Since 1987 EUROGEO has enjoyed membership and then participatory status in the Council of Europe. Geography and geographers have been represented there by the association.
Four times a year the Council of Europe meets in Strasbourg (France). Representing 48 country members 318 parliamentarians meet in the Parliamentarian Assembly. During that same week another important body of the Council meets in the same building: the Conference of INGO’s (International Non Governmental Organisations).
A total of almost 400 European NGO’s have been accredited to participate. In practice about 160 are active, sending at least two or three members each session. EUROGEO is one of them, the only organisation representing Geography. EUROGEO has attended every meeting since its membership was approved more than 20 years ago.
The conference of INGOs meet in transversal working groups or in committees. EUROGEO is mostly present in the committee for Culture, Science and Education, the committee for Civil Society and Democracy and the committee for Sustainable Territorial Development. Generally 50 to 80 people meet in these sessions that with the extensive agenda last mostly at least 3hrs. Members of the Parliamentary Assembly come, visit and speak in these sessions but there is plenty of time for very interesting interdisciplinary discussions.
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Plenary meeting of INGOs
EUROGEO at the European Parliament
regular session of INGOs
Presenting the GeoCube to the President of the INGO assembly
EUROGEO plays a vivid role during these days. By the end of the three to four days we wind up with a plenary session called the Meeting of the Conference of INGO’s. All agenda’s and synopsis of the meetings can be found on the website of the Council of Europe under Conference of INGO’s. www.coe.int
EUROGEO uses these meetings to contribute, disseminate the existence of our organisation and to lobby and network with other organisations. Any member of EUROGEO who is interested can always join in.
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