Branding of the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe: 3 new booklets now available

27 July 2020 Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Three new branding booklets on the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe Programme have been published targeting different audiences and are now available for download. The new booklets are the first publications specifically devoted to Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe’s institutional...

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Poland should not withdraw from the Istanbul Convention, says Secretary General

26§/07/2020 Strasbourg

Following recent news of Polish intentions to withdraw from the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, also known as the Istanbul Convention, Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić made the following statement: ...

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Results of the T-DO survey on the impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Anti-doping policy and practice

16 July 2020 Strasbourg, France

The Monitoring Group of the Anti-Doping Convention carried out a survey aimed at examining the current and potential impact of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Pandemic on anti-doping programmes within States Parties. 48 of 52 States Parties to the Anti-Doping Convention submitted their...

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Recognition in the light of COVID-19

9 July 2020 Strasbourg

The President of the Lisbon Recognition Convention Committee, Luca Lantero, and the President of the European Students’ Union, Robert Napier, have issued a joint statement in which they call for flexible recognition procedures in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, also where higher education...

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ECRI warns against racial profiling in policing and calls for a systemic response to address racism in all areas

6 July 2020 Strasbourg, France

The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) warned today against racial profiling, as well as “systemic racism and inequalities”, all of which are to be found in Europe. ECRI has called upon European governments to send strong messages and take determined action. It reiterated...

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COMEX statement on RMLs in online education in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic

3/07/2020 Strasbourg video conference

Language and interpersonal contacts are key requirements for full participation in society. They were challenged by the COVID-19 outbreak when severe restrictions were imposed for the safety and health of millions of European citizens. One of the measures taken at governmental level was the...

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Sexual violence against children is an ongoing pandemic: 10th anniversary of Lanzarote Convention

Council of Europe 1 July 2020 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s Convention for the protection of children against sexual exploitation and sexual abuse (known as the “Lanzarote Convention”) celebrates its 10th anniversary since entering into force. “It is quite common these days to wish each other to ‘keep safe’. But millions of...

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Webinar on instruments and tools to fight systemic racism

26 June 2020 Online

On 7 July, the Anti-Discrimination Department of the Council of Europe will hold a webinar ‘From challenges to solutions: instruments and tools to fight systemic racism’. The webinar will explore the effectiveness of Council of Europe tools for combating systemic racism and creating anti-racist...

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ECRI webinar on Inclusive Education in Times of Covid-19

25 June 2020 Strasbourg, France

The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) and the Greek Chairmanship of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers will on 30 June at 14.30 CET be hosting a webinar on Inclusive Education in Times of Covid-19. In March 2020 almost all European countries, as an urgent...

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Ministerial Conference – same date, new location

24 June 2020 Strasbourg, France

Due to the impact of the COVID-19 health crisis and the subsequent decision by Slovenia to withdraw its offer to host the conference, we are pleased to announce that the 16th Conference of Ministers responsible for sport will be held on 5 November 2020 (date unchanged) in Athens, Greece. The...

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Council of Europe Committee on the rights of the child explores responses to violence against children and relevant challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic

23 June 2020 Strasbourg

The Steering Committee for the Rights of the Child (CDENF) is about to make headway in its work on preventing violence against children, through two meetings taking place this week: At their first meeting on 23-24 June, experts on the Working group on Violence against children will examine...

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Democratic governance and Covid-19: thematic meeting of the CDDG under the auspices of the Greek chairmanship

22 June 2020

On 18 June, the European Committee on Democracy and Governance (CDDG) held a thematic videoconference meeting on “A democratic governance response to Covid-19”, under the auspices of the Greek chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers. The Deputy Minister for Civil Protection of Greece, Mr...

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World Refugee Day: Trafficked people must be protected from dangers back home

19 June 2020 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) has issued a Guidance Note on the entitlement of victims of trafficking, and persons at risk of being trafficked, to international protection. The Guidance Note analyses the application of the principles...

