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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)


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

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.


The Schools  of Political Studies at World Forum for Democracy 2014 (Nov. 2014)

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From 3 to 5 November, the participants from the 21 Schools of Political studies of the Council of Europe, including the newly created Turkish and Greek Schools, participated in the World Forum for democracy events. The participants attended the different events of the 2014 Forum, which was a part of the Schools' annual cycle and whose theme was "From participation to influence: can youth revitalise democracy?". Discussions focused inter alia on questions such as "How to increase any democratic participation of youth through the labour market when employment opportunities decrease? ; Is education a real promise for prosperity and security, and is it a good vehicle for inclusion that extremely qualified generations now have less guarantee of access to the labour market, leading some to speak of a "lost generation"?
(Consult Forum web site)

Schools participants also benefited from a specific programme of additional events specially organised for them from 2 to 6 November. These events included meetings with the judges of the European Court of Human rights, exchanges of views with their peers in thematic and professional group meetings as well as bilateral meetings. The programme also included a solemn and lively diploma ceremony during which the Secretary General handed certificates to School participants to mark the completion of the 2014 Schools cycle.
. See programme of special events
. Ready synopses of thematic and professional group meetings

In the framework of the World Forum, the Autumn meeting of the Schools Directors took place on 2 November. The meeting was mainly devoted to following up the implementation of decisions taken at previous meetings and examining current challenges and new developments in the Network. Consideration was also given to specific past events, notably the First International Alumni Seminar (Strasbourg, 19-20 June 2014) and the Regional workshop on Policy Development and Confidence Building (Budapest, 6-10 October 2014). The Directors also informed participants on forthcoming events for their respective schools. The meeting ended with a briefing about the specific activities for the Schools of Political Studies at the World Forum for Democracy which was starting the day after.

A new name for the Schools Association

The annual General  Assembly of the European Association of the Schools of Politicial Studies, which gathered in the context of the World Forum for democracy, decided to change the name of the association, which will now be: "Association of the Schools of Political Studies of the Council of Europe". This is 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.

Regional Academy for Democracy

Learn more about RAD from some of key actors involved in the development of the project and its implementation in 2014.
Watch video
.  For more information, visit www.radwb.eu.



3rd seminar of Citizenship School of Political Studies, Morocco (Oct. 2014)

Seminar ECEP Oct 14On 11 and 12 October, the Citizenship School of Politcal Studies (ECEP) held its third annual seminar on the topic "Public policy in human rights in Morocco - What for a public strategy ? Which follow up and assessment ?
The objective of the seminar was to create a space for exchange among Moroccan actors and experts to focus on challenges related to public action aimed at reinforcing human rights. At the same time, participants examined the nature, content and scope of public action for human rights through anlysing the acquis and examining the issue.
Video recording (in Arabic)

The seventh edition of the Schools Newsletter (Sept. 2014)

The seventh edition of the Newsletter (September) is now available.  It is also 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 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 Civic School of Political Studies in Greece opens its doors (August 2014)

GreeceThe Greek School of Political Studies opened in Thessaloniki, having been established in co–operation with a distinguished local organisation Symβiosis, thereby becoming the 21st member of the Council of Europe’s Network of Schools of Political Studies. In August 2014, the new School held its first seminar on “Democracy challenges in Europe: representation, legitimisation, publics and social inclusion” (Xanthi, 21–24 August). The four–day event brought together young politicians, civil society activists, journalists and public administrators to address issues such as the interlinked crises of national and European representativity, the role of national and European parliamentarians in the internet age and direct forms of citizens’ public participation as a means to reinvigorate European democratic institutions.

On 3 April 2014, the creation of the European School of Politics in Istanbul had been formalised in Venice, in the context of the meeting of the Schools Directors. The School held its first pilot seminar in September, in Istanbul.
(Read article in Schools newsletter)

1st International Meeting of the Alumni of Schools of Political Studies (19.06.14)

'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
video clip  with impressions by participants
video clip  including messages by participants to the World Forum for Democracy (3-5 November 2014)

Spring meeting of the Directors of the Schools of Political Studies

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.

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Meetings of the Network of the Schools

Seminars organised by the Schools since March 2014
(more activities listed in online calendar)
Albania Armenia Belarus Bosnia Bulgaria Croatia Georgia Greece Kosovo* Moldova Montenegro Romania Serbia Russian Federation "the former Yugoslaw Republic of Macedonia" Turkey Ukraine Visegrad School 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. (Learn more about RAD )


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

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."