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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.

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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 Council of Europe Schools of Political Studies held their Spring meeting in Budva, Montenegro, on 30-31 March,  at the invitation of 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.
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New Director of Policy Planning (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.


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).

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'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.
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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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