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A newly-created School in Turkey

    
Istanbul
On 3 April, in the context of the meeting of the Directors of the Schools of Political Studies, in Venice,  a Partnership Agreement was signed between the Council of Europe and the European School of Politics in Istanbul, which formalised the creation of a new School in Istanbul.

The European School of Politics in Istanbul is the 20th School to be created since the beginning of this network which started with the Moscow School in 1992.
It will hold its first seminar in Istanbul from 1 to 10 September.

(Read article in Schools newsletter)

 


The sixth edition of the Newsletter (April) is now available.  It is also possible to subscribe ! (please click here)

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This quarterly Newsletter provides up-to-date information on the activities of the Network of the Schools of Political Studies. It serves as a tool for the Schools themselves, but also provide useful information to friends and supporters of the Schools. It forms an element of the Council of Europe Strategy for the Schools of Political Studies which aims to reinforce their visibility and their impact. Read fifth edition,  fourth edition (January 2014),  third edition (July 2013), second edition (March 2013)  and first edition (November 2012).

 

Meetings of the Network of the Schools


Seminars organised by the Schools March - June
(more activities listed in online calendar)

  • Albania
    • Third national course "Albania and the EU integration process; Seminar "The organisation of state, drawing the line between state and power", Seminar on "Essays writing and Public initiatives", Seminar "Civil society and groups of interest", (from April to June)
    • Seminars on "Civil society and groups of interest", "Sustainable Regional Economic Development" and Public initiatives from the School participants
  • Armenia: First National Seminar on "State, society, politics, law, media, culture", Tsakhkadzor, Armenia, 16-18 May
  • Bosnia:Third national seminar on "Introduction to leadership competences and skills", Neum, 29 May- 1 June
  • Belarus:
    • first 2014 session of the East European School of Political Studies, Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine, 25-27 April
    •  second 2014 session of the East European School of Political Studies, , Transformations in Countries of Visegrad 4: Lessons for Belarus, European Youth Centre Budapest, 7-11 June
  • Bulgaria:
    • Course 4 seminar "Bulgaria in the EU - Principles of Good Governance", Pravetz, Bulgaria, 12-16 March
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    • Summer Academy for strengthening democracy by means of cultural diplomcy: experience sharing among Schools of Political Studies of Bulgaria, Tunisia and Morroco, 4-8 June 2014
  • Croatia: First seminar of the annual programme on "citizens, society and politics in modern democracies", Makarska, Croatia, 14-16 March
  • Georgia :
    • national seminar on "Political culture before the local elections", Gudauri, Georgia, 26-27 June
    • national seminar "Political culture before the local elections', Gudauri, Georgia, 30 April - 2 May
  • Kosovo*:
    • Second annual seminar on "The preconditions of development", Shkoder, Kosovo*Second annual seminar on "The preconditions of development", Shkoder, Kosovo*, 11-13 April
  • Moldova:
    • First international seminar on 'Democracy and Good Governance in Moldova - Current situation and main trends', Chisinau, 14-16 March
    • "Effective Democracy, Efficient Governance and Functional Market Economy - The Outcomes of Successful Transition", Chisinau, 13-15 June
  • Montenegro: Seminar on 'Towards responsible institutions", Podgorica, Montenegro, 22 May - Oslo, Norway 29 May-3 June
  • Romania:
    • Seminar on "Preparing the elites for communication in the public space", Paltinis, Romania, 5-8 June
    • Seminar on "Challenges of the crisis for Europe", Odorheiu Secuiesc Romania, 13-16 March
  • Serbia: First National seminar 2014, Palic, Serbia, 5-8 June
  • Russian Federation:
    • Federal Alumni seminar on "Civics as responsible freedom", 23-25 April, Golitsyno, Moscow Region
  • "the former Yugoslaw Republic of Macedonia":
    • First seminar on "Elections and campaigns: theory and good practices', 21-23 March, Kavadarci, "the former Yugoslaw Republic of Macedonia"
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    • Second Seminar on "EU Enlargement and the Balkans", 9-11 May, Skopje
    • Forum on the future of liberal democracy, Europe and the Balkans 6-8th June, 2014, Skopje
  • Turkey First seminar of the European School of Politics, Istanbul, Turkey, 1-10 September
  • Ukraine:
    • Second National Seminar, Lviv, Ukraine, 5-8 June
    • First National Seminar, Kyiv, Ukraine, 24-27 April
  • Visegrad School:
    • Second annual seminar, Prague, Czech Republic, 28-30 May
    • First annual seminar, Warsaw, Poland, 26-28 March
    • Specialist seminar on judicial cooperation in the V4+ region, Budapest, Hungary, 19-21 March

