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Please find enclosed a letter from Anna Rurka, President of the Conference of INGOs, on the session taking place from 28 to 31 October 2019.

With best regards, 


+33 6 07 79 11 34
Permanent Delegate of Pax Romana
to the Council of Europe

Report published: Visit of the Conference of INGOs to Romania


Report published: Visit of the Conference of INGOs to Romania

The Conference of INGOs is publishing a report on a follow-up visit to Romania that it organised on 3-5 December 2018. During the visit, special attention was paid to the evolution of the legal environment in which NGOs are operating in Romania and on the interactions between NGOs and public authorities. Two meetings with more than 30 NGOs were held. The NGO participants represented varied profiles: advocacy-oriented organisations, umbrella organisations representing social workers and teachers, grassroots NGOs from outside Bucharest, women and a children’s rights umbrella organisation. The delegation of the Conference of INGOs proceeded to the exchanges of views with representatives of the Parliament: Chair of the Committee for Legal Matters, Discipline, and Immunities, Vice-Chairman of the Chamber of Deputies and an MP, at that time, in charge of relations with the Venice Commission. The meetings were held with the representatives of the Directorate for Open Governance and Civil Society Relations under the General Secretariat of the Government and the representative of the Ministry for Cooperation with the Parliament. The delegation also exchanged views with the Presidential Advisor from the Department of Relationship with Public Authorities and Civil Society. The exchanges were completed by the meeting between the President of the Conference of INGOs and the representative of the National Office for the Prevention and Combating of Money Laundering, accompanied by the representative of the Ministry of Justice during their visit to Strasbourg.

Report on the fact-finding visit of the Conference of INGOs to Italy


Report on the fact-finding visit of the Conference of INGOs to Italy

The Conference of INGOs is publishing a reporton its fact-finding visit to Italy, which was organised on May 2019. 

The report covers the legal Framework for NGOs in Italy, the reform of the Third Sector and participation in the Decision-making Process, including interactions between public authorities and NGOs in the context of migration policy as well as equal opportunities and the fight against discrimination.

More information on the visit can be found here.

Report on the fact-finding visit of the Conference of INGOs to the Uk


Report on the fact-finding visit of the Conference of INGOs to the Uk published

Following its visits to London on 20 and 21 May 2018, and on 16 October 2018, the Conference of INGOs is publishing a report that highlights the issues that NGOs and representatives of the Ministries and other public agencies had at stake at the time of the visit: regulatory framework, political activities, lobbying regulation, participation in decision making and Brexit.

Dear friends, dear everyone,

I invite you to visit the chronological history over the 70 years of the Council of Europe and the various commemorations of this anniversary with the following link:


Female and outspoken:

The twofold burden facing women human rights defenders and journalists

Responses from Armenia, Russia and Turkey

Side Event

13.00-14.00, 1 October 2019

Room 2, Palais de l’Europe

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Is democracy in danger in the information age?

Strasbourg, 6-8 November 2019

The World Forum for Democracy 2019 will be dedicated to information and democracy. The Forum will take place in Strasbourg from 6 to 8 November 2019.The participation in this event is free of charge. Please note that all visa requests, travel and accommodation are under your own responsibility and at your own cost.
For details of the program and the registration form go to :

Strasbourg, 16 September 2019

“Sexism: See it. Name it. Stop it” - Council of Europe takes action


In March 2019, the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers adopted a newRecommendation on Preventing and Combating Sexism. Not only does this text contain the first ever internationally agreed definition of sexism, but it also proposes a set of concrete measures to combat this wide-spread phenomenon.


Sexism is present in all areas of life. From catcalls on the street, to women being ignored during work meetings, to boys being bombarded with aggressive role-models in video games. It is also there when comments are made about politicians on the length of their skirts rather than their latest parliamentary report. When sexist behaviour accumulates, it can lead to an acceptance of discrimination and even violence.


Secretary-General Thorbjørn Jagland said that “No-one should be discriminated against because of their sex. This is a basic principle which we are still far from respecting in practice. Through efforts to prevent and combat sexist behaviour, the Council of Europe wants to help ensure a level playing field for women and men, boys and girls.” 


Sexism is harmful and lies at the root of gender inequality. It produces feelings of worthlessness, self-censorship, changes in behaviour, and a deterioration in health. Sexism affects women and girls disproportionately. Some groups of women, such as politicians, journalists, women’s human rights defenders, or young women, may be particularly vulnerable to acts of sexism. But it can also affect men and boys, when they don’t conform to stereotyped gender roles. Moreover, the impact of sexism can be worse for some women and men due to ethnicity, age, disability, social origin, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation or other factors.


To address these issues and encourage the full implementation of the Recommendation, the Council of Europe has just launched video and action pageunder the hashtag #stopsexism and the slogan “Sexism: See it. Name it. Stop it.” The aim is to help the wider public identify acts of sexism and take a stand against them.


Find out more about the work of the Council of Europe to prevent and combat sexism.


Panos Kakaviatos, Spokesperson/Media officer, tel. + 33 3 90 21 50 27