European Conference of Presidents of Parliament

Strasbourg 24-25 October 2019
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The Presidents of Parliament from the 47 Council of Europe member States and many partner, observer and neighbouring countries, along with the Presidents of other international assemblies, will meet for a European Parliamentary summit.

Some 60 Presidents together with 300 other delegates are expected to attend the Conference, organised by Parliamentary Assembly (PACE). They will discuss three current affairs issues: “Our Common European Home’: the next 70 years”; “Implementing the UN 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals: contribution by Parliaments”; and “Women in politics and in the public discourse - What role can national Parliaments play in combatting the increasing level of harassment and hate speech towards female politicians and parliamentarians?”.

Marija Pejčinović Burić, Secretary General and Liliane Maury Pasquier, President of the Parliamentary Assembly will speak at the opening of the event.

Programme - More information

Other events

21 October, Strasbourg

Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić will meet with Representatives from the Ministry of Justice and Security of the Netherlands.

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


21 October, Strasbourg

The 8th World Forum for Democracy, which will take place from 6 to 8 November on information and democracy, will be presented to the media at a press conference organised at 11.45 a.m. at the Press Club (10 place Kléber, Strasbourg). The 2019 edition is part of the programme of the French Presidency of the Committee of Ministers.

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


21-22 October, Budapest

A training course for judges and prosecutors from six Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine) will be held as part of the project “Women’s access to justice: application of the Istanbul Convention and other European gender equality standards”. Implemented in the framework of the Partnership for Good Governance (PGG II), the project aims at promoting the ratification by Eastern Partnership countries of the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (“Istanbul Convention”).

The event is not open to the media, but interviews with participants can be organised on request.

The event will take place at the European Youth Centre de Budapest (Zivatar utca 1-3).

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


22 October, Strasbourg

The European Court of Human Rights will notify in writing 14 judgments concerning Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Russia and Turkey.

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


22 October, Strasbourg

Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić will meet Oleg Kravchenko, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Belarus.

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


22 October, Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Barbara Toce, Vice-President of the Congress and Leendert Verbeek, President of the Congress’ Monitoring Committee, will participate in the meeting of the “Working Group of the European Committee of the Regions for the Western Balkans”. This meeting will address the longstanding political impasse that has prevented local elections from occurring for over the last decade. The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities created the “Reflection Group on Mostar” in 2017 to facilitate similar dialogue between civic society, political groups in Mostar and the European level, in order to help restore local democracy in the city of Mostar.


22-23 October, Sarajevo

A conference “Facilitating regional collaboration on addressing radicalisation in prisons and supporting the authorities in overcoming the main challenges of the penitentiary systems in the Western Balkans region” will gather participants from six beneficiary countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia.

The opening remarks will be made by Josip Grubeša, Minister of Justice of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Filip de Ceuninck, EU regional Counter-Terrorism Advisor, and Gianluca Esposito, Head of the Action against Crime Department, Council of Europe.

The conference will mark the start of the regional project: “Enhancing penitentiary capacities in addressing radicalisation in prisons in Western Balkans”, implemented under the Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey, funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe.

The opening part of the conference will be open to media (on 22 October at 9.30 a.m., Novotel Sarajevo Bristol hotel).

Contact: Dušan Vojnović, tel.+33 3 90 21 56 99

* All reference to Kosovo, whether to the territory, institutions or population, shall be understood in full compliance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 (1999) and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo.


23 October, Strasbourg

Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić will participate in the inauguration of the exhibition “Human Rights, still some way to go?”, Cartooning for Peace and Democracy, in the framework of the French Presidency of the Committee of Ministers.

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


24 October, Strasbourg

The European Court of Human Rights will notify in writing 21 judgments and/or decisions about Bulgaria, France, Hungary, Romania, Slovenia, Ukraine and United Kingdom.

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


24-26 October, Nicosia

The Commissioner for Volunteerism and Non-Governmental Organisations of the Republic of Cyprus, in co-operation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus, the Council of Europe and the European Union is organising a conference on promoting the Council of Europe Convention on Offences relating to Cultural Property (known as the Nicosia Convention). The aim is to raise awareness and promote shared efforts at fighting offences relating to cultural property.

Participants of the conference include representatives of governments (crime prevention, culture, tourism, education) and civil society/NGOs from Council of Europe member States and Mediterranean neighbourhood countries, business representatives as well as representatives of the European Union, UNESCO, UNIDROIT, INGOs and other relevant stakeholders.

The event will be opened by Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus, Nikos Christodoulides and Deputy Secretary General Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni.

More information

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


25 October, Dresden (Germany)

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities will participate in the Annual Conference of the Association of European Border Regions (AEBR) on “Cross-border Culture Co-operation and the Culture of Cross-Border Co-operation”. Eirini Dourou, Congress Rapporteur for Culture without Borders, will present good practices of cross-border culture cooperation in rural areas.


25 October, Moscow

The conference “Prevention of domestic violence: experience of the Council of Europe and national jurisprudence” will be co-organised by the Council of Europe, the Union of Young Lawyers of Russia and the Embassy of France in Russia, under the French Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.

This conference will officially launch the Council of Europe online course under its Pan-European HELP programme (Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals) on the topic of “Violence against Women and Domestic Violence”.

Leading national and international experts will take part in the event to exchange information on law and practices existing in Russia, France and other European countries in this area and present the Council of Europe’s standards on protection against domestic violence, including the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights. Participants include representatives of State authorities, lawyers, counsels and members of non-governmental organisations interested in developing legal knowledge and skills necessary to prevent and combat domestic violence.

The conference is open to accredited media (9.00 a.m. at the Embassy of France in the Russian Federation (Moscow, Ulitsa Bol’shaya Yakimanka, 45).

Contacts for accreditation: Nina Patchenko; Marguerite Afanassieva, tel. +7 495 937 15 62/69

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

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