Council of Europe justice ministers to discuss digital challenges for justice in Europe

Strasbourg 14-15 October 2019
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ouncil of Europe ministers of justice will gather for a conference held under the French Presidency of the Committee of Ministers. The ministers will discuss access to the law and justice in the digital era and the impact of digital technology on criminal justice.

The conference will be opened by French Minister of Justice Nicole Belloubet, Secretary General of the Council of Europe Marija Pejčinović Burić, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Liliane Maury Pasquier and President of the European Court of Human Rights Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos. The Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, will address the closing session.

The opening sequences will be streamed live for the press in Room 11 (Monday 14 October from 2.30 to 2.50 pm and Tuesday 15 October from 9 to 9.15 am).

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Contact: Estelle Steiner, tel. +33 3 88 41 33 35, mob. +33 6 08 46 01 57


What are the challenges for human beings posed by developments in biomedicine and how do they affect our human rights?

14-18 October 2019
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On the occasion of the upcoming UN-led Global Ethics and Bioethics Week, the Council of Europe and other members of the UN Inter Agency Committee on Bioethics (UNIACB), will raise awareness for the importance of bioethics for promoting the wellbeing of and respect for human beings with a series of short videos to be watched at www.coe.int/bioethics.

Contact: Estelle Steiner, tel. +33 3 88 41 33 35


Other events

15 October, Strasbourg

The European Court of Human Rights will notify in writing 20 judgments concerning Lithuania, Republic of Moldova, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, and Turkey.

More information - ECHR Website , tel. +33 3 90 21 42 08

 

15-17 October, Madrid

SOGI Unit will organise the first session of a European Training of Trainers for law enforcement officers on hate crime against LGBTI persons. The event is co-organised with the State Secretary for Equality of the Ministry of the Presidency, Relations with Courts and Equality of the Spanish Government. The training session will gather 25 participants from 14 member states of the Council of Europe (Albania, Bulgaria, France, Georgia, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Moldova, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom,) who will be trained on investigation, collecting evidence and cooperation with civil society.

Media are invited to the opening of the event on 15 October, from 9:00 (Office of the Secretary of State for Equality, C/ Alcalá 37, Madrid).

Contact: Jaime Rodriguez, tel. + 33 3 90 21 47 04

 

15-18 October, Nicosia

An event on the theme “Multidisciplinary approach and interagency cooperation in Cyprus to protect children against sexual exploitation and sexual abuse” will take place on the margins of the 25th meeting of the Lanzarote Committee.

The event will be opened by the chairperson of the Lanzarote Committee George Nikolaidis and the Minister of Labour, Welfare and Social Insurance of Cyprus Zeta Emilianidou. Cypriot national legislation and policies related to the protection of children against sexual violence will be presented. The event will be concluded by the visit to the Children’s House – a special building bringing together under one roof services involved in criminal and child welfare investigations and providing support for child victims of sexual abuse.

The event, with the exception of the visit to the Children’s house, will be open to media. Photos and a short video of the Children’s house can be provided. The capacity-building event will start at 8:30 in Filoxenia Conference Center (17 Thrakis Street, Aglantzia, tel. +35722395000).

Programme

Contacts: Tatiana Baeva, tel. + 33 3 88 41 21 41; Panos Kakaviatos, tel. + 33 3 90 21 50 27

 

16 October, Strasbourg

Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić will meet with Jean-Paul Lehners, President of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI).

Contact: Daniel Höltgen, tel. +33 6 68 29 87 51

 

16 October, Belgrade

The Council of Europe will participate in the 141st Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union where it will receive the Future Policy Bronze Award 2019 for the Council of Europe co-management system in the youth sector. The Council of Europe will be represented by Snežana Samardžić-Marković, Director General of Democracy.

The event is open to accredited media and will start at 14h30 at Sava Center in Belgrade (Hall 1/0 (ground floor), Building A; Milentija Popovića 9).

Journalists should register in advance by writing to accreditation@gov.rs, copying ipu@parlament.rs and Ingrid.heindorf@worldfuturecouncil.org.