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Reflection Group to discuss the Congress Report “Culture without borders: Cultural heritage management for local and regional development”

18 June 2020

Culture and Cultural Heritage Secretariat participated on 16th June in the Reflection Group organized by the Current Affairs Committee of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities to discuss the Report “Culture without borders: Cultural heritage management for local and regional...

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Culture and heritage of Europe in the time of COVID-19

15 June 2020

Education, heritage and culture don’t stop to exist just because we can’t go out. Across Europe, museums, organisations and galleries are running initiatives to engage audiences and allow them to access resources and activities even as Covid-19 stops us from leaving the house. Technology is an...

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Europe risks seeing a rise in child labour

12 June 2020 Strasbourg

As the world celebrates the World Day against Child Labour, it is important to remember that child labour continues to be a reality in Europe. According to the International Labour Organisation (ILO), 152 million children are still engaged in child labour, accounting for almost one in ten of all...

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Austria: New report praises efforts to curb human trafficking, but more must be done

Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) 9 June 2020 Strasbourg

In its third report on Austria, the Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) analyses trafficking victims’ access to justice and effective remedies and examines progress in the implementation of previous GRETA recommendations. The report...

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World Environment Day: children need a healthy environment to fully enjoy their rights

5 June 2020 Strasbourg

On 5 June, activists and supporters celebrate World Environment Day. Children’s rights are connected in many important ways to environmental issues: Health and life: Children’s rights to health, life and development are enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (Articles 6 and 24...

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Slovenia prepares a Law on Barnahus

4 June 2020 Slovenia

To celebrate the International Innocent Children Victim Day, the Minister of Justice of the Republic of Slovenia launched a public consultation process for the draft Law on Barnahus in Slovenia. Barnahus is a leading European model for a child-friendly, interdisciplinary and interagency response...

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COVID-19 Thematic Webinars

June Special Session of the Conference of INGOs (22-23 June 2020)

4 June 2020 Strasbourg

Following the cancellation of the April Session of the Conference of INGOs due to COVID-19, the Conference is holding a special short Session in June with four COVID-19 related thematic webinars (English/French interpretation provided) chosen by the members of the Conference through a...

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Next webinar on combating discrimination

18 June 2020 online

Five webinars will be organised between June and August on combating discrimination and working with victims. The aim of the webinars is to build attendees’ understanding of key discrimination areas and issue, and also share good practices from the Eastern Partnership region (Armenia, Azerbaijan,...

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Austria: praise for initiatives to promote integration and counter discrimination, but challenges remain

ECRI 2 June 2020 Strasbourg

In its sixth report on Austria, the Council of Europe’s Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) lauds positive measures taken by the authorities on several fronts (see also the French and German versions of the report). Since its previous report, ECRI praises legislative measures to...

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ECRI welcomes Albania’s significant progress, but some issues give rise to concern

2 June 2020 Strasbourg, France

In its sixth report on Albania, the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) welcomes the significant progress made by the authorities, but calls for additional steps to address several issues that give rise to concern. The Council of Europe’s anti-racism commission commends...

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For children, by children: “Learn about your rights in the digital environment”

29 May 2020 Strasbourg

On 1 June, which is celebrated as International Children’s Day in a number of Council of Europe member states, a new product on the rights of the child in the digital environment is being made available to children and young people under the age of 18. The leaflet “Learn about your rights in the...

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Webinar, 28 May 2020, 11 am

Webinar: Online child sexual exploitation and abuse in times of the COVID-19 pandemic

27 May 2020 Bucharest

The Covid-19 pandemic impacts individuals and societies and therefore many areas rely more than ever on the technology. Criminals also see the opportunity to adapt to the changes that occur in society and in relation to their potential victims and, as the pandemic didn’t disappear overnight, they...

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Chair of Council of Europe’s anti-racism body warns: the risk of further deepening divisions in society increases in times of crisis

27 May 2020 Strasbourg, France

At the OSCE Supplementary Human Dimension Meeting I on Addressing All Forms of Intolerance and Discrimination, which took place online on 25 and 26 May 2020, the Chair of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), Maria Daniella Marouda, called for increased vigilance as to...

