Europe and migration to take centre-stage at the Summer Session

Strasbourg 26-30 June
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Europe and migration will be one of the central themes of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) Summer plenary session.

Four reports will be debated on Wednesday 28 June, focusing on the humanitarian and political response to the migration crisis, the human rights implications of the European response to transit migration, migration as an opportunity for European development and the integration of refugees in times of critical pressure.

Speakers in the debates will include Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland, Mayor of Athens Giorgos Kaminis, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks, and the Swedish Minister for Justice and Migration Morgan Johansson.

Other highlights of the session include debates on recognising and enforcing the principle of accountability in the Parliamentary Assembly, promoting integrity in governance to tackle political corruption and parliamentary scrutiny over corruption. It is also planned to hold debates on the situation in Belarus and political influence over independent media and journalists.

Pavel Filip, Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova, and Duško Marković, Prime Minister of Montenegro, will deliver speeches, and Lubomír Zaorálek, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, will address the Assembly's parliamentarians in his capacity as Chairperson of the Committee of Ministers.

A request for a current affairs debate on “Europe’s common fight against terrorism: Successes and failure” has been tabled.

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Seminar “Women and Drugs: from policy to good practice”

Rome 26-27 June
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Co-organised by the Council of Europe Pompidou Group and the Italian Anti-Drugs Policies Department, this seminar aims at highlighting good practices as well as encouraging for better ones, and also at identifying the most common problems faced by women who suffer from addiction disorders. Representatives from 24 countries including neighbouring Mediterranean countries, Israel, Mexico and representatives of the Palestinian National Authority will participate.

More information - Programme


Conference on “Social and economic rights for the forcibly displaced persons during the conflicts in former Yugoslavia”

Sarajevo 27-28 June
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The Council of Europe and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees will jointly organise a conference on “Social and economic rights for forcibly displaced persons during the conflicts in former Yugoslavia”.

Today, after more than 20 years of action towards durable solutions, the majority of forcibly displaced persons during the conflicts in former Yugoslavia have returned home or integrated locally but about 350,000 still live some form of displacement, without a durable solution.

The conference will address the issue of whether, to what extent and how, the Council of Europe and its human rights instruments, in particular the European Social Charter and its monitoring mechanisms, can be of assistance in devising and implementing such durable solutions, notably the right to housing, but also the right to benefit from social welfare services.

The contribution of civil society in effectively implementing rights either by contributing to the country reporting procedure or through the collective complaints mechanism will also be highlighted.

A statement to the media is scheduled by Predrag Jović, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Human Rights and Refugees of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and relevant CoE and UNHCR representatives, at 9.00am.

The conference is open to the media.

More information - Programme - Conference Concept Note


Also...

23-26 June, Albania
A 22-member PACE delegation, led by Paolo Corsini is in Albania to observe the conduct of the parliamentary elections, on 25 June, alongside observers from the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, the European Parliament and the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights.
A joint press conference is scheduled on Monday 26 June at 3 pm, at the Tirana International Hotel (“Classic Meeting Room”).

27 June, Strasbourg
The European Court of Human Rights will notify in writing 16 judgments.
More information - ECHR website, tel. +33 3 90 21 42 08

27 June, Strasbourg
The European Court of Human Rights will deliver a Grand Chamber judgment in the case of Satakunnan Markkinaporssi Oy and Satamedia Oy v. Finland at a public hearing (2.30 p.m.).
The case concerns the ban on two publishing companies’ processing of taxation data.
More information - ECHR website, tel. +33 3 90 21 42 08

27 June, Strasbourg
The European Court of Human Rights will deliver a Grand Chamber judgment in the case of Medžlis Islamske Zajednice Brčko and Others v. Bosnia and Herzegovina at a public hearing (3 p.m.).
The case concerns a finding of defamation in civil proceedings against four organisations for a letter they had sent to the highest authorities of their district complaining of a certain person’s application for the post of director of the Brčko District multi-ethnic radio and television station. Soon afterwards the letter was published in a number of daily newspapers.
More information - ECHR website, tel. +33 3 90 21 42 08

28 June, Strasbourg (Palais de l’Europe, in front of the hemicycle, 10.30 a.m.-5.30 p.m.)
A Living Library will be organised by the Youth Department and the Migration and Equality Department of PACE in the framework of the Parliamentary Campaign to end immigration detention of children and to celebrate the activities held on the migration day organised by the Parliamentary Assembly. 

28 June, Strasbourg, (Palais de l’Europe, Room 5, 1-2 p.m.)
How can integration policies implemented by cities contribute to a better inclusion of migrants at national level? The event, organised in the framework of the Intercultural Cities Programme (ICC) and sponsored by MPs Huovinen (Finland) and Santerini (Italy), on the sidelines of PACE summer session will showcase innovative ways of dealing with the challenges and opportunities of human mobility. Main speakers include Council of Europe Deputy Secretary General Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni and Snežana Samardžić-Marković, Director General of Democracy.
Contact : Giuseppe Zaffuto, tel. +33 3 90 21 56 04

29 June, Strasbourg
The European Court of Human Rights will notify in writing 18 judgments and/or decisions.
More information - ECHR website, tel. +33 3 90 21 42 08

29-30 June, Dublin
Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland will pay a working visit to Dublin.
Contact : Daniel Höltgen, tel. +33 6 68 29 87 51

30 June, Strasbourg
Deputy Secretary General Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, will deliver closing remarks at the Summer session of the Conference of the INGOs.
Contact: Giuseppe Zaffuto, tel. +33 3 90 21 56 04


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