Week in brief – 10-16 March 2014
Secretary General and President of the Committee of Ministers to visit Ukraine
10 March, Kyiv - Mission of the Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland and the Chairman-in-office of Council of Europe Committee of Ministers and Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz.
Contact: Daniel Holtgen, tel. +33 6 68 29 87 51
58th Session of UN Commission on Status of Women, New York
10 March - Deputy Secretary General Gabriella Battaini Dragoni will be the keynote speaker at the Side Event "Trafficking in human beings – a severe form of violence against women and girls and a flagrant violation of human rights: The Council of Europe response", co-organised with the Permanent Mission of Austria to the United Nations ". She will be joined as a speaker by Parliamentary Assembly President Anne Brasseur. The Deputy Secretary General will also moderate the Side Event: "The Convention of Belém do Pará and the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence: A response to violence against women worldwide", co-organised with the Permanent Missions of France and Argentina to the United Nations and the Organization of American States.
11 March –Anne Brasseur will meet UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. She is also due to hold bilateral meetings alongside Gabriella Battaini Dragoni, with Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, French Minister for Women's Rights; Neila Chaabane, Tunisian Secretary of State for Women and Family; Bassima Hakkaoui, Moroccan Minister of Solidarity, Women, Family and Social Development; and Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women.
Giuseppe Zaffuto, tel.+33 3 90 21 56 04, mobile .+33 6 86 32 10 24
PACE Communication Unit
How to ensure users´ rights on the Internet?
13 and 14 March, Graz - The government of Austria is organising, in cooperation with the Council of Europe, the conference "Shaping the Digital Environment – Ensuring our Rights on the Internet" to discuss the challenges to users´ rights on the internet. Held within the framework of the Austrian Chairmanship of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers, the conference will address issues such as privacy and self-determination on the internet, public interest content and industry responses to user rights. Participants will assess the progress made on the Council of Europe's Internet Governance Strategy and identify strategic priorities beyond 2015.
The event will be held in the Aula of the Old University (Hofgasse 14), and is open to media. Further information and the programme are available on the conference website, where the event will be webcast live.
Contacts for accreditation and further information:
Graz : Claudia Kluger; tel. +43 (0) 501150-3315
Strasbourg: Jaime Rodriguez, tel. +33 (0) 3 90 21 47 04
10 March, Strasbourg - The European Committee on Social Rights will publish its decision on the merits in the complaint n° 87/2012 IPPF EN v. Italy.
10-13 March, "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia" - A PACE delegation will carry out a pre-electoral visit to the country ahead of the Presidential election on 13 April (1st round), to assess the electoral framework and campaign.
11 March, Berlin - Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland will make a working visit and meet with President Gauck.
11 March, Strasbourg - The Council of Europe anti-torture Committee (CPT) will publish a report on its 2013 visit to Latvia, together with the response of the Latvian authorities.
11 March, Strasbourg – The European Court of Human Rights will deliver in writing six judgments concerning Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania and Switzerland.
More information – ECHR website, tel. + 33 3 90 21 42 08
11 March, Paris – The PACE Culture, Science, Education and Media Committee is due to adopt reports on "Improving user protection and security in cyberspace" and on "Good governance and enhanced quality in education".
11 and 12 March, Stockholm – The PACE Political Affairs and Democracy Committee is due to adopt a report on the "Request for partner for democracy status with PACE by the Parliament of the Kyrgyz Republic". It will organise a hearing on "Counteraction to manifestations of neo-Nazism and xenophobia", with the participation of Swedish Minister for European Affairs and Democracy Birgitta Ohlsson, and former Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Thomas Hammarberg. The Committee will also hold an exchange of views with the Swedish Parliamentary Ombudsman. The meeting will be opened by the Speaker of the Swedish Parliament, Per Westerberg.
13 March, Paris – The PACE Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons Committee is due to adopt reports on "Alternatives to Europe's sub-standard IDP collective centres", the resettlement of refugees, the right to work for refugees, and on "Unaccompanied migrant children: what rights at 18".
13 and 14 March, Rome - Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks will attend a Conference on "What Europe Stands For. Growth, jobs and rights: will the European Union rise to the occasion?" organised by the Italian Chamber of Deputies.
Contact: Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights, tel. +33 6 61 14 70 37
13 and 14 March, Chisinau –Deputy Secretary General Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni will make a working visit and launch the Council of Europe Action Plan to support democratic reforms in the Republic of Moldova.
13-17 March, Serbia - A PACE delegation will observe the early parliamentary elections on 16 March 2014.
14 March, Paris - The PACE Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development Committe is due to adopt reports on "Decent work for all", and on "Ending child poverty in Europe". Members of the committee will also hold an exchange of views with the Chairperson of the European Committee of Social Rights, on the promotion of social rights. Another exchange of views is scheduled with a WHO representative on "Ensuring children with attention problems are properly cared for".
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