The International Festival of European Geopolitics makes its debut in Jesolo

5 May 2022 Jesolo

The European geopolitics Festival is a three day event (5-6-7 May) on the role of Italy and Europe in world governance. Its stated aim is to bridge the gaps which exist between different worlds and sectors, in order to tackle this complex topic and make it accessible to everyone. The event...

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ERIAC at the Biennale of Venice with its Roma Exhibition: The Abduction from the Seraglio

headline 22 April 2022 La Biennale, Venice

The European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture (ERIAC) will participate in the 59th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia with a collateral event, entitled “The Abduction from the Seraglio”, by the Romanian artist of Roma origin Eugen Raportoru and curated by Ilina Schileru. At...

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What consequences will the war in Ukraine have for Europe?

headline 12 April 2022 Mestre

On 12 April, the Association of Journalists of Veneto organised a training session addressed to its members on the war in Ukraine and on how this conflict will change the international balance in Europe and the rest of the world. Speakers included professors Aldo Ferrari, of Ca’ Foscari...

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10th edition of Europe Days 2022: on the starting blocks

headline May 2022 Venice

During the month of May, the tenth edition of the European Days returns to Venice with a series of events that promote environmental and economic sustainability. The initiatives, organised by the City of Venice in collaboration with the Italian office of the Council of Europe and the Italian...

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Promoting good democratic Governance for local authorities

headline 11 April 2022 Venice

On 11 April a National Conference for the promotion of the ELoGE Italia project took place in Venice, organized by AICCRE, the Italian Association for the Council of European Municipalities and Regions together with the Italian representation of the Council of Europe. The European Label of...

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Ending Violence against Women

05 March 2022 Verona

Violence against women – particularly intimate partner violence and sexual violence – is a major public health problem and a violation of women’s human rights. This was the subject of an event organised on 5 April by the Rotary Club in Verona. Speaking at the conference, Luisella Pavan-Woolfe,...

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Music for “Friends of the Family Home”

headline 31 March 2022 Venice

On 31 March, the concert for the “Friends of the Family Home” was part of the full programme of initiatives promoted by the Municipality of Venice in the framework of "March: Women’s month 2022". Hosted in the Sale Apollinee of La Fenice Opera House for Institute Saint Pius X the initiative...

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A completely different picture: women and children narrate the war

headline 30 March 2022 Ateneo Veneto, Venice

On 30 March at Ateneo Veneto Raffaella Calgaro presented her book "Tutta un'altra storia. The Great War told by women and children". The event was organised by the Italian office of the Council of Europe in collaboration with the Ca' Foscari University, the Veneto Regional School Office and the...

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Talking about gender equality in Portogruaro

headline 29 March 2022 Portogruaro

On 29 March, the Head of the Council of Europe Office in Venice, Luisella Pavan-Woolfe, presented fresh data on the relationship between women and men in the economy, education, sharing of decision-making power and gender-based violence. Based upon the European Commission 2022 annual report, the...

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Italy forges a green school programme

headline 23 March 2022 Rome

On 23 March, the Ministry of Education presented the "School ReGeneration" plan to bring about ecological and cultural transition in schools. Schools will thus serve as a place to develop educational projects on the environment, sustainability, cultural heritage and global citizenship. The aim is...

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2022 CERTILINGUA award ceremony takes place

22 March 2022 Rome

On 22 March, the winners of the CERTILINGUA 2022 edition were announced in the Veneto region. Luisella Pavan-Woolfe spoke, promoting the learning of all languages as a tool for mutual understanding, but also for the protection of identities and therefore as an integral element of democratic...

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The AIGU association presents "Farò Cultura"

headline 19 March 2022 Rome

On 19 March, the AIGU association, which is committed to promoting youth participation in the cultural world, presented the 2022 EDU project "Farò Cultura", inspired by the Faro Convention. The aim is to spread UNESCO values in schools of all Italian regions, raising awareness among new...

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The Venice Commission adopts opinions on key constitutional issues

headline 18 - 19 March 2022 Scuola Grande San Giovanni Evangelista

During the first plenary session of the year, held on 18 and 19 March, the Council of Europe’s Venice Commission published an opinion related to the process of preparation and content of a new Chilean Constitution, as has been requested by the Senate of Chile. Other texts include opinions on...

