APPLY NOW! Make your culture, nature or heritage initiative visible as a Strategy 21 Good practice!

1 July 2022 Strasbourg, France

You are invited to send us new inspirational best project examples/practices in the framework of our ST21 work. This year, special attention is being given to: projects, initiatives or practices that illustrate integrated approaches, showcasing one of the three main components of ST21; AI/digital...

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Let’s celebrate the 10th anniversary of the World Forum for Democracy !

29 June 2022 Strasbourg, France

Since 2012, the World Forum for Democracy has been debating solutions to key challenges for democracies worldwide and bringing together political decision-makers and activists in order to contribute to the evolution of more participatory and inclusive democracy. To celebrate the 10th anniversary...

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Young people should stand up against populism, nationalism and extremism that risk silencing their voices, says Secretary General

Secretary General 28 June 2022 Strasbourg

Opening the major event in Strasbourg, Youth Action Week which marks the 50th anniversary of the Council of Europe’s youth sector, Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić called on young people to remain engaged in revitalising democracy and in addressing the emerging threats...

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The Council of Europe contributes to the work of the Transforming Education Pre-Summit

28-30 June 2022 Paris, France

On the first day of the Transforming Education Pre-Summit, Matjaz Gruden, Director of Democratic Participation, attended a meeting of the High Level Steering Committee Leaders Group (HLSC). The HLSC approved today an urgent call to action to be addressed to Heads of State and Government at the...

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Secretary General welcomes Ukrainian Parliament’s approval of Istanbul Convention

Secretary General 20 June 2022 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General, Marija Pejčinović Burić, has made the following statement today: “As women and girls are particularly vulnerable during the conflict, I warmly welcome the approval by the Ukrainian Parliament of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating...

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Refugees share their experiences of using the European Qualifications Passport for Refugees

20 June 2022

On the occasion of the World Refugee Day 2022, the Council of Europe launched a new video to present the European Qualifications Passport for Refugees (EQPR) and stories of refugees who obtained and used the EQPR. The EQPR enables refugees to have their qualifications assessed even in the...

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Continued use of the situation of Russian as a minority language as a pretext for aggression against Ukraine unacceptable

Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages 17 June 2022 Strasbourg

The Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages in the statement adopted at the latest plenary session condemned in the strongest possible terms the aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine and expressed its solidarity with all people of Ukraine....

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2022 Global Forum on Higher Education Leadership for Democracy, Sustainability and Social Justice

16 June 2022 Dublin, Ireland

The 2022 Global Forum "Higher Education Leadership for Democracy, Sustainability and Social Justice" organised by the Council of Europe in co-operation with the International Association of Universities, International Consortium for Higher Education, Civic Responsibility and Democracy,...

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Romania has improved protection of women from domestic violence, but progress needed on definition of rape

GREVIO 16 June 2022 Strasbourg

In its first report on Romania, the Council of Europe’s GREVIO – the independent expert group that monitors implementation of the Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (Istanbul Convention) – acknowledges the steps taken by the country to comply with...

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Domestic violence: Countries should improve child custody safety and victim protection

GREVIO 14 June 2022 Strasbourg, France

The Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO) finds that many countries lack enough protection for children and domestic violence victims. GREVIO, which monitors implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and...

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Living Together: Theme of the 1st Forum for secondary school pupils

13 June 2022 from 10.30 Strasbourg, France

On Monday 13 June 2022, the World Forum for Democracy, in partnership with the association THEMIS: Association d'accès au droit pour les enfants et les jeunes (Association for access to the law for children and young people), is organising a forum involving young adolescents in the democratic...

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Webinar: Determining and Evaluating the Best Interests and Rights of Children in Parental Separation and Care Proceedings: exploring perspectives and best practices across Europe

7 June 2022 Strasbourg

Join us for this CINGO Civil Society Committee on the Rights of the Child free webinar session with experts and thought leaders across Europe and the opportunity for live online discussion to take place on Tuesday 21 June (9:30-12:30 CET). The webinar will be in English. The following questions...

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Ecology: Theme of the 5th Children's Forum

3 June 2022 Strasbourg, France

For this 5th edition of the Children's Forum, on Friday 3 June 2022, 1,500 children from 66 primary school classes from the European Collectivity of Alsace came together in a plenary session in the Council of Europe hemicycle to defend some twenty selected projects on the theme of ecology. During...

