Building bridges between past and present, to enable a better future

Council of Europe 2 AUGUST 2021 Strasbourg

In a statement to mark European Roma Holocaust Memorial Day, on 2 August 2021, Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Buric has highlighted the importance of remembering Roma Holocaust victims. She stressed that learning from the past would allow for a better future for Europe’s...

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Technology, the environment and democracy

Campaign "12 Months, 1 Question": August 2021

Environmental challenges are raising a range of questions about the intersections between climate change, the uses and application of innovative technology and the ability of democracies to respond to these emergencies. Innovative climate technology can help implement countries' ecological...

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World Day against Trafficking in Persons: joint statement from GRETA and ICAT

COUNCIL OF EUROPE 30 JULY 2021 STRASBOURG

On the occasion of the World Day against Trafficking in Persons, the Council of Europe Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) joins the Inter-Agency Coordination Group against Trafficking in Persons (ICAT) in calling on stakeholders to include victims’ and...

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An introduction to Circular Economy and field perspectives from the Western Balkan region

Forum Talk: Circularity is a Virtue

26 July 2021 (4.30-5.30 p.m. CET) online

The previous 150 years of industrialization have been shaped by a linear economic model depending on the notion of ‘take-make-waste’. This pattern has enhanced heightened dependency on rare resources, resulting in both environmental damage and massive volumes of waste. To respond to these...

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Webinar: Public Private Partnerships for Green City Solutions

20 July 2021 (4.00-5.00 p.m. CET) Online

In the aftermaths of the Covid-19 pandemic, governments and the private sector are seeking to ‘build back better’ and ensure a green recovery, in line with international commitments and obligations. At the same time, they face the double challenge of tackling climate change while addressing...

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A 10th Palme d’Or for Eurimages

Eurimages 19 July 2021 Strasbourg

With an exceptional selection of 18 films supported by Eurimages, including 8 in the official competition, the 74th edition of the Cannes Film Festival wrapped up on Saturday evening with Julia Ducournau’s TITANE, a co-production between France and Belgium and supported by the Fund, receiving the...

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The environment and the economy

Campaign "12 Months, 1 Question": July 2021

Our current economic model destroys the environment while exacerbating inequalities, triggering resource scarcities, encouraging waste and threatening human health. How should we allocate the financial, technological, human and natural resources we have to save our planet from climate breakdown?...

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Secretary General participates in opening ceremony of Generation Equality Forum in Paris

Secretary General 30 June 2021 Strasbourg

Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić has underlined the relevance of the Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, also known as Istanbul Convention, at the opening ceremony of the Generation Equality Forum in Paris. “Last year, we saw a surge in...

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The Intercultural Cities at a Glance

29 June 2021

Have you ever wondered which cities join the ICC programme? Are you looking for visual information on how many member cites of the network have implemented policies for co-design or if the diversity of the member cities is reflected on all levels of public services? In search of a quick tool to...

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Decisions from the Programming Committee on Youth in June 2021

29 June 2021 Strasbourg

From 9 to 11 June, the Programming Committee on Youth (CPJ) held its 45th meeting, which took place online due to the current health situation in Europe. At its June meeting, decisions were made, inter alia, about the grants for international activities and annual work plans to be implemented by...

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Challenge of ensuring national minority rights taking new forms, tools to address it adapting

Council of Europe 29 June 2021 Strasbourg

Achievements and future challenges in protecting national minority rights has been the focus of a high-level conference in Strasbourg organised by the Council of Europe under the Hungarian Presidency of the Committee of Ministers. Persons belonging to national minorities face particular...

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High Level Dialogue: Decision-makers and Youth talk about democracy and the environment

29 JUNE 2021, 4.00-5.00 P.M. CET online

On 29 June, the World Forum for Democracy is hosting High Level Dialogue between decision makers and youth delegates to provide insights into the challenges young people face in influencing the debate and response to climate crisis. We will hear from top-level speakers about what is being done to...

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Public launch of the report on the use of automated technology to detect online child sexual exploitation and abuse

28 June 2021 Strasbourg

On 28 June 2021, the Council of Europe is organising a public online event to present the independent experts’ report “Respecting human rights and the rule of law when using automated technology to detect online child sexual exploitation and abuse (OCSEA)”. The scale of online child sexual...

