domingo, novembro 01, 2009

Apelo de Lisboa, aprovado pela Associação Europeia de Antigos Parlamentares reunida em Lisboa de 22/24 de Outubro 2009




LES ANCIENS PARLEMENTAIRES EN EUROPE :
QUEL ROLE ET QUEL STATUT DANS LA SOCIETE POLITIQUE ET CIVILE
APPEL DE LISBONNE

Adopté par les participants au séminaire organisé par l’Association européenne des anciens parlementaires des pays membres du Conseil de l’Europe
(Lisbonne, 23 octobre 2009)

Les délégués de l’Association européenne des anciens parlementaires des pays membres du Conseil de l’Europe, réunis en séminaire à Lisbonne le 23 octobre 2009 remercient l’Association portugaise de son chaleureux accueil et conviennent de lancer l’Appel ci dessous
:
Les anciens parlementaires européens :
- Soulignent que l’objet de l’Association est de promouvoir l’idéal européen et de contribuer à la construction européenne. A cet effet elle se fixe pour objectif de mieux faire connaître les institutions européennes. L’Association peut organiser des rencontres et colloques consacrés à l’étude des grands problèmes de société (voir
Statuts, art. 1er)
- Rappellent que depuis sa création officielle en 1994, l’Association européenne n’a cessé de s’élargir et de diversifier ses thèmes de réflexion. Le séminaire de Lisbonne a été l’occasion de faire le point sur le rôle et le statut des anciens élus dans les 17 pays membres.
- Considèrent que la signature le 7 septembre 2009 du Memorandum d’entente entre l’Association européenne et l’Assemblée parlementaire du Conseil de l’Europe marque une étape très importante dans la vie de l’Association. Ce document consacre les relations traditionnelles d’amitié entre l’Association et le Conseil de l’Europe en ouvrant de nouvelles perspectives de coopération dans les domaines d’intérêt commun tels que la sauvegarde des Droits de l’Homme, le renforcement de la démocratie et de l’Etat de droit.
- Réaffirment leur volonté de coopérer activement avec les institutions parlementaires européennes, à organiser des manifestations communes sur des thèmes spécifiques notamment le développement durable des conditions de vie et les défis du vieillissement de la population en Europe. L’adhésion à l’Association de l’Association des anciens députés au Parlement européen ne peut que favoriser ces objectifs.
- Souhaitent que les orientations futures de l’Association permettent notamment la consolidation de la valeur et de la portée des colloques et séminaires de l’Association, l’utilisation optimale des potentialités du site internet, la poursuite de l’élargissement, la participation accrue des associations membres au développement et au rayonnement de l’Association.
- Appuient le projet de création d’une Assemblée parlementaire des Nations Unies,
instance indispensable pour garantir la dimension parlementaire de la gouvernance mondiale en cours de gestation. La mondialisation de l’économie doit aller de pair avec la mondialisation de la démocratie et le renforcement des contrôles sur les grandes institutions financières.
- Soulignent l’importance que revêtira le Colloque de Kiev d’octobre 2010 consacré aux problèmes de l’immigration et des réfugiés. Ce colloque marquera l’adhésion de l’Ukraine à l’Association européenne dans le cadre de son processus d’élargissement vers l’Est.
- Soutiennent l’idée d’une «Charte européenne des anciens parlementaires » enrichie des idées concrètes et positives émises par les associations lors du Séminaire de Lisbonne. Cette charte devrait être le socle de valeurs partagées, d’objectifs communs et d’instruments adaptés à une coopération élargie avec les institutions européennes et internationales y compris les voies et moyens pour mettre à profit l’expérience et les connaissances des anciens parlementaires.
- Appellent les anciens parlementaires des pays membres du Conseil de l’Europe, non adhérents à l’Association européenne à la rejoindre en créant des associations nationales permettant ainsi de valoriser davantage encore l’expérience politique et législative qu’ils ont acquise dans leur pays respectif.