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Adverse impact of Covid-19 on vulnerable groups, racism in policing, intimidation of LGBTI people: main trends in ECRI's annual report

Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) 2 Junes 2022 Strasbourg, France

The continuing Covid-19 pandemic that has further marginalised vulnerable groups, the ongoing problem of racism in police forces and the rise of anti-LGBTI public discourse were the main trends in 2021, said the Council of Europe’s Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) in its annual...

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Combating Hate Speech in Sport project - Launch Conference

COMBATING HATE SPEECH IN SPORT 31 May 2022 Strasbourg, France

Sport brings people together. It contributes to health and well-being, breaking down barriers and building trust and community spirit. However, it can also exacerbate tensions or rivalries and foster discrimination against certain categories of the population, contrary to international standards,...

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New recommendation on culture, cultural heritage and landscape

20 May 2022 Turin, Italy

During its annual session held in Turin, the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers adopted a Recommendation on the role of culture, cultural heritage and landscape in helping to address global challenges (Turin, 20.05.2022). The Recommendation affirms culture’s transformative role in...

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Protecting rights of migrant, refugee and asylum-seeking women and girls: Council of Europe recommendation adopted

Committee of Ministers 20 May 2022 Turin, Italie

The Committee of Ministers, meeting in Turin, has adopted a new recommendation to protect the rights of migrant, refugee and asylum-seeking women and girls provides measures to better respond to needs and challenges that they face. Drawing on Council of Europe treaties including the Istanbul...

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Discussing good practices of child and youth participation in Europe

CP4EUROPE 20 May 2022 Cork/Online

The European Union/Council of Europe Joint Project “CP4Europe - Strengthening National Child Participation Frameworks and Action in Europe” will hold a mid-term Conference "Child and Youth Participation for Europe" under the Irish Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers and its theme: ’Hear...

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Council of Europe proposes a comprehensive legal and policy framework to combat hate speech

Committee of Ministers 20 May 2022 Strasbourg, France

The Council of Europe has issued a set of guidelines to its 46 member states aimed at preventing and combating hate speech, both online and offline. In a Recommendation adopted during its annual session held in Turin, the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers calls on governments to develop...

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IDAHOT: LGBTI persons fleeing war face specific risks and need protection

Council of Europe 16 May 2022 Strasbourg

European states should pay attention to the specific challenges faced by LGBTI asylum seekers fleeing war, declared Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić, the current President of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers, the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and...

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Belgium ratifies the Faro Convention

13 May 2022

Belgium has transmitted to the Council of Europe the instrument of ratification of the Council of Europe Framework Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society on 13 May 2022. This latest ratification brings the total number of ratifications to 23, in addition to the 5 member States...

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Civil society and the Council of Europe – strengthening our ties

13 May 2022

As part of the Secretary General’s proposals to follow-up to the Helsinki decisions on civil society, a resource for civil society that gives easy access to the Civil Society Handbook has been published online. This site available in both English and French provides everything that civil...

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Advancing gender equality and fighting stereotypes

13/05/2022 Strasbourg

A meeting of the Council of Europe’s main body for supporting gender equality has examined a wide range of issues affecting women. The plenary meeting of the Gender Equality Commission, held from 11-13 May in Strasbourg, discussed progress in advancing gender equality in Europe. The participants...

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First Barnahus for child victims of sexual abuse launched in Slovenia

Barnahus Project 10 May 2022 Strasbourg

The first Barnahus (Children’s House) of Slovenia for child victims of sexual abuse has been launched in Ljubljana with the active support of the EU Reform – Council of Europe joint project “Support the implementation of Barnahus in Slovenia - phase II” and the Norway Grants. Barnahus is a...

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GRETA issues Guidance Note on addressing the risks of trafficking in human beings related to the war in Ukraine and the ensuing humanitarian crisis

4 May 2022 Strasbourg

With the unprecedented movement of people forced to flee Ukraine since the start of the war, 90% of whom are women and children, NGOs and media have sounded the alarm over suspected cases of human trafficking. Presumed victims have been detected, and investigations are reportedly ongoing. A new...