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Bern Convention conducts its first ever “virtual” independent advisory mission of a case-file

25th May 2021

In spite of the ongoing pandemic, threats to nature continue, and the monitoring mandate of the Bern Convention, which includes “on-the-spot appraisal” (OSA) visits within the case-file and European Diploma for Protected Areas (EDPA) systems, remains a key priority. In that regard, it was...

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Forum Talk - Our climate, our future: young people leading global climate action

25 JUNE 2021, 4.30-6.00 P.M. CET online

The fight against climate change is a top priority of young people in Europe and in countries located in other regions of the world. Increasing numbers of young people are taking an active stand to influence political decision-making in favour of a healthy environment for all. Never before have...

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"Concerns and priorities for the social inclusion of young refugees" - Luncheon meeting on the occasion of the World Refugee Day 2021

23 June 2021, 12:00-13:00 CEST online

The Council of Europe Youth Department is organising an informal luncheon meeting with young refugees and refugee-led youth organisations on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the World Refugee Day. The aim of the meeting is to discuss the current priorities and agendas of the...

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Second ELoGE Awards Ceremony in Greece

23 June 2021 Athens, Greece

ELoGE - European Label of Governance Excellence - is awarded to the municipalities which have demonstrated compliance with the 12 Principles of Good Democratic Governance, measured against a Council of Europe benchmark. Currently, ELoGE is being implemented in about 20 of the Council of Europe...

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EQPR and the world refugee day

21 June 2021 Strasbourg

In partnership with UNHCR, the City of Strasbourg and the Association Foyer Notre-Dame, a video has been produced in the framework of the Refugee Week (“Semaine des Réfugiés”), taking place from 13 to 21 June 2021. The video features testimonials from three refugees, one of whom received the...

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Statement by the Advisory Council on Youth

WORLD REFUGEE DAY

20 June 2021

The Advisory Council on youth celebrates the 70th anniversary of the 1951 Refugee Convention with a statement on World Refugee Day. Read the statement The opinions expressed in this statement are those of the Advisory Council on Youth and do not necessarily reflect the official position of the...

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First meeting of the EHEA Working Group on Fundamental Values

18 June 2021 Online

The Council of Europe is a member of the working group established to suggest criteria for assessing the implementation of the fundamental values of higher education, as defined in the Communiqués of the European Higher Education Area: academic freedom and integrity, institutional autonomy,...

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Council of Europe speaks at Conference of Central Asian Ministers of Education

18 June 2021 TURKESTAN CITY / ONLINE

On June 18, the Ministers of Education of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan met to adopt the Turkestan Declaration establishing the Central Asian Higher Education Area. The declaration was adopted in Russian and is also available in English. The European Higher Education Area...

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Our Intercultural City - Our Home

20 June 2021

We all deserve a home. No two persons will give you the same exact answer of what home means to them. Some will describe it as a friends and family, while others will speak of familiar sounds, sights, or experiences. For many of those who have been forced to flee and find a new home, Home is also...

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A new system of governance of the Fund from 1 January 2022

18 June 2021

On 9 September 2020, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe adopted a proposal for the reform of the governance of Eurimages which will enter into force on 1 January 2022 according to the decision of the Fund's Board of Management. The Board of Management, composed of representatives...

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10th plenary session of the Steering Committee for Culture, Heritage and Landscape (CDCPP)

18 June 2021 online

The CDCPP will hold part I of its 10th plenary session on 18 June 2021, in an online format. The agenda will include, inter alia, discussions on a new CDCPP Strategy in 2022-2025, and a proposal to prepare a draft recommendation on the essential role of culture, cultural heritage and landscape in...

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Online training seminar for cultural routes applying for the certification "Cultural Route of the Council of Europe" in the framework of the 2021-2022 certification cycle

17 june 2021

On June 17, the Secretariat of the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe programme held an online training for networks interested in applying for the certification "Cultural Route of the Council of Europe" in the framework of the 2021-2022 certification cycle. The online training seminar...

