2022 Eurimages Co-production Development Awards

28 November 2022

Saturday night, the €20,000 Eurimages Co-production Development Award went to the project SEALSKIN written and directed by Irene Moray, presented in the framework of ScriptLab 2022 at TorinoFilmLab. The jury composed of Maialen Beloki Berasategiu (San Sebastian International Film Festival), Erik...

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Observatory on History Teaching in Europe

Annual Conference tackles the future of history teaching

28 November 2022 Strasbourg, France

The past year has shown how historical arguments can be used to nurture hate, but when taught in all its complexity, history can in fact help appease conflicts - as the 70 years’ experience of the Council of Europe in the field has shown. On December 1-2 the Council of Europe’s Observatory on...

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New online course

New LEMON course on the Reference Framework of Competences for Democratic Culture

25 November 2022

The new LEMON course on the Reference Framework of Competences for Democratic Culture (RFCDC) is now available on the Help E-Learning platefrom. Aimed at the general public as much as at education practitioners and policymakers, the course will allow learners to develop a richer understanding...

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Regional Governance in Lithuania: Closing Conference

22 November 2022 Vilnius, Lithuania and online

The Council of Europe - European Union Joint Project “Establishment of legal, institutional and financial framework at regional (county) level, capacity-building to enhance quality of regional public administration in Lithuania” will come to its end on 15 December 2022. To present the achieved...

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11th plenary session of the Steering Committee for Culture, Heritage and Landscape (CDCPP)

23-25 November 2022 Strasbourg, France

The Steering Committee for Culture, Heritage and Landscape (CDCPP) will be holding its 11th plenary session in Strasbourg on 23-25 November 2022. This is the first face-to-face meeting of the Committee since 2019. Participants and observers to the CDCPP are looking forward to exchanging on the...

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First gathering on the implementation of the Faro Convention in Spain

22 November 2022 Siguenza, Spain

The Spanish Ministry of Culture and Sports organised the first gathering on the implementation of Faro Convention that took place on 22 November in Siguenza, Spain. Spain has ratified the Faro Convention in April and the gathering served as a first step towards the elaboration of an...

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Barnahus model helps children who suffered sexual abuse from feeling like victims for a second time, say Council of Europe leaders

17 November 2022 Strasbourg

Ahead of the European Day on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse marked on 18 November, Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić and Iceland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Chair of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe,...

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Impact of COVID 19 on women’s access to justice: what are the next steps?

17/11/22 Strasbourg

What can states do to address persistent and emerging challenges and barriers women face when accessing justice? How can the Covid-19 pandemic incentivise legal professionals in the national justice systems to rethink and reshape national approaches to access to justice and gender equality? ...

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Democracy Innovation Award 2022: and the winner is...

9 November 2022 Strasbourg, France

Today, at the closing session of the World Forum for Democracy, the Council of Europe announced that the winner of its Democracy Innovation Award is Astrea Justice – Justice Code Foundation Trust, Zimbabwe. Three initiatives out of the 30 or so presented at the Forum were shortlisted for the...

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Opening Session of the 10th World Forum for Democracy 2022

7 November 2022 Strasbourg, France

Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić welcomed the participants to the opening session of the World Forum for Democracy this morning. In her speech, she said: “Democracy is in distress but remember what was achieved from nothing when Council of Europe was founded. We need young leaders to...

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World Forum for Democracy: “Democracy: A new hope?”

2 November 2022 Strasbourg, France

“Democracy: A new hope?” is the theme of this year’s World Forum for Democracy, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The event, taking place from 7 to 9 November at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, will bring together intellectuals, politicians, activists, experts and young people from...

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The European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages celebrates its 30th anniversary - statement by the Bureau of the Committee of Experts

5 November 2022

On 5 November 1992, eleven member states of the Council of Europe signed the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages in Strasbourg, considering that the preservation and development of Europe's cultural traditions and wealth depended on the protection of its regional or minority...

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Participation of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe in UNESCO's Mondiacult2022 Conference

28-30 September 2022 Mexico

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe participated in UNESCO's Mondiacult2022 Conference, which took place in Mexico from 28-30 September, 40 years after the first meeting. The Secretary General stressed the Council of Europe's commitment to contributing to the achievement of the United...

