2013 in brief


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

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3-9 February, Budapest
European Youth Centre: Study Session ''Stroner Students' Participation for an Open Society: Sharing Practices and Developing Innovative Approaches''.

5-6 February, Ankara and Hatay
Thorbjørn Jagland opens a joint Conference of the Turkish authorities and the Council of Europe on Freedom of Expression and the Media in Turkey. Bilateral meetings with President Abdullah Gül,  Minister of Justice Sadullah Ergin. On 6 February, Secretary General Jagland visits refugee camps in the Hatay province near Syria.

5 February, Strasbourg
European Court of Human Rights: 16 judgments concerning Armenia, Bulgaria, Italy, the Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russia, Serbia and Slovakia.

6 February, Brussels
PACE President Jean-Claude Mignon: working visit in Brussels. Meetings with the Belgian Minister for Foreign Affairs and representatives of Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.

6-8 February, Dublin
"Making diversity work for cities", milestone event of the Intercultural cities project, organised by the Irish EU Presidency and Andorran Council of Europe Chairmanship.

7-8 February, Andorra
Conference "Skills for a culture of democracy and intercultural dialogue: a political challenge and values", organised in the framework of Andorran Chairmanship in the Council of Europe, to give a political mandate to work on education for democracy and intercultural dialogue. Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni is among key speakers at the conference.

7 February, Strasbourg
Grand Chamber judgment at a public hearing in the case Fabris v. France, 10 a.m. (European Court of Human Rights). ECHR website, tel. + 33 3 90 21 42 08

8-11 February, Monaco
A PACE delegation observes the parliamentary elections on 10 February, along with experts from the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights.

12 February, Strasbourg
Council of Europe's expert group against human trafficking (GRETA) will publish its first report on Portugal.

12 February, Strasbourg
European Court of Human Rights: 14 judgments concerning Bulgaria, Hungary, Italy, the Republic of Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia and Turkey. More information

13 February, Strasbourg
The deputies of the Committee of Ministers reply to a request from the government of the United States of America for membership to the Venice Commission, the enlarged agreement establishing the European Commission for Democracy through Law. The US become the 59th – and 12th non-European – member state to join the Venice Commission.

13 February, Brussels
Council of Europe Director for Human Rights Christos Giakoumopoulos speaks at an event entitled "New Perspectives on the Common European Asylum System; Ensuring Better Integration of Asylum Seekers in the EU" organised by the Public Policy Exchange. More information

13 February, Strasbourg
Grand Chamber hearing in the case Janowiec and Others v. Russia, at 9.15 a.m (European Court of Human Rights). The case concerns complaints about the adequacy of the investigation by the Russian authorities into the 1940 Katyń massacre. More information

13-15 February, Dubrovnik, Croatia
International conference "Strategic Priorities in the cooperation against Cybercrime", under the CyberCrime@IPA joint project of the Council of Europe and the European Union. More information

13-15 February, Ankara
PACE rapporteur Lord Tomlinson: fact-finding visit in the framework of the preparation of his report on "Increasing drug traffic from Afghanistan as a threat to European security".

14 February, London
PACE President Jean-Claude Mignon: working visit. Meetings with David Lidington, Minister for Europe, the Speakers of both Chambers of Parliament and participation in exchanges of views with parliamentary committees.

14-15 February, Vienna
Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks participates in the conference "Internet 2013: Shaping policies to advance media freedom".

16-19 February, Armenia
A delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) observes the conduct of the presidential election, alongside observers from the European Parliament and the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights. More information

19 February, Strasbourg
Grand Chamber judgment in the case of X and Others v. Austria at a public hearing, at 11 a.m. (European Court of Human Rights). The case concerns the complaint by 2 women who live in a stable homosexual relationship about the Austrian courts' refusal to grant one of the partners the right to adopt the son of the other partner without severing the mother's legal ties with the child (second-parent adoption). More information

19 February, Strasbourg
European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI): reports on Ireland and Liechtenstein and conclusions on the implementation of priority recommendations in respect of Albania, Austria, Estonia and the United Kingdom.

19 February, Strasbourg
European Court of Human Rights: 17 judgments concerning Armenia, Austria, Bulgaria, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Spain and Turkey. More information

19-20 February, Luxembourg
PACE President Jean-Claude Mignon: official visit. Meetings with the President of the Chamber of Deputies, the Prime Minister, Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Justice, the President of the European Court of Justice and the Ombudsperson. Audience with His Royal Highness the Grand Duke.

19-20 February, Berlin
Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks participates in exchange of views with the Committee for Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid of the German Bundestag.

19-20 February, Kyiv
PACE rapporteur Pieter Omtzigt: fact-finding visit in the context of the preparation of his report on "Keeping political and criminal responsibility separate".

20-21 February, Strasbourg
Symposium ''The Current Crisis and Youth – Impact and Ways Forward'' organised by the Council of Europe and the European Commission. More information

21-22 February, Brussels
Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks participates in the exchange of views with the European Parliament Subcommittee on Human Rights and is keynote speaker at the seminar "The Criminalisation of Irregular Immigrants and Minorities in Europe: What challenges for human rights?", organised by the Centre for European Policy Studies.

21-22 February, Strasbourg
"Poverty and Inequality in Societies of Human Rights: The paradox of democracies – Proposals for an Inclusive Society" The event aims to analyse the current situation and identify problems in the fight against poverty and inequalities; formulate concrete proposals; exchange and share experiences, knowledge and practices to implement innovative actions. Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, and László Andor, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion open the conference in the Hemicycle at 9 a.m. on 21 February. More information, programme

21 February, Strasbourg
European Court of Human Rights: 2 judgments concerning the Czech Republic and Ukraine. More information

25-26 February, Geneva
Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland delivers a speech to the UN Human Rights Council. He addresses the dangers of rising discrimination against the Roma and the need for effective integration policies. He meets with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay and with the Foreign Ministers of Poland and the Netherlands.

25-26 February, Skopje
Congress of Local and Regional Authorities: mission in view of local elections in "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia" (24 March 2013).

25-26 February, Romania
Jean-Claude Mignon, President of the PACE: official visit. More information

25-27 February, Strasbourg
Final round of the first European Human Rights Moot Court Competition in English, organised by the European Law Students Association (ELSA), with the support of the Council of Europe, at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). More information

25-27 February, Budapest
Fact-finding visit by Jana Fischerová and Kerstin Lundgren, PACE co-rapporteurs on the request for opening of a monitoring procedure in respect of Hungary.

26 February, Strasbourg
European Court of Human Rights: 4 judgments concerning "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia", Poland, Russia and Turkey. More information

27-28 February, Tbilisi
Fact finding visit by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities.

27-28 February, Bucharest
International Conference "Mental Health and Addiction in Prisons", organised by the Council of Europe's drug policy network Pompidou Group, in cooperation with the Romanian National Antidrug Agency and WHO, assesses problems faced in specific countries and proposes solutions from experts across Europe to improve management and treatment of incarcerated drug addicts. Programme

27 February-1 March, Budapest
PACE rapporteur Håkon Haugli: fact-finding visit in connection with the preparation of his report on "Tackling discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity".

28 February, Strasbourg
European Court of Human Rights: 2 judgments concerning Slovenia. More information

 

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