  •  RAD Seminar 2014pan>  "Invisible People: Many Faces of Migrations in the Western Balkans", 21-24 February, Niš, Serbia (RAD: Regional Academy for Democracy - Project Coordinator: BFPE; Project Partners: SPS Tirana, SPS Sarajevo, SPS Zagreb, SPS Pristina, SPS Skopje, SPS Podgorica, Zagreb, Croatia. - Next RAD seminar to take place in May
  • The fifth edition  of the Newsletter (January) is now available.  It is also possible to subscribe ! (please click here)

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    This quarterly Newsletter provides up-to-date information on the activities of the Network of the Schools of Political Studies. It serves as a tool for the Schools themselves, but also provide useful information to friends and supporters of the Schools. It forms an element of the Council of Europe Strategy for the Schools of Political Studies which aims to reinforce their visibility and their impact. Read fourth edition (January 2014),  third edition (July 2013), second edition (March 2013)  and first edition (November 2012).

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    The Schools of Political Studies at the 2nd World Forum for DemocracyWFD2013

    This year again, the Council of Europe schools of political studies participated in the World Forum for Democracy, whose second session took place on 23 - 29 November.

    Around 400 Schools participants enthusiastically participated in the various events of the World Forum.

    Moreover, a specific programme of events had also been organised for the Schools in the margins of the Forum, including the meeting of the Schools' Directors on 27 November.

    See specific programme of events.

    Interviews with Schools participants

    Forum photo gallery

    Link to World Forum web site  

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    Regional Seminar in Hammamet (07.11.2013)

    On 10-11 November, 2013 the Tunisian and Morrocan Schools co-organised a regional seminar on “Understanding the Arab Spring and its impact”.Hammamet

    The seminar focused on three themes:
    1. Trend of the political situation in the region,

    2. Development of the constitutional process in the region,

    3. Situation of rights and freedoms in the region.

    Programme of the seminar (French only)
    Report

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    Seminars organised by the Schools in October, November and December 2013:

