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The Iceland Constitutional Council on a Participatory Constitution

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The bill starts with a prologue and contains a total of 114 articles in 9 chapters. The bill’s prologue starts with the following words: „We, who inhabit Iceland, want to create a fair society, where everyone is equal. Our different origins enriches all of us as a whole and together we have the responsibility for the legacy of the generations, land and history, nature, language and culture.“

The main themes which the Constitutional Council has observed during its work have been these three: Distribution of power, transparency and responsibility. The Council has strived to increase the distribution of power with a clearer division between the three branches of power. Furthermore it provides for an increased public participation in decision-making, also leading to further distribution of power. The Council put much emphasis on a clear and intelligible presentation of the constitution, regarding the wording and overall structure, as well as making it clear who has power according to the constitution and as a consquence responsibility.


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Written by Giorgio Bertini

October 12, 2011 at 9:28 pm

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Consultation on Schools for the 21st century

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The foregoing is by no means an exhaustive list of the challenges facing schools and school systems; however, it serves to highlight the significant pressures under which they operate. It seems logical to conclude that the institution of the school cannot remain static if it is to serve as a foundation for lifelong learning and to contribute fully to Member States’ social and economic prosperity.

Written by Giorgio Bertini

September 2, 2010 at 4:42 pm

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