2013 in brief

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


2-5 June, Amsterdam - European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines & HealthCare (EDQM) participates in the 23rd Regional Congress of the International Society of Blood Transfusion (ISBT). The EDQM will present its new edition of the Guide to the Preparation, Use and Quality Assurance of Blood Components. More information

3-5 June, Sarajevo, Tuzla, Srebrenica, Brčko (Bosnia and Herzegovina) - Karin S. Woldseth and Egidijus Vareikis, co-rapporteurs for the PACE Monitoring Committee, make a fact-finding visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina.

3 June, Paris  - PACE Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development: a report by Jean-Louis Lorrain on equal access to health care, and an exchange of views on food security with officials from the European Commission and European Food Safety Authority.

4-5 June, Paris - PACE President Jean-Claude Mignon holds working meetings with Jean-Marc Sauvé, Vice-President of France's Conseil d'Etat, Ambassador Jacques Faure, French Co-Chair of the Minsk Group, and French Ombudsman Dominique Baudis.

4-6 June, Strasbourg - The representatives of the 47 member states of the Council of Europe examine the implementation of the judgments and decisions of the ECHR. The cases proposed for more detailed examination concern Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, the Republic of Moldova, Romania, the Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovenia, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.

4-7 June, Spain - Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks visits the country.

4 June, Paris - PACE Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons: report on integration tests for migrants, .exchanges of views on the situation of older migrants and on the resettlement of refugees.

4 June, Strasbourg - European Court of Human Rights: 12 judgments concerning Bulgaria, Montenegro, Poland, Romania and Turkey.
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5 June, Strasbourg - Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland meets Gregor Virant, Minister of Interior of Slovenia.

5-6 June, Paris - PACE Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy: reports on the situation in the Middle East and on the Partnership for Democracy in respect of the Parliament of Morocco. Other topics discussed: request for Partner for Democracy status made by the Parliament of the Kyrgyz Republic, situation in Belarus, and political transition in Tunisia.

6 June, Strasbourg - European Court of Human Rights: 6 judgments concerning Austria, France, Russia and Ukraine. More information

6-7 June, Vilnius - Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland: official visit and opening of the International Conference "Twenty year of Lithuania's membership in the Council of Europe: Lessons and Prospects" at Vilnius University.

7 June, Berlin - PACE rapporteur Rudy Salles visits Berlin in the framework of his report on the protection of minors against the influence of sects.

10-11 June, Albania - Delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly (PACE), led by Luca Volontè: pre-electoral mission to assess the electoral framework and campaign prior to the parliamentary elections to be held in the country on 23 June.

10-11 June, Amman (Jordan) - Venice Commission takes part as Observer in the annual meeting of the Association of Mediterranean Ombudsman, chaired by the Ombudsman of the Kingdom of Morocco.

10-12 June, Skopje - PACE President Jean-Claude Mignon: official visit to "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia".

10-14 June, Baku - PACE co-rapporteurs Pedro Agramunt and Joseph Debono Grech: fact-finding visit to Azerbaijan.  

10 June, Rome (Palazzo Montecitorio, Sala del Mappamondo, 3.00 pm) - Launching in Italy of the No Hate Speech Movement. Amongst key-speakers: Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Laura Boldrini, President of the Italian Chamber of Deputies; Josefa Idem, Minister of Equal Opportunities, Sport and Youth; and Stefano Rodota, eminent Italian personality.

10 June, Strasbourg - Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland meets Borut Pahor, President of the Republic of Slovenia.

11-12 June, Kyiv - First regional conference in Ukraine on counterfeiting of medicines. Aim of the conference: encourage the member States to sign and ratify the Convention on the counterfeiting of medical products and similar crimes involving threats to public health (MEDICRIME Convention).
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11 June, Strasbourg - European Court of Human Rights: 13 judgments concerning Hungary, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Switzerland and Turkey. More information

11 June, Baku - A PACE delegation participates in the conference "The well-being of children as an indicator for the well-being of society" organised as part of the parliamentary dimension of the ONE-in-FIVE campaign of the Council of Europe.

11 June, Strasbourg - European Court of Human Rights and EU Fundamental Rights Agency launch Handbook on European law relating to asylum, borders and immigration.

12 June, Madrid - The Secretary General speaks at the opening ceremony of the 5th World Congress against the Death Penalty and participates in the Seminar "The Future of the Council of Europe" organised by the CEU San Pablo University.

12-13 June, Athens - PACE rapporteur David Davies visits Greece to prepare his report on "Tackling racism in the police".

13 June, Strasbourg - The Council of Europe Anti-Corruption Group (GRECO) publishes its annual report.

13 June, Strasbourg - European Court of Human Rights: 6 judgments concerning Greece, Russia and Ukraine. More information

13-14 June, Berlin - PACE rapporteur José Mendes Bota: fact-finding visit to Berlin, to prepare his report on "Criminalising the purchase of sex to combat the trafficking of people for sexual exploitation".

13-14 June, Helsinki - Olga Borzova, PACE rapporteur of the Parliamentary Assembly on "Social services in Europe: legislation and practice of the removal of children from their families in Council of Europe member states" makes a fact-finding visit to Finland, the first of 3 such visits to different countries.

14-15 June, Venice - Plenary Session of the Venice Commission. In the agenda:  an opinion on the prohibition of so-called propaganda of homosexuality in the Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation and Ukraine as well as the final version of an opinion regarding Hungary's Fundamental Law.

15 June, Malta - Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland takes part in the 48th Joint Meeting of the Council of Europe Development Bank.

15-17 June, Malta - Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland official visit to Malta and high-level meetings with Maltese authorities.

17-19 June, Algiers - PACE President Jean-Claude Mignon makes an official visit to Algeria.

18 June, Yerevan - 25th Session of the Congres of Local and Regional Authorities.

18 June, Strasbourg - European Court of Human Rights: 10 judgments concerning Bulgaria, Hungary, Lithuania, Romania, Spain and Turkey. More information

19 June, Strasbourg (Palais de l'Europe, Room 5) - The Pompidou Group, Council of Europe's Drug Policy Network, reviews drug seizures by customs and police authorities at European airports, at a conference on drug control services.

19-20 June, Zagreb - Symposium on Youth Policy Cooperation in South East Europe "The role of information and counselling in fostering young people's social inclusion and access to their rights", organised by the EU-CoE youth partnership, the Ministry of Social Policy and Youth of Croatia, ERYICA and SALTO RC SEE.

20 June, Strasbourg - European Court of Human Rights: 11 judgments concerning Austria, Azerbaijan, the Czech Republic, Russia, Slovenia and Ukraine. More information

20 June, Brussels - Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks and PACE rapporteur on the protection of media freedom in Europe Gvozden Flego take part in the Speak up ! Conference on freedom of expression and media.

20-21 June, Lisbon - 6th edition of the European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG).

21 June, Minsk (Memorial Temple in Honor of All Saints) - The Council of Europe organizes a round table "Religion and Death Penalty", in co-operation with the Belarusian authorities.

21-24 June, Albania - A 24-member PACE delegation led by Luca Volontè observe the running of the parliamentary elections, alongside observers from the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly and Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR).

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