Inter-parliamentary activities

Association of European Senates (AES)

The Association of European Senates (AES) was established in Paris on 8 November 2000 at the initiative of former President of the French Senate Christian Poncelet.

The AES aims to promote relations between the member states and support the bicameral system of parliament for purposes of strengthening the parliamentary democracy, as well as to promote European integration and information exchange.

The Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation was admitted to the AES at its third meeting, which was held in Ljubljana, Slovenia on 28 June 2002.

The AES comprises the upper houses of parliament of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Republic of Austria, the Kingdom of Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Kingdom of Spain, the French Republic, the Italian Republic, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Republic of Poland, the Russian Federation, Romania, the Republic of Slovenia, the Swiss Confederation, the Czech Republic, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The Council of State of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg participates in the activities of the Association in the capacity of observer.

The AES holds meetings on various subjects at least once a year.

In November 2008, an extraordinary meeting of the AES was held at the Federation Council’s initiative in St Petersburg to mark the 15th anniversary of the Federation Council.

Speaker Valentina Matviyenko represents the Federation Council in the work of the AES.