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SAVE THE DATE ! World Forum for Democracy: “Can Democracy Save the Environment?”, Strasbourg, 16-18 November 2020

27 May 2020 Strasbourg, France

Save the date for the 9th edition of the World Forum for Democracy that will be dedicated to environmental challenges and democracy and will take place between 16-18 November. Our societies have been tested by an extreme and unexpected global challenge in 2020, but while an essential battle is...

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Promoting quality language education through CEFR implementation

27 May 2020 Graz

The European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML) of the Council of Europe is pleased to announce the launch of a new resource website in both English and French of particular relevance to language professionals in these challenging times: CEFR-QualiMatrix – A quality assurance matrix for CEFR use...

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ECRI’s Bureau holds exceptional meeting and exchanges views with Director of FRA and EU Special Representative for Human Rights

25 May 2020 Strasbourg, France

The Bureau of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) held an exceptional meeting on 19 May, through videoconferencing. On that occasion, it had an in-depth discussion on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and related government action on various groups of concern to ECRI....

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Director General of Democracy participates in UNESCO Online Conference on domestic violence during pandemics

19/05/2020 Strasbourg

On 19 May 2020, Director General of Democracy, Ms Snežana Samardžić-Marković, participated in the UNESCO online conference entitled “Taking action to end domestic violence during pandemics”. As part of a series of UNESCO international conferences entitled “Inclusion in the time of COVID-19:...

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ECRI holds working meeting on combating Anti-Muslim hatred

19 May 2020 Strasbourg, France

The working group of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) on combating intolerance and discrimination against Muslims held its second meeting, through videoconferencing, on 18 May. This thematic working group is composed of the following ECRI members: Domenica Ghidei...

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Council of Europe Webinar on the Istanbul Convention: Violence against women and girls before, during and after COVID-19

18/05/2020 Strasbourg

On 20 May 2020, the Violence against Women Division (DG Democracy) and the Council of Europe Academic Networks (CEAN) is organising a webinar on Violence against women and girls before, during and after COVID-19. The event will take place online and will be livestreamed (10.00 to 11.45 am CET)...

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COMEX expresses concern over lack of RML communication during health crisis

18/05/2020 Croatia

The Chair of the Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, Vesna Crnić-Grotić, has expressed concern, in an interview at the end of April, about the widespread absence of regional or minority languages from official information and communication about...

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Digital Citizenship Education Survey

15 May 2020 Strasbourg

Children are not born as digital citizens, and busy parents are not always able to supervise and guide them. Especially now that, due to the current crisis, children are spending more time than ever online, and new social media apps and platforms spring up every day. The Council of Europe invites...

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Lanzarote Committee Statement on the protection of children against sexual exploitation and abuse in times of the Covid-19 pandemic

15 May 2020 Strasbourg

In view of the current singular circumstances determined by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lanzarote Committee has issued a statement “The Lanzarote Committee Statement on the protection of children against sexual exploitation and abuse in times of the Covid-19," directed at State Parties, on means...

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Young LGBTI persons must be protected against violence at home and in public, during this crisis and always

Secretary General 14 May 2020 Strasbourg

Statement by Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić ahead of the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT) European states must do more to address the specific challenges faced by young LGBTI persons, especially in times of crisis, said Council of Europe Secretary...

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Launch of online platform for resources

“online event”: Child-friendly justice in Europe – Participation and Restorative Justice

11 May 2020 Strasbourg

Every year, thousands of children across Council of Europe member states are involved in judicial proceedings. Whether a victim of crime or in conflict with the law, they are often vulnerable and in need of protection: in other words, they need justice systems to be “child-friendly”. To explore...

