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PACE Winter Session: terrorism, migration crisis, democratic institutions in Poland

STRASBOURG, 

Debates on Europe’s migration and refugee crisis, international terrorism and the functioning of democratic institutions in Poland will be among the highlights of the PACE winter session. The President of Bulgaria Rosen Plevneliev and the Captains Regent of San Marino Lorella Stefanelli and Nicola Renzi will give an address. Daniel Mitov, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria will also address the Assembly in his capacity as Chairperson of the Committee of Ministers, and the Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland will make his annual statement.

The French Minister of State for European Affairs, Harlem Désir, will participate in the joint debate on terrorism. The Assembly will elect its President for a one-year term, renewable once.

The outgoing PACE President, Anne Brasseur will give a press conference on Monday at 10.30 am.

Draft agendaMore information

European Committee of Social Rights’ Conclusions 2015

STRASBOURG, 

Palais de l’Europe, Room 1, 2.00pm–3.00pm – The European Committee of Social Rights will make public its Conclusions 2015 on state compliance with the European Social Charter as regards to rights related to children, families and migrants. The publication of the Committee’s conclusions and findings will be marked by a press conference in the presence of the Committee’s President, Giuseppe Palmisano, and its General Rapporteur, Lauri Leppik.

Contact: Giuseppe Zaffuto, tel. +33 3 90 21 56 04

International day of commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust

STRASBOURG, 

The commemoration of the Day of Remembrance of the Holocaust will take place at 1.00pm on the forecourt of the Council of Europe.

A screening of the documentary “Irene Sendler” by A. Wolf and the testimony of a child saved by her, followed by a discussion, will take place in the projection room of the Palais de l’Europe at 1.30pm.

The Day is dedicated this year to the “Righteous among the Nations”.

More information – Contact: Giuseppe Zaffuto, tel. +33 3 90 21 56 04

Annual press conference of the European Court of Human Rights

STRASBOURG, 

Human Rights building, press room, 9.30 a.m – The President of the European Court of Human Rights, Guido Raimondi, will present a summary of the Court’s activities and its statistics for 2015.

ECHR website, tel. +33 3 90 21 42 08

Data Protection Day

BRUSSELS, 

The Council of Europe is organising a workshop during the 9th Edition of the “Computers, Privacy and Data Protection international conference” (CPDP) to take stock of ten years of experience of the Data Protection Day. The Council of Europe established this celebration in 2006 to raise awareness about the need to protect personal data. 28 January was selected because the Data Protection Convention, “Convention No.108”, which is currently being updated, was opened for signature on that date in 1981. At the conference, Council of Europe delegation will participate in several panels.

Special file on Data Protection Day – Contact: Jaime Rodriguez, tel. +33 3 90 21 47 04

Also…

25 JANUARY 2016, STRASBOURG

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland will meet Daniel Mitov, Minister of Foreign affairs of Bulgaria.

Contact: Daniel Höltgen, tel. +33 6 68 29 87 51

 

25 JANUARY 2016, STRASBOURG

Deputy Secretary General Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni will deliver a keynote speech at a communication event, organised by the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS) on the Council of Europe Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions.

More information – Contact: Giuseppe Zaffuto, tel. +33 3 90 21 56 04

 

25 JANUARY 2016, STRASBOURG

Deputy Secretary General Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni will attend the exchanges of views on FIFA governance organised by PACE Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media.

Contact: Giuseppe Zaffuto, tel. +33 3 90 21 56 04

 

25-29 JANUARY 2016, STRASBOURG

Session of the Conference of International Non-Governmental Organisations (INGOs) enjoying participatory status with the Council of Europe. The Conference decides on policy lines and actions and adopts positions on fundamental issues which are sent in the form of recommendations or resolutions to other Council of Europe bodies, to other international or national institutions as well as to the media. On Friday, 29 January, the Conference of INGOs will meet to exchange views with Permanent Representatives of member states and with the Secretary General of the Council of Europe on such issues as shrinking public space for NGOs’ work, the role of NGOs in ensuring democratic response to threats posed by terrorism, and in providing humanitarian response to the current migration crisis.

Draft order of business of the January SessionDraft agenda of the Conference meeting

Contact: Tatiana Baeva, tel. +33 3 88 41 21 41

 

26 JANUARY 2016, STRASBOURG

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland will meet Rosen Plevneliev, President of Bulgaria.

Contact: Daniel Höltgen, tel. +33 6 68 29 87 51

 

26 JANUARY 2016, STRASBOURG

The European Court of Human Rights will notify in writing eight judgments concerning Belgium, Hungary, the Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russia and Turkey.

More informationECHR website, tel. +33 3 90 21 42 08

 

27 JANUARY 2016, STRASBOURG

The European Court of Human Rights will hold a Grand Chamber hearing in the case of Lhermitte v. Belgium (9.15 a.m.).

The case concerns the reasons given by an assize court for the conviction of a mother for killing her five children.

ECHR website, tel. +33 3 90 21 42 08

 

28 JANUARY 2016, STRASBOURG

Deputy Secretary General Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni will attend the meeting of PACE Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy.

Contact: Giuseppe Zaffuto, tel. +33 3 90 21 56 04

 

25 JANUARY 2016, STRASBOURG

Deputy Secretary General Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni will attend an exchange of views on the Platform for interreligious dialogue, organised by the PACE Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media.

Contact: Giuseppe Zaffuto, tel. +33 3 90 21 56 04

 

28 JANUARY 2016, STRASBOURG

The European Court of Human Rights will notify in writing 25 judgments and/or decisions concerning Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, Greece, Latvia, Malta, the Republic of Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.

More informationECHR website, tel. +33 3 90 21 42 08

 

29 JANUARY 2016, STRASBOURG

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland will meet Gagik Harutyunyan, President of the Constitutional Court of Armenia.

Contact: Daniel Höltgen, tel. +33 6 68 29 87 51

 

29 JANUARY 2016, STRASBOURG

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland will meet Aleksander Stępkowski, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Poland.

Contact: Daniel Höltgen, tel. +33 6 68 29 87 51

 

29 JANUARY 2016, STRASBOURG

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland will attend the Solemn Hearing at the European Court of Human Rights on the occasion of the opening of the judicial year.

Contact: Daniel Höltgen, tel. +33 6 68 29 87 51

TREATY OFFICE

22 JANUARY 2016

The Russian Federation signed the European Convention on the Abolition of Legalisation of Documents executed by Diplomatic Agents or Consular Officers (ETS No. 63).

20 JANUARY 2016

Singapore ratified the Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters as amended by the 2010 Protocol (ETS No. 127).

Source: Council Of Europe

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