International conference on children’s rights in Dublin

Dublin (Farmleigh House) (hybrid - 9 a.m.-5.45 p.m. G.M.T.) 3 October 2022
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An international conference entitled “Hear our voices – the rights and best interest of the child in parental separation and care proceedings” organised under the Presidency of Ireland of the Committee of Ministers will bring together policy makers and national authorities, high-level representatives from international organisations, child participation experts, professionals working with children, members of the academia and civil society, as well as children and young people.

The Irish Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman T.D. will host the conference. The Minister for Justice, Helen McEntee T.D. will address the event highlighting recent reforms in the area.

On 4 October, the conference will be followed by a hearing of stakeholders, and by the 6th meeting of the Council of Europe Committee of Experts of the Council of Europe on the best interest of the child in parental separation and in care proceedings (CJ/ENF-ISE).

Media will be able to follow the conference online.

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


New edition of the CEPEJ evaluation report on European judicial systems

Strasbourg 5 October 2022
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The European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) will publish the new edition of the evaluation report on European judicial systems, based on data for the year 2020 (more information about the evaluation).

This report is the result of the analysis of quantitative and qualitative data collected in 44 member states of the Council of Europe, as well as Israel, Morocco and Kazakhstan, concerning the budgets of the judicial systems, the legal professionals, the organisation of the judicial systems, the development of new technologies as well as the efficiency and the quality of the public service of justice provided to the users.

In addition to the analysis of the European trends, the report contains country profiles allowing to situate each country in the European context by presenting the data but also synthetic analyses of the specificities of each judicial system.

The CEPEJ-STAT interactive database will be enriched with new data and a new dashboard on judges and prosecutors.

Contact: Estelle Steiner, tel. +33 3 88 41 33 35


Cultural Routes Annual Advisory Forum

Chania (Crete, Greece) 5-7 October 2022
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The 2022 Advisory Forum will be organised by the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe and the European Institute of Cultural Routes, in cooperation with the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports, the Hellenic Ministry of Tourism, the Greek National Tourism Organisation, the Region of Crete, the Municipality of Chania, the Chamber of Industry and Commerce of Chania, and the Historic Cafes Route.

This year’s Forum will be devoted to the theme, “Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe: Safeguarding European Values, Heritage, and Dialogue”. It will be the opportunity to underline the growing relevance of the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe methodology and practices in promoting Europe’s shared cultural heritage and intercultural dialogue while fostering sustainable local development.

Deputy Secretary General Bjørn Berge will participate in the high-level dialogue, together with Minister of Culture and Sports of Greece Lina Mendoni, Minister of Tourism of Greece Vassilis Kikilias, PACE Representative Dora Bakoyannis and Chair of the Statutory Committee of Cultural Routes Ambassador Patrick Engelberg (Luxembourg).

A press conference is scheduled on 5 October from 12.30 to 1.30 p.m. (invitation only).

Programme - Concept note - Contact: Giuseppe Zaffuto, tel. +33 6 86 32 10 24


And also...

30 September-3 October, Bosnia and Herzegovina

A 14-member delegation from the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, led by Stewart Dickson, Congress Rapporteur, carries out an election observation mission of the cantonal elections scheduled for 2 October in the country.

The preliminary conclusions will be presented at a press conference in Sarajevo on 3 October at 11.30 a.m. (Hotel Holiday, Sarajevo, Room INN).

More information - Contact: Dušan Vojnović, tel. +33 3 90 21 56 99


30 September-3 October, Bosnia and Herzegovina

A 21-member PACE delegation, headed by Stefan Schennach, observes the conduct of the general elections on 2 October, alongside observers from the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, European Parliament, NATO Parliamentary Assembly and OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR).

A joint press conference is scheduled on Monday 3 October at the Holiday Hotel in Sarajevo at 2.30 p.m. (time to be confirmed).

More information


30 September-3 October, Bulgaria

A 21-member PACE delegation, led by Alfred Heer, observes the conduct of the early parliamentary elections on 2 October, alongside observers from the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR).

A joint press conference is scheduled on Monday 3 October at the Hotel Sofia Balkan (Grand Ballroom) at noon (place and time to be confirmed).

