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Launch of Council of Europe Platform to protect journalism and promote the safety of journalists  (2 April 2015)

Platform_PartnersThe Council of Europe launched on 2 April –in co-operation with five partner organisations– an Internet platform aimed at protecting journalism and promoting the safety of journalists.

Via the platform, the partner organisations –Article 19, the Association of European Journalists, the European Federation of Journalists, the International Federation of Journalists and Reporters Without Borders– will issue alerts concerning media freedom threats and will bring them to the attention of the Council of Europe institutions.

Letter by Slovenian Minister of Justice

Directors of Council of Europe Schools of Political Studies meet in Budva (Montenegro) on 30 - 31 March (March 2015)

SPS_Budva_meeting_2015The Directors of the 21 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 , enabled the Directors 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’.

A revised mandate for DPP (Feb. 2015)

Following the decision taken by the Secretary General, after his re-election in September 2014, to contribute to increasing the operational capacity of the Organisation, the Directorate of Policy Planning has now revised its mandate. In addition to its policy planning activities and support to the network of the Schools of Political Studies, including in the run up to the World Forum for Democracy, it has been assigned two new tasks :

•Preparation of the Secretary General’s Annual Report on the State of Democracy, Human Rights and the Rule of Law in Europe;
•Co-ordination of the ‘Platform for the Protection of Journalism and the Safety of Journalists’, and to ensure follow-up actions and future developments.

New Director of Policy Planning appointed (Jan. 2015)

M. Gruden

Mr Matjaž Gruden, former Deputy Director of the Private Office of the Secretary General, has been appointed to the post of Director of Policy Planning of the Council of Europe, with effect from 1 January 2015.

Read DPP revised mandate.

DPP Newsletter - December 2014 Issue (Dec. 2014)

Together with news on recent and upcoming Policy Planning activities (European Identity Debates, the 'Awareness Lab for Early Response - Team' (ALER-T) meetings, new publications and 'Open Thoughts' papers), you will find useful information and the names of contact persons.

New publication 'The Pursuit of Undivided Europe' - Experts' views on the Political Relevance of the Council of Europe (Dec. 2014)

Cover_The_Pursuit_of_Undivided_EuropePeaceful, prosperous, democratic and respectful of people's rights, How can the Council of Europe remain and thrive as the continent’s main reference point in terms of human rights, democracy and the rule of law? Is there a way for Strasbourg to more successfully accomplish the major task of protecting the human rights of European citizens? How can the Council of Europe, in an ever more multipolar European order, become an indispensable tool for the realisation of the pan-European idea and a unified Europe from Reykjavik to Moscow? In what ways does the Organisation have to change in order to account for the dynamics that have taken place in our societies in the last two decades? What new tasks does it have to strategically take on and should it modernise itself as an international body? Finally, what can it do to become a “club of democracies” again?

This publication is based on a collaborative project that the Directorate of Policy Planning of the Council of Europe conducted with 14 renowned analysts from major European think tanks over almost two years. In three advisory reports, designed to provide a solid basis for the Council of Europe’s (...)

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The Council of Europe and University Chairs Meeting ‘Towards an Enhanced Role of the Council of Europe in University Teaching and Research’ (Dec. 2014)

AcademicsIn order to strengthen the relationship with universities, the Directorate of Policy Planning, in co-operation with the Directorate General of Human Rights and Rule of Law (DGI) and the Directorate General of Democracy (DGII), organised a meeting on 3 December with representatives of leading European institutions of higher education. These include the University of Oxford, Istanbul Bilgi University, European University Institute (Florence), University of Sarajevo, Central European University (Budapest) and the European Humanities University (Belarussian University in exile, Vilnius).


The Schools of Political Studies at the World Forum for Democracy (3-5 November)

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, as a part of the Schools' annual cycle. The theme of the 2014 World Forum was "From participation to influence: can youth revitalise democracy?"

Schools participants also benefited from a specific programme of additional events organised for them from 2 to 6 November, including 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 of the Council of Europe handed certificates to School participants to mark the completion of the 2014 Schools cycle.
Read 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.

'Policy Development and Confidence Building Workshop for Civil Society Leaders and Policy Makers from the Black Sea Region' - Budapest, 6-10 October 2014 (7 Oct. 2014)

Black_sea_semIn view of the turning points the Black Sea region is facing, the Council of Europe has organised, in co-operation with the School of Public Policy at Central European University, a “Policy Development and Confidence Building Workshop for Civil Society Leaders and Policy Makers from the Black Sea Region” in order to provide an opportunity to engage in thoughtful and in-depth discussions about some of the most compelling issues confronting the region today.

The objective of the workshop was to provide a forum for innovative thinkers from civil society organisations, researchers from policy think tanks and policy makers from the Black Sea region, i.e. Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey and Georgia to discuss and develop practical, equitable and sustainable solutions to regional policy problems. Thirty-two researchers, policy makers, entrepreneurs, and activists from those countries traveled to Budapest to participate in a series of engaging discussions to develop practical solutions to regional policy problems in the areas of democratic institution building, human rights, cooperative security policy, and transition economics.
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'We need to talk about Europe' - European Identity Debates at the Council of Europe 2013 - 14 (2 Oct. 2014)

"Peaceful, prosperous, democratic and respectful of people's rights, building Europe is an ongoing challenge. For many years it seemed that Europeans lived on a continent of shared values and a common destiny. No one paid attention to the alarm bells warning of growing divisions across the continent, which have become more insistent since the economic and social crisis. Europe and its values, previously taken for granted, are now being contested. These clouds are casting a shadow across Europe's future, and old demons, long dominant, have started to raise their voices again."

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(Read more on Identity Debates Series)

Two new Schools of Political Studies (Turkey and Greece) - September 2014

GreeceThe Civic School of Political Studies in Greece 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. Its first seminar was held in August on the theme “Democracy challenges in Europe: representation, legitimisation, publics and social inclusion”.

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.

Debate on 'Understanding Ukraine' with Daniel Beauvois and Andrew Wilson (26 June 2014)

Wilson A     Beauvois
The objective of the debate was to offer an analysis of the background of the current situation in Ukraine by providing relevant information about its complex history and origins, the issues and challenges, and possible outcomes to the crisis, including European perspectives. The debate was organised as a panel discussion with two experts on Ukraine: M. Daniel Beauvois, French historian and writer, Professor of Universities, and Mr. Andrew Wilson, British historian and political scientist from the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR).

Debate video recording - audiorecording  -   YouTube link  - Link

1st International Meeting of the Alumni of Schools of Political Studies (19 June 2014)

The meeting which theme was "Harnessing young people’s potential for building a democratic future" gathered distinguished SPS alumni, coming from more than twenty countries. It 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 which gathered more than 50 participants 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?’ . Link to video clips on youtube.

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