Anti-Discrimination key theme at the Fundamental Rights Forum 2018

25-26 September 2018 Vienna, Austria

The Directorate of Anti-Discrimination is leading two open sessions at the Fundamental Rights Forum 2018, in Vienna, Austria On 25 September, the Anti-Discrimination Department, together with the European Union’s Fundamental Rights Agency will conduct an open session on national minorities and...

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Mental health of children on the move

Council of Europe 20 September 2018 Strasbourg

Mental health of children affected by migration, their well-being and their rights was the key subject of the address by Regina Jensdottir, the Head of the Children’s Rights Division and Programme Co-ordinator at the Council of Europe, to the European Network of Ombudspersons for Children (ENOC)...

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Democracy and the People

Council of Europe 19 September 2018 Strasbourg

To mark the International Day of Democracy, the Directorate General of Democracy and the Conference of INGOs are organising a debate entitled: Democracy & “The People”, aiming at re-asserting the value of our democratic institutions based on individual human rights, civic participation in public...

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Ending violence against women: a new focus for continued Southern Mediterranean co-operation

Council of Europe 19 September 2018 Strasbourg

On 18 September 2018, the Council of Europe and European Union launched the “South Programme III: Ensuring sustainable democratic governance and human rights in the Southern Mediterranean” in Strasbourg. This programme will build on the results from the past two programmes, and will have a new...

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20th anniversary of Children’s Houses: Icelandic model to counter child sexual abuse continues inspiring change across Europe

Council of Europe 5 September 2018 Reykjavik

The 20th anniversary of the Barnahus (Children’s House), a Council of Europe-promoted model to address child sexual abuse by coordinating parallel criminal and social welfare investigations in a child-friendly and safe environment , is marked today at an event in Reykjavík, Iceland. The first...

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Global Education: Human Rights dimension

North-South Centre 4 September 2018 Strasbourg

The North-South Centre of the Council of Europe launches new free online course on the Human Rights dimension of Global Education

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A Council of Europe event to mark the International Day of Democracy


30/08/2018 Strasbourg

On 19 September 2018, to mark the International Day of Democracy, the Directorate General of Democracy and the Conference of INGOs are organising a debate entitled: Democracy & “The People”, aiming to re-assert the value of our democratic institutions based on individual human rights, civic...

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Eurimages Lab Project Awards 2018

24 August 2018 Haugesund

The Eurimages Lab Project Award of an amount of 50 000 euros awarded in the framework of the Works-in-Progress of New Nordic Films at the 46th International Film Festival of Norway in Haugesund went to the film Burning Man directed by Itonje Søimer Guttormsen and produced by Maria Ekerhovd (Mer...

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"Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe connecting cultural values, heritage sites and citizens: strategies and synergies in a global perspective"

8th Cultural Routes Annual Advisory Forum

26-28 September 2018 Görlitz, Germany

The Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe Annual Advisory Forum 2018, "Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe connecting cultural values, heritage sites and citizens: strategies and synergies in a global perspective", will take place on 26-28 September in Görlitz (Germany). Organised by the...

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New Council of Europe publication on action against female genital mutilation and forced marriage

06/08/2018 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe Steering Committee for Human Rights published the result of its activities on combating and preventing female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage. The publication includes the Declaration of the Committee of Ministers on the need to intensify the efforts to prevent...

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Satellite Events - Open call for expressions of interest

Deadline: 15 September 2018

The Council of Europe is seeking partners for the organisation of “satellite events” to reach out to a wider range of contributors and enrich the debate of the Forum. This offer is addressed in particular to universities renowned in the sphere of political studies and international relations,...

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New film on launch of national minorities action in Bosnia and Herzegovina

On 16th May 2018, the Action "Strengthening the protection of national minorities in BiH" was launched in Sarajevo City Hall ‘Vijećnica’. The Action is implemented within the joint programmatic framework “Horizontal Facility for Western Balkans and Turkey” and funded by the European Union and the...

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Call for applications : Child consultations on age assessment procedures in the context of immigration and asylum procedures

26 July 2018 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe has launched a call for applications to implement child consultations with children who have experienced age assessment in the context of immigration or asylum procedures. The consultations will focus on the rights of the child that should govern age assessment and how these...

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Submit your examples of good practices on child-friendly procedures in the migration context

23 July 2018 Strasbourg

The Office of the Special Representative on migration and refugees is looking for examples of good or promising practices of migration-related procedures that are child-friendly. Selected examples will be published in a compilation of good practices being prepared under the Council of Europe...

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The challenge of recognition

17-18 June 2018 Prague, Czech Republic

More than 150 participants took part to the annual ENIC NARIC meeting in the Charles University in Prague. The main items of the agenda were: the social role of Higher Education institutions, the recognition of refugees’ qualifications , fraud and higher education and the development of global...

