PACE Standing Committee to meet in Prague

Prague (Senate) 30 May
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The Standing Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) will meet in the context of the Czech Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers (May-November 2017).

An exchange of views with the Czech Minister for Foreign Affairs Lubomír Zaorálek will focus on the Czech Republic’s priorities during its Chairmanship and other issues in the framework of the Assembly’s ongoing political dialogue with the Committee of Ministers.

The members of the Standing Committee will also hold an exchange of views with Paolo Alli, President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.

Other items on the agenda include the observation of the parliamentary elections in Armenia, the presidential election in Serbia, and the referendum on the constitutional amendments in Turkey. Debates are also foreseen on the political transition in Tunisia, the employment rights of domestic workers in Europe, as well as human rights of older persons and their comprehensive care.

Deputy Secretary General Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni will attend the meeting.

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Council of Europe North-South Prize award ceremony

Lisbon (Portuguese Parliament – 12 p.m.) 31 May
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The Mayor of Lampedusa, Giuseppina Nicolini, and the founder of the Brahmi Centre for Peace and Solidarity and Member of the Tunisian Parliament, Mbarka Brahmi, are the two laureates of the Council of Europe North-South Prize.

Every year the North-South Centre distinguishes two personalities, one from the ‘North’, the other from the ‘South’, who have excelled in their commitment to human rights, democracy and rule of law, contributing to the north-south dialogue, fostering solidarity, promoting interdependence and creating partnerships.

The award ceremony will take place in the presence of the President of the Portuguese Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, the President of the Portuguese Parliament, Eduardo Ferro Rodrigues and the Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni.

Contact: Jaime Rodriguez, tel. +33 6 89 99 50 42


Lisbon Forum 2017: managing migration flows in the face of populism

Lisbon (Ismaili Centre) 1-2 June
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This year’s Lisbon Forum will tackle the challenges to manage migration flows while preventing the growth of anti-immigrant populist movements, promoting inclusive societies that respect cultural diversity and reinforcing the dialogue between the North and the South.

The event will bring together experts and representatives from national governments, parliaments, local and regional authorities and civil society. Speakers include the High Representative for the UN Alliance of Civilizations, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, and North-South Prize laureates Lora Pappa (2015), President of the Greek NGO METAdrasi, and Mbarka Brahmi (2017), founder of the Brahmi Centre for Peace and Solidarity.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Portugal, Augusto Santos Silva, and Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, will speak at the opening.

Programme - Contact: Jaime Rodriguez, tel. +33 6 89 99 50 42


Also...

29 May, Strasbourg

An opinion on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (FCNM) by Norway, together with the government’s comments will be published by the FCNM Advisory Committee. The findings are based on the fourth State Report submitted by the Norwegian authorities and various written sources.

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

 

30 May, Strasbourg

The European Court of Human Rights will notify in writing 15 judgments.

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

 

30-31 May, Republic of Moldova

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland will pay an official visit to the country.

Contact: Daniel Höltgen, tel. +33 6 68 29 87 51

 

30 May-1 June, Skopje

Lise Christoffersen and Valeriu Ghiletchi, PACE co-rapporteurs for post-monitoring dialogue with “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”, will make a fact-finding visit to the country.

 

31 May-2 June, Sankt Pölten (Austria)

Congress Vice-President Yuliya Svitlychna (Ukraine, ILDG) will represent the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities to the General Assembly of the Assembly of the European Regions.

 

1st June, Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland will meet Stavros Kontonis, Minister of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights of Greece.

Contact: Daniel Höltgen, tel. +33 6 68 29 87 51

 

1st June, Strasbourg

The European Court of Human Rights will notify in writing 28 judgments and/or decisions.

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

 

1-2 June, Albania

A four-member PACE delegation, led by Paolo Corsini, will carry out a pre-electoral mission to Tirana, to assess the election campaign and political climate prior to the parliamentary elections on 25 June.

The delegation will issue a statement at the end of the visit.


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