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"Democracy and decentralisation" - international conference

03/05/2010 - 04/05/2010

St Gallen - Conference on "Democracy and decentralisation - Strengthening democratic institutions through participation" organised by the Venice Commission in the framework of the Swiss Presidency of the Committee of Ministers.
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