Council of Europe Conference of the Finnish Presidency of the Committee of Ministers

Encouraging democratic culture and human rights – schools in action

16-17 April 2019 Helsinki, Finland

The main theme of the conference will be “Encouraging Democratic Culture and Human Rights – Schools’ in Action”. The goal is to promote the dissemination of the Reference Framework of Competences for Democratic Culture (RFCDC) to be applied in member states in a system-wide manner, with a special...

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Resolution of the Conference of INGOs

The future of the Council of Europe: Civil Society’s commitment

15 April 2019 Strasbourg

At its plenary session on 12 April 2019, the Conference of INGOs adopted Resolution CONF/PLE(2019)RES1 on the future of the Council of Europe and Civil Society’s commitment. Whilst affirming that the future of the Council of Europe as a pan-European standard-setting, monitoring and co-operating...

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Didier Reynders visits the European Youth Centre

11 April 2019 European Youth Centre Strasbourg

During his visit to Strasbourg this week, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs of Belgium, Didier Reynders, candidate to the post of Secretary General of the Council of Europe, took the time to visit the European Youth Centre. Mr Reynders wished to learn...

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International Roma Day (8 April 2019)

Presidency of the Committee of Ministers 8 April 2019 Strasbourg

Statement by Timo Soini, President of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland

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Strengthening civil society participation in implementing and monitoring the Lanzarote Convention

8-9 April 2019 Strasbourg

Engaging civil society is crucial in preventing and combating child sexual exploitation and abuse. To further strengthen cooperation, the Council of Europe is organising an International Conference dedicated to civil society on 8-9 April 2019 in Strasbourg. This international conference will...

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Serbia: minority language education should be strengthened

4/04/2019 Strasbourg, France

The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe published a new report on the application of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages (ECRML) in the Republic of Serbia and the recommendations to the Serbian authorities. The Charter applies to Albanian, Bosnian, Bulgarian,...

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BeSafeNet Olympiad : “Better knowledge against disasters”

16 April 2019 Europe

Secondary schools from the member States of the European and Mediterranean Major Hazards Agreement (EUR-OPA) took for the first International online competition on “Better knowledge against disasters” taking place on 16 April 2019. With more than 140 schools from 12 countries (Albania, Algeria,...

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European states must demonstrate resolve for lasting and concrete change for Roma people

Commissioner for Human Rights 4 April 2019 Strasbourg

“On 8 April, we will celebrate International Roma Day. This is a day to celebrate Roma culture and Roma contributions to European societies, and the cultural diversity of Europe. The 8th of April, which commemorates the first World Romani Congress held in London in April 1971, should also be a...

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Deputy Secretary General opens 12th European Forum on the rights of the child in Brussels

2 April 2019 Brussels, Belgium

“Action against violence. Action to protect against abuse in the digital age. Action to support migrant and refugee children” emphasized Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni while opening the 12th European Forum on the rights of the child in Brussels. Deputy Secretary General underlined the relevance of...

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Council of Europe adopts first-ever international legal instrument to stop sexism

Committee of Ministers 28 March 2019 Strasbourg (France)

States should step up their fight against sexism in all walks of life, according to a Recommendation just adopted by the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers. In response to the #MeToo and other recent movements that have heightened awareness of persistent sexism in society, the Council of...

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“Tackling Gender Stereotypes and Sexism”: international conference

28-29/03/19 Helsinki, Finland

Gender stereotypes and sexism represent a serious limit to the achievement of substantive gender equality: equal rights for women and men in all spheres of public and private life. Gender stereotypes and sexism contribute to different forms of hate speech (on line and off-line) and discrimination...

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Cultural Routes programme receives the Carlos V European Award

Cultural Routes 28 March 2019 Strasbourg

The Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe programme is the 2019 recipient of the "Carlos V European Award" , which honours people, organisations, projects or initiatives that contribute “to the enhancement of Europe’s cultural and historical values”. For the first time the Carlos V European...

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MONITORING THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE LISBON RECOGNITION CONVENTION

New publication on recognition in Europe

28/03/2019 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe and UNESCO now publish a book that provides an overview of the implementation of the Lisbon Recognition Convention.

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A training session organised by the Council of Europe

“Monitoring places where migrant children are deprived of their liberty: how to conduct an effective visit?”

28-29 March 2019 Paris, France

The administrative detention of migrant and other children and conditions of deprivation of liberty pose serious challenges to the realisation of their rights. The Council of Europe 2016-2021 Strategy for the rights of the child acknowledges these challenges, and the children’s rights division...

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“Be visible, be strong” : International Roma Women’s Conference in Helsinki

Council of Europe 25 March 2019 Espoo (Finland)

In its seventh annual Roma Women's Conference, this year held in Finland, the Council of Europe stresses the importance of "mainstreaming" Roma and Traveller gender equality issues as part of its "Strategy for Gender Equality 2018-2023". The three-day conference, which brings together NGOs,...

