Award Ceremony 2020 North-South Prize and Lisbon Forum 2021

Lisbon 9-10 December 2021
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The 2020 North-South Prize of the Council of Europe (Assembly of the Portuguese Republic, December 9th, 12 pm) will be awarded to the International Commission against the Death Penalty (ICDP) and to the Mediterranean Expert Network on Climate and Environmental Change (MedECC).

The Prize will be presented by the President of the Republic of Portugal Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa. The President of the Assembly Eduardo Ferro Rodrigues, Council of Europe Deputy Secretary General  Bjørn Berge as well as the Chair of the Executive Committee of the North-South Centre Ambassador Manuel Montobbio will also take part in the ceremony.

The 27th edition of the Lisbon Forum (Luso American Development Foundation, 9-10 December) will focus on the urgent necessity to promote intercultural dialogue in the era of info-demic, to counter misinformation and hate speech. The Minister of State and Foreign Affairs of Portugal Augusto Santos Silva will be at the opening session together with Bjørn Berge and the Chair of the Executive Committee of the North-South Centre Ambassador Manuel Montobbio.

Programme - Registration - Contact: Giuseppe Zaffuto, tel. +33 6 86 32 10 24


Venice Commission, Plenary session

Online event 10-11 December 2021
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The Venice Commission will hold its fourth and final plenary session of the year in a hybrid format. Its constitutional experts are expected to adopt, among other texts, opinions on Albania, Cyprus, Hungary, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine.

The session will announce the election of a new president to succeed Gianni Buquicchio, president since 2009. Due to continued Covid concerns, no media access to the plenary session premises in Venice can be made available.

For more details and expected updates over the course of the next week, please consult the draft agenda on the Venice Commission website. 

Draft Agenda - More Information for media

Contact: Panos Kakaviatos, tel. +33 6 98 37 64 04


And also…

6-7 December, online event (4.30-4.50 p.m.)

Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić will make welcome remarks during the session of the Athens Roundtable on artificial intelligence and the Rule of Law.

More information

Contacts: Daniel Höltgen, tel. +33 6 68 29 87 51; Jaime Rodriguez, tel. +33 3 90 21 47 04


6-7 December, Rome and online

Deputy Secretary General Bjørn Berge will participate in a conference on Integrity in Sport, organised by the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS) of the Council of Europe and the Italian Department for Sport within the framework of the Italian Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.

More information - Programme - Registration

Contact: Giuseppe Zaffuto, Tel. +33 6 86 32 10 24


6-10 December, Katowice (Poland) /hybrid event

The Council of Europe will participate in the 16th UN Internet Governance Forum (IGF) hosted by the government of Poland and held under the theme Internet United.

On 7 December, the Council of Europe will organise an open forum on the impact of digital technologies on freedom of expression and its standard-setting work in this field.

On 9 December, it will co-organise an open forum to present the online platform Globalpolicy.ai, dedicated to intergovernmental cooperation on artificial intelligence.

Another open forum, co-organised with UNESCO on 10 December, will tackle the role of regulation of emerging technologies in a post-pandemic context.

On 6 December, Jan Kleijssen, Director of Information Society and Action against Crime, will speak at a high-level panel and on 9 December at a session on UNESCO’S internet human rights indicators.

On 9 December, Patrick Penninckx, Head of the Information Society Department, will participate in a discussion of the IGF Coalition for Platform Responsibility about interoperability and responsibility of online platforms.

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


7 December, Luxembourg

PACE President Rik Daems will make a working visit to Luxembourg, during which he will meet the Prime Minister, the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Sustainable Development, the members of the Committee on Foreign and European Affairs, Cooperation, Immigration and Asylum, and the Luxembourg delegation to PACE. Mr Daems will also have an audience with His Royal Highness the Grand Duke.

A press briefing is scheduled on Tuesday 7 December at 11.15 am at the Chamber of Deputies.


7 December, Strasbourg

The European Court of Human Rights will notify in writing 20 judgments concerning Austria, Bulgaria, Luxembourg, the Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russia and Turkey.

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


7 December, Strasbourg

The European Court of Human Rights will deliver a Grand Chamber ruling in the case of Savran v. Denmark at a public hearing (11 a.m.).

