The Directorate of Policy Planning's (DPP)'s mission is to provide Council of Europe major actors with conceptual and strategic analyses about relevant political and societal developments in Europe and beyond in order to enhance the Organisation’s ability to anticipate major trends and challenges facing member states and to offer coherent short- and long-term responses.

 

Its activities are based on research and on topical exchanges with internal and external networks, with the objective to enhance the Organisation’s ability to anticipate major trends and challenges facing member states and to offer coherent short- and long-term responses within its statutory mandate. They include:

SG 2018 Annual Report SG 2018 Annual Report

'Role of Institutions - Threats to Insitutions'

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In his 5th Report, Council of Europe Secretary General assesses the 5 key building blocks of democratic security. In particular, he draws attention to the role of institutions in Europe and to the attempts to undermine them both at the European level and at the level of member states and invites Council of Europe member states to recommit to shared values, as reflected in the European Convention on Human Rights .

Schools of political Studies: Spring meeting of Schools' Directors, Strasbourg, 24  - 25 May
Debates on Democratic Security
Latest debates on Democratic Security

31 May 2018 - Cécile Kyenge on 'Europe: The challenges of inclusive societies' (Strasbourg, 31 May) - Watch video of the debate.

17 October 2017 - Peter Neumann on 'Radicalisation and disengagement - Myths and Reality' - video of the debate

4 July 2017 - Claire Wardle on 'A close Look at the Disinformation Ecosystem' - Watch video of the debate.

28 April 2017 - Matthew Feldman: 'Alt-right, far-right, near right: mainstreaming extremes',  - Watch video of debate & interview for Council of Europe TV Journal.

 
30 March 2017 - Chairman of Munich Conference on Security, Amb. W. Ischinger, on 'Protecting democracy in the digital age' - Watch video of debate and video of interview for CoE TV Journal
17 February 2017 - Jan-Werner Müller on : ‘How populism Endangers Democracy and How to Fight it?' Video of debate & Video of interview for CoE TV journal

17 November 2016 - Ahmet Insel on ‘Security antinomies: state Security, human security and democratic security’ Video of debate

22 September 2016 - Natan Sznaider on: 'The memory of evil - Cosmopolitism and European project' - videos of  debate and of interview for Council of Europe journal

20 June 2016 - David Lyon on 'Surveillance Rights and Freedoms in a World of Digital Devices' - videos of  debate and of interview for Council of Europe journal

16 June 2016 - Rama Yade on 'Human rights and realpolitik: a dialogue of the deaf?’ - 16 June: Video of debate and interview for Council of Europe journal

12 May 2016 - Christiane Taubira on 'Independence and Efficiency of the judiciary' - 12 May: Video of debate and Interview for Council of Europe TV journal