Contact for accreditation: tel. +381 11 3026 193; tel. +381 64 8420 326

More information - Contact: Tatiana Baeva, tel. +33 3 88 41 21 41

 

16 October, Strasbourg

The Council of Europe and the Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE) will organise the 4th Intergovernmental Conference to present the results of the 2018 survey. Entitled “Achieving Equal Opportunities for All Migrants Through Learning and Assessment: Language and knowledge of society requirements for migrants in Council of Europe member states”, the event will provide insight into the trends in the migration policies in Council of Europe member states,  discussing the implications of increasing use of language and knowledge of society requirements and suggesting concrete measures to be taken.

Programme - Contact: Giuseppe Zaffuto - tel. +33 3 90 21 56 04

 

16 October, Tunis

The Vice-President of the Congress, Xavier Cadoret, will participate in a seminar on the role of the High Authority of Local Finance. He will in particular take part in a debate on “The comparative experiences of the European Union countries”.

 

16-18 October, Strasbourg

European Heritage Days, a joint action of the Council of Europe and the European Union, will hold its annual Assembly of national coordinators of the 50 States Parties to the European Cultural Convention, in the presence of the Deputy Secretary General Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni. The Awards Ceremony for the European Heritage Stories will take place at 5:30 p.m. on 17 October. “European Heritage Days” is an annual event designed to promote the continent’s common cultural heritage and greater tolerance for other cultures across Europe.

More information - Contact: Giuseppe Zaffuto, tel. +33 3 90 21 56 04, mob. +33 6 86 32 10 24

 

17 October, Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić will participate in the screening of the animation film “The Swallows of Kabul”, directed by Zabou Breitman and Eléa Gobbé-Mévellec, (a co-production of France, Luxembourg and Switzerland) on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of Eurimages, in the presence of Franck Riester, Minister of Culture of France and  Catherine Trautmann, President of Eurimages (Aubette, Strasbourg)

Contacts: Daniel Höltgen, tel. +33 6 68 29 87 51, Giuseppe Zaffuto, tel. +33 3 90 21 56 04

 

17 October, Strasbourg

The European Court of Human Rights will deliver a Grand Chamber judgment in the case of López Ribalda and Others v. Spain. (9:30 a.m.)

This case concerns the covert video-surveillance of employees which led to their dismissal.

More information - ECHR Website, tel. +33 3 90 21 42 08

 

17 October, Strasbourg

The European Court of Human Rights will notify in writing 65 judgments and/or decisions about Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Montenegro, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Slovenia, Turkey and Ukraine.

More information - ECHR Website, tel. +33 3 90 21 42 08

 

17-18 October, Antibes

The President of the Chamber of Local Authorities of the Congress, Xavier Cadoret, will participate in a round table discussion on the “French territories and Euro-Mediterranean partnership: socio-political challenges, common identities and economic opportunities”, in the framework of the 5th European University of the French Association of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (AFCCRE).

 

17-21 October, Moldova

A delegation from the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, led by Vladimir Prebilič, will carry out an election observation mission in the country to assess the local elections to be held on Sunday 21 October. The delegation carried out a pre-electoral assessment mission from 2 to 4 October.

 

18 October, Paris

The Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, will take part in the 5th Independent Police Complaints Authorities’ Network (IPCAN) seminar on “Relations of the police and the population: challenges and practices” co-organised by the French Défenseur des Droits and the EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA).

 

18 October, Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić will meet Iliana Yotova, Vice President of Bulgaria.

Contact: Daniel Höltgen, tel. +33 6 68 29 87 51

 

18 October, Montenegro

International conference “Tackling ill-treatment by police: addressing challenges revealed by judgments of the European Court of Human Rights and by other Council of Europe bodies” will gather high-level representatives of governments, judiciary and academic community from Croatia, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia to discuss ill-treatment by police and the accountability of the State and of individual police officers involved. Opening remarks will be given by Zoran Pazin, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice of Montenegro. The conference is being organised in the context of the Joint Programme between the Council of Europe and the European Union “Horizontal Facility for Western Balkans and Turkey - Phase II”.

The opening part of the conference that will start at 9:00 is open to media (Hotel Splendid, Becici).

Accreditation: Maja Micic Lazovic, + 381 11 71 55 511. Conference programme

Contact: Tatiana Baeva, +33 388 41 21 41

 

20 October, Strasbourg

The Third International Landscape Day of the Council of Europe addressing “Landscape and Water”, will promote the value of water in the landscape.

The European Landscape Convention covers natural, rural, urban and peri-urban areas. It includes “inland water and marine areas”.

More information - Contact: Giuseppe Zaffuto - tel. +33 3 90 21 56 04


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