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HISTOLAB new joint project of the EU and Council of Europe to support cooperation in history education

Joint Project 1 May 2022 Strasbourg, France

It was during OHTE’s 1st Annual Conference that the EU Commission Vice-President Margaritis Schinas first announced European Commission support for the work of the Observatory and the allocation of €1 000 000 for a new joint project that would support cooperation in the field of history...

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Finland launches the Action Plan to implement the Lanzarote Convention

25 April 2022 Helsinki

On 25 of April 2022, the Finnish National Implementation Plan for the Lanzarote Convention (2022-2025) was launched in Helsinki. Finland signed the Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse (Lanzarote Convention) in 2007 and ratified...

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Anti-doping: Committee of Ministers adopts recommendation on fair proceedings in sport

Committee of Ministers 25 April 2022 Strasbourg

The fight against doping in sport requires fair proceedings while respecting the need to protect an athlete’s private life including reputation and health-related information. The Committee of Ministers has adopted a Recommendation to Member States aimed at reinforcing the human rights principles...

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New ECML website offering dedicated support for the (linguistic) integration of refugees from Ukraine

21 April 2022 Graz

Photo: Mirek Pruchnicki CC BY-SA 2.0 Are you a decision-maker, headteacher or teacher looking for guidance and resources to welcome young Ukrainian refugees who have recently joined your educational institution? Are you an employer or recruitment agency supporting Ukrainian refugees to access...

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25th anniversary of the Lisbon Recognition Convention

21 April 2022 Strasbourg

12 April 2022 marked the 25th anniversary of the Lisbon Recognition Convention. This date coincided with the 80th Bologna Follow Up Group meeting, which took place at the Council of Europe headquarters. At the reception organised to mark the occasion, Villano Qiriazi, the Head of the Education...

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Highlights of the 15th CDDG: Deliberative democracy and democratic governance

21-22 April 2022 Strasbourg / hybrid format

The 15th meeting of the European Committee on Democracy and Governance (CDDG) took place on 21-22 April 2022 in Strasbourg, in a hybrid format. In the current context of instability, hostility, and democratic backsliding in Europe, the current specific tasks of the CDDG to develop a...

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Upper Secondary School Examination in times of COVID-19

21 April 2022 Strasbourg

The ENIC and NARIC networks published the 2022 edition of Upper Secondary School Examinations - High School Diplomas in times of COVID-19": https://www.enic-naric.net/upper-secondary-school-examinations-high-school-diplomas-in-times-of-covid-19.aspx The document includes information from 37...

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New recommendation on passing on remembrance of the Holocaust and preventing crimes against humanity

13 April 2022 Strasbourg, France

After long debate, at the end of March 2022, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe adopted a Recommendation on passing on remembrance of the Holocaust and preventing crimes against humanity. It offers a framework for our Member States regarding the transmission of the history and...

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Council of Europe assesses measures taken by states to protect children on the move from sexual abuse and exploitation

13 April 2022 Strasbourg

With Europe facing the second major refugee crisis in less than a decade, the Council of Europe’s Lanzarote Committee has published ten compliance reports evaluating legislation, services and other measures in place for the protection of children affected by the refugee crisis from sexual...

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Work-life balance crucial for gender equality and empowering women

13 April 2022 Strasbourg, France

Gender and labour ministers from all regions of Europe took part at a high-level conference in Rome on 12 April to explore how to face the challenge of creating a better work-life balance for women, ensure that family responsibilities can be better shared, improve gender equality and prevent...

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European Label of Governance Excellence launched in Venice

12 April 2022 Strasbourg, France

A launch conference for the European Label of Governance Excellence (ELoGE) was held under the Italian Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe in Venice on 11 April. Good Democratic Governance is encapsulated in the 12 Principles which can be measured by applying the...

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Learning Equality, Dignity, Democracy: forum on citizenship and human rights education in Europe

11 April 2022 Turin, Italy

A Forum on the present and future of citizenship and human rights education in Europe has opened in Turin, Italy. It aims to strengthen the quality, recognition and outreach of young people’s education in the fields of democratic citizenship and human rights. The event, from 11 to 13 April has...

