On Friday 22 May 2015 the Senate of the Kingdom of the Netherlands hosted the 16th meeting of the Association of European Senates (AES). This one-day conference was chaired by the President of the Dutch Senate Ankie Broekers-Knol.
The focus of the meeting was on changing concepts in the functioning of senates in bicameral parliamentary systems. What legitimises a bicameral system in our time? Should both houses have the same legislative powers? What changes have senates gone through in recent years ? And what is the influence of public opinion? These and other questions were addressed in the 16th meeting of the AES.
Participating countries: Austria, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom.
The programme of the meeting including the list of speakers is published on: www.eerstekamer.nl/aes2015.