PACE Standing Committee to meet in Dublin

Dublin 31 May 2022
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The Standing Committee (*) of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), is due to be welcomed by Seán Ó Fearghaíl, An Ceann Comhairle (Speaker of Dáil Éireann, the lower house of the Irish Parliament), and will hold an exchange of views with Simon Coveney, Ireland’s Foreign Affairs and Defence Minister.

Reports due to be debated include access to abortion in Europe: stopping anti-choice harassment; gender mainstreaming of migration policies; addiction to prescribed medicines; and eradicating extreme child poverty in Europe as an international obligation and a moral duty.

Ireland takes up the six-month Presidency of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers on 20th May 2022.

Deputy Secretary General Bjørn Berge will attend the meeting.


(*) The Standing Committee, which acts on the Assembly’s behalf between plenary sessions, is made up of the President and Vice-Presidents of the Assembly, the chairpersons of political groups, the chairpersons of national delegations and the committee chairpersons, totalling some 60 parliamentarians from the Council of Europe’s 46 member States.

Anti-racism commission to present its annual 2021 report

Strasbourg 2 June 2022
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The Council of Europe’s anti-racism body, the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), will publish its annual report 2021. It outlines, inter alia, key trends and challenges in the fight against racism and intolerance in Council of Europe’s member states in 2021, notably those related to the continued impact of Covid-19 on vulnerable groups, racism in policing and the situation of LGBTI people, and reviews the work performed by ECRI to meet these challenges.

On 1 June at 10 a.m., in an online press briefing held under embargo, Maria Daniella Marouda, Chair of ECRI, and Johan Friestedt, Executive secretary of ECRI, will present the annual report and respond to questions from journalists. To participate in the press briefing and to receive the connection information, journalists are required to register in advance.

Contact: Tatiana Baeva, tel.+33 3 88 41 21 41

Group of States Against Corruption to publish its annual report

Strasbourg / Brussels 2 June 2022
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The Group of States Against Corruption (GRECO) will publish its annual report, where it looks at the state of corruption across Europe in 2021, highlighting key trends, giving examples of good practices and providing country-by-country data on the implementation of GRECO recommendations.

Marin Mrčela, GRECO’s President, and its Executive Secretary, Hanne Juncher, will present the report at a hybrid event at the Council of Europe office in Brussels from 10 a.m.

Contacts:(Strasbourg) Jaime Rodriguez, tel. +33 6 89 99 50 42; (Brussels) Andrew Cutting, tel. +32 485 21 72 02

And also…

30 May-3 June, Poland

Leyla Kayacik, Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration and Refugees (SRSG) will visit the country in order to determine how vulnerable people fleeing Ukraine can be further protected and explore the possibilities to provide additional support on behalf of the Council of Europe.

Meetings are scheduled with the relevant authorities, including at regional and local level, as well as with the Polish Ombudsman Institution, representatives of NGOs and International Organisations. The Special Representative will also visit reception centres.

Contact: Päivi Suhonen, tel. +33 6 69 76 52 89


31 May, Strasbourg

The European Court of Human Rights will notify in writing five judgments concerning Albania, Iceland, Russia, Spain and Turkey.

More information - ECHR Website, tel. +33 3 90 21 42 08


31 May, Strasbourg

The Group of Experts on Trafficking of Human Beings (GRETA) will publish its third monitoring report on Armenia focusing on justice and effective remedies for victims of trafficking in human beings.

Contact: Tatiana Baeva, tel.+33 3 88 41 21


31 May, Strasbourg (Palais de l’Europe, room 2)

A conference entitled “Combating Hate Speech in Sport” will be organised to present the joint project of that name funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe.

This project aims to explore innovative approaches to tackle the problem by providing technical assistance to public authorities in member states and other sport stakeholders in order to develop effective, comprehensive strategies within a human rights framework.

More information - Programme - Contact: Giuseppe Zaffuto, tel. + 33 3 90 21 56 04


31 May, Strasbourg and online (9.30 a.m.–5 p.m.)

The seminar on “Early intervention on Intersex Children – Promoting the Rights of the Child” will be organised by the Steering Committee for Human Rights in the Fields of Biomedicine and Health in the framework of the implementation of the Strategic Action Plan on Human Rights and Technologies in Biomedicine (2020-2025).

Based on examples of practices and measures promoting the rights of the child, the discussions will focus on four main areas: legislation, training, decision-making process and supporting measures.

Media can follow the seminar online or offline upon preliminary registration (before 30 May). Interviews with speakers can be arranged upon request.

Programme - Contact: Tatiana Baeva, tel. +33 3 88 41 21 41


31 May-1 June, Strasbourg and online

The North-South Centre will organise the Pan European Congress on Global Education which aims, twenty years after the Europe-wide Congress held in Maastricht and ten years after the Recommendation on education for global interdependence and solidarity, at reflecting and facilitating dialogue on the achievements in global education, considering the changing realities while addressing the social, economic and environmental challenges.

The Congress will bring together stakeholders in global education, in particular international organisations, governments, parliamentarians, local and regional authorities, civil society organisations, as well as educators from Europe and beyond.

Online registration - Press contact and onsite registration


1 June, Strasbourg

Ireland took up the Presidency of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers on 20th May for the next six months.

As per tradition for all countries acceding to the Chair, the Irish flag will be raised in the city centre of Strasbourg (at 2.30 p.m., Place de la République). Before, at 2 p.m., a tram in the colours of Ireland will be inaugurated at the station “Droits de l’Homme”.

Contact: Estelle Steiner, tel. +33 6 08 46 01 57


2 June, Strasbourg

The European Court of Human Rights will notify in writing 35 judgments and/or decisions concerning Albania, Azerbaijan, Croatia, France, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden.

More information - ECHR Website, tel. +33 3 90 21 42 08


3 June, Strasbourg

The 5th edition of the Children’s Forum will bring together 1,500 children from 66 primary school classes from the European Collectivity of Alsace to defend some twenty selected projects on the theme of ecology.

During the school year, the children have prepared videos, speeches, sketches, songs, etc. with their teachers, in partnership with THEMIS, the Association of access to law for children and young people.

The Children’s Forum will be chaired by Josiane Bigot, President of THEMIS.

Contact: Estelle Steiner, Tel. +33 6 08 46 01 57


All times are CEST unless indicated otherwise.

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