The Panel of Parties in the NI Executive is an independently-chaired panel created in July 2013. In the May 2013 strategy, Together: Building a United Community, the members of the NI Executive recognised obstacles that are frustrating the movement to a society based on equality of opportunity, good relations, and reconciliation. In the body of the May strategy, the five executive parties proposed a way forward involving the establishment of a Panel of Parties in the NI Executive (“Panel”) to consider parades and protests; flags, symbols and emblems, and related matters; and the past.
The Panel has an independent chair, Ambassador Richard N. Haass, and vice chair, Meghan L. O’Sullivan. They have agreed to both convene the representatives of the NI executive and meet with members of civil society as part of a new effort to tackle sectarianism, racism, and other forms of intolerance. The Panel is charged with bringing forward consensus recommendations whenever possible on the specific issues of parades and protests; flags, symbols and emblems, and related matters; and the past. The Panel is committed to bringing forward these recommendations to the Office of the First Minister and the deputy First Minister before the end of December 2013.