Conference on Democratic culture

Copenhagen 23-24 April
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In the framework of the Danish Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers, the Council of Europe’s Education Department will organise a conference on “Democratic Culture – from words to action”. The Reference Framework of Competences for Democratic Culture (RFCDC) will be launched during the event, which will gather more than 120 participants from the 50 States party to the European Cultural Convention. A new Education Policy Advisers Network (EPAN) will also be launched during the conference, covering three fields linked to the implementation of the RFCDC: Curriculum development, teaching and assessment. Expected outputs of the conference will be elements that will be used to develop a “Strategy for the implementation of the RFCDC” and a “Compendium of effective practices in teaching controversial issues in schools”.

Keynote speakers at the event will include Merete Riisager, Danish Minister of Education and Snežana Samardžić-Marković, Director General for Democracy of the Council of Europe.

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


PACE spring session: state of emergency, hybrid war, editorial integrity, corruption

Strasbourg 23-27 April
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Debates on the state of emergency and derogations from the European Convention on Human Rights will be among the highlights of the Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) spring session. PACE will also discuss the fight against organised crime through the confiscation of illegal assets, the funding of the terrorist group Daesh as well as legal and human rights challenges related to hybrid war. A joint debate will address the issues of editorial integrity and the status of journalists. There has been a request for an urgent debate on “Rising anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and xenophobia in Europe: a threat to European values” and for current affairs debates on “The Copenhagen Declaration, appreciation and follow-up” and on “Illegal elections of the President of the Russian Federation on the temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea: a human rights violation”.

The Foreign Minister of “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” will address the Assembly and answer questions. Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, will answer questions from parliamentarians, and Anders Samuelsen, the Danish Foreign Minister, will be speaking in the context of the Danish Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers.

More informationDraft agenda


Tackling myths about the Istanbul Convention on violence against women

Brussels 25 April
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The EU office of the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung will host a panel discussion on the Istanbul Convention on violence against women and domestic violence. 18 Council of Europe member states – including 12 EU members – have not yet ratified the convention, which has been a subject of controversy and widespread misconceptions in a number of countries. Representatives of the Council of Europe, several EU institutions and the European Women’s Lobby will take part in the event.

More information and registration

Istanbul Convention: Clearing away a fog of misconceptions(video)

Contact: Andrew Cutting, tel. +32 485 217 202

Contact: Panos Kakaviatos, tel. +33 6 98 37 64 04


Other events

23 April, Strasbourg

The Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration and Refugees (SRSG), Ambassador Tomáš Boček, will publish a report on his fact-finding mission to Bulgaria (13-17 November 2017). In the report, the SRSG assesses the situation of migrants and refugees and makes recommendations on how the Council of Europe can offer assistance to Bulgaria in meeting the challenges posed by the migration flows in the past years.

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

24 April, Strasbourg

The European Court of Human Rights will notify in writing 11 judgments concerning Hungary, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Turkey and Ukraine.

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

24-25 April, Athens

Pompidou Group‘s International seminar on refugees and drugs, focusing on identifying the needs of refugees with drug problems or at risk of substance abuse, on preventive measures to protect them from criminal networks and on specific interventions targeting unaccompanied children and women. Participants will discuss the transferability and sustainability of such practices, as well as the development of tools to facilitate support and co-ordination among different stakeholders in Europe in this regard. The event will take place at the Amphitheatre of the Ministry of Digital Policy, Telecommunication and Media (Fragoudi 11 & Al. Pantou str., 17671 Kallithea, Athens). Media are invited to the opening session (9.15-10.30 a.m. on 24 April).

 

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

24-26 April, Chisinau

Members of the Ad hoc Committee of experts on Roma and Traveller Issues (CAHROM) from the Republic of Moldova, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece, Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland and Ukraine will meet at the invitation of Moldovan authorities to discuss compulsory schooling for Roma children and education as the most efficient tool towards the mid-term improvement of the situation of Roma Communities and the added-value of ensuring access to vocational education for Roma youth. They will share good practices and lessons learned from their respective country and discuss the follow-up to be given to ensure the effective realization of Roma children’s compulsory schooling. They will also visit the Roma settlement in the village of Vulcăneşti and meet with the local authorities, teachers, parents and children.

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

25 April, Bratislava

The first meeting of the Slovakian National Working Group within the INSCHOOL project on inclusive education for Roma children, organised in cooperation with the Ministry of National Education of Slovakia, will gather the main national stakeholders of the education system to present and discuss the methodology to be applied in the 6 selected support and pilot schools. Later on, it will look into the gaps and inconsistencies between the existing policies and practices in schools, and will provide assistance in addressing them.

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

26 April, Strasbourg

The European Court of Human Rights will notify in writing 20 judgments and/or decisions concerning Croatia, Germany, Greece, Norway, Poland, Slovakia and the United Kingdom.

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

26-27 April, Tenerife (Spain)

Participation and active citizenship will be the focus of the 2018 Intercultural Cities (ICC) thematic seminar “Living together in Inclusive Democracies: How can the Intercultural Approach Promote Participation in Diverse Societies”. Through collaborative sessions, participants will identify practices and means to shape cities where people have the skills, knowledge, confidence and opportunities to participate. The work of EU/CoE Programme ROMACT will be represented at the event within the working group “From specific to mainstream policies - Building political will and understanding of Roma inclusion through joint action at local level. Learning from the case of ROMACT”.

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

27-29 April, Torres Vedras (Portugal)

At the second workshop of the Portuguese Roma Political School, around 30 Roma leaders will continue the training initiated in 2017 on political participation and civic engagement, including participation in the upcoming political electoral processes at local, national and European level. Speakers and lecturers will include renowned politicians, experts and political actors - two secretaries of state, two parliamentarians, international leaders of the Roma movement and researchers. The Roma Political Schools of the Council of Europe are an important feature for strengthening the voice of Roma and fostering their political participation as inscribed in the Thematic Action Plan on the Inclusion of Roma and Travellers.

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

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