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Padova University commemorates Elena Lucrezia Cornaro Piscopia

headline 16 March 2022 Padua

On 16 March, Padova University paid tribute to Elena Lucrezia Cornaro Piscopia the first woman to receive an academic degree from a university in 1678. Her recently restaurated statue was unveiled. Luisella Pavan-Woolfe spoke of gender equality at the lightning ceremony of the restaured statue, a...

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“March: women’s month” returns to Venice

headline 15 March 2022 Venice

The Municipality of Venice turns on the spotlight on the female universe: “March: women’s month” is back again this year. A month full of initiatives: sport, cultural and historical-cultural events dedicated to women, will take place throughout the city. The President of the City Council...

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North Macedonian delegation visits the Council of Europe office

headline 24 February 2022 Council of Europe, Venice

A North Macedonian delegation from the city of Strumica, which arrived in Venice during the Carnival festivities, paid a visit to the office of the Council of Europe. Many cities and towns in Macedonia cellebrate Carnival, and Strumica’s Carnival is one of the largest that welcomes thousands of...

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Elio Varutti presents his book “La patria perduta”

headline 24 February 2022 Council of Europe, Venice

On 24 February, on the occasion of “Giorno del Ricordo”, the Italian office of the Council of Europe organized the presentation of the book "La patria perduta. Vita quotidiana e testimonianze sul Centro raccolta profughi Giuliano- Dalmati di Laterina" by author Elio Varutti. Born in Udine, the...

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The winners of the Competition on the Italian Presidency proclaimed at the award ceremony in Rome

headline 23 February 2022 Rome

The prize-giving ceremony of the Competition on the Italian Semester of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe took place on 23 February at the "Maria Montessori" Hall of the Ministry of Education. The celebration was opened by a video message from the Minister of Education, Patrizio...

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Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni awarded career prize

headline 18 February 2022 Ateneo Veneto, Venice

On 18 February in Venice during the International Conference “Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe in Italy: a European Heritage”, Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, former Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, received the European Cultural routes Career Award. In her acceptance...

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Via Romea Germanica Certification Ceremony held in Venice

headline 18 February 2022 Ateneo Veneto, Venice

On 18 February the Certification Ceremony of Via Romea Germanica as Cultural Route of the Council of Europe was celebrated in the framework of the international conference “Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe crossing Italy: a European Heritage.” The Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural...

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Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe International Conference hosted in Venice

headline 18 February 2022 Ateneo Veneto, Venice

The International meeting "Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe in Italy: a European Heritage", took place on 18 February at the Ateneo Veneto. Organized by the Italian Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe and the Council of Europe Office in Venice, with the...

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Young generations remember the Shoah

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“I Giovani ricordano la Shoah”(Young People Remember Shoah) national competition established in 2001 by the Ministry of Public Education in collaboration with Unione delle Comunità Ebraiche, under the High Patronage of the President of the Italian Republic is now at its twentieth edition. The...

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The exhibition "Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe in Italy: a European Heritage" opens in Venice

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On 7 February, the exhibition "Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe in Italy: a European Heritage" arrived in Venice, organized by the Italian Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe and by the Council of Europe Venice Office, in partnership with the Enlarged Partial...

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Venice celebrates “Giorno del Ricordo”

headline 3 February Venice

On the occasion of “Giorno del Ricordo”, the city of Venice coordinates thirty initiatives to remember those who perished in the “Foibe” and the exodus of the Italian population from Istria. The events gather different institutions and associations, including the Venice Committee National...

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Gabriella Chmet introduces "L'abisso Socialista"

headline 3 February 2022 Venice

On 3 February, on the occasion of National Remembrance Day, the Italian Representation of the Council of Europe organizes, in collaboration with the National Association Venezia Giulia and Dalmazia (ANVED), the presentation of the book "L'abisso socialista. Memorie di una ex jugoslava" in the...

