The week in brief
9 November: European Action Day against Fascism and Antisemitism
In Warsaw, Council of Europe representatives will take part in a special event at the Museum of the History of Polish Jews organised by the local partners of the CoE-supported Campaign “No Hate Speech Movement”. See also the Social media campaign under the slogan “Anti-Semitism – not on my internet!” to promote Hate Speech Watch.
More information - Contact: Tatiana Baeva, tel.+33 3 88 41 21 41
Eastern partnership countries take strong measures against cybercrime at Council of Europe conference
12-14 November, Chisinau – The Council of Europe and the Ministry of Justice of Moldova will bring together the Eastern partnership countries to strengthen cooperation and the fight against cybercrime.
As part of the three-year Cybercrime@EAP project (2011-2014), representatives from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine and international experts will review cybercrime and cybersecurity policies and strategies as well as law enforcement and judicial training. Participants will also discuss challenges to international cooperation on cybercrime and electronic evidence, and agree on further capacity building activities.
The meeting starts at 9 am (Hotel Leogrand, Chisinau).
More information - Programme - Contact: Estelle Steiner, tel. +33 3 88 41 33 35
Belgium assumes Chairmanship of Committee of Ministers
13 November, Strasbourg – Belgium will assume the chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe and hold this function until May 2015.
As per recent tradition, the flag of the country chairing the Committee of Ministers will be raised in front of Strasbourg Town Hall, Place Broglie at approximately 2.30 pm.
Contact: Can Fisek, tel. + 33 388 41 30 41
PACE Presidential Committee in Moscow
13 November, Moscow – The Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) Presidential Committee will meet the Speaker of the Russian State Duma Sergey Naryshkin and members of the Russian delegation to PACE. PACE President Anne Brasseur will also hold a separate bilateral meeting with Mr Naryshkin.
The Presidential Committee is made up of the President of the Assembly, the heads of its five political groups and the Assembly’s Secretary General.
PACE delegation to visit the detention centre near Calais
14 November, Coquelles (France) – A delegation of French parliamentarians, also members of the PACE, will make a visit to the detention centre for irregular migrants and asylum seekers at Coquelles, near Calais. On that occasion, they will meet the Mayor of Calais, the sous-Préfet, the Public Prosecutor and representatives of the customs service, border police (PAF) and NGOs.
A press conference is scheduled after the visit to the detention centre, at 3.15 p.m. at the Ibis Styles hotel, 46 rue Royale, Calais.
10 November, Strasbourg – The European Committee of Social Rights will publish two decisions concerning access to emergency social assistance in the Netherlands, in relation with complaints brought under the European Social Charter by the European Federation of National Organisations working with the Homeless (FEANTSA) and the Conference of European Churches.
More information - Contact : Andrew Cutting, tel. +32 482 217 202
10 November, Paris – The PACE Sub-Committee on the European Social Charter will organise a parliamentary seminar on “Ensuring safe and healthy working conditions”, in co-operation with the Department of the European Social Charter and the PACE Parliamentary Project Support Division.
11 and 12 November, Kyrgyz Republic – Tinatin Khidasheli, PACE rapporteur, will make a fact-finding visit to Bishkek in the context of the preparation of her report on the evaluation of the partnership for democracy in respect of the Parliament of the Kyrgyz Republic.
11 and 12 November, Bishkek (Kyrgyz Republic) – Venice Commission: Assistance to the Constitutional Chamber of the Kyrgyz Republic will be made up of a workshop on media awareness and speaking in public. This is a training session for judges and relevant staff of the Constitutional Chamber of the Kyrgyz Republic with the objective of teaching them new techniques of dealing with the media. Jointly organized with the UNDP office in Bishkek with funding provided by the European Union.
11-13 November, Kyiv – Organised by the Congress, the Workshop “Mayors, Leaders for Change” will bring together around 20 newly-elected mayors from different regions of Ukraine. The aim of the workshop is to provide the participants with the opportunity to exchange experience with Ukrainian and other European peers on local governments’ challenges and in particular on ways to define and lead successful policies, plan strategically, inspire and involve citizens and stakeholders in a positive and effective manner.
12 November, Brussels – Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland will have a working visit and will meet Didier Reynders, Chair of the Committee of Ministers and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belgium and other high-level personalities from the European Commission.
12 November, Strasbourg – The European Court of Human Rights will deliver a Grand Chamber hearing in the case of Gherghina v Romania (9.15 a.m.)
The case concerns the applicant’s alleged inability to pursue university studies because of the lack of accessible buildings for people with disabilities and the alleged failure to provide any reasonable alternative solutions
More information – ECHR website, tel. + 33 3 90 21 42 08
13 November, Strasbourg – The European Court of Human Rights will deliver in writing 25 judgments
Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Croatia, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Romania, Russia, Slovenia and Turkey.
More information – ECHR website, tel. + 33 3 90 21 42 08
13 and 14 November, Strasbourg – The Council of Europe Committee of Experts on Terrorism (CODEXTER) will consider questions relating to radicalisation and terrorist training, including via the Internet, and to the monitoring of the Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism.
More information - Contact : Estelle Steiner, tel +33 3 88 41 33 35
13 and 14 November, London – European Academic Network on Romani Studies - The joint Council of Europe and EU initiative will feature two workshops, “Criminal justice/policing matters – UK and European dimensions” and “Health issues for UK and European Roma communities”.
Contact: Panos Kakaviatos, tel. +33 3 90 21 50 27