Election observation mission in Turkey

Turkey 22-25 June
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A PACE delegation will be in the country to observe the early presidential and parliamentary elections of 24 June alongside observers from the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly and the OSCE’s ODIHR.

A joint press conference is scheduled on Monday 25 June at 3 pm, at the Sheraton Hotel in Ankara (Kavaklıdere Mahallesi, Şht. Ömer Haluk Sipahioğlu Sk., 06700 Çankaya/Ankara) – Live transmission

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Parliamentary Assembly Summer Session

Strasbourg 22-29 June
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The Croatian and Slovak Prime Ministers as well as the Luxembourg Foreign Minister will address members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), who will elect their new President.

Among the items on the agenda is the protection of human rights defenders as well as new restrictions on NGO activities in member states.

The Assembly will discuss the humanitarian situation of refugees in the countries neighbouring Syria and will hold a joint debate on the extra-territorial processing of asylum claims and the creation of safe refugee shelters abroad as well as the human rights impact of the external dimension of EU asylum and migration policy, with the participation of Dimitrios Vitsas, Minister of Immigration Policy of Greece.

Forced marriage in Europe and the balance between the best interest of the child and the need to keep families together are also scheduled for debate. Also on the agenda are the persecution of LGBTI people in the Chechen Republic, the deliberate destruction and illegal trafficking of cultural heritage, and women in the economy.

An urgent debate has been requested on “Threats to the health and life of Ukrainian prisoners in the Russian Federation and occupied Crimea”.

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Other events

25 June, Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland will meet Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission.

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

 

25-26 June, Sarajevo and Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

A delegation of members of the ‟Reflection Group on Mostar”, set up by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, will carry out a visit to contribute to a sustainable solution for restoring local democracy in the city of Mostar, which has not held local elections since 2008 due to a political impasse.

On 25 June, the delegation will hold exchanges of views with high-level officials of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

On 26 June, a round table discussion will be held in Mostar with representatives of the major political parties represented in the City Council of Mostar and representatives of the coalition of NGOs which organised the ‟Elect Mostar” initiative (unofficial vote) on 2 October 2016.

A meeting with the press will take place on 26 June at 4 pm in Mostar (Hotel Mepas, Kneza Višeslava b.b. Mostar, Princess Hall).

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25-29 June, Greece

The Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, will carry out a visit to the country focusing on the human rights of migrants, including asylum seekers, and the impact of the economic crisis on human rights.

 

25-29 June, Strasbourg

On the occasion of its Summer session, the Conference of INGOs will adopt of its Action Plan, setting out its priorities for the next three years and a Code of Conduct aimed at strengthening its governance in a transparent way. The major issues being discussed in plenary and committees include the role of democratic institutions and civil society in the defence of democracy, human rights and the rule of law, including a presentation of the 5th report of the Secretary General and a debate on “How to prevent inappropriate restrictions on NGO activities in Europe” with the Rapporteur of the PACE, Yves Cruchten. The contribution of women in peace-building will be the centre of discussion at a side event organised in co-operation with the Delegation of Finland to the Parliamentary Assembly.

The Education and Culture Committee will hold a debate on European cultural identity with the participation of a panel of guests including Catherine Lalumière, former Secretary General and several Permanent Representatives.

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

 

26 June, Strasbourg

The European Court of Human Rights will notify in writing 12 judgments concerning Hungary, Lithuania, the Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, Portugal, Romania, Russia and Ukraine.

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

 

26 June, Strasbourg

Deputy Secretary General, Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, will meet Roman Vassilenko, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

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

 

26 June, Tunis

Supported by the Pompidou Group’s MedNET cooperation network, the ‘Société Tunisienne d’Addictologie’ holds an advocacy workshop on “Agonist treatment: a key element in the reduction of risks for drug use”. The workshop, organised on the occasion of the 2018 International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, aims to bring together all actors to effectively advocate for integrating opioid substitution treatment in the Tunisian health care system.

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

 

26 June–3 July, Budapest (European Youth Centre)

The Youth Peace Camp, for young people from conflict-affected regions across Europe, in particular Kosovo*, Cyprus and the South Caucasus, will allow participants to engage in a constructive dialogue with young people “from the other side/s” of the conflict.

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

* All reference to Kosovo, whether to the territory, institutions or population, in this text shall be understood in full compliance with the United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1244 and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo.

 

27 June, Strasbourg

The Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) will publish its report on Luxembourg.

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

 

28 June, Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland will meet Sander Dekker, Minister for Legal Protection of the Government of the Netherlands.

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

 

28 June, Strasbourg

The European Court of Human Rights will notify in writing 47 judgments and/or decisions concerning France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Malta, the Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Turkey and Ukraine.

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

 

28 June, Büyükçekmece, Turkey

The members of the Monitoring Committee of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities will meet to examine several reports on the state of local and regional democracy in Europe, notably in Slovenia, Lithuania, Georgia, Poland and the Republic of Moldova. Also on the agenda are information reports on local elections in 7 municipalities including Chisinau and Balti in the Republic of Moldova (20 May 2018), on local elections in the Netherlands (21 March 2018) and on local elections in Tunisia (6 May 2018), as well as a report on "The right to vote at local level as part of the sustainable integration of migrants and displaced persons in municipalities and regions of Europe". Several complaints concerning compliance with the European Charter of Local Self-Government by member States, in particular in France and Serbia, have been addressed to the Monitoring Committee and will also be discussed.

 

28 June, Strasbourg

The European Court of Human Rights will deliver a Grand Chamber judgment in the case of G.I.E.M. S.r.l. and Others v. Italy at a public hearing (10 a.m.).

The case concerns the confiscation of land, as provided for by law in the event of unlawful site development.

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


Contacts Contacts

Council of Europe Media Relations Division:
 

pressunit@coe.int
 

+33 3 88 41 25 60