Calendar of Major Events - May to November 2007

MAY

10 - 11 May
Strasbourg - 117th Session of the Committee of Ministers -
- Transfer of Chairmanship from San Marino to Serbia and presentation of the Priorities of the Chairmanship of Serbia
- Inauguration of the exhibition ''Landscapes of Serbia'' followed by the concert and cocktail (CM ante-room)

15 May
Belgrade, Media Center - Round table on the topic "A European Year for Serbia – chairing the Council of Europe , moving closer to the European Union"

15, 22, 29 May
Belgrade, University of Belgrade - Three round tables at the Faculty of political science, Faculty of economy and Faculty of law; Themes to be covered:
a) European values and the integration process,
b) the European acquis, and
c) economic and social aspects of European integration

23 - 25 May
Belgrade - Bureau and Standing Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly

24 May
Exchange of views between the Chairman of the Committee of Ministers and the Standing Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly

30 May - 1 June
Strasbourg – 14th Plenary Session of the Congress
- The Chairman of the Committee of Ministers or his representative presents the activities of the Committee of Ministers and replies to questions tabled by members of the Congress

JUNE

13 June
Belgrade, French Cultural Centre - Special Representative of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe Denis Huber participation at "Mercredi de l'Europe" on theme "Serbie : d'une Europe à l'autre"

13 - 15 June
Stockholm/Sigtuna (Sweden) - Forum for the Future of Democracy

14 - 15 June
Belgrade - Awareness raising conference on the role of the government agents before the European Court of Human Rights for Serbian legal professionals

22 June
Belgrade – 1000th meeting of the Ministers' Deputies

25 - 29 June
Strasbourg – Third part of the 2007 Session of the Parliamentary Assembly
- The Chairman of the Committee of Ministers presents the Statutory Report of the Committee of Ministers to the Assembly and replies to parliamentary questions
- Presentation of the philatelic cover and postmark prepared for the Serbian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers;
- Exhibition and concert (CM ante-room)

JULY

2 - 6 July
Strasbourg - Second Summer University of Democracy
- With the presence of a high–level political personality from Serbia at the opening or closing session
- Exhibition
- Concerts

7 July
Belgrade - "Chansons pour l'Auvergnat – Un hommage européen à George Brassens" Council of Europe staff members playing the French poet songs in different European languages

SEPTEMBER

1 September
Start of the implementation of the new Joint Program between the Council of Europe and European Agency for Reconstruction on Strengthening of Higher Education in Serbia, which aims to support and accelerate higher education reforms based on the Bologna Process

7 - 9 September
Belgrade - Regional conference on High Education: ''Qualifications Frameworks'' – Bologna process

10 - 14 September
Strasbourg – Plenary meeting of MONEYVAL - 10th anniversary

20 - 21 September
Belgrade - European Heritage Days
- A joint action between the Council of Europe and the European Commission organised in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture of Serbia

20 - 22 September
Belgrade - Regional conference on the role of Supreme Courts in South Eastern Europe in the implementation of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms at the national level
- The Conference organised and hosted by the Supreme Court of Serbia

September (date to be fixed)
Belgrade - Conference within the framework of the PACO - Serbia project against economic crime

Early autumn
Belgrade - Seminar/Conference on Development of parliamentary democracy and institutions in Serbia
- Organised by the Parliamentary Assembly and the European Agency for Reconstruction

Strasbourg - European Symposium on ''multiple images, shared destinies - learning about history in a multicultural society''

Strasbourg – Ceremony for the Inauguration of the New General Office Building (date to be fixed)

OCTOBER

1 - 5 October
Strasbourg - Fourth part of the 2007 Session of the Parliamentary Assembly
- The Chairman of the Committee of Ministers presents the Statutory report of the Committee of Ministers to the Parliamentary Assembly and replies to parliamentary questions
- Exhibition
- Concert

Early October
Belgrade - Regional conference on "Protection of Children against Violence"

4 - 7 October
Sweden - Final event of the European Youth Campaign "All different - All equal"

8 October
Belgrade - Conference on "Local democracy and the Role of the Associations of Local Authorities"
- Co-organised by the Serbian Ministry of Public Administration and Local-Self Governement and the Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities of Serbia together with the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities

10 - 12 October
Belgrade - 6th Ministerial UN Conference ''Environment for Europe : Building bridges to the future''

15 - 16 October
Valencia (Spain) - 15th Session of the Conference of European Ministers responsible for Local and Regional Government
- Launch of the ''Local Democracy Week''

18 October
Belgrade - Regional South East Europe seminar on action against trafficking in human beings: prevention, protection, prosecution
- 10th seminar in the context of the Council of Europe's campaign to combat trafficking in human beings

25 - 26 October
Lanzarote (Canarias, Spain) - 28th Conference of European Ministers of Justice

26 October
Belgrade – Conference of the Forum of European local authorities' representatives on "Modalities of crossborder cooperation"
- Co-organised by the Serbian Ministry of Finance, the EU integration Office of the Serbian Government and the Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities of Serbia

29 - 30 October
Belgrade – Conference / or enlarged meeting / of the Subcommittee on Refugees (PACE) on ''Difficult position of IDP's and Refugees – especially of Roma and Travellers"
- Organised in collaboration with UNHCR, OSCE, Council of Europe Forum for Roma and Travellers

October (date to be fixed)
One-month campaign "Fight against Trafficking in Human Beings"
- a TV documentary series "Modern Slavery" is being prepared aimed at raising public awareness on this issue

Belgrade – Meeting between the Conference of International Non-Governmental Organisations of the Council of Europe and Serbian Non-Governmental Organisations

Seminar on the effectiveness of national courts in the light of the standards set by the European Court for Human Rights

Visit of the President of the European Court of Human Rights

Seminar on the different modalities of cultural autonomy for national minorities in Europe

Belgrade - Conference on access to employment for vulnerable groups (place to be confirmed);

Belgrade - Conference on the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights in Kosovo and Metohija

Strasbourg - A week of Serbian cinema

autumn

University of Novi Sad, University of Niš, University of Kragujevac - Three round tables on themes:
a) European values and the integration process,
b) the European “acquis”, and
c) economic and social aspects of European integration

Belgrade – European film festival in collaboration with foreign cultural centres in Belgrade (to be confirmed)

NOVEMBER

2 - 4 November
Belgrade - Conference "Achievements and Challenges of Regional Co-operations"
- Organised by the Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence

8 - 9 November
Belgrade - Informal Regional Conference of Ministers Responsible for Cultural Affairs on "The Promotion of Intercultural Dialogue and the White Paper of the Council of Europe" including Regional/SEE/Conference on "Future Activities of the North South Centre in South-East Europe"
- Organised by the Serbian Ministry of Culture and the Council of Europe

November (date to be fixed)

Belgrade – SEE Regional Seminar devoteted to the fight against corruption in co-operation with the Group of States Against Corruption (GRECO)

Strasbourg - Informal session - Transfer of Chairmanship from Serbia to Slovakia
- Exhibition

To be fixed:
Quadripartite meeting with the European Union
High level "3+3" meeting between the Council of Europe and the OSCE