Symposium “The future of young people’s political participation: questions, challenges and opportunities”

18-20 September 2019 Strasbourg (EYCS), France

The changing nature and pathways of young people engaging politically keep opening new horizons interesting for the researchers, policy-makers, youth workers and young people themselves. The EU-Council of Europe youth partnership will organise a symposium bringing together up to 120...

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Roundtable: Artificial Intelligence and the future of democracy

20 September 2019, 9.30-12 noon Strasbourg, Palais de l'Europe, room 5

What impact will artificial intelligence have on political and administrative decision-making processes and the functioning of democratic institutions? A roundtable discussion introduced by Secretary General Ms Marija PEJČINOVIĆ BURIĆ is organised to mark International Day of Democracy. Leading...

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Conference on the fight against domestic violence: the role of the police

Council of Europe 17 September 2019 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe is organising a Conference of high-ranking representatives of Ministers of Internal Affairs in Strasbourg on 24 and 25 September to highlight new measures enabling the police to fight domestic violence more effectively. Bringing together police officers, associations and...

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The Council of Europe marks 25 years of the fight against racism and intolerance

European Commission against Racism and Intolerance 17 September 2019 Strasbourg

On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Council of Europe's European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), a high-level conference will be organised on 26 and 27 September in Paris to take stock of its action and of the progress achieved in Europe in the fight against racism...

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New Council of Europe action against sexism

16 September 2019 Strasbourg

In March 2019, the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers adopted a new Recommendation on Preventing and Combating Sexism. Not only does this text contain the first ever internationally agreed definition of sexism, but it also proposes a set of concrete measures to combat this wide-spread...

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ElecData, new Compendium of Electoral Data

ElecData is a compendium of electoral data from the 47 member states of the Council of Europe. This tool gathers the specificities of each electoral system of the Council of Europe. It allows to consult the electoral data via: Individual cards for each country, including the minimum age for...

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Council of Europe’s Anti-racism Commission publishes conclusions on Armenia: priority recommendations have not been fully implemented

10 September 2019 Strasbourg

The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) today published conclusions on the implementation of priority recommendations made to Armenia in 2016. Each country report by ECRI contains recommendations for which priority follow-up is requested. Two years after the publication of...

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School starts with more inclusion for Roma children in Romania – and beyond

9 September 2019 Bucharest, Romania

On 9 September, Council of Europe Director General of Democracy Snežana Samardžić-Markovic joined Romanian President Klaus Iohannis to open the new school year through a visit to Ferdinand I Elementary and Secondary School in Bucharest, where they addressed the impact so far of a joint European...

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National minorities’ rights: new reports on Georgia and the Netherlands

5 September 2019

New opinions on the situation of national minorities in Georgia and the Netherlands have published by the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. Over the past three years, Georgia has strengthened its legislative framework for promotion of rights...

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GREVIO publishes its first baseline evaluation report on Finland

headline 2/09/2019 Strasbourg

Today, the Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO) published its first baseline evaluation report on Finland. The report contains an overall analysis of the implementation of the provisions of the Istanbul Convention. It...

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German youth centre awarded with Council of Europe Quality Label

31 August 2019 Strasbourg, France

On 31 August the wannseeFORUM Foundation in Berlin, Germany received the Council of Europe’s Quality Label for Youth Centres for the period 2019-2021, becoming the 14th youth centre to be honoured. The award ceremony was held in the presence of Sigrid Klebba, State Secretary of the Berlin Senate...

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2019 Eurimages Co-production Development Awards

23 August 2019

And the winner is…. The Happiest Man in the World or Lessons in Love by Teona Strugar Mitevska! Last night, at the CineLink co-production market in Sarajevo, the Eurimages Co-production Development Award of an amount of 20 000 euros went to this project produced by the company Sisters and Brother...

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International Youth Day is 20! Celebrating young people and youth organisations!

12 August 2019

12 August was first designated International Youth Day by the UN General Assembly in 1999 by endorsing the recommendation made to this effect by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth (Lisbon, 8-12 August 1998). It serves as an annual celebration of the role of young women and...

