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    and beyond

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Albania
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Georgia
Kosovo*
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The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia"  
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A priority for the Council of Europe

The Council of Europe schools of political studies were established to train future generations of political, economic, social and cultural leaders in countries in transition. With the participation of national and international experts, they run annual series of seminars and conferences on topics such as European integration, democracy, human rights, the rule of law and globalisation. The first School of Political Studies was created in Moscow in 1992 by a group of civil society activists seeking to promote democratic values. Since then, 19 other schools have been set up along the same lines; a genuine network now covering the whole of Eastern and South-Eastern Europe and the Caucasus, as well as some countries in the Southern Mediterranean region. (Read more)


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1st International Meeting of the Alumni of Schools of Political Studies

    
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'Harnessing young people’s potential for building a democratic future’ was the main topic of the meeting, which gathered distinguished SPS alumni, coming from more than twenty countries, addressed two thematics: ‘The marginalisation of today’s young generation: Is the pact between the generations broken?’ and ‘Can young people bring about an agreed set of common values for the future?’ .The seminar ended with a brainstorming round table on the development of the Schools’ Network, in particular its alumni dimension. The outcomes of the discussions are expected to be of use to the participants in their respective professional or activist functions, as well as to the 2014 session of the World Forum for Democracy which will be organised by the Council of Europe in early November on the theme ‘From participation to influence: can youth revitalise democracy?’. )
Programme of the meeting



A newly-created School in Instanbul

    
Istanbul


On 3 April, in the margins 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 held its first seminar in Istanbul from 1 to 10 September.

(Read article in Schools newsletter)


MORE NEWS


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 should serve 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 the 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).


Spring meeting of the Directors of the Schools of Political Studies

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The Spring meeting of the Directors of the Schools of Political Studies took place in Venice on 3-4 April.


The meeting, which was devoted to information and exchange of views about the implementation of decisions taken at previous meetings, gathered the Directors of the Schools as well as representatives of  2 future Schools: The European School of Politics in Istanbul and the Greek School of Political Studies.

At this occasion, 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 meeting also included a workshop on "Gender mainstreaming in the Schools: current situation and perspectives", which led to numerous exchanges amongst the Schools Directors.

Picture Gallery

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The Schools of Political Studies at the 2nd World Forum for Democracy (23-29.11.2013)

See specific programme of events;  Interviews with Schools participants; Forum photo gallery; Link to World Forum web site, Synopses of regional meetings

 

ALL NEWS


Meetings of the Network of the Schools


Seminars organised by the Schools since March 2014
(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: 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*:
    • Third annual seminar on "Foreign Affairs and National security", Pristina, Kosovo*, 11-13 July
    • Second annual seminar on "The preconditions of development", Shkoder, Kosovo*, 11-13 April
  • Moldova: Seminar on "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
    • First seminar of the 10th edition of the "Ovidiu Sincai' European School on "Politics and society in a European Democracy, Mahmudia, Romania, 17-20 July
  • 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
    • Federal seminars on "Law, politics, economy, mass media", Golitsyno 8-14 June, and 27 July-2 August
  • "the former Yugoslaw Republic of Macedonia":
    • 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:
    • First Seminar of the South-East Special Course of the Ukrainian School for Political Studies, 15-20 July
    • Second National Seminar, Lviv, Ukraine, 5-8 June
    • First National Seminar, Kyiv, Ukraine, 24-27 April
  • Visegrad School:
    • Fourth annual  seminar of Visegrad School on "Fighting corruption and promoting transparency", Budapest, Hungary, 24-26 September
    • Third annual seminar of Visegrad School on "Multiple dimensions of security in V4', 16-18 July
    • Second annual seminar, Prague, Czech Republic, 28-30 May
  •  RAD Seminars in 2014: First seminar on "Invisible People: Many Faces of Migrations in the Western Balkans", 21-24 February, Niš, Serbia - Second seminar on "Social and Labor Rights in Times of Prolonged Economic Crisis”, Skopje, 8 to 11 May - Third seminar on “Rights of Minorities and Institutional Arrangements: Seeking better solutions”, Prishtina, 26-29 June 2014  (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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    Schools Strategy for 2012 and beyond

    The Schools have adopted their Strategy for 2012 and Beyond. The Ministers' Deputies took note of the Strategy on 2 May 2012.

    The Strategy aims to build a strategic vision for the Schools of Political Studies; to foster a close partnership between the Schools and Council of Europe's operational work; to expand the Network of the Schools of Political Studies; to develop new partnerships with potential donors and with formal or non-formal educational establishments

    The Strategy is now being promoted among Council of Europe bodies and other institutions and tools (fundraising impact measurement and marketing presentation, onine newsletter) for that purpose are being prepared.

     

    European Association of the Schools of Political Studies

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    In 2008, the Directors of the Schools of Political Studies founded the European Association of Schools of Political Studies to strengthen ties, foster their development and support the Council of Europe’s activities to promote the schools’ network.

    The association is non-profit-making and has no political or religious aims. It is governed by a Board made up of the Directors of schools of political studies and three to ten members elected by the General Assembly for four years. Catherine Lalumière, former Secretary General of the Council of Europe, was elected Chair of the association.

    * "All reference to Kosovo, whether to the territory, institutions or population, in this text shall be understood in full compliance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo."