On May 27-28, the Steering Committee of FIDE, the International Federation for European Law, held its annual meeting in Tallinn, Estonia. The meeting was chaired by dr. iur. Julia Laffranque, President of FIDE 2011-2012 and President of the Estonian Association for European Law that will host the XXV FIDE Congress from May 29 to June 2, 2012.
Estonia is the first Central and Eastern European country to organise the international FIDE Congress, which unites EU law scholars and practitioners from European Union member states, candidate countries and beyond. As host of the Congress, Tallinn will be known as the Capital of European Law in 2012.
The Congress that will be held next year in Tallinn is a major international event that will help present both Estonian law and Estonia to the world. It will also provide a unique opportunity to influence European law and help Estonia prepare for the Estonian Presidency of the EU in 2018.
FIDE was established in 1961 and is committed to the research and development of European Law. The main topics of the XXV Congress are the Protection of Fundamental Rights Post-Lisbon, the Interface between EU Energy, Environmental and Competition Law and the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice, including Information Society Issues.
The Congress is being organised in co-operation with the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Supreme Court of Estonia, the National Audit Office of Estonia, the University of Tartu, the Tallinn University of Technology, the European Parliament Information Office, the Court of Justice of the European Union, the European Commission Representation in Estonia, the Estonian Bar Association, the Tallinn City Government and Enterprise Estonia.
Some 500 participants from throughout Europe and beyond are expected to attend the FIDE Congress.