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2012 IN BRIEF


 

You can access the calendar of the Council of Europe events scheduled in 2012 by clicking on monthly overviews.

MAY

 

  3 - Brussels

World Press Freedom Day
Human Rights Commissioner Nils Muižnieks will be among the main speakers in a conference organised by the European Federation of Journalists.
 
3 - Strasbourg
The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) publishes its annual report for 2011.
 
3 - Strasbourg
The European Court of Human Rights will be notifying in writing 20 judgements.
 
3-4 - Rome
The President of the European Court of Human Rights, Sir Nicolas Bratza will be on official visit to Rome
 
4- Belgrade
The President of the Venice Commission, Gianni Buquicchio will take part in a round table at the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the International Association of Constitutional Law on "main developments in constitutionalism and consitutional law between 1981 and 2011".
 
4-7 Serbia
A PACE Delegation will visit Serbia to observe the parliamentary and presidential elections of 6 May. A delegation from the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities will observe local elections.
 

4-7- Armenia
A PACE Delegation will visit Armenia to observe the parliamentary elections of 6 May.The Venice Commission will ensure legal assistance to the PACE Election Observation Mission.

7-8 - Sarajevo
Council of Europe Secretary General, Thorbjørn Jagland on official visit to Sarajevo.

7-9 - "The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia"
PACE post-monitoring visit

7-9 - Iceland
PACE fact-finding visit by rapporteur in Iceland.

May - Europe
Europe Month: Council of Europe takes part in different events open to all

8-9 - Paris (Place de l'Hôtel de Ville) Information stand and launch of the game 'Play the game with the 47 Council of Europe's member States'
9 - Strasbourg (Place Kléber) Participation in the "European Village"
9 - Venice Information point and various activities for all.
12-13 - Strasbourg (Hall 20 Wacken) Strasbourg-Europe Road Races in partnership with the City of Strasbourg.

9 - Strasbourg
The Group of States Against Corruption (GRECO) publishes its annual report.

9 - Blackpool (United-Kingdom)
The best local practices for the regeneration of coastal towns will be rewarded.
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9-10 - Strasbourg
The European Directorate for the Quality of Medecines and HealthCare (EDQM) will organise training to enable participants to expand their knowledge and familiarise themselves with the work of the European Pharmacopoeia.

9-12 - Budapest
Pompidou Group training on how to deal with anti-drug campaigns in a collective way.

10 - Strasbourg
The European Court of Human Rights will be notifying in writing 16 judgements.
ECHR website

14-15 - Strasbourg
The Group of States Against Corruption (GRECO) will meet in plenary meeting.

14-15 - Strasbourg
Conference on how to prevent drug use in the workplace, organised by the Pompidou Group

14-16 - Strasbourg
The new Steering Committee for Culture, Heritage and Landscape will discuss implementation of 2012-2013 activities.

14-16 - Strasbourg
The European Directorate for the Quality of Medecines and HealthCare (EDQM) will organise a congress on sickle-cell disease.

15 - Strasbourg
Council of Europe MONEYVAL Committee will publish a report on Andorra.

16 - Copenhagen
Medicrime: How to better combat falsified medical products? Conference organised under the Danish Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
Medicrime Convention
EDQM

17 - International Day Against Homophobia

17-18 - Tunis
Prevention and care of drug addiction seminar.
Pompidou Group

17-19 - Penafiel (Portugal)
Muriel Marland-Militello (France, EPP/CD) and Joseph Falzon (Malta, EPP, CD) will participate in the annual Assembly of the European Musueum Forum (EMF).
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17-19 - Malmö (Sweden)
The Council of Europe will present its sponsored prize for "Investigative journalism".
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18-19 - London
Tuur Elzinga (Netherlands, UEL) will attend the meeting of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).
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18 - Montreal
Council of Europe Deputy Secretary General, Maud de Boer-Buquicchio will participate in the meeting of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Foundation Board.

19 - Council of Europe supports European Night of Museums

20-27 - Budapest
Young people fighting hate speech online - Seminar at the European youth centre Budapest (EYCB)

21 - Strasbourg 
Council of Europea Secretary General, Thorbjørn Jagland will have an exchange of views with the Committee for Foreign Affairs of the European Parliament. He will meet, as well Martin Schulz,
European Parliament President. 

21-23 - Ukraine
Congress of local and regional authorities, monitoring visit in Ukraine.

 21 - Paris
Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (APCE) organises 2 hearings, one on the need to keep political and criminal responsability separate and one on respect for human rights in the operation of family courts.