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European Heritage Days 2018: Call for European Heritage Stories and European Heritage Makers Week

18 July 2018 Strasbourg, France

As one of the key initiatives of the European Year of Cultural Heritage, this year’s edition of the #EHDs celebrates “The Art of Sharing.” As part of this we launched two new pilot initiatives open to local communities, children and young people: European Heritage Makers Week and the Call for...

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Assessment session in Italy: New Phase “European Qualifications Passport for Refugees (EQPR)”

9 July 2018 Cagliari and Sassari

For the first time, an assessment session of the European Qualifications Passport for Refugees (EQPR) was held in Italy, in Sardinia. From 2 to 6 July, forty-two refugees were interviewed by credentials evaluators from the national recognition centres (ENIC/NARICs) of Armenia, France, Germany,...

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Regional or minority languages are protected in Norway, but further efforts needed

European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages 9 July 2018 Strasbourg

Progress has been made while promoting regional and minority languages in Norway, such as the Sami languages, Kven/Finnish and Romani/Romanes, according to a report published today by the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages. Almost all undertakings are fulfilled concerned the...

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Evaluation of the 2nd cycle of testing the Child Participation Assessment Tool (CPAT) by member States

5-6 July 2017 Sofia, Bulgaria

Why do children’s views matter? Building solid state responses to embrace child participation In connection with the latest phase of the testing of the Council of Europe Child Participation Assessment Tool (CPAT) in Bulgaria, Italy and Latvia, the Council of Europe is co-organising with the...

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Council of Europe gives recommendations to member States on children’s rights in the digital environment

Council of Europe 4 July 2018 Strasbourg

How to better respect, protect and fulfil the rights of the child in the digital environment is at the core of the new Recommendation adopted today by the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers. Building on international and European legal instruments, the text provides comprehensive...

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European Cultural Heritage Summit

18-24 June 2018 Berlin, Germany

The European Cultural Heritage Summit “Sharing Heritage - Sharing Values” took place from 18 to 24 June 2018 in Berlin, Germany. The Summit, co-organised by Europa Nostra, the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation (SPK) and the German Cultural Heritage Committee (DNK) was one of the key events of...

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Declaration of the Lanzarote Committee on protecting refugee and migrant children against sexual exploitation and sexual abuse

28 June 2018 Strasbourg

In the light of on-going events at the US/Mexican border, the Committee of the Parties to the Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse (Lanzarote Convention) released today a Declaration on protecting refugee and migrant children...

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2018 Council of Europe Conference on Interfaith Dialogue and LGBTI -Homosexuality and Contemporary Christianity Interdisciplinary and Multi confessional Approaches-

05/07/18 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe will organize on the 5th of July a conference on Homosexuality and Contemporary Christianity Interdisciplinary and Multi confessional Approaches- The aim of this conference is to study to the interaction between homosexual identity and contemporary Christianity, namely...

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Canada ratifies the lisbon recognition convention

Canada has now deposited its instrument of ratification of the Lisbon Recognition Convention (LRC), which is the international treaty regulating the recognition of higher education qualifications as well as qualification giving access to higher education in the European region. The LRC, which is...

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30 co-productions supported at the 151st Eurimages Board of Management meeting

26 June 2018 Montreal, Canada

At its 151st meeting held from 18 to 22 June 2018 in Montreal, the Board of Management of the Council of Europe's Eurimages Fund agreed to support 23 fiction, 6 documentaries and 1 animation film project for a total amount of €6,447,783. The share of eligible projects with female directors...

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Youth Peace Camp


The Youth Peace Camp, for young people from conflict-affected regions across Europe, in particular Kosovo*, Cyprus and the South Caucasus, will allow participants to engage in a constructive dialogue with young people “from the other side/s” of the conflict. More information Contact: Tatiana...

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Unrelenting rise in xenophobic populism, resentment, hate speech in Europe in 2017

European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) 22 June 2018 Strasbourg

Xenophobic populism and hate speech have continued to be on the rise in 2017, with high levels of migration and challenges of integration, religious extremism, terrorist attacks and the austerity-driven socio-economic climate observed all over Europe, says the annual report of the European...

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The UK ratifies the Lanzarote Convention to protect children against sexual violence

Council of Europe 20 June 2018 Strasbourg

The United Kingdom has formally ratified the Council of Europe Convention on Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse, known as the Lanzarote Convention. The convention is a legally-binding treaty which obliges countries to take a wide range of steps to help prevent...

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Human trafficking: Spain achieved progress, but further action needed against trafficking for labour exploitation

Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) 20 June 2018 Strasbourg

Spain has made progress in developing the legislative, institutional and policy framework against trafficking in human beings. However, improvements are needed in a number of areas, in particular more efforts are required to tackle trafficking for labour exploitation, says the Council of Europe’s...

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Croatian Chairmanship underlines the importance of dialogue with national minority representatives and the competent institutions in advancing national minority rights

Council of Europe 19 June 2018 Strasbourg

Chair of the Committee of Ministers, Marija Pejčinović Burić, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Croatia and Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe opened a conference entitled “Minorities and Minority Languages in a Changing Europe” in...

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