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17th Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Sport: focus on Sport for All and Rethinking Sport

26-27 October 2022 Antalya, Türkiye

Sport for All and Rethinking Sport were the two central themes of the 17th Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Sport that was held on 26 October in Antalya, Türkiye. Organised by the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS) in co-operation with the Ministry of Youth and...

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European Anti-Trafficking Day: States must urgently tackle human trafficking for labour exploitation

Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) 17 October 2022 Strasbourg, France

Ahead of the European Anti-Trafficking Day (18 October) the Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) has stressed the urgency of tackling the growing menace of trafficking for the purpose of labour exploitation. Helga Gayer, President of GRETA,...

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Faro Convention Regional Seminar in Tallinn

17-18 October 2022 Tallinn, Estonia

The Estonian Ministry of Culture, the Finnish Heritage Agency and the Council of Europe jointly organised the Faro Convention Regional Seminar that took place on 17 and 18 October in Tallinn, Estonia. The event gathered 70 participants both from governmental sector and civil society from Finland...

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International Day for the Eradication of Poverty - Conference of INGOs organises two events

17 October 2022 Strasbourg

To mark the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty the Conference of INGOs is organising two events on the theme ‘’PUTTING AN END TO NON-TAKE-UP OF RIGHTS: For effective Access by Everyone to Rights and Services’’ on 17 October 2022 in a hybrid format in Strasbourg and online. The non-...

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Youth statutory meetings

Democracy campaign, Roma youth participation, Ukrainian youth, climate change, rural youth…

10-12 October 2022 European Youth Centre Budapest

These are just some of the subjects discussed during the youth statutory meetings held in the European Youth Centre in Budapest from 10 to 12 October 2022. Buoyed by the conclusions of the high-level reflection group of the Council of Europe, which wholeheartedly agreed that “building sustainable...

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“Addressing disinformation and propaganda with a human rights framework”: informal exchange of views with civil society representatives

Committee of Ministers 7 October 2022 Strasbourg, France

At an informal meeting on 6 October delegations from the Council of Europe’s 46 member states held an exchange of views with representatives of international civil society organisations active in the media field. They discussed the challenges of disinformation and propaganda which undermine...

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Five steps to ensure women’s access to justice

06/10/2022 Online

Do you know how access to justice is linked to combating violence against women and sexism? Do you want to understand how the Covid-19 pandemic can offer an opportunity to radically rethink and reshape national approaches to access to justice and gender equality? Do you want to know how legal...

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The chairs of the youth sector statutory bodies in dialogue with the Council of Europe’s decision-makers

5 OCTOBER 2022 Strasbourg

Miriam Teuma, chair of the Joint Council on Youth (CMJ), and Spyros Papadatos, chair of the Advisory Council on Youth (CCJ), travelled to the Council of Europe headquarters in Strasbourg on 4 October to meet with the Organisation’s decision-making body and Secretary General. On the invitation...

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Conference on promoting academic integrity

5 October 2022 Rotterdam

Creating a culture of integrity is the ultimate solution to combating academic misconduct which poses a threat not only to the higher education system but also erodes trust in public institutions and, ultimately, democracy itself. On October 5, the Council of Europe and Erasmus University...

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35 years of Cultural Routes: Safeguarding European Values, Heritage, and Dialogue

Cultural Routes 4 October 2022 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe Cultural Routes’ programme is celebrating its 35th anniversary at the 11th Advisory Forum which is taking place in Chania, Crete (Greece) from 5-7 October, including a special event to highlight the relevance of Cultural Routes for the promotion of cultural diversity,...

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Dublin conference discusses rights and the best interests of the child in parental separation and care proceedings

3 OCTOBER 2022 DUBLIN (HYBRID)

Considering the voice of children and young people in determining their best interests in family courts during parental separation and care proceedings is the focus of an international conference taking place in Dublin on 3 October under the Irish Presidency of the Council of Europe. The Minister...

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European ministers adopt “Dublin Declaration” on preventing violence through equality

30 September 2022 Dublin, Ireland

European Ministers of Justice, gathered in Dublin, on 29 and 30 September, at the invitation of the Minister of Justice of Ireland, in the context of the Irish Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. After two days of exchanges and discussions on prevention measures...

