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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, 20 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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2nd International Alumni Seminar of the Council of Europe Schools of Political Studies (Sarajevo, 25-26 June)

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The 2015 International Alumni Seminar of the Council of Europe Schools of Political Studies took place in Sarajevo from 25-26 June. It brought together alumni from the 21 Schools of Political Studies who have achieved high office in their field, nationally or internationally. Participants explored the theme “Defending Democracy, Freedom and Human Dignity against Internal and External Threats”. Their findings will provide input to the World Forum for Democracy which will take place in Strasbourg in November this year.

Mr Ivo KOMSIC, Mayor of Sarajevo, made the opening address and also hosted a reception for the seminar participants at the National and University Library of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The encounter was concluded by an excursion to Mostar, with a special visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Old Mostar Bridge.

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Second International Summer Academy for Strengthening Democracy in the Euro-Med Region (Sofia, 2-7 June)Bulgaria_Summer_Acad

 

The second International Summer Academy for Strengthening Democracy in the Euro-Med Region took place from 2 to 7 June 2015 in Sofia, Bulgaria.

The event was organised for a second consecutive year by the Bulgarian School of Politics “Dimitry Panitza” in cooperation with the Tunisian School of Politics and the Citizen School of Political Studies in Morocco and with the financial support of South Programme II.

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Ninth edition of the Schools Newsletter (April 2015)



The ninth 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 Europe Strategy for the Schools of Political Studies which aims to reinforce their visibility and their impact. 

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The Schools Directors met in Budva (Montenegro) on 30 - 31 March (March 2015)

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The Directors of the Council of Europe Schools of Political Studies held their Spring meeting in Budva, Montenegro, on 30-31 March, hosted by the School of Democratic Leadership, Podgorica.

The meeting, which was opened by Mr Igor Lukšić, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of Montenegro, gave the Directors the opportunity to exchange on current challenges and future orientations of the Network of Schools of Political Studies. Participants also shared views on past activities and forthcoming ones, including the Seminar of Schools alumni to take place in Sarajevo at the end of June and the 4th World Forum for Democracy, to take place in Strasbourg on 18-20 November 2015.

The Directors’ meeting also included a workshop on ‘Threats to liberal democracy: a challenge to civil society’.



Director of Chisinau School appointed as Minister of Defence of Moldova (February 2015)

CibotaruViorel Cibotaru was appointed Minister of Defence of the Republic of Moldova on 18 February 2015.

A journalist and renowned expert in the field of national security, defence, military affairs and international relations, Viorel Cibotaru has been, since 2006, the Director of the European Institute for Political Studies, member of the Council of Europe’s Network of Schools of Political Studies.

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Regional seminar organised by Moroccan School (28-29 November, Marrakesh)

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The Schools of Political Studies of Morocco and Tunisia are working together to extend the Schools’ impact throughout the South Mediterranean region. In this context, each School has organised an annual regional seminar which offers a platform for exchanges and debates between civil society activists, academics, and experts in the fields of political science and human rights on key challenges to the consolidation of democratic processes in the region.

The first Regional seminar was organised by the Tunisian School in Hammamet in November 2013. The Second Regional seminar, organised by the Moroccan School in Marrakesh on 28-29 November 2014 addressed “Standards and tools to institutionalise policies of diversity in the Southern Mediterranean. For a negotiated transition towards democratic pluralism and human rights strengthening in the countries of the region”. This seminar, which took place on the occasion of the 2nd World Human Rights Forum, gathered around 100 participants from the two Schools and from civil society representatives from different countries of the Mediterranean region, notably Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia and Yemen.

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Meetings of the Network of the Schools


Meetings of Schools Directors
The Spring meeting took place in Budva (Montenegro) on 30 - 31 March. The Directors exchanged on current challenges and future orientations of the Network of Schools of Political Studies and shared views on past activities and forthcoming ones, including the Seminar of Schools alumni to take place in Sarajevo at the end of June and the 4th World Forum for Democracy, to take place in Strasbourg on 18-20 November 2015. The Directors’ meeting also included a workshop on ‘Threats to liberal democracy: a challenge to civil society’.

Seminars
List of School seminars organised since September 2015. See List of recent/forthcoming seminars (more activities listed in online calendar)

The Second International Alumni Seminar took place in Sarajevo on 25-26 June 2015.

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.


Association of the Schools of Political Studies of the Council of Europe

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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 of the Schools of Political Studies of the Council of Europe"

The association, which c 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.

In November 2014, the Association General Assembly, which gathered in the context of the World Forum for Democracy, decided to change the name of the association to "Association of the Schools of Political Studies of the Council of Europe", in order to better reflect the new composition of the association which now includes the Tunisian and Moroccan Schools and which aims at expanding further to other countries of the Mediterranean and of Central Asia.

* "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."