2013 in brief


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

January

8-9 January, Tunis
Deputy Secretary General Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni pays her first official visit to Tunisia.

8 January, Strasbourg
European Court of Human Rights: 12 judgments concerning Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Romania and Russia. More information

9 January, Strasbourg
Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland meets Stéphane Bouillon, new Prefect of the Bas-Rhin Region.

9 January, Strasbourg
European Court of Human Rights: Chamber judgment in the case of Oleksandr Volkov v. Ukraine, at a public hearing at 2.30 p.m. More information

10 January, Strasbourg
European Court of Human Rights: 11 judgments concerning Belgium, France and Ukraine. More information

14-15 January, Budapest, European Youth Centre
Hearing on unaccompanied migrant children, organised by the Parliamentary Assembly Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons.

14-15 January, Madrid
Congress of Local and Regional Authorities: monitoring visit to Spain.

14-16 January, Evros region (Greek-Turkish border) and Athens
Visit by the PACE Ad Hoc Sub-Committee on the large-scale arrival of irregular migrants, asylum-seekers and refugees on Europe's Southern shores, accompanied by PACE President Jean-Claude Mignon.

15 January, Strasbourg
Deputy Secretary General Gabriella Battaini: meeting with Italian Minister of Labour, Social Policies and Equal Opportunities, Elsa Fornero. Press point at 17h30.

15 January, Strasbourg
European Court of Human Rights: 17 judgments concerning Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Finland, "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia", the Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russia, Spain, and the United Kingdom. More information

16 January, Strasbourg
European Court of Human Rights: Grand Chamber hearing in the case Vallianatos and Others v. Greece, at 9.15 a.m. The case concerns the legislation on "civil unions" that entered into force in Greece in Nov 2008. The applicants allege that these unions, comprising a "contract between two individuals of full age and of different sexes", are discriminatory. More information

16-17 January, Yerevan
PACE pre-electoral visit, to assess the campaign and the electoral context prior to the presidential elections of 18 Feb 2013. Press conference scheduled at 7.30 pm on Thursday 17 January at the Marriott Hotel in Yerevan (1 Amiryan Street, Room Trdat 2).

17 January, Brussels
Presentation of the priorities of the Andorran presidency of the Council of Europe by Minister of Foreign Affairs of Andorra, Gilbert Saboya.

17 January, Strasbourg
European Court of Human Rights: 7 judgments concerning Ukraine. More information

17-18 January, Brussels
European Roma Mediators' Congress (ROMED Programme on Intercultural Mediation for Roma).

17-18 January, Helsinki
Regional Conference on the Istanbul Convention on the prevention and combat of violence against women and domestic violence: From signature to ratification and implementation - Exchange of experiences and practices.

21-25 January, Strasbourg
Parliamentary Assembly Winter Session: Addresses by Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili and European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle. Other highlights: debates on the honouring of obligations and commitments by Azerbaijan, situation in Kosovo, state of media freedom in Europe, and humanitarian situation in the conflict- and war-affected areas of Georgia and Russia. Also on the agenda: the forthcoming Council of Europe convention to combat trafficking in organs, tissues and cells of human origin; ensuring the viability of the Strasbourg Court, focusing on structural deficiencies in States Parties; and post-monitoring dialogue with Bulgaria.

21-24 January, Strasbourg
Winter Session of the Conference of INGOs: round table on "Supporting the Wishes, Demands and Priorities of Women in the Arab World", presentation of a draft declaration on genuine democracy, exchange of information on developments in legislation and working conditions of NGOs in the Russian Federation. Also on the agenda: the political situation in Belarus, with a visit from NGOs from Belarus.

22 January, Strasbourg
European Court of Human Rights: 30 judgments concerning Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Russia, Serbia and Turkey. More information

24 January, Strasbourg (2.45 p.m, Forecourt, Palais de l'Europe)
Ceremony on the occasion of the Day of Remembrance of the Holocaust and for the Prevention of Crimes Against Humanity, with Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland.

24 January, Strasbourg (2 p.m., Seminar room, Human Rights Building)
Annual press conference in the European Court of Human Rights. The President of the Court, Dean Spielmann, presents a summary of the Court's activities and its statistics for 2012. More information

24 January, Strasbourg (9.30 a.m., Room 1, Palais de l'Europe)
Press conference on "Conclusions 2012 of the European Committee of Social Rights", with Luis Jimena Quesada, President, Colm O'Cinneide, Vice-President and Monika Schlachter, Vice-President.

25 January, Strasbourg
European Court of Human Rights: Solemn hearing on the occasion of the opening of the judicial year at 6.15 p.m, in the presence of Mrs Christiane Taubira, French Minister of Justice.
ECHR website, tel. + 33 3 90 21 42 08

25 January, The Hague (Netherlands)
Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks participates in the Conference "The Future of Human Rights in Europe".

28 January - 2 February, Strasbourg
3rd European Bioethics Forum: focus on the issues raised by biotechnologies and new approaches to the human body. Programme: debates, "Youth Forum" and cultural events. Further information

28 January, Strasbourg
Council of Europe's Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) publishes its report on France.

28 January-1 February, Greece
Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks visits the country.

29 January, Strasbourg
European Court of Human Rights: 13 judgments concerning Finland, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Romania, Turkey and the United Kingdom. More information

29 January, Brussels
Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland makes a working visit to Brussels. He will speak at the European Policy Centre breakfast briefing "Human rights in times of crisis in Europe", at the high-level Conference "Empowering local actors to counter violent extremism". High-level bilateral meetings scheduled.

29-30 January, Stockholm
PACE rapporteur Andrea Rigoni makes a fact-finding visit to Sweden, in preparation of his report on "Parental leave as a way to foster gender equality".

30 January, Brussels
Council of Europe's Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) is the main speaker at an event entitled "Tackling Human Trafficking in Europe: Prevention, Protection, Prosecution" organised by the Public Policy Exchange. More information

 

30 January, Strasbourg

European Court of Human Rights: Grand Chamber hearing in the case Fernandez Martinez v. Spain (9.15 a.m.)

The case concerns the decision not to renew the contract of a priest, who was married and had five children, to teach Catholic religion and ethics, following the publication of an article disclosing his membership of the "Movement for Optional Celibacy". More information

 

31 January, Strasbourg

Council of Europe's Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) publishes its report on Latvia.

31 January, Strasbourg

European Court of Human Rights: 3 judgments concerning France. More information

 

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