiny. Through three round tables, the colloquy will seek to define the content of the concepts, take stock of the situation and challenges, identify best practices and propose ideas and approaches for the future:
- "Defining the content and the boundaries of ethics and transparency in democracy"
- Ethics and transparency as solutions to public corruption, malfunctioning and waste in the public sector
- The effectiveness of new democratic forms in terms of ethics and transparency