Conference on preventing corruption in top governmental functions and law enforcement

Strasbourg , 

The Council of Europe anti-corruption body (GRECO) will organise a High Level conference to mark the launch of its 5th Evaluation Round which addresses the prevention of corruption in top governmental functions and law enforcement. In its reports, GRECO will evaluate issues such as conflicts of interest, revolving doors, declaration of assets and accountability mechanisms.

Speakers at the opening will include Deputy Secretary General Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, European Ombudsman Emily O‘Reilly, Attorney General of Cyprus Costas Clerides, Parliamentary Assembly rapporteur on corruption Michele Nicoletti, European Commission Anti-Fraud Office Director General Giovanni Kessler, Chief Anti-corruption prosecutor of Romania Laura Codruța Kövesi and Transparency International’s Chair José Ugaz.

Open to the press, the conference will be webcast live and start at 9.30 a.m. (Room G03, Agora building).

Programme - Accreditation and interview requests: Jaime Rodriguez, tel. +33 3 90 21 47 04

Thematic report on migrant and refugee children

Strasbourg , 

The Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration and Refugees, Tomáš Boček (SRSG) will publish a thematic report on migrant and refugee children based on his fact-finding missions in 2016. The report will indicate how priorities should be addressed as a matter of urgency and in the ongoing work of the Council of Europe. The SRSG carried out four fact-finding missions to Greece and “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”, Turkey, northern France (Calais and Grande-Synthe) and Italy.

Contact: Päivi Suhonen, tel. +33 3 90 21 53 70

Cyprus Chairmanship Conference: “Securing Democracy through Education”

Nicosia , 

In the framework of the Cyprus Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers , the international conference will highlight major challenges that education systems are currently facing in Europe and elsewhere: Fighting violent extremism and radicalisation leading to terrorism - implementation of the Framework of Competences for Democratic Culture ; Building inclusive societies – valuing diversity and dialogue ; Education provision for refugees – from short term solutions to long term integration.

Ministers of Education from States Parties to the European Cultural Convention will participate together with Education Ministers from South-Mediterranean countries.  

The event will be opened by Costas Kadis, Minister of Education and Culture of Cyprus; Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe; and Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner on Education, Culture, Youth and Sport.

Conference website - Contact : Giuseppe Zaffuto, tel. +33 3 90 21 56 04


20 March, Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s expert group against human trafficking (GRETA) will publish its second evaluation report on the implementation of the Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings by Armenia.

Contact: Tatiana Baeva, tel. +33 3 88 41 21 41


20 March, Strasbourg (European Youth Centre)

A new educational manual ‘We CAN! Taking action on hate speech through Counter and Alternative Narratives’ will be launched by the No Hate Speech Movement on the eve of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

It complements the manual Bookmarks and will be available at

The event will take place from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. and is open to the media.

Contact: Tatiana Baeva, tel. +33 6 85 11 64 93


20-23 March, Slovenia

Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks will carry out a visit to the country.


20-23 March, Poland and Hungary

Pierre-Yves Le Borgn’, PACE rapporteur on “The implementation of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights”, will conduct successive fact-finding visits to Warsaw (20-21 March) and Budapest (22-23 March), in the context of the preparation of the 9th PACE report on this issue.


20-24 March, Strasbourg

In a plenary meeting, the Council of Europe anti-corruption body (GRECO) will consider compliance reports on Andorra, Azerbaijan, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, United Kingdom and Ukraine. It will also finalise its general activity report for 2016 and review its rules of procedure.

Contact: Jaime Rodriguez, tel. +33 3 90 21 47 04


21 March, Strasbourg

The European Court of Human Rights will notify in writing eight judgments concerning Poland, Romania, Russia and Serbia.

More information - ECHR website, tel. +33 3 90 21 42 08


22 March, Strasbourg

The European Court of Human Rights will hold a Grand Chamber hearing the case of Ramos Nunes de Carvalho e Sá v. Portugal (9.15 a.m.)

This case concerns disciplinary proceedings brought against a judge.

More information - ECHR website, tel. +33 3 90 21 42 08


22-24 March, Strasbourg (Large hearing room of the ECHR)

The 32th annual René Cassin Competition will bring together 30 teams from Austria, Belarus, Belgium, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Romania, Russia and Switzerland who will plead (in French) a fictional case study concerning health and European human rights law.

The René Cassin competition is the oldest competition consisting of mock legal proceedings in French and based on the European Convention on Human Rights. It is organised by the University of Strasbourg Faculty of Law and the René Cassin Foundation with the support of the ECHR, the Council of Europe and numerous local and national partners.

More information

Contact: Estelle Steiner, tel. +33 3 88 41 33 35


23 March, Strasbourg

The European Court of Human Rights will notify in writing 32 judgments and/or decisions concerning Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Republic of Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine.

More information - ECHR website, tel. +33 3 90 21 42 08


23 March, Moscow (Russian State University of Justice)

Philippe Boillat, Director General for Human Rights and Rule of Law, will represent the Council of Europe at the presentation of the Russian version of the book “The Law of the European Convention”. The book is published under the Council of Europe’s co-operation programmes in the Russian Federation.

Journalists interested in covering the event are requested to register in advance.

Contact: Tatiana Baeva, tel. +33 6 85 11 64 93


23-24 March, Minsk

Andrea Rigoni, PACE rapporteur on the situation in Belarus, will make a fact-finding visit in the context of the preparation of his report. During his visit, he is due to meet the President of the Republic, the Speakers of both Chambers of the National Assembly, and the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Justice. Meetings are also scheduled with opposition leaders and human rights defenders.


23-24 March, Strasbourg (Palais de l’Europe, room 5)

Organised in the framework of the Chairmanship of Cyprus of the Committee of Ministers, the conference on the European Landscape Convention will be the occasion to examine the work accomplished for the implementation of the Convention in order to promote populations’ quality of life. Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, Deputy Secretary General, will deliver a speech at the opening session.


Contact: Giuseppe Zaffuto, tel. +33 3 90 21 56 04


24 March, Strasbourg (Palais de l’Europe, Room 1)

The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom, supported by the Council of Europe, will organise a conference to promote dialogue between the European Court of Human Rights and the media freedom community. The conference will bring together judges and lawyers of the Strasbourg Court, media lawyers, academics, policymakers, journalists, media professionals and civil society representatives to discuss the Court’s case law in cases concerning freedom of expression of media and journalists.

The event will be webcast live on the Conference website

Contact : Jaime Rodriguez, tel. +33 3 90 21 47 04


24-27 March, Bulgaria

A 16-member PACE delegation, led by Marie-Christine Dalloz, will travel to Bulgaria to observe the conduct of the parliamentary elections, alongside observers from the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR). The delegation will meet, in particular, the Chairperson and members of the Central Electoral Commission, leaders and representatives of the main political parties and parliamentary groups, as well as representatives of NGOs and the media, before observing the ballot on 26 March.

A press conference is scheduled in Sofia on Monday 27 March (place and time to be confirmed).

Contacts Contacts

Council of Europe Media Relations Division:

+33 3 88 41 25 60