Foreign ministers discuss response to the aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine

Turin (Italy) 20 May
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Foreign Affairs Ministers of the Council of Europe’s 46 member states will hold their annual session. The meeting takes place against the background of the aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine, which resulted in the exclusion of the Russian Federation from the Organisation. It will be an occasion for the ministers to show their support for and solidarity with Ukraine and its people. They will also reaffirm their unity around the Council of Europe values: peace, democracy, rule of law and human rights and their belief in multi-lateral co-operation around these values. They will furthermore define steps to strengthen the Organisation’s ability to carry out its mission in the new political context.

Chaired by Luigi Di Maio, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation of Italy, the session will provide an opportunity for ministers to review the state of human rights, democracy and the rule of law on the basis of the annual report of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić. They will also discuss the Organisation’s role in solving conflicts and crises in Europe and its co-operation with the European Union.

The session will furthermore provide an opportunity for ministers to take decisions on the work of the Organisation in areas such as artificial intelligence and cybercrime, freedom of expression, combatting hate speech, Council of Europe monitoring, including improving the protection of social rights, human rights and the environment, participation of civil society organisations and national human rights institutions, restorative justice, culture and cultural heritage, rights of the child, protecting the rights of migrant, refugee and asylum-seeking women and girls as well as inter-religious dialogue.

At the end of the ministerial session, Italy will hand over the Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers to Ireland. Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney will present the priorities of his country’s Presidency.

A press conference is scheduled at 2.30 p.m. with the Foreign Ministers of Italy and Ireland and the Council of Europe Secretary General.

The press conference will be livestreamed on and on social media accounts of the Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

Full press release

Contacts: Estelle Steiner, tel. +33 6 08 46 01 57; Giuseppe Zaffuto, tel. +33 6 86 32 10 24

And also…

16-18 May, Greece

Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) President Tiny Kox will make an official visit to Athens, during which he will meet the Speaker of the Hellenic Parliament, the Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs for European Αffairs, the Greek delegation to PACE, as well as leaders and representatives of political parties. In addition, he will participate in the meeting of the PACE Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy to be held in Chania (Crete).

16-20 May, Strasbourg

In a plenary meeting, the anti-money laundering and counter terrorist financing body MONEYVAL will consider the adoption of evaluation reports on Bulgaria and Liechtenstein, as well as follow-up reports on Albania, Hungary, Slovenia and the Republic of Moldova.

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

17 May, Strasbourg

The European Court of Human Rights will notify in writing 10 judgments concerning Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Lithuania, the Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russia and Turkey.

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

18-19 May, Cairo

Deputy Secretary General Bjørn Berge will participate in the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Executive Committee and Foundation Board Meetings.

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

18-20 May, Turkey

PACE co-rapporteurs for the monitoring of Turkey, John Howell and Boriss Cilevics, will carry out a fact-finding visit to Istanbul and Ankara, following the conviction of Osman Kavala to an aggravated life sentence.

19 May, Strasbourg

The European Court of Human Rights will notify in writing 34 judgments and/or decisions concerning Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, the Republic of Moldova, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Sweden and Turkey.

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

19 May, Baku (Hilton Hotel; 11 am., local time)

An event aimed at raising awareness of Council of Europe standards on violence against women and domestic violence and of the role of national parliaments in promoting such standards will be organised under the European Union and Council of Europe’s joint project “Raising awareness of the Istanbul Convention and other gender equality standards in Azerbaijan”, in co-operation with the State Committee on Family, Women and Children Affairs of Azerbaijan.

The opening session of the event will be open to media upon prior accreditation.

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

19 and 21 May, Cannes

The European Audiovisual Observatory will organise two new conferences announced and a stand on the Marché du Film.

On 19 May (4.30-5.15 p.m., Marina Stage (Riviera), a conference is on “Key Trends in the Film Sector session” will be focusing on all-you-need-to-know to understand the main trends and tendencies in the world film markets. Registration

On 21 May (9.30-11.30 a.m., Main Stage (Riviera) conference room), a conference entitled “Circulation of European films: is availability enough?” will be about how to boost audiences for European films through greater circulation between countries, territories, between big and small screens. Registration - More information - Contact: Giuseppe Zaffuto, tel. +33 6 86 32 10 24


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