At the invitation of the President of the french Senate, M. Christian Poncelet, the Presidents of fourteen upper parliamentary chambers in Europe decided, during a meeting held in Paris on 8 November 2000, to create an Association of European Senates.
Association brings together the Federal Councils (Bundesrats) of Germany
and Austria; the Senates of Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Ireland,
Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania and Spain; the National Council of
Slovenia; and the Swiss Council of States, as well as the Council of State
of Luxembourg in the capacity of observer.