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European ministers adopt “Dublin Declaration” on preventing violence through equality

Council of Europe 30 september 2022 Dublin

Thirty-eight member states have backed a “Dublin Declaration” pledging a series of steps to promote gender equality in order to help prevent domestic, sexual and gender-based violence. The declaration is inspired by the Council of Europe’s Istanbul Convention on violence against women, and...

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War in Ukraine, Covid-19 and climate change key challenges for national minorities

ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON THE FRAMEWORK CONVENTION FOR THE PROTECTION OF NATIONAL MINORITIES (FCNM) 27 september 2022 Strasbourg

National minorities in Europe faced multiple threats during the past two years, says a new report from the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. Russia’s aggression against Ukraine caused a humanitarian catastrophe, including for national...

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European Day of Languages 2022: “Let us value all languages in Europe” says Secretary General of the Council of Europe

26 September 2022

26 September 2022 marks the 21st anniversary of the European Day of Languages. On the occasion of the Day, the Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić stated that "The European Day of Languages is a celebration of the rich tapestry of languages which make our continent so...

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European Day of Languages

26 September 2022 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe and the European Commission celebrate the European Day of Languages on 26 September. This year it has been important to help refugees from Ukraine settle as much as possible into their host countries, both neighbouring and far away. A central part of this help is assisting...

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Webinar "A new Council of Europe Recommendation on language education: defining plurilingual and intercultural education"

23 September 2022 Online

In June this year the ECML launched a series of webinars on Recommendation R(2022)1 on the importance of plurilingual and intercultural education for democratic culture, adopted by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe in February 2022. The first webinar, which can be viewed here,...

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an event organised by Almasani Association, a member of the Faro Convention Network

International conference “Cultural Heritage: Participatory Approach”

21 September 2022 Novi Sad, Serbia

The Almasani Association, a member of the Faro Convention Network, organised the International Conference “Cultural Heritage: Participatory Approach” on 21 September, in Novi Sad, Serbia. The Faro Convention Secretariat took part in the event, acknowledging the great work of the Almasani...

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Two Strategy 21 dissemination events online

20-21 September 2022 San Millan de la Cogolla/ La Rioja, Spain

We are pleased to invite you to participate in two Strategy 21 dissemination events online, taking place from 20 to 21 September in Spain (San Millan de la Cogolla/ La Rioja).The events are co-organised by the Council of Europe and Fundación San Millán de la Cogolla (SPAIN). On 20 September we...

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The new publication “The Faro Convention at work in Europe: selected examples”

19 September 2022 Strasbourg, France

The Council of Europe’s Culture and Cultural Heritage Division has, in the framework of its Joint project with the European Union: “The Faro Way: enhanced participation in cultural heritage”, produced a new publication entitled “The Faro Convention at work in Europe: selected examples”. This...

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Education on democratic competencies discussed at a national congress in Tirana

11-13 September 2022 Tirana

A National Congress on "Challenges of quality and inclusive education towards European integration" took place in Tirana during 11-13 September and was attended by some 2000 educators from Albania and abroad. The Congress was addressed by Prime Minister of Albania Edi Rama and the Minister of...

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Supporting civil society organisations in raising awareness on the Istanbul Convention

14/09/2022 Online

On 14 September, the Council of Europe in co-operation with Women Against Violence Europe Network (WAVE) and UN Women launched a new methodology and toolkit to support civil society organisations (CSOs) in raising awareness on the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence...

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European Heritage Days 2022 shine a spotlight on “Sustainable Heritage”

European Heritage Days 7 September 2022 Strasbourg

Sustainable Heritage is the theme for the 2022 European Heritage Days: a focus on the active role of communities building a more sustainable and resilient future for European heritage, in the context of environmental changes and related risks. The European Heritage Days, a joint initiative of the...

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Save the date: 7-9 November 2022

World Forum for Democracy 2022 "Democracy: A New Hope ?"

29 August 2022 Strasbourg, France

Thirty years ago, many people believed that the spread of democracy was as inevitable as it was desirable. Those days are now far behind us. Instead, the public and policy-makers have watched as the spread of democracy has slowed and, by some measures, gone into reverse. Those who believe that...