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The rurAllure project at the forefront of cultural heritage enhancement

headline 27-28 January Padua

On 27 and 28 January the cities of Padua and Montegrotto Terme welcomed the third of rurAllure General Meeting, the European Horizon 2020 project dedicated to the promotion of cultural heritage in the rural areas surrounding pilgrimage routes. Researchers, associations and representatives of...

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The city of Venice lays thirty stumbling blocks

headline 28 January 2022 Venice

On 27 January the Stumbling Blocks' laying ceremony took place, starting from Campo Maria del Giglio, as part of the 2022 Holocaust Memorial Day celebrations. A stumbling block is a concrete cube placed into the pavement and bearing a brass plate inscribed with the name and life dates of victims...

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Sommacampagna celebrates Holocaust Memorial Day

headline 27 January 2022 Sommacampagna

The Department of Culture of the City of Sommacampagna proposes, on the occasion of Holocaust Memorial Day, a variety of initiatives that will take place under the aegis of the Italian Representation of the Council of Europe. In order to let the youngest understand the severity of the events...

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Hosted in Mestre the screening of "Woman in gold"

headline 19 January 2022 Venice

As part of the events dedicated to Holocaust Memorial Day, on 19 January the Italian Office of the Council of Europe presented to the public, in collaboration with Cinema Dante, the screening of the film "Woman in gold" by director Simon Curtis. This tells the true story of Maria Altmann, a...

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A new perspective on the Italian deportation to Auschwitz

headline 16 January 2022 Venice

On 16 January, at the Ateneo Veneto in Venice, was presented the book by Laura Fontana "Gli italiani ad Auschwitz (1943-1945). Deportazioni, lavoro forzato. Un mosaico di vittime", published by the State Museum of Auschwitz-Birkenau. The author has been dealing with the history of the Shoah for...

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Opened the exhibition "Art in the Shoah"

headline 17 January 2022 Venice

Chair of the Venice City Council Ermelinda Damiano inaugurated this morning, January 17, 2022, the exhibition of artworks from the Yad Vashem Collection. Located at the Ateneo Veneto, the exposition presents a roundup of impressions and testimonies of Jewish artists made between 1939 and 1945,...

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Holocaust Memorial Day opens in Venice

headline 1 January 2022 Venice

On the occasion of Holocaust Memorial Day 2022, the City of Venice presents and coordinates a calendar of more than sixty commemorative events. Among these, the Italian Representation of the Council of Europe organizes four different initiatives aimed at keeping alive the memory of the Holocaust...

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Rediscovering Umbria’s silk tradition

headline 18 December 2021 Castiglione del Lago

The conference "European Silk Road", organized by the Association "Faro Trasimeno" in collaboration with the Italian seat of the Council of Europe, took place on 18 December at the Church of San Felice Papa in Castiglione del Lago. As a further step towards certification by the Council of Europe...

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Venice hosts the Conference of Ministers for Justice

headline 13 December 2021 Venice

On 13 and 14 December the Conference of Ministers of Justice took place in Venice. The meeting was entitled "Crime and criminal justice - The role of restorative justice in Europe" and it was organized by the Italian Presidency of the Committee of Ministers in Venice. Restorative justice...

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The Faro Convention implementation at the centre of the debate in Naples

headline 16-17 December 2021 Naples

At the conference “The Faro Convention implementation. Heritage communities as commons: relationships, participation and well-being in a shared multidisciplinary perspective” scientific contributions were presented on the innovative theoretical-methodological perspectives of initiatives and good...

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Ms Claire Bazy Malaurie becomes President of the Venice Commission

headline 10 December 2021 Venice

On 10 December Ms Claire Bazy Malaurie, member of the Constitutional Council of France since 2010, was elected President of the Venice Commission, succeeding Gianni Buquicchio, President since 2009. She is a member of the Venice Commission since 2014.

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Consultative function and fundamental human rights on the frontline at Ca’ Foscari University

headline 10 December 2021 Venice

On 10 December 2021 the conference “Consultative function and fundamental human rights: new perspectives in the Eurasian space” took place at Ca’ Foscari University, Venice. The Italian Representation of the Council of Europe in collaboration with Ca’ Foscari University and Centro Studi sui...

