2013 in brief


You can access the calendar of the Council of Europe events scheduled in 2013 by clicking on monthly overviews.

APRIL APRIL

2-3 April, Helsinki
PACE President Jean-Claude Mignon: official visit to Finland. Meetings with the Speaker of Parliament, the Minister for Culture and Sport, the State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, and the Chairs of the Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee and the Constitutional Law Committee.

2-3 April, Tunis
Representatives of the Venice Commission participates in the seminar "Trade on the normative and institutional guarantees of freedom of expression", organised by the Council of Europe, the Arab Institute of Human Rights and the International Organisation of the Francophonie.

2 April, Strasbourg
European Court of Human Rights: 12 judgments concerning Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia and Turkey. More information

3-12 April, Russian Federation
Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks visits the country.

3 April, Strasbourg
Council of Europe's Anti-Corruption Group (GRECO) publishes a compliance report on Moldova and a 2nd compliance report on Norway concerning the criminalisation of corruption and the transparency of political party funding.

4-5 April, Oslo
PACE President makes an official visit to Norway: an audience with Harald V, King of Norway, and a series of parliamentary exchanges, in particular with the President of the Storting (the Norwegian Parliament), the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence and the Norwegian delegation to PACE.

4-5 April, Sofia
PACE delegation: pre-electoral mission to Bulgaria in the run-up to the early parliamentary elections to be held in the country on 12 May next.

4-5 April, Rabat
PACE Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons organises, in co-operation with the Moroccan Parliament, the conference "how can Morocco and Europe face up to the challenges and opportunities in the field of South-North migration?".

4 April, Strasbourg
Council of Europe's Anti-Corruption Group (GRECO): compliance report on the criminalisation of corruption and the transparency of political party funding in the Czech Republic.

4 April, Strasbourg
European Court of Human Rights: 7 judgments concerning Austria and Russia. More information

4 April, Strasbourg
Grand Chamber hearing in the case Söderman v. Sweden (formerly E.S. v. Sweden) (European Court of Human Rights). More information

4 April, Ankara
PACE rapporteur Jordi Xuclà: fact-finding mission to Ankara as part of the preparation of his report on strengthening the institution of Ombudsman in Europe.

5-8 April, Montenegro
A PACE delegation visits Montenegro to observe the presidential election alongside observers from the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights.

5-8 April, Montenegro
A PACE delegation observes the presidential election alongside observers from the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights. The Venice Commission will ensure legal assistance.

6-9 April, Jordan and the Palestinian Territories
PACE Sub-Committee on the Middle East pays a visit to Jordan on 6 and 7 April, and then in the Palestinian Territories on 8 and 9 April. In Amman, the members of the sub-committee should be meeting with King Abdullah II, the Prime Minister, the Speakers of both Houses of Parliament, representatives of political parties and the President of the Palestinian National Council (PNC). They will also visit the Syrian refugee camp in Zaatari, in Jordan. In Ramallah, meetings are scheduled with the Palestinian President, the Prime Minister, the Minister for Prisoners, the Minister of Women's Affairs, the Negotiator-in-Chief of the Palestinian Authority, members of the Palestinian delegation to PACE and NGOs.

8-11 April, Tbilisi, Samtskhe-Javakheti (Georgia)
Michael Aastrup Jensen and Boriss Cilevičs, PACE co-rapporteurs for the monitoring of Georgia, undertake a fact-finding visit to the country. In Tbilisi they are due to meet the President of the Republic, the Speaker of the Parliament, the Prime Minister, the Foreign and Justice Ministers and the State Minister for Reintegration.

9 April, Strasbourg
Deputy Secretary General Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni: visit of the "Grande Mosquée de Strasbourg" together with high representatives of the Muslim community.

9 April, Strasbourg
European Court of Human Rights: 11 judgments concerning the Republic of Moldova, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Turkey and the United Kingdom. More information

9-12 April, Strasbourg
The Committee of Experts on the Evaluation of Anti-Money Laundering Measures and the Financing of Terrorism (MONEYVAL) holds its Plenary meeting.

11 April, Strasbourg
European Court of Human Rights: 11 judgments concerning Belgium, Greece, Russia and Ukraine. More information

11-12 April, St Petersburg (Russian Federation)
PACE President Jean-Claude Mignon participates in the parliamentary conference "The role of parliamentary organisations in building a Europe without dividing lines". He also meets Valentina Matvienko, Speaker of the Federation Council.

12-13 April, Athens
Liliane Maury Pasquier, Chair of the PACE Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development, undertakes a fact-finding visit to Athens in preparation for the report by Jean-Louis Lorrain on "Equal access to health care".

12 April, Zagreb
Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland: official visit, bilateral meetings with Ivo Josipović, President of the Republic of Croatia, Zoran Milanović, Prime Minister, Josip Leko, Speaker of Parliament of Croatia, Vesna Pusić, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign and European Affairs of Croatia.

12 April, Hungary
A delegation of the Venice Commission visits Budapest in preparation of an opinion on the Fourth Amendment to the Fundamental Law of Hungary.

14-16 April, Kyiv
Marietta de Pourbaix-Lundin and Mailis Reps, PACE co-rapporteurs for the monitoring of Ukraine, visit the country to assess the constitutional reform and the reform of the Criminal Code and the Prosecutor's Office.