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International Youth Day

Congress Spokesperson on Youth 12 August 2022 Strasbourg

“Creating stronger links between youth and other generations can help us find solutions to today’s challenges” says Congress Spokesperson

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European Heritage Days launched under the Irish Presidency of the Council of Europe

12 august 2022 Strasbourg, France

Ambassador Breifne O’Reilly, Permanent Representative of Ireland to the Council of Europe, has marked the start of the 2022 European Heritage Days season with a special video message from the beautiful surroundings of the historic Parc de l’Orangerie in Strasbourg. As one of Europe’s largest...

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The right to a healthy environment, a universal human right and an emergency for all levels of governance

Congress 9 August 2022 Strasbourg

Following the resolution just adopted by the United Nations General Assembly declaring access to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment as a universal human right, Congress spokesperson on human rights Harald Bergmann (Netherlands, ILDG), welcomed this historic decision. "This recognition...

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European Roma Holocaust Memorial Day

Secretary General 2 August 2022 Strasbourg, France

Today, we commemorate European Roma Holocaust Memorial Day and pay tribute to the thousands of victims. 78 years ago, on 2 August 1944, 3,000 Roma - mainly women and children - were brutally murdered in the dark of the night at Auschwitz-Birkenau. This terrible event is central to the story of...

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GRETA calls on states, civil society and tech companies to counter the use of technology to recruit and control victims of human trafficking

Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) 29 July 2022 Strasbourg

On the occasion of the World Day against Trafficking in Persons, held every year on 30 July, the Council of Europe Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) joins the Inter-Agency Coordination Group against Trafficking in Persons (ICAT) in calling on State Parties to...

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"Sport is a great leveller that can bring people together in a way that nothing else can”, Bjørn Berge tells Commonwealth Sports Ministers

Sport division 27 JULY 2022 BIRMINGHAM

“Sport is a great leveller that can bring people together in a way that nothing else can”, highlighted the Deputy Secretary General while addressing the 10th Commonwealth Sports Ministers Meeting in Birmingham. Bjørn Berge underlined how the Council of Europe’s four-year strategic priorities for...

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“Sport is a great leveller that can bring people together in a way that nothing else can”, Bjørn Berge tells Commonwealth Sports Ministers

Deputy Secretary General 27 July 2022 Birmingham

“Sport is a great leveller that can bring people together in a way that nothing else can”, highlighted Deputy Secretary General while addressing the 10th Commonwealth Sports Ministers Meeting in Birmingham. Bjørn Berge underlined how the Council of Europe’s four-year strategic priorities for...

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How to find a Council of Europe resource on gender equality and women's rights

20/07/22 Strasbourg

The Gender Equality Division has developed a dedicated webpage on its website to showcase the wide range of resources (standards, publications, factsheets, brochures, audio-visual materials, etc.) offered by the Council of Europe to promote gender equality and women’s rights. With the help of...

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The United Kingdom ratifies the Istanbul Convention

21/07/2022 Strasbourg

Today, in Strasbourg, in the presence of the Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, H.E. Mr Sandy Moss, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the Council of Europe, deposited the instrument of ratification of the Council of...

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Ukraine ratifies the Istanbul Convention

18/07/2022 Strasbourg

Today, in Strasbourg, in the presence of the Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, H.E. Mr Borys Tarasyuk, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the Council of Europe, deposited the instrument of ratification of the Council of Europe...

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Trafficking in human beings: expert group GRETA releases its annual report

GRETA 13 July 2022 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) has published its annual report for 2021. During 2021 GRETA was able to achieve a number of milestones in spite of the negative impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, and continued to develop its cooperation...

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For a quality education free of fraud and corruption – a new Recommendation adopted by the Committee of Ministers

Committee of Ministers 13 July 2022 Strasbourg

The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe has adopted a Recommendation addressed to its 46 member states aimed at assisting them in combating fraud in the field of education. The recommendation follows four years of work in the framework of the ETINED platform of the Council of Europe...

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Workshop on Artistic Freedom in Europe Today

12 July 2022

Hosted by Bunker – the old Power Station in Ljubljana/Slovenia, the Council of Europe organised a workshop on Artistic Freedom in Europe Today – From the Personal to the Political on 5-6 July, involving some 20 artists from all disciplines and all over Europe. The event triggered an open exchange...

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