More information


3 October, Albania

The Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS) will provide support to the country in its implementation of the revised European Sports Charter. On this occasion, a team of sports policy experts will meet with some of the main public authorities and stakeholders in sport.

More information on the Revised European Sports Charter and on the Monitoring of Sport conventions and recommendations.

Contact: Giuseppe Zaffuto, tel. +33 6 86 32 10 24


4 October, Strasbourg

The European Court of Human Rights will notify in writing 18 judgments concerning Albania, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Estonia, the Netherlands, Russia and Türkiye.

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


4 October, Strasbourg (3 to 5 p.m. CEST)

The Presidency of Ireland of the Committee of Ministers, in co-operation with the Observatory on History Teaching in Europe, will organise a panel discussion on the “Centenary of the Irish Civil War: a case-study for Europe”.

The event will also be broadcast online.

More information - Programme - Contact: Andrew Cutting, tel. +32 485 217 202


4 October, Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s anti-racism commission (ECRI) will publish its report on Bulgaria covering the period from June 2014 to end March 2022. The report focuses on effective equality and access to rights, hate speech and hate-motivated violence, as well as integration and inclusion and other country-specific topics.

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


4 October, online event (2.30-5 p.m. CEST)

To promote European Local Democracy Week (ELDW) that will start on 15 October, a webinar will bring together ELDW National Coordinators and participants who will discuss their experiences with engaging citizens at local level and examine the actions that can be implemented locally to build more sustainable and resilient communities, in line the with the ELDW’s 2022 theme of “Protecting the environment: local communities take action”.

Journalists can follow the webinar; link of the event will be provided upon request.

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


4-7 October, Bali (Indonesia)

The Constitutional Court of Indonesia and the Venice Commission will organise the 5th Congress of the World Conference on Constitutional Justice on “Constitutional Justice and Peace”. More than 250 participants from some 90 Courts/countries worldwide are expected to participate, mainly on-site. Most sessions will be open to media with press conferences scheduled after the opening ceremony on 5 October and after closing of the Congress at the Singaraja Hall.

More information - Contact: Panos Kakaviatos, tel. +33 3 90 21 50 27


5 October, Strasbourg

Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić will participate in the opening of the exhibition “Stories and tales” by Polish artist Ewa Rossano organised by the Permanent Representation of Poland to the Council of Europe.

Contact: Daniel Höltgen, tel. +33 6 68 29 87 51


6 October, Strasbourg

The European Court of Human Rights will notify in writing 50 judgments and/or decisions concerning Azerbaijan, the Czech Republic, Cyprus, France, Germany, the Republic of Moldova, Poland, Russia, Türkiye and Ukraine.

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


7 October, Strasbourg

Council of Europe Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO) will publish the first baseline evaluation report on Germany.

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


7 October, Tirana (10 a.m. CEST)

The online notification platform between Tirana District Court and lawyers at the premises of High Judicial Council will be launched. The platform is an important step in the digitalisation of the court system ensuring real-time communication for all lawyers and detailed information on the summons and judicial notifications.

Opening remarks will be given by Head of the Council of Europe Office in Tirana Jutta Gützkow, Chair of the High Judicial Council Naureda Llagami and Head of Bar Association Maksim Haxhia.

The event will be open to the media.

Programme - Contacts: Besnik Baka, tel. +355 69 217 8430; Dušan Vojnović, tel. +33 3 90 21 56 99


8 October

The 2022 edition of the European Day for Organ Donation and Transplantation (EODD) will be hosted by Poland. It aims to raise public awareness of the need for organ, tissue and cell donation and promote the principle of voluntary and non-remunerated donation. In Europe, on average, 20 patients waiting for a transplant die every day.

As every year, the European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines & Healthcare (EDQM) organises an online awareness campaign. This year, it is inviting people to make a positive impact on the lives of others and is looking for “influencers for life” who take the time to think about organ donation (#Influencersforlife).

More information on the campaign - Download the EODD 2022 posters.

Contact: Evangelos Tasopoulos, tel. +33 3 90 21 53 90


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