20th anniversary of the European Day of Languages – 26 September 2021

Every year since 2001 the European Day of Languages celebrates the rich tapestry of languages coexisting in Europe and beyond. The European Centre for Modern Languages of the Council of Europe (ECML), encouraging excellence and innovation in language teaching, will take part in a key event in Graz (Austria) on 24 September.

A wide range of initiatives are planned across the continent in this celebration of 20 years of linguistic and cultural diversity, among them: the Fête des langues européennes in Aix-en-Provence (France), the Foreign languages we can speak survey in Haabneeme (Estonia), the Språkdagkonferanse in Halden (Norway), an EDL Language festival in Ljubljana (Slovenia), Тhe beauty of words - Лепота речи language week in Lipe (Serbia), The gate of languages unlocked competition in Zlaté Moravce (Slovakia), Plurilingual Venice. Yesterday as today: open to the world in Venice (Italy), organised in cooperation with the Council of Europe Venice Office, and an online conference organised by the European Commission entitled Language competences in the European Education Area.

Contact: Giuseppe Zaffuto, tel. +33 6 86 32 10 24


Protection and promotion of the human rights of intersex and transgender athletes in sports competitions

online event (9 a.m.-12.45 p.m.) 20 September
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A conference organised by EPAS will put the spotlight on the protection and promotion of the human rights of intersex and transgender athletes taking part in sport competitions. Through the diversity conference, the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS) will address this specific issue and will also consider it in the wider context of different forms of discrimination which prevent athletes from participating in sport.

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Contact: Giuseppe Zaffuto, tel. +33 6 86 32 10 24


Prisons and probation: Conference on the impact of the pandemic on mental health and on the increased use of new technologies

Funchal (Portugal) 20-21 September
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The annual Council of Europe Conference of Directors of Prison and Probation Services (CDPPS) will address the impact of Covid-19 on the mental health of offenders and staff and on the increased use of new technologies, including artificial intelligence, in prisons and by the probation services during the pandemic. The participants will also discuss the Covid-19 related statistical data collected during the past months and the management of persons accused or convicted of a sexual offence, an issue on which the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers is preparing a recommendation to states.

Francisca Van Dunem, Minister of Justice of Portugal, and Ambassador Christian Meuwly, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the Council of Europe and Chair of the Committee of Ministers Rapporteur Group on legal cooperation, will speak at the opening. Alan Mitchell, President of the Committee for the Prevention of Torture, will deliver the keynote speech.

The event is open to the media. Requests for accreditation should be sent to the press contact below.

Programme - Conference website - Contact: Jaime Rodriguez, tel. +33 6 89 99 50 42


And also…

20-22 September, Strasbourg (online)

The anti-corruption body GRECO will examine 10 compliance reports on 9 member states in a plenary meeting. The reports evaluate the progress achieved in the implementation of GRECO’s recommendations on prevention of corruption in respect of MPs, judges and prosecutors in Armenia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Monaco, the Netherlands and Poland, and on prevention of corruption and promotion of integrity in central governments (including top executive functions) and law enforcement agencies in Denmark, Malta, Slovak Republic and Spain.

During the meeting, GRECO will hold two exchanges of views: one with Alasdair Bell, Deputy Secretary General of FIFA, and Bjørn Berge, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe; and another with the Central Eastern European Law Initiative (CEELI) and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES).

Contact: Jaime Rodriguez, tel. +33 6 89 99 50 42


20-23 September, New York

Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić will participate in the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 76).

On 20 September, she will participate in the special tribute commemorating the 20th anniversary of 11 September. From 20 to 23 September, she will participate in the high level general debate and hold bilateral meetings.

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


21 September, Belgrade (Palace of Serbia)

Local, national and international stakeholders will come together to launch the 2nd phase of the EU-CoE Joint Programme “Promoting good governance and Roma empowerment at local level (ROMACTED)” in Serbia.

They will participate in the ceremony of signing the Memoranda of Understanding between the Council of Europe, Ministry of Human and Minority Rights and Social Dialogue and representatives of 14 cities and municipalities. Representatives from the Ministry of Public Administration and Local Self-government, the European Union Delegation in Serbia, national and international organisations and Roma civil society will also take part in the event.

Contact: Tatiana Baeva, tel. +33 6 85 11 64 93


21 September, Strasbourg

The European Court of Human Rights will notify in writing nine judgments concerning Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Latvia, Serbia, and Turkey.

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


22 September, Zagreb

Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić will deliver a video message to the participants of the high-level conference “Integrated approach to protection against violence against women and domestic violence”.

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


23 September, online meeting

Deputy Secretary General Bjørn Berge will participate in the launching event of the joint European Union/Council of Europe project “Supporting the Effective Implementation of Turkish Constitutional Court Judgments in the field of Fundamental Rights”.

More information - Contact: Giuseppe Zaffuto, tel. +33 6 86 32 10 24


23 September, Strasbourg

The Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO) will publish its report on San Marino.

Contact: Giuseppe Zaffuto, tel. +33 6 86 32 10 24


23 September, Strasbourg

The European Court of Human Rights will notify in writing 26 judgments and/or decisions concerning Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Croatia, France, Georgia, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Montenegro, Poland, Slovakia and Turkey.

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


24 September, Ukraine

The 2021 Europe Prize, awarded by the Parliamentary Assembly, will be presented to the city of Khmelnytskyi at a ceremony.

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