22 - Paris
Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (APCE) will hold an exchange of views on equal access to healthcare. 

22 - International Day for Biological Diversity
2012 has been proclaimed the year of marine biodiversity. The Council of Europe celebrates the International Day for Biological Diversity and joins the global effort to preserve marine biodiversity.
Council of Europe's Bern Convention 

22 - Strasbourg
The European Court of Human Rights will be notifying in writing 10 judgements and 2 Grand Chamber judgements.
One Grand Chamber judgement in the case of Scoppola v.Italy (n°3) at 4 p.m. The case concerns the applicant's disenfranchisement following his criminal conviction.
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A Grand Chamber judgement in the case of Idalob v.Russia at 4:30 p.m. The case concerns a complaint by a prisoner about the conditions and length of his detention on remand and about the criminal proceedings against him.
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22 - 24 - Valletta (Malta)
Tadeusz Iwiński ( Poland, SOC) will take part in the “Dialogue on Mediterranean Transit Migration (MTM)”.

23 - Strasbourg
Committee of Ministers chairmanship transfers from the United Kingdom to Albania 
  During the session of the Committee of Ministers, the United-Kingdom will review its chairmanship and   Albania will set out its priorities for the coming six months.  
At 2.45 pm, Albanian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary Edmond Haxhinasto, United-Kingdom Foreign Secretary William Hague and Thorbjørn Jagland will meet the press outside the Secretary General's office.

  23-25 - Hungary
Congress monitoring visit in Hungary.

24 -25  May - Tirana
Meeting of the PACE Bureau in Tirana
The Bureau of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in Tirana will update the agenda for the forthcoming session of PACE (25-29 June 2012).

24-25 May - Tirana
Council of Europe Secretary General, Thorbjørn Jagland visit to Tirana.

 
24-26 - Cluj (Romania)
The European Media Network for Diversity and Intercultural Dialogue of Media against Racism in Sport group (MARS) will organise a training session.
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 27 May - Amman
Council of Europe Secretary General, Thorbjørn Jagland visit to Jordan
 

 28-30 May, Middle East
Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland on working visit to the Middle East.

29 May, Bucharest
The Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media will meet.

29-30 May, Paris
The PACE Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy is due to approve reports and will also hold a hearing on the situation in Kosovo[1].
[1] All references to Kosovo, whether to the territory, institutions or population, in this text shall be understood in full compliance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo.

29 May, Strasbourg 
The European Court of Human Rights will notify in writing 10 judgments concerning Andorra, Croatia, Estonia, Romania and Russia.
More informationECHR website tel. + 33 3 90 21 42 08

29 May, Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan)
The Venice Commission will take part in a roundtable on Election Dispute Resolution organised by the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR).

30 May, Paris
The  PACE Sub-Committee on the Middle East will hold an exchange of views on the situation in the Arab World.

30 May, Brussels – PACE co-rapporteurs will meet members of the European Commission and the European Parliament.

30 May, Innsbruck (Austria) – The Congress will organise a seminar on “Multi-level governance in Transfrontier Co-operation".

31 May, The Hague
Council of Europe Deputy Secretary General, Maud de Boer-Buquicchio will attend an event organised by UNICEF for the launch of its study on “Returns of Separated Children to Return Houses in Countries of Origin: Policies and practice in the Netherlands, European and international governing instruments, and recommendations for protecting the best interests of the child”.

31 May-1 June, Strasbourg
The Council of Europe’s programme “Passing on the Remembrance of the Holocaust and prevention of crimes against humanity: a cross-cutting approach”' will organise an international conference "Living memories of the Holocaust in contemporary society". Palais de l'Europe Building.

30-31 May, Brussels
Tineke Strik (Netherlands, SOC), rapporteur for the PACE Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons will communicate to MEPs the findings of her report “Lives lost in the Mediterranean Sea : who is responsible?”

31 May, Strasbourg
The European Court of Human Rights will notify in writing 15 judgments concerning Bulgaria, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Turkey.
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31 May, Innsbruck (Austria)
The Congress Governance Committee will discuss changes underway in  Arab countries’ local and regional institutions.
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31 May-1 June, Lisbon
Joseph Falzon (Malta, EPP/CD) will represent PACE at the European Heritage Congress and the ceremony for the 2012 Europa Nostra awards.

31 May-2 June, Strasbourg
The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) will organise a seminar on working practices in national bodies, focusing on how they can best carry out their work.