15-16 April, Moscow
Deputy Secretary General Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni leads the Council of Europe Delegation and opens the 10th Council of Europe Conference of Ministers of Culture ("Governance of culture – promoting access to culture") at Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre, on 15 April, together with Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets, and Minister of Culture of Andorra, Albert Esteve Garcia, on behalf of the Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers. President of the Parliamentary Assembly, Jean-Claude Mignon, President of the Congress, Herwig Van Staa, and President of the Conference of INGOs, Jean-Marie Heydt chair sessions on the role of governments, best practices & policy innovation, and Council of Europe perspectives, respectively. The event has attracted participation of Ministers and Deputy Ministers, eminent experts and representatives from Council of Europe member states, Belarus and Kazakhstan, and from UNESCO, OECD and the EU.
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15-16 April, Strasbourg
16 university teams from 13 countries compete in 28th René Cassin human rights advocacy competition at the European Court of Human Rights. The competition is open to students of law and political science. More information

15-17 April, Vadul lui Voda, the Republic of Moldova
Workshop on "Pharmacotherapy with Methadone – a case management approach", organised by the Council of Europe drug policy network (Pompidou Group) and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime to develop evidence-based approach towards treatment for drug dependent patients.

16 April, Strasbourg
European Court of Human Rights: 12 judgments concerning Bulgaria, Hungary, Portugal, Romania, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom. More information

17-18 April, Yerevan
Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland: working visit and high-level bilateral meetings.

17-19 April, Tirana
Jonathan Evans and Grigore Petrenco, PACE co-rapporteurs on the honouring of obligations and commitments by Albania, make a fact-finding visit to Tirana. Meetings with the President of the Republic, the Speaker of Parliament, the Prime Minister, the Minister of Justice and several parliamentary committees.

17 April, Washington DC (World Bank)
The Council of Europe convention on the counterfeiting of medical products and similar crimes involving threats to public health (MEDICRIME Convention) is at the heart of a workshop organised as part of the Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development. More information

18 April, Strasbourg
European Court of Human Rights: 21 judgments concerning the Czech Republic, France, Greece, Luxembourg, Russia, Slovenia and Ukraine. More information

19 April, Washington DC (World Bank)
Roundtable discussion as part of the Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development, to exchange views on whether additional international instruments are needed or whether more pragmatic approaches such as enhanced technical assistance to strengthen capacities against cybercrime should be pursued. The Council of Europe presents its work around the Budapest Convention.
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22-26 April, Strasbourg
German President Joachim Gauck, Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili, Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta and Andorran Head of Government Antoni Martí address the Parliamentary Assembly. Topics for debate include the Assembly's post-monitoring dialogue with Turkey, violence against religious communities, fighting "child sex tourism" and balancing the benefits and risks of nanotechnology. Other personalities include Andorran Foreign Minister Gilbert Saboya Sunyé, who presents the Communication from the Committee of Ministers to the Assembly, and the Vice-President of the Federal Council, Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland Didier Burkhalter. Human Rights Commissioner Nils Muižnieks presents his 2012 activity report. More information

 22-23 April, Kiyv
Congress of Local and Regional Authorities: second part of the monitoring visit.

22 April, Strasbourg
Grand Chamber judgment (public hearing) in the case of Animal Defenders International v. the United Kingdom, 10 a.m. (European Court of Human Rights). The case concerns the complaint by a non-governmental organisation that it has been denied the possibility to advertise on TV or radio. More information

23 April, Strasbourg
European Court of Human Rights: 8 judgments concerning Georgia, Hungary, Romania and Turkey. More information

24 April, Strasbourg
Council of Europe anti-torture Committee (CPT): report on Portugal.

25 April, Strasbourg
European Court of Human Rights: 11 judgments concerning Croatia, France, "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia", Russia, Slovenia and Ukraine. More information

25-26 April, Helsinki
Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland: official visit to Finland. Meetings with President, Sauli Niinistö, Prime Minister, Jyrki Katainen and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Erkki Tuomioja.

26-27 April, Helsinki (Finlandia Hall)
24th Council of Europe Standing Conference of Ministers of Education. Themes: quality education and Democratic Governance to improve social cohesion and individual opportunities; ethics and integrity in education to respect the rule of law and human rights. Official opening by Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland. Finnish Minister of Education Jukka Gustafsson; EU Commissioner for Education Androulla Vassiliou; Speaker of the Finnish Parliament Eero Heinäluoma; and Minister of Education of Andorra Roser Suñé are among the most prominent speakers at the event. More information.

29-30 April, Budva (Montenegro)
Conference on the CyberCrime@IPA project, with representatives of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia, "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia", Turkey and Kosovo and by the experts who have contributed to this 30-month project. More information

29-30 April, Nicosia (Cyprus)
PACE rapporteur Andreas Gross visits Cyprus on a fact-finding mission in preparation of his report on "Refusing impunity for the killers of Sergei Magnitsky". He will meet with the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Minister for Justice and Public Order, the Attorney General of the Republic and the Cypriot delegation to the PACE.

30 April, Strasbourg
Chamber judgment in the case of Tymoshenko v. Ukraine at a public hearing at 10.30 a.m (European Court of Human Rights).
The case concerns complaints related to the detention of the former Ukrainian Prime Minister.
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30 April, Strasbourg
Council of Europe anti-torture Committee (CPT) publishes the reports on its last 2 visits to Spain.

30 April, Strasbourg
European Court of Human Rights: 2 judgments concerning Romania. More information

30 April -1 May, Israel
Members of the PACE Sub-Committee on the Middle East visit Israel, thus completing the 2nd part of the visit to the Middle East which took place in April. In Jerusalem meetings are planned with the Speaker of the Knesset, the Deputy Foreign Minister and members of political parties represented in the Knesset. In Tel Aviv, meetings are scheduled at the Institute for National Strategic Studies.

 

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