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European Heritage Days 2019: “Arts and Entertainment”

European Heritage Days 9 August 2019 Strasbourg

The European Heritage Days, a joint initiative of the Council of Europe and the European Commission since 1999, are the most widely celebrated participatory cultural events shared by the inhabitants and visitors of Europe. The pan-European nature of this project contributes to bringing citizens...

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1st August 2019: 5th anniversary of the entry into force of the Istanbul Convention

1st August 2019: 5th anniversary of the entry into force of the Istanbul Convention More information on the Convention

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Council of Europe honours Roma Holocaust victims

Secretary General 2 August 2019 Strasbourg

Seventy-five years ago, the remaining Roma of the so-called “Zigeunerlager” (Gypsy camp) – 2,897 men, women and children – were exterminated in the gas chambers of Auschwitz-Birkenau. The liquidation of the camp on 2 August 1944 was a particularly dark chapter of the Roma Holocaust: an attempt by...

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The importance of migrant entrepreneurship to local development

25 July 2019 Strasbourg, France

The Intercultural Cities (ICC) programme has launched a series of didactic and awareness videos addressing local governments wishing to evolve as intercultural municipalities. The videos give insights on how to adapt cities’ institutions and services to the needs of a diverse population by...

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Opportunity to coordinate child participation at the next Council of Europe Children’s Rights conference

18 July 2019 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe is holding a call for applications from international NGOs / international consultants to prepare, coordinate and implement child participation at its upcoming Children’s Rights conference. The conference will mark the mid-term evaluation of the Council of Europe Strategy...

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Digital Resistance: project results highlighted at co-ordination meeting in Athens

4 July 2019 Athens

Can an enquiry-based learning approach shield students from the effects of fake news and false information? On 27-28 June 2019, project partners of “Digital Resistance” met in Athens to assess the progress of activities and share their results. The project funded by the Joint Programme...

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Europe’s young people call for equal access to social rights

Council of Europe 12 July 2019 Strasbourg

Over 300 young people and youth workers from all Council of Europe member states and beyond gathered this week in Strasbourg for the ENTER! Youth Week. In a joint message they called upon member states to guarantee the protection of their rights. “All young people must have equal access to their...

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Enter! Youth Week: Our Rights, Our Lives

Council of Europe 8 July 2019 Strasbourg

On the occasion of its 70th anniversary, the Council of Europe with the support of the City of Strasbourg, the French Ministry of National Education and Youth and the European Youth Forum is holding the "Enter! Youth Week: our rights, our lives” from 8 to 11 July 2019 in Strasbourg. Held under...

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CEB holds annual Joint Meeting in Portugal

5 July 2019 Lisbon, Portugal

The Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) is holding its 54th annual Joint Meeting in Lisbon, at the invitation of the Portuguese government. Portugal’s Minister of Finance, Mário José Gomes de Freitas Centeno, opened the session. In his opening address, Minister of Finance Mário Centeno...

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The SOGI Unit relaunches its compendium of legislation and policies

5 July 2019 Strasbourg, France

The compendium of legislation and policies is relaunched today in the SOGI Unit website, in an effort to increase cross-knowledge of SOGI issues in different European (and also non-European) Member States. Designed as an open-platform to which submissions can be made, the compendium brings...

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Council of Europe Secretary General announces the contingency plan will not be implemented

3 July 2019 Strasbourg

Today, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe announced to the Committee of Ministers the withdrawal of the contingency plan that had been drawn up to compensate for possible failure of the Russian Federation to pay its outstanding contributions to the Organisation’s budget. The payment...

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More action needed to prevent human trafficking in Andorra

Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) 3 July 2019 Strasbourg

In a report published today, the Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) concludes that Andorra has made progress in its legislation and policies to prevent and combat human trafficking, but also requests that the authorities take further action...

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GRETA publishes second report on Andorra

03/07/2019 Strasbourg

In a report published today, the Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) concludes that Andorra has made progress in its legislation and policies to prevent and combat human trafficking, but also requests that the authorities take further action...

