PACE Winter Session: the Presidents of Armenia and Austria, Prime Minister and Crown Princess of Denmark

Strasbourg 22-26 January
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Debates on good football and modern sports governance, the humanitarian consequences of the war in Ukraine, the case for a basic citizenship income and the protection of regional and minority languages will be among the highlights of the Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) winter session. Also due for discussion are the latest monitoring report on how far Bosnia and Herzegovina is meeting its Council of Europe obligations and commitments, as well as “periodic reviews” of the situation in Estonia, Greece, Hungary and Ireland.

The Presidents of Armenia and Austria, as well as the Prime Minister and the Crown Princess of Denmark, will give an address. Anders Samuelsen, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Denmark will also address the Assembly in his capacity as Chairperson of the Committee of Ministers, and the Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland will make his annual statement.

The Assembly is also due to elect its President and a new Commissioner for Human Rights.

Requests for urgent debates relating to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and the role of the Council of Europe have been received.

More information - Draft agenda - Webcast


Winter Session of the Conference of INGOs

Strasbourg 22-26 January
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Among the highlights of the winter session of the Conference of INGOs is the election of the President of the Conference and members of the Bureau. The major issues being debated include: freedom of association and NGO legislation in member States, NGO participation in public policies, the protection of human rights defenders and the rights of LGBTI defenders.

More information - Programme


European Committee of Social Rights’ Conclusions 2017

Strasbourg 24 January
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The European Committee of Social Rights will make public its 2017 conclusions on the states’ compliance with the European Social Charter as regards rights related to health, social security and social protection. The publication of the Committee’s conclusions and findings will be marked by a press conference which will be webcast live.

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


Annual press conference of the European Court of Human Rights

Strasbourg 25 January
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The President of the European Court of Human Rights, Guido Raimondi, will present a summary of the Court’s activities and its statistics for 2017.

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


International day of commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust

Strasbourg 25 January
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The commemoration of the Day of Remembrance of the Holocaust will take place at 1.00 p.m. on the forecourt of the Palais de l’Europe. Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland, the President of Austria Alexander Van der Bellen, the Ambassador of Israel to the international institutions in France Carmel Shama-Hacohen and the President of the Parliamentary Assembly will deliver a speech, among other dignitaries present.

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


Other events

23 January, Strasbourg

The European Court of Human Rights will notify in writing seven judgments concerning Hungary, Poland and Turkey.

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

 

23-24 January, Lithuania

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities will organise a monitoring visit to Vilnius, Kaunas, and Elektrėnai. The delegation will hold a meeting with the Lithuanian delegation to the Congress, the Association of Local Authorities in Lithuania, the Chairman of the Lithuanian Rural Communities Union, Ministries, the National Audit Office, the Constitutional Court and the Parliament in Vilnius. In Kaunas and Elektrėnai, the delegation will meet with city mayors and municipalities.

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

 

24 January, Strasbourg

The European Court of Human Rights will hold a Grand Chamber hearing in the case of Navalnyy v. Russia (9.15 a.m.)

This case concerns the arrest of Aleksey Navalnyy on seven occasions at different public gatherings, and his subsequent prosecution for administrative offences.

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

 

24 January, Paris

The Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Migration and Refugees, Tomáš Boček, will be heard by rapporteurs from the French Economic, Social and Environmental Council on the asylum seekers’ route to the EU, particularly in the context of the reform of the Common European Asylum system.

Contact: Païvi Suhonen, tel. +33 3 90 21 53 70

 

25 January, Strasbourg

The European Court of Human Rights will notify in writing 14 judgments and/or decisions concerning Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Croatia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Turkey and Ukraine.

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

 

26 January, Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland will meet Zühtü Arslan, President of the Constitutional Court of Turkey.

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

 

28 January, Strasbourg

The Data Protection Day will commemorate the opening for signature in 1981 of the Council of Europe’s data protection convention, “Convention 108”. On 25 January, during the Brussels Computers, Privacy and Data Protection (CPDP) conference, the Council of Europe will organise a panel on the potential of the convention to become a global standard and its convergence with the EU data protection framework.


Contacts Contacts

Council of Europe Media Relations Division:
 

pressunit@coe.int
 

+33 3 88 41 25 60