FORMER PARLIAMENTARIANS IN EUROPE:
WHAT ROLE AND WHAT STATUS IN POLITICAL AND CIVIL SOCIETY
LISBON APPEAL

Adopted by the participants in the seminar organised by the European Association of former members of the member states of the Council of Europe
(Lisbon, 23 October 2009)


The delegates of the European Association of Former Members of Parliament of the member states of the Council of Europe, convened in a seminar in Lisbon on 23 October 2009, thank the Portuguese Association for its warm welcome and agree to launch the following appeal:
Former European parliamentarians:
 Stress that the aim of the European Association is to promote the European ideal and to contribute to the European construction. To this end, its objective is to make the European institutions better known. The Association may organise meetings and colloquies aimed at examining the major problems of society (see Statutes, art. 1).
 Recall that since its official creation in 1994, the FP-AP has not ceased to grow and diversify its topics of analysis. The Lisbon seminar has been an opportunity to take stock of the role and status of former elected representatives in the 17 member countries.
 Consider that the signature on 7 September 2009 of the Memorandum of understanding between the FP-AP and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe marks a very important step in the life of the association. This document enshrines the traditional relations of amity between the FP-AP and the Council of Europe while opening new prospects of cooperation in common fields of interest such as the safeguard of human rights, and the strengthening of democracy and the rule of law.
 Reaffirm their determination to cooperate actively with European parliamentary institutions, and organise joint events on specific topics, in particular the unstainable development of living conditions and the challenges of population ageing in Europe. Membership of the FP-AP by the European Parliament Former Members Association cannot but promote these goals.
 Desire that the FP-AP's future policy choices will in particular consolidate the value and impact of the association's colloquies and seminars, allow optimal use of all the potential of the Internet site, help pursue enlargement, and help increased participation of members associations in the association's development and influence.
 Support the project for the creation of a United Nations parliamentary assembly, an essential body to guarantee the parliamentary dimension of a world governance in the making. The globalisation of the economy must go hand in hand with the globalisation of democracy and a strengthening of supervision over major financial institutions.
 Emphasise the importance of the Kiev colloquy to be held in October 2010 on the problems of immigration and refugees. This colloquy will mark Ukraine's membership of the FP-AP as part of its enlargement to the East.
 Support the idea of a 'European Charter for former parliamentarians' that has been enriched with the concrete and positive ideas put forward by the associations at the Lisbon seminar. This charter should be the basis of shared values, joint goals and instruments adapted to broad cooperation with European and international institutions including ways and means to make use of the experience and knowledge of former parliamentarians.
 Call on former parliamentarians of member states of the Council of Europe which have not joined the FP-AP to become members by creating national associations.
This will enhance all the more the political and legislative experience they have acquired in their respective countries.

domingo, junho 21, 2009

Reunião de junho, da Direcção da AEAP no Luxemburgo

Discurso do Presidente Camile Dimmer,
de apreciação do resultado das eleições europeias na UE
na reunião do bureau da Associaçao Europeia em 19 de Junho de 2009

Statement by President Dimmer

European elections: the new context in Europe


The very high rate of abstentions at the elections of 7 June is of course the most striking fact to be noted. Nearly 60% of abstentions among 388 million voters called on to elect the 736 MEPs – that shows a worrisome disaffection with the institution representing the peoples of the Union, exacerbated by the fact that the rate of abstentions is constantly progressing at every election.

This situation is due to structural reasons and ones linked to the current economic climate.

a) Structural reasons: Since the outset, European construction, which is admittedly a complex legal and institutional model, has not been clearly perceived by citizens. Unlike at national elections, they do not feel they can make a choice that will influence the Union's policy positions. This is exacerbated by the fact that MEPs are profoundly out of step with their electoral base, and the public is insufficiently informed of European work not only by governmental institutions but also by the media. The latter give greater prominence to national information to the detriment of regular reports on the activity of the European institutions. The European Parliament's specific work methods based on agreements between the various political groups are not of a nature to clarify the image voters have of it.

b) Reasons linked to the current economic climate: We must not forget that the elections took place in a context of a large scale financial and economic crisis. Citizens are demanding as a matter of priority solutions providing a way out of this crisis. However, they have not felt that these solutions were European because, from the beginning of the financial crisis, it is governments which have taken the initiative. The European Commission has stayed very much in the background and no joint pan-European recovery plan has been set in place. It is therefore surprising that voters showed indifference to the European Parliament, an institution representing European democracy, at the very time when the powers of this parliament are constantly growing and it will increasingly be in a position to influence decisions.

c) Other remarks: Everything is far from being negative in the result of these elections. While globally the traditional EPP.ESP political set-up remains, although framed by a strong progression of the ecologists and Europhobic parties, reasons for hope in the future have appeared. On the one hand, the old quarrel between federalists and sovereignists is tending to fade. Everyone can clearly see that we are heading towards an original European model, unique in the world, and that the institutional debate has found its limits. Moreover, in Ireland, supporters of the no to the referendum are no longer in the majority, which augurs well for the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty.

