On 26 February 2012 the NIMD, DEMO Finland, BSoP and Tunisian country partner CEMI’s programme Tunisian School of Politics (TSoP) welcomed its first class of fifty participants from nine participating political parties from the Assemble Constituant. The School and its partners are proud to announce that amongst these youth participants, 20 are current members of the Assemble Constituante (and as such nearly 10% of the total numbers of members of the Assemble).
It is seen as a clear commitment and interest from the leadership of the political parties that they have selected their best and brightest to participate in this School in multiparty setting. Under the theme of the day of ‘Political Leadership and Transitional Democracy’, the morning session started with introductions form names like Director of CEMI Ahmed Driss, president of partner organization BSoP Julian Popov. It was followed by discussions on Ethics and Politics in transitional democracies with Taieb Baccouche, the former Tunisian Minister of Education and honorary president of the board of the esteemed Arab Institute for Human Rights.
Free school building offered by prime minister of Bulgaria
After lunch, all participants were taken to the location on 148, Avenue de la Liberte, where CEMI and the Bulgarian Minister of Foreign Affairs signed a Memorandum of Understanding concerning the use of a spacious building with conference rooms, documentation center an cinema room, which is owned by the Bulgarian government. Following the signing of the MoU the Prime Minster of Bulgaria entered into discussion with the participants of the School, together with members in his national delegation, amongst which a former Minister for the Interior and a Constitutional Judge. The day festively ended with a reception at the Bulgarian Embassy in Tunis.
Through international the Bulgarian School of Politics, the Bulgarian government has offered that the School can use this location free of charge as the venue for its School activities. A detailed contract concerning the offered housing will be worked out and CEMI and its international partner will look into how this spacious building can be made to contribute to democracy assistance in relation to other local and international organizations and activities.
First meeting of interparty Advisory Council of Tunisian School of Politics
Following the preparatory multiparty meeting about the School of Politics on January 16th2012, on Saturday morning February 25th the first interparty meeting of the School’s Advisory Board with representatives from all participating the political party took place.