The Council of Europe conference brings together the 47 members states, representing over 800 million citizens, to discuss some of the most important topics and reforms within Europe. Each country chairs the presidency of the Council in turn, with the conference in Brighton being one of the most important as the penultimate meeting as the UK’s term of hosting came to a close.
With all eyes on the Brighton Centre event, Howard Barden, General Manager at the Centre discusses the opportunity: “To be able to host such a highly important event has been an honour for everyone at the Centre. Not only has it enabled us to make full of use of the restyled facilities, it has also demonstrated the dedication of our staff and organisers, who have ensured the conference to take place in Brighton, without any hitches.”
The Council of Europe’s April conference was to discuss and approve a series of landmark reforms ahead of the final meeting under the UK’s chairmanship in May. To mark the event, organisers brought the 1949 Treaty of London as well as a copy of the Magna Carter to the City Museum for members to view.
The Council of Europe was one of the latest in a string of high-profile bookings at the Brighton Centre. Other high profile events include the 2013 Labour Party Conference as well as the Liberal Democrats Party Conference in September 2012.
The Brighton Centre, one of the largest purpose built conference and exhibition centres in the region, has benefited from a substantial £1 million redevelopment, which has seen improvements to the 5,100 capacity Auditorium 1, Auditorium 2, as well as the meeting and breakout spaces. The refurbishment has also seen the foyer and reception area opened up, with the old front of the building replaced with sleek floor-to-ceiling windows, giving a beautiful view of the historic beachfront. The third-floor Restaurant has also been revamped, providing an additional 320m2 of space, ideal for catering, entertainment, additional meeting and breakout facilities.