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Secretary General welcomes French law banning parental violence against children

Secretary General 3 July 2019 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland welcomed today the adoption of a law in France banning the use of violence against their children by their parents. The law prohibiting educational violence, unanimously adopted yesterday by the Senate, bans cruel and degrading treatment, including all recourse...

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“Sexting”: children themselves don’t produce “child pornography”

Lanzarote Committee 2 July 2019 Strasbourg

“Sexting” by children (generating, receiving and sharing sexually suggestive or explicit images/videos of themselves through mobile technology) does not amount to conduct related to “child pornography”, when it is intended solely for the children’s own private use. Children coerced into such...

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23 co-productions supported at the 155th Eurimages Board of Management meeting

1 July 2019

At its 155th meeting held from 24 to 28 June 2019 in Geneva, the Board of Management of the Council of Europe's Eurimages Fund agreed to support 17 fiction films, 2 documentaries and 4 animation projects for a total amount of €6,200,000. The share of eligible projects with female directors...

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Reform enters into force

1/07/2019 Strasbourg, France

The reform of the monitoring mechanism of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, adpoted on 28 November 2018 by the Ministers' Deputies, with a view to strengthening it, entered into force today, 1 July 2019. To read more about the reform, please follow this link.

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Council of Europe among the keynote speakers at the 20th anniversary conference of the European higher education area

01/07/2019 Bologna

Some 1,000 Rectors, policy makers in Ministries of Education, at higher education institutions, and in NGOs, and higher education practitioners celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Bologna Declaration at the University of Bologna on June 24 – 25. The program of conference, called “The Bologna...

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New publication: 70 Years of education at the Council of Europe – Highlights

28 June 2019 strasbourg

Overview of the Council of Europe’s work in education over the past 7 decades The Council of Europe's view of Education as a key means of furthering democracy, human rights, and the rule of law has been the constant raison d’être of our programme. The role of education in building the kind of...

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Advisory Committee: adoption of three Opinions

28/06/2019

During its 65th plenary meeting from 24-28 June 2019, the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities adopted three country-specific opinions under the implementation of this convention in states parties. The fourth cycle Opinions on Serbia and...

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Poland should do more to shield judges from pressure, protect women’s rights and promote gender equality

Commissioner for Human Rights 28 June 2019 Strasbourg

Today the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, published a report on the visit to Poland she carried out from 11 to 15 March 2019. The report focuses on the independence of the judiciary and the prosecution service, women’s sexual and reproductive rights, gender...

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Call for Consultants for a Review of training strategies and materials for Law Enforcement, Judges and Prosecutors and development of a pilot training module

27 June 2019 Strasbourg

While the exact number of Online Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (OCSEA) victims is unknown, reports show that tens of thousands of children, of all ages, fall victim to OCSEA each year. This crime is often transnational in nature and ever evolving. To ensure effective investigation and...

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Combating violence in all its forms against migrant children

Parliamentary Assembly Session 27 June 2019 Strasbourg

The Assembly today expressed its concern about the “serious threats” faced by migrant children on their way to Europe and important gaps in the policies and procedures, which limit the legal opportunities for migration in Europe. "Once in Europe, migrant children can also be subject to abuse in...

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Certification cycle 2019-2020 underway: 8 certified Cultural Routes under regular evaluation; new cultural routes applications now open

JUNE-SEPTEMBER 2019

The Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe are subject to regular monitoring and three-year evaluation procedure through independent expert reports and recommendations. This year, 8 certified Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe undergo the process of regular evaluation: Santiago de...

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Marija Pejčinović Burić elected Secretary General of the Council of Europe

Parliamentary Assembly Session 26 June 2019 Strasbourg

The Assembly today elected Marija Pejčinović Burić (Croatia) Secretary General of the Council of Europe for a five-year term beginning on 18 September 2019. In the first round of the election Marija Pejčinović Burić obtained 159 votes, an absolute majority, and Didier Reynders (Belgium) 105...

