Presentation to the press of the World Forum for Democracy 2017 (8-10 November)

Strasbourg 16 October
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The Council of Europe, the Grand Est region, the City of Strasbourg and the French government will present the programme of the 6th edition of the World Forum for Democracy at a press conference. One year after the election of Donald Trump, the 2017 edition will look into the role of political parties and media in the context of rising populism.  

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


Session of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities

Strasbourg 18-20 October
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The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities will hold its 33rd Session under this year’s theme “Decentralised policies for the successful integration of migrants”. Highlights will include testimonies of young refugees and debates on the youth perspective in the fight against corruption and the situation of Catalonia in Spain. Speakers include Petr Mlsna, Deputy-Minister of the Interior, Czech Republic and Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland.

The winners of the 6th Dosta! Congress Prize for Municipalities, awarded biennially to three municipalities from Council of Europe member States, for innovative projects that have been implemented at the local level concerning the Inclusion of Roma and Travellers, will be announced on Thursday and the prize awarded in a ceremony in the plenary.

More information - Agenda

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


Empowering Democracy through Culture – Digital Tools for Culturally Competent Citizens

Karlsruhe (Germany) 19-20 October 2017
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The 4th Platform Exchange on Culture and Digitisation, organised by the Council of Europe in co-operation with ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, will try to reveal the underexploited potential of culture, arts and science as a strong resource for empowering democracy. Its aim is to raise member States’ awareness of the role of culture, arts and science in addressing populism, fake news, xenophobia and undemocratic ideological political movements in Europe. The event will focus on various digital cultural tools used by artists, cultural practitioners and scientists to deal with current developments.

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First International Landscape Day of the Council of Europe

20 October
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On the occasion of the First International Landscape Day of the Council of Europe, local authorities are invited to celebrate the landscape as “an essential component of people’s surroundings, an expression of the diversity of their shared cultural and natural heritage, and a foundation of their identity”, as stipulated in the European Landscape Convention, the first international treaty to be exclusively concerned with all aspects of landscape.

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


Also...

16 October, Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland will meet Robert Fico, Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic.

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

 

16-18 October, Strasbourg

In a plenary meeting, the Council of Europe anti-corruption body (GRECO) will examine with a view to its adoption an evaluation report on the Russian Federation concerning corruption prevention in respect of parliamentarians, judges and prosecutors and compliance reports in respect of Belarus, Germany, Greece, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey, Luxembourg, Slovak Republic and Sweden. In addition, GRECO will hold an exchange of views with Robert Fico, Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic. GRECO is also expected to finalise its expertise to the Conference of INGOs on the rules relating to the control of the risk of corruption and conflicts of interest in this Council of Europe body.

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

 

16-18 October, Strasbourg

The co-managed decision-making committee - the Joint Council on Youth (CMJ) - composed of both governmental and non-governmental representatives will meet to examine progress in the implementation of the youth sector’s programme of activities and to decide on next steps. The Council will agree on the steps for the 2018-19 that must be made to guarantee the provision of quality youth work and access of young people to rights in member states. It will also discuss with the Secretary General’s Special Representative on migration and refugees, Ambassador Tomáš Boček, how to best support young refugees in their transition to adulthood; and the success stories and lessons learned from the No Hate Speech Movement Campaign.

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

 

16-20 October, Strasbourg

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities will organise a study for a delegation of Ukrainian representatives, in particular for mayors of the cities, implementing the project on “Initiatives to enhance local democracy in Ukraine”, as part of the Action Plan for Ukraine 2015-2017.

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

 

16-20 October, Utøya island (Norway)

Youth workers, leaders and educators will gather at the Norwegian island of Utøya, the site of the terror attack of 22 July 2011. They will take part in a training course on fighting hate speech through counter and alternative narratives online and offline based on We CAN! Manual. The seminar is organised by the European Wergeland Centre and the Youth Department of the Council of Europe, with the support of the EEA Norway grants.

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

 

17 October, Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s Gender Equality Commission will publish a report looking at progress made by 46 countries towards the goal set by the Committee of Ministers in 2003 of having at least 40% of both men and women taking part in different aspects of political and public life. #WomenInPower

Contact: Andrew Cutting, tel. +32 485 21 72 02

 

17 October, Yerevan

The Council of Europe and European Union will present to media the results of projects for Eastern Partnership countries, including Armenia. The four projects carried out in Armenia under the Partnership for Good Governance in 2015-2017, have focused on improving electoral processes, combatting ill-treatment and impunity, strengthening healthcare and human rights protection in prisons, supporting judicial reform as well as fighting corruption in higher education. The projects have been funded by the EU and the Council of Europe, and are implemented by the Council of Europe. The total budget of these projects is 2.4mn euro.

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

 

17 October, Strasbourg

The European Court of Human Rights will notify in writing 21 judgments.

ECHR website, tel. +33 3 90 21 42 08

 

17-18 October, Brussels

Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks will co-host with the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions (ENNHRI) an event on family reunification. He will also participate in other meetings.

 

17-19 October, Sofia

The First National Football Policing Training Seminar, under Coe/EU joint ProS4+ project, will bring together senior policing football policy makers, strategists, National Football Information Points (NFIPs) personnel, spotters, police match commanders, and police academy trainers in Bulgaria. The aims of this training is to promote the standards enshrined under the new Convention on safety and security at sports events (CETS No. 218), the adoption of an integrated approach to safety, security and service in connection with football matches, and provide training to key policing football decision makers and practitioners.

More information

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

 

18 October, Strasbourg

The European Court of Human Rights will hold a Grand Chamber hearing the case of Denisov v. Ukraine (9.15 a.m.)

This case concerns the dismissal of a Ukrainian judge.

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

 

19 October, Strasbourg

The Secretary General’s Special Representative on migration and refugees Ambassador Tomáš Boček, will publish his report on Serbia and two transit zones in Hungary, based on a fact-finding mission from 12 to 16 June 2017. He visited asylum and reception centres in Adaševci, Principovac, Krnjača, Subotica, Sombor, Bogovađa and Obrenovac and met with representatives of the government, the authorities responsible for asylum and migration-related matters, intergovernmental organisations, the European Union as well as civil society. In Hungary he visited the transit zones of Röszke and Tompa and met with the regional representatives of the asylum authority as well as with the UNHCR and one NGO.

The purpose of the recommendations in the report is to ease the situation of refugees and other migrants and propose concrete action on how the Council of Europe can give assistance to these two member states.

Contact : Päivi Suhonen, tel. +33 3 90 21 53 70

 

19 October, Strasbourg

The European Court of Human Rights will notify in writing 77 judgments and/or decisions.

ECHR website, tel. +33 3 90 21 42 08

 

19-22 October, Tbilisi

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities will deploy an electoral assessment mission to observe the local elections scheduled for 21 October 2017 in Georgia. A delegation including the Thematic Spokespersons on election observation, Stewart Dickson and Jos Wienen, as well as Congress’ Vice-President Barbara Toce, will be visiting the country.

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

 

20 October, Russian Federation

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland will make a working visit to the country.

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


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