The case concerns a Turkish national who had been resident in Denmark for most of his life. He was deported in 2015 following a 2008 expulsion order given for violent crimes he had committed in the 2000s. He suffers from mental impairment.

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


7 December, Strasbourg and online (5-7 p.m.)

The Permanent Representation of Austria to the Council of Europe is organising, in cooperation with the European Social Charter Department, an event to present the book “The Revised European Social Charter. An article-by-article commentary”, authored by Karin Lukas, President of the European Committee of Social Rights, and to discuss the future of social rights with the participation of Karin Lukas, Ambassador Panayiotis Beglitis, Permanent Representative of Greece to the Council of Europe and Gerhard Ermischer, President of the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe.

This event is part of the 60th anniversary of the European Social Charter celebrations. It will take place in Room 1, Palais de l’Europe.

More information - Contact: Giuseppe Zaffuto, tel. +33 6 86 32 10 24


7-8 December, Izmir

The Vice-President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, Bernd Vöhringer, will participate in the online part of the 3rd International Mayors’ Summit on “Living together”, organised by the Mayor of the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality, Tunç Soyer. He will present the key challenges local and regional authorities face today and ways to address them focusing on inclusion policies and dialogue as the way forward.

The International Observatory of Mayors on Living Together

Contact: Tatiana Baeva, tel. +33 6 85 11 64 93


7-8 December, Strasbourg

The anti-money laundering and counter terrorist financing body MONEYVAL will publish follow up reports on Andorra (7 December) and the Czech Republic (8 December) evaluating their compliance with the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) standards.

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


8 December

The meeting of the Steering Committee for Culture, Heritage and Landscape will be an occasion to present progress on a new Council of Europe project, the digital #exhibition “Free to Create – Create to be Free” focusing on the artistic freedom in a democratic society. The exhibition which currently features artworks from Germany, Poland, Serbia and Azerbaijan follows the launch by the Committee of the “Manifesto on the Freedom of the Expression of Arts and Culture in the Digital Era”.

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


8 and 9 December, Strasbourg and online

During the plenary meeting of the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ), the Working Groups on evaluation of judicial systems on quality of justice, on cyberjustice and artificial intelligence in the field of justice as well as on management of judicial time will present their current work. The following documents will be examined with a view to their adoption: the CEPEJ’s activity programme for 2022-2023; the Action Plan 2022-2025: “Digitalisation for a better justice”; a concept note to ensure the application and follow-up of the European Ethical Charter on the use of artificial intelligence in judicial systems and their environment;   the Guidelines on electronic court filing (e-filing) and digitalisation of courts; the revised SATURN Guidelines for judicial time management (4th revision).

The representatives of the awarded initiatives of the Crystal Scales of Justice 2021 Prize will present their projects to the CEPEJ members as well as to the members of the permanent representations to the Council of Europe. This presentation is also open to the press and the public. (inscription at CEPEJ Secretariat). 

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

 

8-10 December, Georgia

Titus Corlăţean and Claude Kern, Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) co-rapporteurs for the monitoring of Georgia, will visit the country to further assess the honouring of its obligations and commitments to the Council of Europe.


9 December, Strasbourg

The European Court of Human Rights will notify in writing 22 judgments and/or decisions concerning Albania, Azerbaijan, Croatia, Cyprus, France, Hungary, Italy Latvia, Malta, North Macedonia, Poland, Russia, and Ukraine.

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


9 December, Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s anti-corruption body (GRECO) will publish a follow up report evaluating Andorra´s level of compliance with the 13 recommendations contained in its 4th round evaluation report, dealing with measures to prevent corruption among of MPs, judges and prosecutors.

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


9 December, Podgorica – A awareness-raising campaign by the European Union and the Council of Europe, “Block the Hatred. Share the Love!”, will be officially launched in Montenegro with a public event organised under the action “Promotion of diversity and equality in Montenegro”.

Zdravko Krivokapić, Prime Minister of Montenegro, Tamara Srzentić, Minister of Public Administration, Media and Digital Society of Montenegro, Siniša Bjeković, Ombudsperson of Montenegro, Jeroen Schokkenbroek, Director of Directorate of Anti-discrimination, Council of Europe and ambassador Oana Cristina Popa, Head of the European Union Delegation to Montenegro (via video message) will give introductory remarks. Renowned sportspersons and art scene personalities will take part in the event and in the campaign as no-hate speech ambassadors.