Also, and this is a consequence of the above, the debate no longer concerns the European construction project, now an acquired fact, including the Euro, but the content of this construction, and the way of ensuring its governance.

Lastly, it is clear that the European Parliament, of which the Lisbon Treaty further increases the co-legislation powers, is set to play an increasingly important role in European construction. MEPs amended 71% of the directives during the last legislature, in particular the controversial Bolkestein directive, which clearly demonstrates the weight of its influence. The granting to the EP of a genuine 'right to initiate legislation', in other words the possibility to propose legislative texts, a privilege today reserved to the Commission, will one day – let's hope – put the finishing touch to the irreplaceable democratic base formed by the EP among the Union's institutions.







(Aspectos parciais ad reunião do Bureau do Associação Europeia dos Antigos Parlamentares que teve lugar a 19 de Junho de 2009 na Càmara de Deputados do Luxemburgo)




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domingo, abril 26, 2009

Apreciaçao do relatorio e contas do exercicio da AEDAR de 2009

Presentes na Mesa da AG o Presidente da Direcção Dr. Luis Barbosa, o Presidente da Mesa da AG, Antonio Maia e a secretária da mesa Lourdes Pombo. Reunião realizada no auditorium da Casa Amarela da AR.

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segunda-feira, fevereiro 16, 2009

conferência do Dr. Silva Lopes para a AEDAR

Realizou-se no SANA Metropolitan Hotel em Lisboa, no passado sábado dia 14 de Fevereiro um Almoço / Conferência promovido pela AEDAR, com a presença do Dr. Silva Lopes, antigo Ministro das Finanças e Ex-Deputado, que proferiu uma intervenção sobre “Poupanças Individuais e Sistema Financeiro”, tema de grande actualidade e interesse para os nossos associados.



Os participantes, sócios da AEDAR e seus convidados, intervieram activamente no debate que se seguiu à conferência, o qual se prolongou por mais de duas horas face ao interesse suscitado pelas analises e comentários do orador.

AEAP Associação Europeia de Antigos Parlamentares abre web site na Internet

A Associação Europeia de Antigos Parlamentares abriu agora um web site bilingue na Internet, onde constam os links para as associções nacionais suas associadas, incluindo naturalmente a AEDAR.


Pode ser visto em: http://www.fp-ap.org/


Welcome on the website of the European Association of former Members of Parliament!

It was in Bruges, in 1984, on the occasion of the General Assembly of the Belgian Association of former members of Parliament, that the representatives of the associations of former parliamentarians of Belgium Germany, France and Italy talked about future collaboration. In 1987, the « Four » decided, in Strasbourg, to create an informal group, to give a European dimension to the activities of their associations and to concretize their engagement in favour of the European ideal. In 1994, this Group, which had been joined by Turkey in 1988, created officially the « European Association of former members of parliament of the member states of the Council of Europe » (since 1999 : « or the European Union »).
Other countries joined the Association, which has presently 17 member associations and seeks its enlargement, e.g. towards the countries of Central/Eeastern Europe and Scandinavia.
The Association is about to welcome the Association of former members of the European Parliament, which had already an observer status and with which a Cooperation Agreement has been signed in Brussels, in December 2006.
Our Association also wishes to re-inforce its relations with the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe ; Many of our Bureau members are former members of the PACE.
Why a European Association of former parliamentarians ?
Simply because we have often had important responsibilities in our Parliaments and in international Assemblies, e.g. the parliamentary assembly of the Council of Europe, and we wish this experience to serve the essential reflections on the evolution of society, democracy and the world.
How can we remain insensitive to the consequences of the major geopolitical mutations we are watching today ? How not to wonder what will become of our democracies in a world where the rapid development of communication technologies is changing drastically our ways of life and thinking ?
In order to participate in these important debates, our Association organises regularly colloquies, like the one held in Athens on 18 October 2008 on « Representative and participatory democracy ».
Throughout the years, we have contributed by our votes to make Europe as it is today, a community of 27 states, gathering countries of East and West, which had been separated for so long.
This explains our permanent commitment in order to consolidate the undertaking started at the end of the Second World War.
You will find on this site any information about our Associaiton, its activities and projects.
I hope that it will be of benefit to you.
Sincerely,
The President
Camille Dimmer
February 1st 2009

