Session of the Congress - second part

Online event 15-17 June 2021
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On the occasion of the second part of its 40th Session, the members of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities will discuss and adopt monitoring reports on Armenia, Azerbaijan and Bulgaria, reports on LGBTI issues, thematic reports on territorial solidarity, cultural heritage and holding referendums at local level, as well as the challenges and opportunities presented for municipalities by home-sharing platforms as part of its regular monitoring of the implementation of the European Charter of Local Self-Government.

Youth delegates will participate in the debates, as they have been doing since October 2014 in the framework of the "Rejuvenating Politics" initiative. This is in line with the Congress’ commitment to promoting youth participation at local and regional level.

Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić, Mayor of Budapest Gergely Karácsony, the Mayor of Prague Zdeněk Hřib as well as Suren Papikyan, Acting Minister of Territorial Administration and Infrastructure of Armenia and Valentina Varbeva, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works of  Bulgaria will also participate in the session.

Agenda - Special page of the Session


New tools for the management of digital justice on the agenda of the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice

Strasbourg 16-17 June 2021
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The European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) will hold its plenary meeting during which a roadmap for possible establishment of a certification mechanism for artificial intelligence tools and services in the legal and judicial field, guidelines for a better integration of the user in the judicial systems, a handbook on court dashboards, guidelines on videoconferencing in judicial proceedings, a mediation awareness programme for bailiffs and the CEPEJ 2020 activity report should be adopted.

Agenda - Contact: Estelle Steiner, tel. +33 6 08 46 01 57


Also…

All times mentioned are CEST

 

15 June, Strasbourg

The European Court of Human Rights will notify in writing 21 judgments and/or decisions concerning Armenia, the Republic of Moldova, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine.

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


15 June, Strasbourg

The European Court of Human Rights will be adjudicating the case of Kurt v. Austria at a public hearing (11:30 a.m.).

The case concerned the murder of an eight-year-old boy by his father after previous allegations by the mother of domestic violence.

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


15 June, Pristina (Kosovo*)

The CEPEJ will organise a workshop on automatic and random re-assignment of cases with the High Council of the Judiciary, the Ministry of Justice and other stakeholders. The workshop is organised by the KoSEJ II Action “Strengthening the Quality and Efficiency of Justice in Kosovo”, which is part of the joint programme “Horizontal Facility of the Western Balkans and Turkey II”, co-funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe.

Contact: Estelle Steiner, tel. +33 6 08 46 01 57

* 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.


16 June, Strasbourg

The European Court of Human Rights will hold Grand Chamber hearing in the case B. v. Switzerland by videoconference (10 a.m.).

This case concerns a widower’s pension to which the applicant ceased to be entitled after his younger daughter reached the age of majority. The Federal Law on Old-Age and Survivors’ Insurance provides that entitlement to a widower’s pension ends when the youngest child reaches the age of 18, whereas this is not the case for a widow.

Due to the Covid-19 outbreak and until further notice, the hearings are not currently open to the public. However, all hearings are filmed in full and a video-recording will be available on the Court’s website from 2.30 p.m. on the day of each hearing. After each hearing the Court will begin its deliberations, which will be held in private. Its rulings in the cases will be made at a later stage.

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


16 June, online event (10 a.m.-5 p.m.)

The “Follow-up Seminar on the Implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities of the Council of Europe by Serbia” based on the evaluation and recommendations contained in the Fourth Opinion on Serbia by the FCNM Advisory Committee will be organised under the joint EU/Council of Europe action “Promotion of diversity and equality in Serbia”.

Tobias Flessenkemper, Head of the Council of Europe Office in Belgrade, Ivana Antić, Assistant Minister for Human and Minority Rights and Social Dialogue of Serbia and Dirk Lorenz, Head of Political Section of the European Union Delegation to Serbia will give opening remarks, and Marie B. Hagsgård, Chair of the FCNM Advisory Committee will present recommendations to Serbia concerning the Fourth Opinion.

The opening panel and the FCNM Chair presentation are open to media. Interested media representatives should send their requests for accreditation to Marija Simić no later than 2 p.m. on 15 June. Simultaneous interpretation will be provided.

Programme of the event – Contact: Tatiana Baeva, tel. +33 6 85 11 64 93


16-18 June, online event

The CEPEJ will organise 3 online training seminars for judges and enforcement agents on enforcement in civil and administrative matters based on the new Commentary to the Enforcement Code of the Republic of Moldova, recently developed as part of the project. These seminars are organised in the framework of the European Union/Council of Europe joint programme “Programme “Support to further strengthening the efficiency and quality of the judicial system in the Republic of Moldova” which is part of the Partnership for Good Governance II Programme, co-funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe.

Contact: Estelle Steiner, tel. +33 6 08 46 01 57


17 June, online meeting (2 to 4.30 p.m.)

Deputy Secretary General Bjørn Berge will participate in a hearing on “Eradicating extreme child poverty in Europe: an international obligation and a moral duty”, organised by the Parliamentary Assembly’s Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development.

Contact: Estelle Steiner, tel. +33 6 08 46 01 57


17 June, Strasbourg

The European Court of Human Rights will notify in writing 32 judgments and/or decisions concerning Cyprus, Finland, Georgia, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Malta, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey and Ukraine.

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


18-21 June, Armenia

A 22-member PACE delegation, led by Georgios Katrougalos will travel to Armenia to observe the conduct of the early parliamentary elections, alongside observers from the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly and the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR). The delegation will meet representatives of political parties and coalitions, the Chairperson of the Central Election Commission, as well as representatives of civil society and the media, before observing the ballot on 20 June.

A joint press conference is scheduled in Yerevan on Monday 21 June (place and time to be confirmed).


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