Between 19-20 June 2009, the EU-Parl.net conference took place in Berlin. The EUParl.net is a growing network of European institutes concentrating on parliamentary history. At the conference new members who joined in the last year were welcomed and plans for the coming year were put forward.
The day prior to the conference, the participants were invited to attend a symposium that celebrated the 60 year anniversary of the Bundestag, the German parliament. This symposium was organized by German partner The Commission for the History of Parliamentarianism and Political Parties (KGParl). A few members from the KGParl gave a lecture entitled “Parlamentairer in Deutschland. Bild und Selbstbild”.
The mission of EUParl.net is to develop information and research on parliamentary history at the national level, and bring it to the European level. The ambition is to organise at least one yearly working conference, symposium or congress. In the future EUParl.net will be able to offer legitimate co-operation and partnership for research in parliamentary history. There is already a collaborative website available, monitored by the Montesquieu Institute.
To date the following countries are members of the network: Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, and the United-Kingdom.