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Council of Europe Platform Exchange: Smart Creativity, Smart Democracy

4-5 September 2015, Linz (Austria) – The Second Council of Europe Platform Exchange on Culture and Digitisation entitled "Smart Creativity, Smart Democracy" will explore insights on innovative digital technology in the cultural field and its positive contribution to citizen participation and empowerment. This multi-stakeholder event is designed to stimulate dialogue between cultural practitioners, public administrators and researchers and identify good practices for promotion in the Council of Europe member States. It is being organised in cooperation with the Ars Electronica Center with additional support from the Government of Austria, in tandem with the annual Ars Electronica Festival (3-7 September 2015) on the theme of "Post City – Habitats for the 21st Century". [31/08/2015]

Event webpage; Festival webpage


C4i – Communication for integration

The C4i-Communication for Integration project, co-funded by the Council of Europe and the European Commission, launches a database on good practices on its official website. The database consists of documents, reports, case studies and methodology gathered throughout the duration of the project. The C4i aims to create social networks in order to address negative but widespread, misconceptions (rumours, prejudices and stereotypes) about persons from diverse backgrounds and to provide evidence-based information to counteract such misconceptions. Active participation from citizens as "anti-rumor agents" is a key feature of C4i. The C4i project is implemented in 11 European cities: Amadora/Portugal, Barcelona/Spain, Bilbao/Spain, Botkyrka/Sweden, Erlangen /Germany, Limerick/Ireland, Loures/Portugal, Lublin/Poland, Nuremberg/Germany, Patras/Greece and Sabadell/Spain. The cities work in cooperation with local authorities, NGOs, foreign communities, academia, media and citizens, with a view to identifying and addressing common misconceptions about immigration and promoting living together in diversity and social cohesion. [26/08/2015]

More information on the website 


Bern ConventionMonitoring visit to Patara and Fethiye (Turkey) to check enforcement of conservation measures for the oldest living species on Earth, 28-30 July 2015

 An on-the-spot monitoring appraisal will take place on 28-30 July 2015 to Patara and Fethiye Specially Protected Areas, following a complaint submitted by MEDASSET to the Standing Committee to the Bern Convention. Sea turtles are among the oldest living species on Earth, and at the same time one of the most endangered reptiles. Two of them, the loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) and the green turtle (Chelonia mydas) nest regularly in the Mediterranean, namely in Turkey, Greece and Cyprus. Unfortunately, they are both endangered species. In order to check enforcement of conservation measures for the loggerhead turtle in Patara and Fethiye Specially Protected Areas (Turkey), the Bern Convention is going to conduct an on-the-spot monitoring visit on 28-30 July 2015. The visit was decided by the Standing Committee following a complaint submitted by MEDASSET to denounce the lack of adequate management of the nesting beaches. At core of the complaint a summer house development project next to Patara beach, the presumed inadequate management of Fethiye SPA, and the plans to build a shipyard dock in Akgöl.
Representatives of the IUCN and WWF-Turkey will also join the visit. [21/07/2015]

Press release


FOCUS: Cultural Heritage

4th meeting of CDCPP

The CDCPP held its 4th meeting from 1 to 3 June 2015 at the Council of Europe headquarters in Strasbourg. The Committee examined the Council of Europe’s intergovernmental work in the field of culture, heritage and landscape, and advise the Committee of Ministers on questions within its area of competence. [05/06/2015]


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