Plenary meeting of anti-corruption body GRECO

Strasbourg 26-30 October
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In a plenary meeting, the anti-corruption body (GRECO) will discuss, with a view to their adoption, 5th round evaluation reports on Albania, Germany and Norway concerning corruption prevention in central governments, including top executive functions, and law enforcement. It will also adopt compliance reports on this topic on Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Luxembourg, Slovenia and the United Kingdom. Follow up reports on anti-corruption measures in respect of MPs, judges and prosecutors concerning Azerbaijan, Cyprus, Latvia, Luxembourg, Serbia, Slovak Republic and Turkey are also on the agenda. In addition, GRECO will discuss follow up reports on San Marino and Turkey on the criminalisation of corruption and the transparency of political funding as well as a follow up report in the context of the ad hoc urgent evaluation of Greece on legislation reforming the Criminal Code. GRECO will also hear information from Slovenia and Spain about recent initiatives in these countries which may have an impact on the fight against corruption.

Contact: Jaime Rodriguez, tel. +33 3 90 21 47 04

Conference of Ministers of Education: responding to the COVID-19 crisis

29 October, online meeting (9:00 a.m. CET)
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A Conference of Ministers of Education will be organised in the framework of the Greek Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers.

Niki Kerameus, Minister of Education and Religious Affairs of Greece, Marija Pejčinović Burić, Secretary General of the Council of Europe and Mariya Gabriel, European Union Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, will speak at the opening of the conference.

Two main themes will be addressed:

  • “The education response to the COVID19 crisis: the right to quality education in times of a pandemic and its challenges”.
  • “Utilising education as a tool for promoting awareness of cultural heritage at risk from climate change in a culture of democracy”.

The aim of the conference will be to endorse a Political Declaration on the education response to COVID-19. The Declaration is accompanied by A Roadmap for Action on the Council of Europe education response to COVID-19 “Making the Right to Education a Reality in Times of COVID-19”. Ministers will also be updated on the progress in the setting up of an Observatory on History Teaching, launched at a Ministerial Conference held in Paris under the French Presidency of the Committee of Ministers in November 2019.

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


26 October, online meeting (11 a.m. CET)

The European Day of Justice will be marked in North Macedonia with a high-level video conference to launch an awareness raising campaign aimed at promoting a more efficient free legal aid for the citizens of North Macedonia.

Minister of Justice Bojan Maricic and high representatives of the European Union and the Council of Europe will also discuss a new vision of free legal aid services in North Macedonia.

The event is part of the action “Supporting enhanced access to higher quality Free Legal Aid services in North Macedonia”, organised in co-operation with the Ministry of Justice of North Macedonia and implemented under the European Union and the Council of Europe programme “Horizontal Facility for Western Balkans and Turkey 2019-2022”.

ProgrammeLink to the meeting

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

27 October, Strasbourg

The European Court of Human Rights will notify in writing 5 judgments concerning Belgium, Switzerland and Turkey.

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

28 October, online meeting (8 a.m. CET)

A Roundtable on “Combating racial discrimination and intolerance in Albania” will gather key actors and stakeholders in the field of human rights protection to discuss the follow-up given or envisaged by the authorities to the recommendations of the ECRI report on Albania (EN/FR/AL) published in June 2020.

The roundtable is organised by the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) and the Council of Europe’s No Hate Speech and Cooperation Unit together with the People’s Advocate and the Commissioner for the Protection from Discrimination of Albania. The Council of Europe is providing support and expertise in this field through the joint EU and Council of Europe programmes: “Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey 2019-2022” - “Promotion of diversity and equality in Albania” and “Promoting Good Governance and Roma Empowerment at Local Leve (ROMACTED)”.

The thematic sessions will discuss challenges related to the development and application of the legal framework for combating racism and racial discrimination; as well as the solutions for the housing problems of Roma and Egyptians communities.

Programme - Link to the meeting

Contacts: Dušan Vojnović, tel. + 33 3 90 21 56 99; Besnik Baka, tel. +355 69 21 78 430

28 October, Strasbourg

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

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

28-29 0ctober, online meeting (9:15 a.m.-1 p.m. CET)

The partnership between the European Commission and the Council of Europe in the field of youth will organise a Youth Knowledge Forum to explore relevant questions, reflections and strategies to further and strengthen the role and capacity of research on youth in Europe.

The event will start with a panel involving the Directors of the two partner institutions: Matjaz Gruden, Directorate of Democratic Participation of the Council of Europe and Sophia Eriksson Waterschoot, Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture of the European Commission.

More information - Link to the meeting

29 October, Strasbourg

The European Court of Human Rights will notify in writing 4 judgments and/or decisions concerning Belgium, Greece, Poland and Turkey.

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

29 October, Strasbourg

The anti-money laundering and counter terrorist financing body MONEYVAL will publish an evaluation report on Slovakia.

Contact: Jaime Rodriguez, tel. +33 3 90 21 47 04

29-30 October, online meeting

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe will carry out a remote observation procedure for the local elections to take place in Bosnia and Herzegovina on 15 November 2020, in response to an invitation from the authorities of the country. The delegation comprises the Congress members represented on the Council for Democratic Elections/Venice Commission, including Stewart Dickson, Jos Wienen, Rosaleen O'Grady, Vladimir Prebiliç and Randi Mondorf. The team will be supported by Colin Copus, member of the Group of Independent Experts on the European Charter of Local Self-Government. This new remote format has been introduced as a temporary procedure in exceptional situations, such as the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, on the basis of Congress Resolution 455 (2020) adopted by the Statutory Forum as part of the broader debate on the Congress’ report on Local and Regional Elections in Major Crisis Situations.

29 October-1 November, Georgia

A 12-member Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) delegation, headed by Tiny Kox will travel to Georgia to observe the conduct of the parliamentary elections, alongside observers from the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, NATO Parliamentary Assembly and OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR). The delegation will meet representatives of political parties, the Chairperson of the Central Election Commission, as well as representatives of civil society and the media, before observing the ballot on 31 October.

A joint press conference is scheduled on Sunday 1 November (place and time to be confirmed).

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