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The Faro Italia Network holds its fourth meeting in Venice

headline 6 December 2021 Venice

On 6 December 2021 the fourth meeting of the Faro Italia Network took place in Venice at the office of the Council of Europe Italian Representation. The network includes heritage communities, cultural institutions and associations which operate in line with the principles of the Faro Convention...

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The Council of Europe Landscape Award goes to Val d’Astino, Bergamo

headline 2 December 2021 Bergamo

The project “Biodiversity within the city: the Bergamo d’Astino Valley” promoted by Bergamo Misericordia Maggiore Foundation won this year’s Landscape Award of the Council of Europe. The Astino Monastery and the natural environment that surrounds it had been in a state of neglect for years....

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The Club of Venice holds its plenary meeting

headline 2 December 2021 Venice

On 2 and 3 December 2021 the plenary meeting of the Club of Venice took place at Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti. During the event, the Club presented a new book published on the occasion of its 35 years of activity. This year the Club, which brings together communication...

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Drug Policy on the frontline at the Venice International University

30 November 2021 Venice

From 30 November to 3 December 2021 the Drug Policy Executive Course 2021-22, Module II, took place at San Servolo Island, Venice. The headquarter of the Venice International University hosted this International Drug Policy Academy’s course which focused on three main competency areas:...

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Toward the six-month presidency of the Council of Europe

headline 8 November 2021 Venice

On 8 November the semester of the Council of Europe’s Italian Presidency was the theme of the debate at Gran Caffè Florian, St. Mark Square. Organized by the Italian Representation of the Council of Europe and the City of Venice, this format is part of the Europe Day autumn session 2021...

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The Istanbul Convention: lights and shadows at the center of the debate

headline 25 November 2021 Venice

On 25 November the Fundamental Rights Commission of the Venetian Criminal Chamber on the occasion of The International Day for The Elimination of Violence Against Women organized the seminar “The Istanbul Convention 2011-2021- lights and shadows”. Director of the Poznan Human Rights Centre of the...

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Italy and the Council of Europe call for end to violence against women, including online

headline 25 November 2021 Strasbourg

On 25 November Elena Bonetti, Italian Minister for equal opportunities and family, and Marija Pejčinović Burić, Council of Europe Secretary General, released a joint statement on violence against women and girls including online violence. The text of the statement is available at the following link.

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The University of Molise launches a Master in “Digital Territories”

headline 16 November 2021 Campobasso

On 16 and 17 November the University of Molise launched its first-level Master in “Digital Territories. ICT, social innovation, and virtual heritage communities”. The Master focuses on the protection and enhancement of bio-cultural heritages through the use of technologies and digital platforms....

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Istanbul Convention to the fore on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

headline 25 November 2021 Venice

On 25 November the event “Ten years of the Istanbul Convention of the Council of Europe: a reflection on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women” took place at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. The debate focused on the role and impact of the Convention on legislation...

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Italy takes over the Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers

headline 17 November 2021 Strasbourg

On 17 November, the Presidency of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers passed from Hungary to Italy during a meeting with representatives of the Organisation’s 47 Member States. The outgoing President, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary Péter Szijjártó, presented the...

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The Ministry of Education announces the competition “The Semester of the Italian Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe”

headline 8 November 2021 Rome

The Ministry of Education announces a competition open to secondary schools to explore the six-months’ Italian Presidency of the Council of Europe. The competition invites first and second-degree secondary schools’ students to reflect on the tasks and functioning of the Council of Europe and on...

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The Volturno Community joins the Italian Faro Network

headline 26 October 2021 Volturno

On 26 October the Volturno Community of Molise became a member of the Italian Faro Network, a platform composed of heritage actors, institutions and associations. These collaborate in line with the values of the Faro Convention to implement it on the national territory and at a local level. A...

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Back in time with the book “Bianca Cappello. From damnatio memoriae to truth”

headline 24 November 2021 Venice

On 24 November author Paola Irene Galli Mastrodonato will present her book “Bianca Cappello. From damnatio memoriae to truth” at the Council of Europe’s Venice Office. Together with historian Federico Moro, she will paint the portrait of the Venetian noblewoman who became Francesco I de’ Medici,...

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