domingo, fevereiro 01, 2009

Falecimento do ex deputado Dr. Antonio Maria Pereira


Faleceu em Lisboa a 28 de janeiro de 2009,
o Dr. António Maria Pereira, ex-deputado, sócio da AEDAR

(foto do Jornal Público)

António Maria Pereira recebeu várias condecorações e louvores ao longo da vidaAntónio Maria Pereira nasceu a 12 de Fevereiro de 1924, licenciou-se em 1948 em Direito pela Faculdade de Direito da Universidade de Lisboa e estava inscrito na Ordem dos Advogados Portuguesa desde 1950.

Do seu currículo consta, nomeadamente, que foi deputado à Assembleia da República entre 1987 e 1995, onde também desempenhou as funções de presidente da Comissão Parlamentar dos Negócios Estrangeiros de 1991 a 1995.

Recebeu várias condecorações e louvores, como a Legião de Honra, Mérito e Economia Nacional (França).

domingo, janeiro 25, 2009

Homenagem ao Dr. Fernando Amaral, socio honorário da AEDAR

O senhor Dr. Fernando Amaral morreu hoje,


dia 24 de Janeiro de 2009,
de madrugada aos 84 anos de idade.


Nascido em Lamego a 13 de Janeiro de 1925, Fernando Monteiro do Amaral exerceu funções como deputado do PPD/PSD à Assembleia Constituinte e posteriormente à Assembleia da República em cinco Governos Constitucionais. Durante o VII e VIII Governo Constitucional tutelou a pasta da Administração Interna e de ministro Adjunto do primeiro-ministro, respectivamente. Licenciado em Direito, exerceu o cargo de presidente da Assembleia da República entre 1984 e 1987, tendo sido também nomeado Conselheiro de Estado durante esse mesmo período. Entre 1988 e 1990 foi ainda deputado e vice-presidente da Assembleia Parlamentar do Conselho da Europa.

Fernando Amaral era Membro de Honra da AEDAR
Paz à sua alma.

sábado, janeiro 17, 2009

AEDAR visita cultural à Fundação Gulbenkian, Janeiro 2009

No âmbito do seu programa de actividades a AEDAR realizou, com um numeroso grupo dos seus associados, uma interesante vista cultural e de estudo à Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian.

Os ex deputados foram recebidos pelo Presidente da FCG, Dr. Emidio Rui Vilar (também ex-deputado) e pela administradora Dra Teresa Patrício Gouveia (também ex- deputada). De seguida, após apresentaçao pelo Presidente da AEDAR, Dr. Luis Barbosa, seguiu-se uma importante exposição do Presidente do Conselho de Administraçao da Fundação, que proporcionou um debate muito participado sobre as condiçoes do desenvolvimento em Portugal das Fundações, sua tipologia jurídica e administrativa, e enquadramento legal, especialmente no domínio fiscal.



De seguida, os membros da AEDAR, após passagem pelas instalações do Museu de Arte Moderna, foram visitar o acervo cultural de reserva da Fundação, acondicionado nos seus subterrâneos, e que estão vedados ao acesso público, onde se encontram obras de arte do maior valor, vendo-se nas fotos, pinturas de Amadeo de Souza Cardoso, peças de escultura, e outros objectos de estilos diversos.






Seguiu-se um almoço de convívio entre os numerosos participantes oferecido pelo Presidente da FCG, nos terraços do edifício principal da Fundação, com vistas para os seus jardins, para o Museu de Arte Contemporãnea e Museu da colecçao privada Calouste Gulbenkian, que foi também visitado pelos interessados, que se detiveram em diversas peças da colecção daquele mecenas, em especial na secção egípcia, nas peças Orientais e joias Lalique, e dos quadros impressionistas de Monet, entre outras peças de extraordinário interesse.