Week in brief – 13-19 May 2013

Terrorism: special investigation techniques
14-15 May, Strasbourg - A conference on the use of special investigation techniques will examine the existing international legal frameworks and identify new developments in this area since the adoption in 2005 of a Council of Europe Recommendation on “special investigation techniques” in relation to serious crimes including acts of terrorism.
The event is organised in cooperation with the UN Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee, the OSCE and the League of Arab States.
The opening session will be open to the press (Palais de l’Europe, Room 1, 2nd floor).
More information, contact: Estelle Steiner, tel. +33 3 88 41 33 35, mobile +33 6 08 46 01 57
 
Committee of Ministers chairmanship will transfer from Andorra to Armenia
16 May, Strasbourg – 123rd Session of the Committee of Ministers, during which the Chairmanship will be handed over from Andorra to Armenia. Press briefing by the outgoing Chair of the Committee of Ministers, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Andorra Gilbert Saboya Sunyé, and Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland – 10.30 a.m., room 1, Palais de l’Europe.
Contacts: Daniel Höltgen, Spokesperson, mobile +33 6 68 29 87 51;
Can Fisek, tel. + 33 3 88 41 30 41
 
And also…
 
13-15 May, Ankara, Istanbul – PACE President Jean-Claude Mignon will make an official visit to Turkey, during which he will meet the President of the Republic, the Prime Minister, the Speaker of the Grand National Assembly, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Minister for the Family and Social Policy.
 
14 May, Strasbourg – Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) will publish its report on Bosnia and Herzegovina.
 
14 May, Strasbourg – Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland will meet with Suad Numanović, Minister for Human and Minority Rights of Montenegro, and Nihat Ömeroğlu, Ombudsman of Turkey.
 
14 May, Strasbourg – The European Court of Human Rights will notify in writing two judgments concerning Hungary and Switzerland.
More information - ECHR website, tel. + 33 3 90 21 42 08
 
15 May, Strasbourg – The European Court of Human Rights will hold a Grand Chamber hearing in the case Vučković and Others v. Serbia, at 9.15 a.m.
The case concerns the payment of allowances to all reservists who served in the
Yugoslav Army during the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation’s intervention in Serbia between March and June 1999.
More information, ECHR website, tel. + 33 3 90 21 42 08
 
15 May, Rabat – At the invitation of the Moroccan Parliament, the PACE Parliamentary Project Support Division will hold a seminar on the popular legislative initiative, to be attended by around 40 Moroccan parliamentarians.
 
15 May, Strasbourg – Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland will meet with Edward Nalbandian, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia.
 
15 May, Strasbourg – “Strasbourg Dialogues”- debate on civic involvement - with the participation of Martin Hirsch. Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, and Nawel Rafik-Elmrini, Deputy Mayor of Strasbourg, will take part in the Dialogues.
Salle de l’Aubette, Place Kléber, 6.30 p.m.
 
15-16 May, Kyiv – PACE rapporteur Håkon Haugli will make a fact-finding visit to prepare his report on “Tackling discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity”.
 
16 May, Strasbourg – Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland will meet with Espen Barth Eide, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway.
 
16 May, Strasbourg – The European Court of Human Rights will notify in writing eight judgments concerning Germany and Ukraine.
More information - ECHR website, tel. + 33 3 90 21 42 08
 
18 May, Cannes – “Film and Internet – Best Friends with Benefits?”: workshop by the European Audiovisual Observatory, in the framework of the Cannes festival. The workshop is looking at the increasingly intimate relationship between the film industry and the myriad of distribution possibilities offered by the Internet.
Salon des Ambassadeurs, Level 4, Palais des Festivals, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

 

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