Summer Session: report on PACE decision-making process concerning credentials and voting

Strasbourg 24-28 June 2019
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A debate on the decision-making process of the Assembly concerning credentials and voting will be a highlight of the Summer session of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE).

During the session, which marks the 70th anniversary of the Council of Europe, PACE will elect a new Secretary General of the Organisation. On 24 June, Amélie de Montchalin, French Minister of State for European Affairs, will present the Communication from the Committee of Ministers, and on 26 June, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, President of Portugal, will address the Assembly.

Items on the agenda include a debate on Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination and the rule of law in Malta; a joint debate on ending violence against women and achieving gender equality; ending violence against children, with a statement by United Nations Special Rapporteur on the sale and sexual exploitation of children Maud de Boer-Buquicchio; and ending coercion in mental health.

The Assembly will also discuss the situation in Syria, post-monitoring dialogue with Bulgaria, the murder of Boris Nemtsov, and pushback action by member States, as well as the budget of the Council of Europe and PACE. A free debate is also on the agenda.

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Observation of the mayoral election in Istanbul: preliminary conclusions

Istanbul 24 June 2019
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Following the decision taken on 6 May by the Turkish Supreme Election Council to cancel the 31 March election of the Mayor of Istanbul, a delegation from the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities will observe the re-run of the mayoral election on 23 June 2019, at the invitation of the Turkish authorities.

Prior to the Election Day, the delegation will hold meetings in Ankara and Istanbul with members of the Supreme Election Council of Turkey (YSK) and the Istanbul Province Election Board, representatives of the diplomatic corps, NGOs and the media. Exchanges are also planned with candidates running in the election and with party representatives. On 23 June, the Congress delegation will be deployed to polling stations in Istanbul to observe the voting process.

The preliminary conclusions will be presented by the Head of the delegation at a press conference on 24 June at 11 am (local time), in Istanbul, Hotel Dedeman, Room Esen.


Publication of annual report on corruption in Europe

Strasbourg/Brussels 25 June 2019
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The Council of Europe’s anti-corruption body (GRECO) will publish its annual report reviewing 49 countries’ action against corruption in 2018, notably with respect to the measures to tackle corruption in respect of MPs, judges and prosecutors, as well as its most recent evaluation round addressing corruption prevention with regard to central governments and law enforcement agencies. Marin Mrčela, President of GRECO, and Gianluca Esposito, GRECO’s secretary, will present the report at the Council of Europe office in Brussels (85 avenue des Nerviens) from 11 a.m.

Contact in Strasbourg: Jaime Rodriguez, tel. +33 3 90 21 47 04; Contact in Brussels: Andrew Cutting, tel. +32 485 21 72 02


Other events

24-25 June, Odessa (Ukraine)

Deterring anti-Roma hate crimes with better police training in human rights standards: A Council of Europe conference brings together representatives from police forces of the Republic of Moldova, Slovakia and Ukraine to discuss hate crimes against Roma people in the three countries and how to better prevent such crimes. The meeting will be held in the premises of Odessa State University of Internal Affairs.

Programme - Contact Panos Kakaviatos, tel. +33 3 90 21 50 27

25 June, Strasbourg

The European Court of Human Rights will notify in writing 11 judgments concerning Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lithuania, Romania, Russia and Turkey.

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

25 June, Strasbourg

The European Court of Human Rights will be delivering a Grand Chamber judgment in the case of Nicolae Virgiliu Tănase v. Romania (11.30 a.m.).

The case concerns a judge who was severely injured in a car accident in 2004 and his complaints about the ensuing investigation.

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

26 June, Strasbourg

Deputy Secretary General Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni will participate in the final conference of the Parliamentary Campaign to End Immigration Detention of Children.

More information

Contact: Giuseppe Zaffuto, tel. + 33 3 90 21 56 04

27 June, Strasbourg

The European Court of Human Rights will notify in writing 64 judgments and/or decisions concerning Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, Hungary, Republic of Moldova, the Netherlands, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Turkey and Ukraine.

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

27-29 June, Skopje (North Macedonia)

The Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI), together with the North Macedonian authorities, is co-organising a workshop on the Advancement of the Rights of the LGBTI Community.

The main aims of this workshop are: to make concrete conclusions and practical solutions for improving the rights of LGBTI people in the country, through a variety of fields such as education, social protection, health, employment, access to justice, housing and sports; to exchange experiences and good practices with the aim of improving the situation of the LGBTI community in the region; to promote the Declaration for establishing a regional platform for the promotion of the situation of LGBTI people.

The workshop will bring together government representatives and members of the National Coordinative Body from North Macedonia, Council of Europe (SOGI Unit and local office), LGBTI Governmental Focal Points from the European Network of various member States, World Bank representatives, the EU Delegation Office in Skopje and LGBTI NGOs.

On Saturday, June 29, the participants are invited to join the first ever ‘Skopje’s Pride’.

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

 


Contacts Contacts

Council of Europe Media Relations Division:
 

pressunit@coe.int
 

+33 3 88 41 25 60