Youth Peace Camp 2016 - Call for Participants
The Youth Peace Camp 2016 will be held from 10 to 18 July at the European Youth Centre in Strasbourg, France.
The CoE intends to invite young people between the age of 18 to 25 years from conflict effected communities from Kosovo* (participants coming from Albanian, Serbian and other backgrounds), Ukraine (especially from border regions and from Luhansk and Donetsk), the Russian Federation (especially young people directly affected by conflicts in Georgia and Ukraine) and South Caucasus, in particular from border regions and ethnic minorities.
The camp aims to engage young people and youth organizations from conflict affected regions, in dialogue and conflict transformation activities based on human rights education and intercultural learning during and after the camp.
More information and how to apply for the Youth Peace Camp can be found at: http://youthapplications.coe.int/Application-forms/APPLICATION-FORM-Youth-Peace-Camp-2016
The application closes on Wednesday 20 April 2016.
Vacancy Notice N° e140/2015
Management/Project Support Assistants – English-speaking (Grade B1/B2)
Closing date: 18 January 2016
Under the authority of a Head of Division, the incumbent will provide a variety of administrative and secretarial support, in compliance with general guidelines and priorities and with a concern for quality, efficiency and accuracy (more)
Call for expression of interest for local short-term consultants
The Council of Europe's Directorate General of Human Rights and the Rule of law has issued a call for interest for local short term consultants for the Council of Europe and European Union's joint project: support to increased efficiency of courts, improved training of judges and judicial self-governance in Azerbaijan: improving judicial time management and quality of judicial services.
Required areas of expertise: efficiency and quality of the justice system and courts. Court organisation and judicial proceedings. Court management (judicial time management and judicial statistics, quality management). Satisfaction surveys aimed at court users. Training of judges and court staff on efficiency and quality issues.
Activities under the project will take place in Baku and different court locations in the Republic of Azerbaijan (e.g. Sheki, Oghuz, Sumgayit).
The deadline for applications is 3 December 2015.
Programmatic Cooperation Framework
MEDIA ADVISORY: Council of Europe and European Union to present projects for journalists, judiciary, administration and legal professionals in Azerbaijan
Strasbourg/Baku, 21 October 2015 – On Tuesday, 27 October, the Council of Europe and European Union will present to the media in Baku a series of new projects for Eastern Partnership countries, including Azerbaijan.
The four projects to be carried out in Azerbaijan under the Programmatic Cooperation Framework in 2015-2017 focus on improving media freedom and freedom of expression, strengthening capacities to fight and prevent corruption in the administration, increasing the role and capacity of the Academy of Justice, training Judges as well as a specific project to improve the efficiency and quality of judicial services in Azerbaijan.
The 4.7 million euro projects are funded by the EU and the Council of Europe, and are implemented by the Council of Europe. In addition to these country-specific projects, Azerbaijan also participates in 14 regional initiatives covering several countries.
Dragana FILIPOVIC, Head of the Council of Europe Office in Baku; Ambassador Malena MARD, Head of European Union Delegation to Azerbaijan, Habib MIKAYILLI, PCF National Coordinator from Ministry of Foreign Affairs; and Arkadi SYTINE, Coordinator for the Council of Europe of the Programmatic Co-operation Framework; will present the projects.
The presentation will take place at 9:00 local time on Tuesday, 27 October 2015, at the Holiday Inn, Keykab Khanim Safaraliyeva Street 5, AZ1010, Baku in conference room ‘Baku 1’. There will be English – Azerbaijani interpretation during the presentation.
Prior accreditation of media representatives is requested. Media accreditation is through the Council of Europe’s Office in Baku, contact person for accreditation: Narmin AKHUNDOVA, Narmin.AKHUNDOVA@coe.int, +994 12 497 54 93 and +994 50 235 1970
For more information see http://eap-pcf-eu.coe.int
Contact: Narmin AKHUNDOVA, Narmin.AKHUNDOVA@coe.int, +994 50 235 1970
Azerbaijan took over from Austria the Chairmanship of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers for a period of six months beginning on 14 May.
On 6 May in Vienna, at the end of the 124th session of the Committee of Ministers, the outgoing Chair, Sebastian Kurz, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Austria, gave an overview of his country's achievements during its chairmanship. Elmar Mammadyarov, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan, then presented the priorities of his country’s chairmanship.
Action Plan Launch
The ceremony was attended by Minister of Justice Fikrat Mammadov, Secretary General of the Council of Europe Turborn Jagland, officials of the state bodies responsible for Action Plan, Azerbaijani Human Rights Commissioner (Ombudsman) and others. Minister of Justice F. Mammadov and Secretary General Turborn Jagland made a speech of welcome at the opening of the event. Thereafter, various directions of the Action Plan have been presented and discussed. Human Rights Commissioner Elmira Suleymanova, head of the Azerbaijani delegation to PACE Samad Seyidov, head of EU Delegation to Azerbaijan Malena Mard, MPs, representatives of NGOs made speech about significance of the plan, fulfillment of obligations undertaken by Azerbaijan before Council of Europe, special attention by the state to providing human rights, development of civil society.The participants have been presented texts of the Council of Europe’s Action Plan on Azerbaijan for 2014-2016 in Azerbaijani and English.
Ilham Aliyev met with Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland
On May 22nd President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev received the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjorn Jagland.
During the meeting the sides pointed to the importance of expanding cooperation between Azerbaijan and the Council of Europe, highlighted the role of Azerbaijan in strengthening energy security in Europe and exchanged views on the prospects for cooperation.