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34th Standing Committee meeting of the Bern Convention

The Standing Committee will meets from 2 to 5 December in Strasbourg to monitor the implementation and the review of the Convention. The meeting is attended by delegations from 51 Contracting Parties, including the European Union, observer States, representatives of governmental and non-governmental organisations, international biodiversity conventions, agreements and programmes, as well as by independent experts. Over 130 participants are expected at this year’s meeting to discuss issues such as as invasive alien species, protected areas, illegal killing of birds, among others. The Committee will also assess the complaints submitted by citizens and NGOs for presumed breaches of the Convention by Contracting Parties. [26/11/2014]

Special file


European Academic Network on Romani Studies (RAN): Crime and Health seminar series

Two workshops organised in London on 3-4 December by Professor Margaret Greenfields from the Buckinghamshire New University in collaboration with the Centre for Rights, Equality and Diversity of the University of Warwick and the Lankelly Chase Foundation, will address the issues of Roma in the criminal justice system and Health Issues for United Kingdom and European Roma communities. The event is part of a series of workshops funded by the RAN within the framework of the call for proposals for Bridging the Gap between Academia and Policy Makers. [19/11/2014]


Reviewing cultural policy in Serbia

Upon request of the Minister of Culture of the Republic of Serbia, Mr Ivan Tasovac, a Council of Europe expert team met with national specialists on 12-13 November to jointly study the country’s cultural policy system, with a focus on the contemporary and performing arts sector. An analytical report with policy recommendations will become available in Spring 2015. [17/11/2014]

Cultural policy review programme


Meeting of the Scientific Committee of the European Academic Network on Romani Studies

The meeting was scheduled to review the project’s achievements, decide on the Network’s future after the joint programme’s term in May 2015, and to exchange with the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Roma Issues on the Roma-related work in the CoE and the RAN’s contribution to it. The Scientific Committee adopted an action plan until May 2015, decided to transfer the Network’s database of experts and resources to the University of Manchester after the project’s term, selected 6 workshop proposals for funding, and prepared for a final showcase event in conjunction with the last SC meeting (April 2015, Strasbourg). [17/11/2014]



The Council of Europe Cultural Routes Advisory Forum

The Council of Europe Cultural Routes Advisory Forum is an important date on the agenda of the Council of Europe’s cultural routes. This year it was held in Baku, Azerbaijan (30-31 October 2014). The theme of the Forum 2014 was "Cultural Routes: cultural tourism for intercultural dialogue and social stability". The two days of presentations, debates and discussions brought together actors from all areas connected with the routes. (more...) [06/11/2014]

Press release


FOCUS: Cultural Diversity

The Diversity Advantage Challenge

The Diversity Advantage Challenge challenge will help understand better the conditions under which diversity generates innovation and the do’s and don’ts of the process. It is a contest for the best real-life stories of the successful involvement of people of different cultural backgrounds in the design of innovative products, services, policies, projects and initiatives. The stories should illustrate how it is possible to harness cultural diversity to the benefit of businesses, organisations and communities. Applications are closed. (more...) [14/11/2014]


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