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Liechtenstein ratifies the Istanbul Convention

17/06/2021 Strasbourg

Today, in Strasbourg, in the presence of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, H.E. Ms Dominique HASLER, Minister for Foreign affairs, education and sports of Liechtenstein, deposited the instrument of ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence...

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CEB appoints Carlo Monticelli as new Governor

Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) 16 June 2021 Strasbourg

At its 229th meeting held today by videoconferencing, the Governing Board of the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) appointed Mr Carlo Monticelli to the post of Governor, effective from 18 December 2021 for a five-year mandate. Mr Monticelli, an Italian national, has been serving as CEB...

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The Congress of the Council of Europe adopts resolutions on the role of local and regional authorities in protecting LGBTI persons

16 June 2021 Strasbourg

Today, at its 40th Session, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe adopted two resolutions to protect LGBTI persons. In the resolution and recommendation on the role of local and regional authoritiesProtection of LGBTI people in the context of rising anti-LGBTI...

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Council of Europe presents the European experience with qualifications frameworks to a national conference in Costa Rica

15 June 2021 Online

The Council of Europe played an important role in developing the Overarching Framework of Qualifications of the European Higher Education Area (QF-EHEA) and continues to be central in its implementation. On June 15, Sjur Bergan, Head of the Council’s Education Department, presented the European...

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Deadline for applications: Monday, 21 June 2021, 23:59 CET

LAST CALL: YOUTH PEACE WEEK 2021, apply now!

15 June 2021

The Youth Peace Week aims to empower young people and youth organisations from conflict affected regions by equipping them with competences and educational resources to enhance young people’s role and action for peace-building and conflict transformation. The Peace week will held from 30 June to...

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Webinar "Greening the youth sector: sustainability checklist"

15 June 2021 (4:00-5:00 p.m. CET) online

What can youth sector do to make its projects and activities more sustainable? Join us on 15 June at 4:00 p.m. CET, for the presentation of the sustainability checklist, which will serve as guidelines for youth initiatives across Europe. Checklist was developed by the EU-CoE youth partnership, in...

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Children and youth leading the fight against climate change

Campaign "12 Months, 1 Question": June 2021

The world is now home to the largest generation of youth in history- 1.8 billion young people between the ages of 10 to 24. These young people will suffer the consequences and will bear the costs of inaction on the climate crisis. Already now, most countries where youth are a majority of the...

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EURIMAGES IN FORCE AT CANNES FILM FESTIVAL!

14 June 2021

No less than 18 co-productions supported by Eurimages have been selected for this highly anticipated 74th edition of the Cannes Film Festival, 8 of which are in official competition: Annette (FR/BE/DE) by Leos Carax, which will open the Festival on 6 July 2021 The Story Of My Wife (HU/DE/IT) by...

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Tackling AI’s impact on freedom of expression and new challenges to media freedom: European ministers to discuss priority actions

Council of Europe 3 June 2021 Strasbourg

European ministers responsible for media and information society will meet online on 10 and 11 June to discuss the ways to address the challenges to freedom of expression brought by massive digitalisation in the media and information environment – including the use of artificial intelligence (AI)...

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Youth, peace and security today: successes and challenges

8 June 2021

On 8 June 2021, on the initiative of the Advisory Council on Youth (CCJ), the Joint Council on Youth (CMJ) organised a thematic debate to mark the recent fifth anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security, a text which Jayathma...

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Germany signs the Convention on safety, security and service in sport

07 June 2021 Strasbourg

Rolf Mafael, Permanent Representative of Germany, formalised, this 7th June, before the Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Bjørn Berge, the signature of the Council of Europe Convention on an Integrated Safety, Security and Service Approach at Football Matches and Other Sports...

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28th meeting of the Committee of the Parties

4 June 2021 Strasbourg

The 28th meeting of the Committee of the Parties to the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings was held in Strasbourg on 4 June 2021 (a combination of physical and online meeting). During the meeting, the Committee adopted recommendations concerning Bulgaria,...