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Live webinars: "Cultural Routes Dialogues: challenges and opportunities post Covid-19" - 1. Spain

8 May 2020 Luxembourg, Luxembourg

The Secretariat of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes and of the European Institute of Cultural Routes is pleased to announce the organization of its first cycle of live webinars: "Cultural Routes Dialogues: challenges and opportunities post Covid-19". The aim of this initiative is...

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Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, teaching, assessment - Companion Volume

6 May 2020 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe is pleased to announce the publication of the definitive English version of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, teaching, assessment - Companion Volume which updates the CEFR 2001. The CEFR Companion volume can be downloaded as a PDF or...

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What are the challenges and innovative experiences in ensuring a meaningful civil participation in decision-making?

6-7 May 2020 online event

Increasing the level of input from civil society and citizens to guide public decisions can be one way of combating the new challenges that have been facing our representative democracies, such as the decorrelation between citizens’ preferences and decisions taken by public authorities, the...

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“Learning has no walls!" - ProS4+ online course welcomes its new users

5 May 2020 Strasbourg, France

The ProS4+ team had to postpone the face-to-face training activities due to the Covid-19 crisis. However, interest in the ProS4+ online course on the Council of Europe Convention on Safety, Security and Service at Sport Events (Saint-Denis Convention) has reached a peak and the number of users...

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Europe Day 5th May: Statement by Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić

Secretary General 4 May 2020 Strasbourg

“This Europe Day, we are all thinking about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic throughout our continent and around the world. Every individual has been touched by this crisis, but our greatest sympathies are with those who have lost friends or loved ones. At an institutional level, we are...

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Call for tender: opportunity to design country-specific roadmaps on child safeguarding in sport policies

4 May 2020 Strasbourg, France

The Council of Europe Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS) is currently implementing a joint project co-funded by the European Union entitled “Child safeguarding in sport. Up your game, strengthen your squad!”. To accompany five European countries in the implementation of (more) effective...

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New initiative to help Roma families face COVID-19

4 May 2020 Strasbourg

A joint Council of Europe/European Union initiative has helped vulnerable Roma communities in Europe to face challenges posed by the COVID-19 virus. By the end of April this year, approximately €60,000 has been allocated in 34 municipalities reaching some 1,900 families. This action includes...

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Enabling refugees to help in the COVID-19 crisis

4 May 2020 Strasbourg, France

In an article in University World News, Sjur Bergan, Head of the Council of Europe Education Department, and Stig Arne Skjerven, President of the ENIC Network, explain how the European Qualifications Passport for Refugees can enable refugees with health-related qualifications to help in the...

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New webpage on democratic governance and COVID-19

30 APRIL 2020

Leadership, adaptability and innovation are indispensable for delivering democratic governance while responding to the unprecedented emergency caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. A new Council of Europe webpage pools together resources which can help member States, at all levels of government,...

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Secretary General: Governments must protect essential role of journalists in democracy, especially in times of crisis

Secretary General 30 April 2020 Strasbourg

New report lists 142 serious attacks on journalists in 2019 In a statement issued ahead of World Press Freedom Day on 3 May, Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić calls on governments to avoid unduly restricting media freedom during the COVID-19 crisis. “Governments are...

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Survey: Covid-19 and the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe: impacts and responses

29 April 2020 Luxembourg, Luxembourg

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the cultural and tourism sector is being felt across Europe and the world and Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe networks and activities have been seriously impacted by the current situation. The Secretariat of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on...

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The EQPR scheme gives refugees with experience in healthcare the opportunity to help fight Covid-19

29 April 2020

Around the world, thousands of people from refugee backgrounds with experience in healthcare could prove a vital resource in the battle to treat COVID-19 patients. Countries including Ireland, Germany, Australia and France are examining that potential, and the response from refugee communities...

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COVID-19 and LGBTI refugees: a European Perspective

29 April 2020

On April 29 (10-11.15am), the Council of Europe Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) Unit was moderating the panel "A European Perspective on COVID-19 and Queer Asylum". The discussion was part of a broader virtual symposium intended to provide a platform for discussing on the concrete...

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