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Council of Europe holds the 1st Meeting of the UEFA EURO 2020 Advisory Group on Legal Issues

23/03/2019 Paris

The UEFA EURO 2020 Advisory Group on Legal Issues met for the first time in Paris on Thursday 23 March 2019. This Advisory Group was established by the Council of Europe’s Standing Committee of the European Convention on Spectator Violence, to work under the umbrella of the Working Group on the...

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"There is still need to increase engagement of civil society at the Council of Europe"

Anna Rurka addresses the Warsaw Conference on the role and position of NGOs in the Council of Europe

22 March 2019 Warsaw, Poland

Adressing the Warsaw Conference on the role and position of NGOs in the Council of Europe organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland, the Council of Europe and the University of Warsaw, Anna Rurka, President of the Conference of INGOs, stressed the importance to...

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Intercultural integration academy in Iceland

25-29 March 2019 Reykjavik, Iceland

An Intercultural Integration Academy was held in Iceland on 25-29 March organised by the Council of Europe (Intercultural cities programme), the Ministry of Social Affairs and UNHCR. The Academy focused on intercultural competence for social workers, municipal officials, police officers and...

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Renewed efforts needed to eliminate racial discrimination, especially in the workplace, say Heads of Europe’s human rights organisations

21 March 2019 Strasbourg

VIENNA/STRASBOURG/WARSAW, 21 March 2019 – Too many people with an ethnic or migrant background are still being held back in the job market. This is despite laws against racial discrimination and for equal opportunities in employment that have been in place for decades, the heads of three European...

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International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination – Launch of the ICC Manual on community policing

Intercultural cities programme 21 March 2019 Strasbourg

The Intercultural Cities (ICC) programme launches a Manual on community policing to mark 21 March, the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

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Peer-to-peer round table on policies to address SOGIESC-based violence in the Education Sector

21-22 March 2019 Venice, Italy

The SOGI Unit is organising a one and a half day roundtable on policies to address school violence based on sexual orientation, gender identity/expression and sex characteristics in the education sector, to take place in Venice, on 21 - 22 March. The event will include the presentation of the...

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Albania needs to strengthen protection of national minority rights

Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (FCNM) 19 March 2019 Strasbourg

In its fourth opinion on Albania, the Council of Europe’s Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (FCNM) urges Tirana to make operational the county’s law on the protection of national minorities through the adoption of further legislation....

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H.R.H. the Crown Prince of Norway visits the European Youth Centre (EYCS)

18 March 2019 Strasbourg, France

On the occasion of his official visit to the Council of Europe, H.R.H. the Crown Prince of Norway visited the European Youth Centre (EYCS) on the morning of 18 March. He was welcomed by the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, the Director General of Democracy, Ms...

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Committee of Experts meets in plenary

18-22/03/2019 Strasbourg, France

The Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages is meeting in Strasbourg, France, for its 62nd plenary session during the week of 18-22 March 2019. Among other things, it will discuss the the evaluation reports on the application of the Charter in Luxembourg,...

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“Education: The Key to Integration”: new documentary on the European Qualifications Passport for Refugees (EQPR)

18 March 2019 Strasbourg

“One document can change someone’s life for the better” is the opening sentence of a new short documentary produced by the Education Department on the Project “European Qualifications Passport for Refugees (EQPR)”. The video presents the EQPR as a tool supporting refugees’ integration into their...

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School students march for the climate all over Europe

14/03/19 Strasbourg, France

In this interview, the Head of the Council of Europe’s Education Department, Sjur Bergan, speaks about democratic participation and how education should develop competences for democratic culture.

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San Marino urged to raise public awareness of human trafficking and provide training to relevant professionals

Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) 14 March 2019 Strasbourg

San Marino has taken additional measures to combat trafficking in human beings, according to a new report published today by the Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA), but a number of issues continue to give rise to concern. The report assesses...

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Portugal: The EPA Executive Secretary awards the “European Rock Art Heritage label” to the Côa Archaeological Park and Museum

14 MARCH 2019 VILA NOVA DE FOZ COA, PORTUGAL

In the framework of the International Rock Art Event held on 14th March at Côa Museum (Vila Nova de Foz Côa, Portugal), the Côa Archaeological Park and Museum (Côa Park Foundation), received the quality label as rock art tourist destination from the “Prehistoric Rock Art Trails”, certified...

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Norway increases support for the European Qualifications Passport for Refugees (EQPR)

14 March 2019 Strasbourg

On March 12, the Norwegian Minister for higher education, Iselin Nybø announced Norway will increase its support for the European Qualifications Passport for Refugees (EQPR) to 1 million NOK (approximately 100 000 Euros) in 2019 because of the good results obtained by the project. Since the...

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Launching of the second phase of the project Human Resources Management in Local Self - Government

12 March 2019 Belgrade, Serbia

The Council of Europe Office in Belgrade is pleased to announce launching of the joint EU/CoE project Human Resources Management in Local Self–Government - Phase 2. Launching conference was held on 12th March 2019 and it was organised by the Council of Europe Office in Belgrade in cooperation...

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