Implementing ECHR judgments

Strasbourg 18-20 September
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The Committee of Ministers will hold its latest quarterly meeting to oversee the implementation of judgments from the European Court of Human Rights.

Indicative list of cases to be examined during the meeting.

More information - Contact : Andrew Cutting, tel. +32 485 21 72 02

Ending violence against women: a new focus for continued Southern Mediterranean co-operation

Strasbourg 18 September
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The Council of Europe and the EU will launchSouth Programme III: Ensuring sustainable democratic governance and human rights in the Southern Mediterranean” – to build on results from earlier programmes, providing regional support in targeted, bilateral actions. It adds a focus on how to address violence against women. The 3m euro South Programme III (2018-2020) is funded 90% by the EU and 10% by the Council of Europe as the organisation in charge of its implementation.

A press briefing will be held one day before the launch, on Monday 17 September at 10.30 am in office 0015D (ground floor) at the Palais de l’Europe.

Contact : Panos Kakaviatos, tel. +33 3 90 21 5027

Second Eurasian Women’s Forum

St Petersburg (Russia) 20-21 September
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Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) President Liliane Maury Pasquier and Congress President Gudrun Mosler-Törnström will address the opening of the Second Eurasian Women’s Forum. On this occasion, several high-level bilateral meetings will also be organised. In addition, the President of the Congress will participate in thematic sessions and deliver a speech at the public debate on “Global Initiatives in Women’s Interests”.

This forum, organised by the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation and the Interparliamentary Assembly of the Commonwealth of Independent States (IPA-CIS), will focus on women’s involvement in global security and sustainable development. Participants will include female members of parliament as well as representatives of governments, international organisations, business circles, the scientific community, associations and feminist movements from many countries.


Other events

17 September, Tbilisi

The Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) Monitoring Committee will organise a joint seminar with the Georgian parliament on “Parliamentary oversight and the role of the opposition” in Tbilisi. This seminar will be opened by the Speaker of the Georgian Parliament, Irakli Kobakhidze, following which Tamar Chugoshvili, First Deputy Speaker of the Georgian Parliament and Giorgi Kandelaki, member of the Movement for Liberty

European Georgia, will introduce the Georgian experience with parliamentary oversight. The programme will also include a panel discussion on best practices in the matter.

The seminar, which is open to the press, will take place on Monday 17 September from 9.30 am to 1 pm in the Plenary Hall of the Parliament Building in Tbilisi.

More information - Programme


17-21 September, Armenia

The Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, will carry out a visit to the country focusing mainly on women’s rights, gender equality and domestic violence.


18 September, Strasbourg

The European Court of Human Rights will notify in writing five judgments concerning Albania, Belgium, the Republic of Moldova, Russia and Ukraine.

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


18 September

The anti-torture Committee (CPT) will publish the report on its most recent visit to Hungary, together with the response by the Hungarian authorities.

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


18 September, Strasbourg

The Council of Europe anti-corruption body (GRECO) will publish a report on the prevention of corruption in respect of members of parliament, judges and prosecutors in France.

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


18 September, Warsaw

The Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration and Refugees, Tomáš Boček, will introduce a working session on the Rights of Migrants at the OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting. The session will focus on how States can protect the rights of migrants, including refugees and displaced persons, to promote their integration, and to strengthen national systems which support the freedom of movement, such as identity and travel document issuing systems.

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


18 September, Athens

On the occasion of the Athens Democracy Forum, Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland will deliver the opening conversation of the session on Democratic security in Europe and abroad. He will also have a working visit with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.

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


19 September , Strasbourg (Palais de l’Europe, Room 1, from 9 am to 6 pm)

To mark the International Day of Democracy, the Directorate General of Democracy and the Conference of INGOs will organise a debate on Democracy and “The People” to re-assert the value of our democratic institutions based on individual human rights, civic participation in public decision-making and the rule of law. The keynote address by Yascha Mounk, author of "The People vs Democracy", will set the tone for this discussion: The values and institutions of democracy and human rights must be preserved and defended, not only by capable leaders dedicated to the common good, but also with integrity and courage by engaged citizens

Contact : Alun Drake, Tel. +33 3 88 41 25 64


19 September, Paris

Council of Europe Children's Rights Division will participate in the European Network of Ombudspersons for Children (ENOC) Annual Conference focusing on the mental health of children, the well-being and children’s rights, including children on the move. The Division will present its work, notably steps taken in the framework of the Council of Europe Strategy for the Rights of the Child (2016-2021), and of the Action Plan on Protecting Refugee and Migrant Children in Europe (2017-2019).

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


19-20 September, Georgia

PACE delegation makes pre-electoral visit to Georgia

A PACE delegation will make a pre-electoral visit to the country to assess the election campaign and political climate ahead of the 28 October Presidential election. In Tbilisi, the delegation is due to meet presidential candidates as well as the head of the Central Electoral Commission, the director of the public broadcaster, and the minister handling election security. Meetings are also foreseen with representatives of NGOs involved in election observation, the media, other international organisations and the diplomatic corps.

More information


19-21 September, Sarajevo and Mostar

A delegation of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities will carry out a pre-electoral mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina to assess the campaign and the preparations for the cantonal assemblies elections, to be held on 7 October as part of the country’s general elections. The Congress delegation will co-operate on the ground with observation missions from the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and from the OSCE/ODIHR. The delegation will meet local officials, NGOs, media and diplomatic corps representatives.

Contacts : Tatiana Baeva, tel. +33 3 88 41 21 41 ; Dusan Vojnovic, tel. +33 3 90 21 56 99


20 September, Strasbourg

The European Court of Human Rights will notify in writing 36 judgments and/or decisions concerning Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, France, Georgia, Germany, Poland, Romania, Russia, Sweden and Ukraine.

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


20 September, Strasbourg (Hôtel de Ville, 6.30 p.m.)

The City of Strasbourg, in partnership with the Council of Europe and the Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po Strasbourg), will organise a conference on the theme “Migrants: Making hospitality the rule”. Mireille Delmas-Marty, honorary professor at the Collège de France, Ledi Bianku, judge at the European Court of Human Rights, and Irena Guidikova, head of the Council of Europe’s inclusion and anti-discrimination programmes will address the participants.

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Council of Europe Media Relations Division:

+33 3 88 41 25 60