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Third Regional Seminar "Faro Convention for concrete action on cultural heritage"

10-11 June 2021 online

The Council of Europe, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth of Georgia and the Georgian National Agency for Cultural Heritage Preservation are jointly organising a high-level seminar “Faro Convention for concrete action on cultural heritage”, that will take place from 10 to 11 June 2021 in...

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Forum Lab "Deeds for the Earth: Volunteering for Climate Justice"

4 June 2021, 2.00-4.00 p.m. CET Online

What can we learn from our volunteer experience? How does volunteering contribute to developing young people's perception on climate change? What challenges do we face when we want to organise volunteer projects focusing on environmental issues? How can organisations support young activists? How...

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Hungary signs the Convention on safety, security and service in sport

02 June 2021 Strasbourg

Péter Sztáray, State Secretary for Security Policy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary, formalised, this 2nd June, before the Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Bjørn Berge, the signature of the Council of Europe Convention on an Integrated Safety, Security and...

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Human trafficking: Montenegro should do more to punish perpetrators and ensure access to justice and compensation for victims

Anti-trafficking group GRETA 2 June 2021 Strasbourg

In a new report on Montenegro the Council of Europe’s anti-trafficking group GRETA calls on the authorities to improve trafficking victims’ access to justice and compensation, and to ensure that perpetrators are punished. GRETA acknowledges that progress has been made in some areas since the...

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Israel accedes to Council of Europe’s anti-Human Trafficking convention

Council of Europe 28 May 2021 Strasbourg

Israel has become the first-non European country to accede to the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings . The Convention was adopted by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on 3 May 2005, following a series of other initiatives by the Council of...

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Forum talk: "Who is defending the defenders? Environmental activists in danger"

27 May 2021, 4.30-5.30 p.m. CET online

Activists, journalists, indigenous communities and other environmental defenders are under increased pressure not only from the side of the companies that are destroying and polluting the planet, but also from particular governmental actions that are passing laws to criminalize their activities....

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11th Conference on the European Landscape Convention

26-27 May 2021 Online

Organised in the framework of the Presidency of Hungary of the Committee of Ministers, the Council of Europe 11th Conference on the European Landscape Convention (26-27 May 2021 - online) was to present to the member States of the Organisation the state of progress of the Work Programme of the...

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Defending the defenders

Campaign "12 Months, 1 Question": May 2021

Addressing the climate crisis requires the participation of all levels of society: individuals and governments as well as private sector. The risk of climate breakdown very soon requires urgent action, however, the necessary structural changes are happening at a slow pace. Some brave individuals...

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Address of Mr Gerhard Ermischer, President of the Conference of INGOs at the 131st Session of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe

21 May 2021 Hamburg

Mr Gerhard Ermischer, the new President of the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe addressed the 131st Session of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on 21 May. He paid tribute to the work of his predecessor, Ms Anna Rurka, and informed the Member States of the strong...

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#CelebrateDiversity together with the Intercultural Cities!

21 May 2021

To celebrate the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development on 21 May, the ICC will take you on virtual journey to the Intercultural Cities across the globe under the slogan “Feel diversity - revive your senses”. Join us in the online celebrations by showcasing your positive...

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Serbia signs the Convention on safety, security and service in sport

19 May 2021 Strasbourg

Aleksandra Djurović, Permanent Representative of Serbia, formalised, this 17th May 2021, before the Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Bjørn Berge, the signature of the Council of Europe Convention on an Integrated Safety, Security and Service Approach at Football Matches and...

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Icelandic minister: Integrated support services to boost children's wellbeing will pay off in future

Council of Europe 18 May 2021 Strasbourg

“When families seek support for their children, they often feel like they are in a maze, walking in impasses, obliged to tell their story from the beginning every time and to co-ordinate the work of specialists they sometimes do not fully understand,” said Icelandic Minister of Social Affairs and...

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Let the rainbow arc bend towards justice, says Secretary General on IDAHOT Day

Secretary General 17 May 2021 Strasbourg

Progress is not even, attitudes are slow to change, and discrimination against LGBTI people remains deeply embedded in some European societies, warned Secretary General of the Council of Europe Marija Pejčinović Burić on the occasion of the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and...

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