Open to media, the event will take place at 201 Engaging Space and will begin at 6.30 p.m.

Interested media representatives should register no later than 8 December, 2 p.m. Simultaneous interpretation will be provided.

Programme - Contacts: Tatiana Baeva, tel. +33 6 85 11 64 93; Marija Simić, tel, +381 63 601 337


9 December, Strasbourg and online (09.15 a.m.-1.30 p.m.)

To mark the 60th anniversary of the European Social Charter, the Permanent Representation of Belgium to the Council of Europe, the Delegation of the European Union to the Council of Europe together with the University of Strasbourg and the Department of the European Social Charter, will organise a seminar on social rights in the digital age: challenges and opportunities.

This event will bring together academics, experts, representatives of trade unions and employers, as well as of the European Commission. The speakers will exchange views, on two panels, about the challenges the digital age is posing on the exercise of social rights, and the response of international organisations to this phenomenon.

The event will take place in Room 9, Palais de l’Europe.

More information - Contact: Giuseppe Zaffuto, tel. +33 6 86 32 10 24


10 December, Skopje

Local, national and international stakeholders will come together to launch Phase 2 of the ROMACTED Programme in North Macedonia and participate in the ceremony of signing the Memoranda of Understanding between the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy, the Council of Europe and fifteen local authority representatives. The event will be attended by representatives of the Council of Europe, the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy, the European Union Delegation in North Macedonia, the fifteen partner municipalities, national and international organisations and Roma civil society.

Contact: Dušan Vojnović, tel. +33 3 90 21 56 99


10 December

On the occasion of the Human Rights Day, events will be organised:

  • Belgrade, (Serbia) the conference “Effective implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights” focusing on the execution of the European Court’s judgments will feature addresses of Christophe Poirel, Council of Europe Human Rights Director; Mateja Norčič Štamcar, Deputy Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia and Tobias Flessenkemper, Head of the Council of Europe Office in Belgrade. The conference is organised under the joint EU and Council of Europe action “Strengthening the effective legal remedies to human rights violations in Serbia”.

The event will begin at 10:30 a.m. in Hotel Metropol Palace and welcoming remarks are open to media. Simultaneous interpretation will be provided.

Programme

  • Podgorica (Montenegro), the conference “How to protect family from domestic violence” will be held. Speakers at the conference will include Siniša Bjeković, Ombudsman of Montenegro, Branka Bošnjak, VicePresident of the Parliament of Montenegro; Evgenia Giakoumopoulou, Head of Operations, Council of Europe Programme Office in Podgorica and Riccardo Serri, Head of the European integration, political, press and information section, Delegation of the European Union to Montenegro. Milan Radović, Programme Director of the NGO Civic Alliance will be moderating the event.

The event will begin at 10 a.m. in Hotel Hilton and is open to media. Simultaneous interpretation will be provided.

Programme (in Montenegrin)

  • Warsaw, (Poland) the Council of Europe together with the Polish LGBT+ Parliamentary Group on Equal Opportunity, will organise a conference “Building Bridges”. The event will also involve the Office of the Polish Commissioner for Human Rights, municipalities and civil society. It will focus on the developments in Polish LGBTI persons’ lives after the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe’s factfinding mission to Poland in November 2020 and the subsequent report (also available in Polish) and resolution.

The event will take place at Foundation for German-Polish Cooperation, Centrum Konferencyjne Zielna (ul. Zielna 37) and will begin at 2 p.m local. It is open to the media upon preliminary registration and can also be followed online. Simultaneous interpretation (English/Polish) will be provided.

More information - Programme

Contacts: Tatiana Baeva, tel. +33 6 85 11 64 93; Marija Simić, tel, +381 63 601 337


10 December, Strasbourg

The European Court of Human Rights will deliver a Grand Chamber ruling in the case of Abdi Ibrahim v. Norway at a public hearing (11.30 a.m.).

The case concerns the decision by the Norwegian authorities to allow the adoption of a child by a foster family against his mother’s wishes.

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


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