  • Albania: Seminars on "Academic and essay writing", "Civil society and groups of interest"  and "freedom of expression and the role of media" (August to September)
  • Armenia: Opening ceremony of 2013-2014 study year and one-day seminar, Yerevan, Armenia, September, "European integration of Armenia"
  • Belarus:  workshop for planning of the EESPS’ Activity for 2013, common meeting of School’s Administration, Advisory Council and Alumni Council, Vilnius, Lithuania (August)
  • Bulgaria: National programme "Governing Skills" 2013/2014 course, "Leadership, Organisation, Communication", Pravetz, Bulgaria, Sofia, October
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina: Seminar  of the Bosnia & Herzegovina School of Political Studies, Przno-Budva, Montenegro, 19-22 September
  • Croatia:
    • 3rd Annual Seminar "Croatia at the bottom or at a beginning: models and experiences in re-launching the economy", Zagreb, Croatia, 27-29 September
    • Annual Conference of the APD and 3rd annual seminar, Zadar, Croatia, 20-22 September
    • RAD International Study Visit
    • Women for Democracy and Equality; Activity: 1st round table on gender equality, Kragujevac, Serbia, September
  • Georgia :
    • National seminar "Post-electoral Political culture", 17-18 October, Gudauri, Georgia
    • Seminar on "Towards a Democratic Culture of Elections", Georgia, 24-26 October
  • Morocco
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    • Fourth Seminar on "Regionalisation", Ouarzazet, South-East of Morocco, 14-17 November
    • Third Seminar on "Maitrise du cycle de projet de développement et évaluation des politiques publiques" (control of project development cycle and assessment of public policies), Eljadida, 17-20 October
  • Montenegro:
    • Seminar on the rule of law, Budva, Montenegro, September
    • Workshop on the subject of EE in Montenegro, Podgorica, Montenegro, September
    • Seminar on "Challenges of Europeanisation in Montenegro", Becici, Montenegro, 3-5 October
  • Serbia:
    • Project: Belgrade Security Forum (BSF), International conference, Belgrade, Serbia, 19-21 September
    • Third seminar: European Integration and Local Development – Towards Successful Strategies and Good Governance, September, East Serbia Region, September
    • Second seminar on "Local Networking for Sustainable Development", Belgrade, 4-6 October
    • 2nd round table on gender equality: Women for Democracy and Equality, , Nis, Serbia, October
    • Press conference on Public Dialogue Initiative, Belgrade, Serbia, October
    • 3rd round table on gender equality: "Women for Democracy and Equality", Novi Sad, Serbia, October
    • Fourth seminar, European Integration and Local Development - Towards successful strategies and good governance, East Serbia Region, 18-20 October
  • Tunis School :
    • Seminar on assessment of the political situation in the region and the developments in the last two years, Tunisia, 11-13 October
    • Second seminar on "La situation politique actuelle dans la région et son évolution et l'importance de la société civile dans l'avènement de ces changements", Hammamet, 11-12 novembre
    • Diploma ceremony, 21 December
  • Ukraine: USPS Third 2013 Seminar, Lviv, Ukraine, 26-29 September
  • Russian Federation
    • Seminars on 'Law, Politics, Economy, Mass Media', Golitsyno, Moscow Region, 9-16 June
    • Federal seminar for emerging civil leaders 'Law, Politics, Economy, Mass Media', 21-27 July, Golitsyno, Moscow Region
  • Visegrad School: Inauguration and first annual seminar of the School, Warsaw, 18-21 September
  • 4th RAD Seminar 'International law and the role of the international organisations",  9-12 November, Durres, Albania (RAD: Regional Academy for Democracy - Project Coordinator: BFPE; Project Partners: SPS Tirana, SPS Sarajevo, SPS Zagreb, SPS Pristina, SPS Skopje, SPS Podgorica, Zagreb, Croatia.

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    Newsletter of the School of Political Studies - Fourth edition (09.10.13)

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    The
    fourth edition  of the Newsletter is now available.  It is now possible to subscribe ! (please click here)

    This quarterly Newsletter provides up-to-date information on the activities of the Network of the Schools of Political Studies. It serves as a tool for the Schools themselves, but also provide useful information to friends and supporters of the Schools. It forms an element of the Council of Europe Strategy for the Schools of Political Studies which aims to reinforce their visibility and their impact. Read third edition (July 2013), second edition (March 2013)  and first edition (November 2012).

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    Inauguration of the Visegrád School of Political Studies, Warsaw, 18 September

    visegrad The Visegrád School of Political Studies will be inaugurated on Wednesday 18 September 2013 in Warsaw, (Poland), in presence of  two guests of honour: Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, and Radosław Sikorski, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland.

    The inauguration was be followed by the first seminar of the School.

    Programme of the inauguration

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    Launch of the School of Political Studies in Cameroon

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    This project, inspired by the Council of Europe Network of Schools of Political Studies, is an independent initiative supported by the OIF. Vincent de Paul Emah Etoundi, Director of the School, analyses the fundamental problems that affect the proper practice of democracy in most African states today and explains the emergence of a Socio-Political School of thought within the political context of Cameroon and Central Africa.