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Final conference of the Parliamentary Campaign to end detention of migrant children

26 June 2019 Strasbourg

The Parliamentary Campaign to End Immigration Detention of Children is hosting its final conference. This event will sum up the work done by the PACE Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons and the Council of Europe Children’s Rights Division in the framework of the Campaign since...

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Declaration

Global forum on academic freedom, institutional autonomy, and the future of democracy

25/06/2019 Strasbourg

The Global Forum on Academic Freedom, Institutional Autonomy, and the Future of Democracy was held at Council of Europe headquarters in Strasbourg on 20 – 21 June 2019 and adopted a statement. Link to this Declaration. The Forum was co-organized by the Council of Europe; the International...

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Declaration

Global forum on academic freedom, institutional autonomy, and the future of democracy

25/06/2019 Strasbourg

The Global Forum on Academic Freedom, Institutional Autonomy, and the Future of Democracy was held at Council of Europe headquarters in Strasbourg on 20 – 21 June 2019 and adopted a statement. Link to this Declaration. The Forum was co-organized by the Council of Europe, the International...

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North Macedonia to hold the first ever national conference on LGBTI rights, followed by the first Pride in Skopje

27-29 June, 2019 Skopje, North Macedonia

The SOGI Unit is co-organising a national conference on LGBTI equality legislation, in partnership with the authorities of North Macedonia. The conference, titled “Advancement of the Rights of the LGBTI Community in North Macedonia”, will take place in Skopje on 27th-28th June and will be...

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New reports on minority and regional languages in Czech Republic and Hungary

Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages 21 June 2019 Strasbourg

The Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages of the Council of Europe has published reports on the situation with regional and minority languages in Hungary and Czech Republic. In the report on the Czech Republic, the Committee notes that progress has been...

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World Refugee Day : submit your project and/or practice

20/06/2019

On June 20, it is the World Refugee Day. Have you ever worked with your students on openness to cultural otherness, celebrating diversity, facilitating peer relationships as well as creating a peaceful environment in the classroom? If yes, let us know about your project. Share it with us and let...

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Combating human trafficking in Germany

Expert body on trafficking in human beings (GRETA) 20 June 2019 Strasbourg

In a new report published today, the Council of Europe expert body on trafficking in human beings (GRETA) praises Germany for having significantly evolved its national legal framework against human trafficking since the first evaluation of the implementation of the Convention on Action against...

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Ireland : concerns over Roma and Travellers

Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (FCNM) 20 June 2019 Strasbourg

Irish society has demonstrated increasing levels of tolerance in recent years, but national strategies or actions plans on key issues – such as the integration of Travellers and Roma communities – suffer from a lack of clear and concrete implementation plans. Furthermore, Traveller communities in...

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Refugees and diverse societies, which policies for the intercultural city?

20 June 2019

The Intercultural Cities (ICC) programme has launched a series of didactic and awareness videos addressing local governments wishing to evolve as intercultural municipalities. The videos give insights on how to adapt cities’ institutions and services to the needs of a diverse population by...

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GRETA publishes second report on Lithuania

21/06/2019 Strasbourg

Lithuania has made progress in tackling human trafficking in recent years, but improvements are needed to prevent trafficking for labour exploitation, protect children from trafficking and provide victims with assistance, accommodation, health care and access to compensation. These are among the...

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First fact-finding visit under the Council of Europe Project to End Online Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse@Europe

18-21 June 2019 Baku, Azerbaijan

The Council of Europe Project to End Online Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse @ Europe (EndOCSEA@Europe Project) promotes, facilitates and supports member state actions to prevent and combat child sexual exploitation and abuse facilitated by information and communication technologies (OCSEA);...

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Argentina joins the Eurimages Fund

17 June 2019

The news was officially announced on 20 May during the Cannes Film Festival: like Canada, Argentina will benefit from the status of associate member of the Eurimages Fund as of 1 October 2019. Argentinian producers will be able to apply for funding as of the last call for projects of 2019, for...

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