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Education in time of crisis

8 April 2022

As a result of the Russian Federation’s armed attack on Ukraine, millions of people fleeing Ukraine. In anticipation of the immediate and short-term impact of such inflow of refugees and, in particular, young adults and children, the Education Department of the Council of Europe, in close...

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Child self-generated sexual images and videos: new report provides guidance to governments

8 April 2022 Rome

Addressing challenges raised by the significant increase and exploitation of child self-generated sexual images and videos is the focus of the new monitoring report presented today by the Council of Europe’s Lanzarote Committee in Rome. The report covers 43 European states Parties (*) to the...

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“Local governments unite for welfare and peace”: online marathon exchanges between Ukrainian local leaders and international counterparts

7 April 2022 Online

Through its Centre of Expertise for Good Governance the Council of Europe has held a series of online conferences “Local governments unite for welfare and peace” from 18 March to 7 April 2022. Amid the ongoing aggression from the Russian Federation, local authorities in Ukraine continue to...

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Children’s rights in crisis and emergency situations: a new Council of Europe priority for 2022-2027

7 April 2022 Rome

With climate change, the Covid-19 pandemic and the Russian Federation’s ongoing aggression against Ukraine, securing and protecting children’s rights in crisis and emergency situations has been designated a new priority in the Council of Europe’s Strategy for the Rights of the Child for 2022-2027...

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Roma in Ukraine and throughout Europe in 2022

Secretary General 7 April 2022 Strasbourg

Statement by Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić on International Roma Day

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Council of Europe bank issues a new social inclusion bond to bolster its response to Ukraine refugee crisis

Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) 7 April 2022 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) issued a new € 1 billion seven-year Social Inclusion Bond (SIB) to bolster its response to the social crisis unfolding due to the war in Ukraine and help its member states assist millions of refugees seeking safety. The proceeds of the new bond could...

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World Forum for Democracy 2022 "Democracy: A New Hope ?"

7-9 November 2022 Strasbourg, France

Thirty years ago, many people believed that the spread of democracy was as inevitable as it was desirable. Those days are now far behind us. Instead, the public and policy-makers have watched as the spread of democracy has slowed and, by some measures, gone into reverse. Those who believe that...

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The Committee of Ministers adopts a landmark legal standard on multilevel policies and governance for intercultural integration

6 April 2022 Strasbourg, France

The Council of Europe Committee of Ministers adopted by consensus Recommendation CM/Rec(2022)10 on multilevel policies and governance for intercultural integration. This is the second international standard in this field following the adoption back in 2015 of CM/Rec(2015)1 on intercultural...

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Portugal joins the European Qualifications Passport for Refugees (EQPR)

5 April 2022 Portugal

On 5 April, Portugal joined the European Qualifications Passport for Refugees, becoming the 14th partner country to promote the European Qualifications Passport for Refugees as a practical tool for better and faster integration of refugees in their new societies. EQPR is a tool that was developed...

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Children’s rights: a new strategy to be launched in Rome

6 April 2022 Strasbourg

The new Strategy to guide the 46 member States of the Council of Europe in protecting and promoting the rights of the child in 2022-2027 will be officially launched on 7-8 April at a high-level conference in Rome. Benedetto Della Vedova, Undersecretary of State for Foreign Affairs and...

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2022 Eurimages Co-production Development Awards

4 April 2022

On 31 March 2022, the €20,000 Eurimages Co-production Development Award dedicated to documentaries went to the project THE LAST NOMADS which was presented in the framework of the 19th edition of CPH:FORUM in Copenhagen. This exemplary co-production between Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, Belgium and...

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“Creating our future: creativity and cultural heritage as strategic resources for a diverse and democratic Europe”

1 April 2022 Strasbourg/online

The Steering Committee for Culture, Heritage and Landscape (CDCPP) and the Italian Ministry of Culture are organising a Conference of Ministers of Culture in the framework of the Italian Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. The event will take place in hybrid format...

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1st meeting of the Bureau of the Bern Convention in 2022

6-7 April 2022 (online meeting)

The Bureau to the Standing Committee of the Bern Convention held its first meeting of 2022 on 6-7 April by video-conference. The Bureau assessed progress in the implementation of the Convention’s Programme of Activities for 2022/2023 and the state of preparation of the thematic expert group...

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