    Introduction to the School by his Director, Vincent de Paul Emah ETOUNDI
     

     

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    MoscowThe Moscow School of Civic Education celebrates its 20th anniversary (April 2013)

    To celebrate its 20th anniversary, the Moscow School of Civic Education organised on 25-27 April 2013 in Golitsyno near Moscow the seminar "Moscow School: 20 years".  20 years ago, on 4 April 1993, the Moscow School of Civic Education held its first seminar on "Politics, economics and national relationships". For the past two decades, the School has contributed to the objective of transforming Russia into a truly open and democratic civil society which functions effectively.

    The School’s seminars, which focus on the most important and complex problems of modern times, offer young leaders a unique platform for open debates and free-thinking. To celebrate its 20th anniversary, the Moscow School of Political Studies invited its Alumni from all over Russia to the above mentioned seminar. The connection between power and society, power and personality as well as the question of morality in politics will be the key topics of the event. The School’s Alumni will debate with prominent national and international personalities.

    Catherine Lalumière, President of the European Association of Schools of Political Studies of the Council of Europe, delivere a speech on "Power, Personality and Political Institutions". For more information and the programme, please visit the website of the Moscow School.

    Watch interview  by Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland

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    MoroccoMoroccan School of Political Studies - Launching conference (15.03.2013)

    Programme The inauguration of the Tunisian School of Politics had taken place on 8 January 2013 in Tunis, in the presence of the Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, who delivered a speech on this occasion. The inauguration was preceded by the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding about the Council of Europe’s presence in Tunisia by the Council of Europe and the Tunisian authorities.

    Both Schools are being set up in the framework of the Council of Europe new neighbourhood policy. Independent NGOs like the sixteen existing Schools in Central and Eastern Europe, the new Schools’ objective will be to train new generations of political, economic, social and cultural leaders. Through annual series of seminars related to democracy, human rights and the rule of law, the new Schools will make a concrete contribution to the ongoing transitional processes in their countries.

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    PopovJulian Popov was appointed Minister of Environment and Water (15.03.2013)

    On 13 March 2013 Julian Popov was appointed Minister of Environment and Water in the Caretaker government of Bulgaria. Mr Popov, Chairman of the Board of the Bulgarian School of Politics, is a renowned expert and journalist, who published numerous articles in Bulgarian and European media on European policy, EU enlargement, energy, sustainable development and low carbon economy. For almost twenty years, Mr Popov has been working as an advisor in institutional development, public relations and educational policy for a number of prestigious organisations such as European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the European Commission, the British Open University and the European Association of Distance Learning Universities. Mr Popov’s recent projects have included work on a “Quality and impact assessment manual for the Schools of Political Studies”, aiming to facilitate knowledge sharing on training methods between Schools and to enhance their capacity to build new partnerships.


    2012

    The Schools of Political Studies at the World Forum for Democracy (5-11 October 2012)

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    The participants of the 16 existing Schools of Political Studies of the Council of Europe chosen for the 2012 annual cycle as well as representatives of the two newly created Schools (Tunisia, Morrocco) participated in the first World Forum for Democracy. In addition to their attending the different events of the Forum, the School participants exchanged views with their peers in regional meetings of Schools and met the judges of the European Court of Human rights from their countries. Read more..  -   Photo gallery

    In bringing together high-ranking political officials, leading public figures, Nobel Peace Prize winners and civil society activists, the World Forum allowed for an exchange of experiences and perceptions and helped identify risks as well as possible answers to today’s societal challenges. Read more

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    2011
     

    6th Summer University for Democracy (Strasbourg, 27-29 June 2011)

    Around 500 participants from the network of Schools of Political Studies of the Council of Europe, as well as experts and personalities from around the world attended the 6th edition of the Summer University for Democracy, which addressed the issue of "Ethics and Politics".
    Programme
    Proceedings