Council of Europe Directors of Policy Planning meeting in Strasbourg

2016 Informal Meeting of Policy Planners of Council of Europe's member States
Strasbourg 2-3 June 2016
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Council of Europe Directors of Policy Planning meeting in Strasbourg

Directors of policy planning from ministries of foreign affairs of Council of Europe member states met on 2-3 June in Strasbourg, at the invitation of the Director of Policy Planning, Matjaž Gruden. The meeting gathered also representatives from international organisations such as the EU, the OSCE/ODIHR and the UNHCR to exchange ideas with the Council of Europe’s representatives from different mechanisms and bodies on the subject of Democratic Security in Europe: Human Rights and Security in the Context of the Current Migration Challenge’.

The reflection devoted to the evolution of the strategic and political environment in Europe, and particularly to the nexus between democracy and security, started at the previous meeting of directors (16-17 April 2015). At this year’s meeting the Secretary General presented in person his 3rd Annual Report on the State of Democracy, Human Rights and the Rule of Law: A security imperative for Europe and Council of Europe’s work on the protection of the rights of refugees and migrants and their integration into society.

The 1st session of the meeting entitled ‘How does the current migration crisis challenge European co-operation and integration?’ was introduced by Dr Rosa BALFOUR, Senior Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, and previously the Director of the European Policy Centre. The 2nd session devoted to the questions concerning ‘Policies and politics of integration’ was presented by Ms Laura MORALES, Professor in Comparative Politics, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Leicester.

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