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AMBASSADOR DJUROVIC SIGNED PROTOCOL AMENDING THE CONVENTION FOR THE PROTECTION OF INDIVIDUALS WITH REGARD TO AUTOMATIC PROCESSING OF PERSONAL DATA

Ambassador Aleksandra Djurovic, in the presence of Gabriella Bataini Dragoni, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, signed the Protocol amending the Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data, adopted in Strasbourg, on the 10th of October 2018.

The Protocol was signed at the Palace of Europe in Strasbourg, on the 22nd of November 2019. So far, 36 States have signed the Protocol, including the Republic of Serbia.

The aim of the Protocol of amendment is to modernise and improve the Convention, taking into account the new challenges to the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data, which have emerged since the Convention was adopted in 1980.

 

 

 


Informal reception at the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Serbia to the Council of Europe for the participants at the 8th World Forum for Democracy from Serbia

Тhe Permanent Mission of Serbia to the Council of Europe organized an informal reception for the participants at the 8th World Forum for Democracy from “Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence”, on the 6th of November 2019.

Welcoming the guests, Ambassador Aleksandra Djurovic expressed her pleasure that participants from Serbia are present at the 8th World Forum for Democracy. She also stressed the importance of participation from Serbia to different meetings organized by the Council of Europe. This was the opportunity for the guests to hear from the Ambassador about the work of the Permanent Mission of Serbia, as well as the functioning of the Council of Europe, confronted with many challenges while dealing with promotion of human rights, democracy and rule of law.

 

 

 

 


AMBASSADOR DJUROVIC SIGNED THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE CONVENTION ON THE COUNTERFEITING OF MEDICAL PRODUCTS AND SIMILAR CRIMES INVOLVING THREATS TO PUBLIC HEALTH

Ambassador Alexandra Djurovic, in the presence of Gabriella Bataini-Dragoni, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, signed the Council of Europe Convention on counterfeiting of medical products and similar crimes involving threats to public health, adopted in Moscow, on the 28th of October 2011, commonly known as Medicrime Convention.

The Convention was signed at the Palace of Europe in Strasbourg, on the 2nd of September 2019, as a part of the “Treaty week” ceremony, organized as a celebration of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Council of Europe. So far, 32 States have signed the Convention, including the Republic of Serbia, with 16 States having already completed the ratification procedure.

The aim of the Convention is to reduce the risk to human health by establishing a legal framework for cooperation around the world in the fight against counterfeiting of medical products and similar crimes.

 

 

 

 


State Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Nemanja Stevanović participated to the 129th Session of the Committee of Ministers in Helsinki

State Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Nemanja Stevanović participated to the 129th Session of the Committee of Ministers in Helsinki, from 16 to 17 May 2019. More than thirty ministers of foreign affairs attended the Session, as well.

During the Ministerial Session, the European countries marked 70th anniversary of the Council of Europe, the organization founded to promote democracy, human rights and rule of law. In that context, the ministers adopted the Declaration whose goal is to help resolving the current CoE crisis.

In his statement, State Secretary Nemanja Stevanović was talking about the importance that Serbia attaches to the Council of Europe and its three pillars. He highlighted the improvement that Serbia had made and underlined Serbia’s preparedness to continue its successful cooperation with CoE. He informed the Committee of Ministers on the efforts that the President of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić is putting to maintain good relations with neighbours in the region. Consequently, these efforts produced positive results. Nevertheless, he stated that the dialogue with Priština is jeopardized because Priština undermines it and lacks truthful readiness for dialogue and cooperation.

Finland transferred the six month presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the CoE to France.


Serbia marked the Europe Day and 70th anniversary of the Council of Europe

The Permanent Mission of the Republic of Serbia to the Council of Europe, together with other permanent missions to the Council of Europe, participated to the Europe Day and 70th anniversary of the Council of Europe festivities in Strasbourg, on 4 and 5 May 2019.

Firstly, the association “Jedinstvo” from Strasbourg opened the ceremony with the performance of traditional folklore dances “Šumadija“ and “Bunjevka“. Then, many citizens of Strasbourg and Alsace region were been provided information about historical, religious and cultural heritage of Serbia. They had, as well, the opportunity to taste some traditional Serbian food, wine and rakija. The exibition stand of Serbia hosted more than seven hundred visitors, colleagues and friends, among whom was the Deputy Mayor of Strasbourg Ms. Nawel Rafik-Elmrini.

 

La Serbie a participé à la Fête de l’Europe et le 70ème anniversaire du Conseil de l’Europe

La Mission permanente de la République de Serbie auprès du Conseil de l’Europe, ensemble avec les autres missions permanentes auprès du Conseil de l’Europe, a pris part aux festivités qui ont marqué la Fête de l’Europe et le 70ème anniversaire du Conseil de l’Europe.

Tout d’abord, l’association « Jedinstvo » de Strasbourg a fait l’ouverture de la cérémonie avec les danses folkloriques traditionnelles « Šumadija » et « Bunjevka ». De suite, les nombreux citoyens de Strasbourg et de la région d’Alsace ont été renseignés sur l’héritage historique, religieux et culturel de la Serbie. Egalement, ils ont eu l’occasion de goûter de la nourriture traditionnelle serbe, du vin et de la rakija. La table d’exposition de Serbie a accueilli plus que sept cents visiteurs, collègues et amis, parmi lesquels était le maire adjoint de la Ville de Strasbourg Madame Nawel Rafik-Elmrini.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Reelection of the candidate of Serbia to GREVIO

Ten new members of the Group of Experts on Action Against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO) were elected at 7th meeting of the Committee of the Parties to the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence, held on 1-2 April 2019. Among them was the candidate of the Republic of Serbia, Ms. Biljana Branković, who was reelected.

Ms. Biljana Branković is a renowed expert for the fight against violence against women and domestic violence and she has conducted several researches in this field. During more than twenty years of professional experience in this area, Ms. Biljana Branković has significantly contributed to the enhancement of the position of women, both at national and international level.

Bearing in mind the importance that Serbia attaches to the implementation of the Istanbul Convention, it is a pleasure to note that the expert from Serbia was elected for the second time to GREVIO.

 


Students of the Faculty of Law in Nis visited European institutions in Strasbourg

Ninety-five students of the Faculty of Law in Nis participated to a study visit to the European institutions, based in Strasbourg, from 1 to 2 April 2019. With the assistance of the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Serbia to the Council of Europe, they had the opportunity to visit the Council of Europe and the European Parliament. During their visit to the Palace of Europe, two presentations were given on the role and mandate of the Council of Europe. Also, they were briefed on current challenges such as the election of a new Secretary-General, financial crisis resolution, but as well on the importance of the organization when dealing with the protection of personal data, fighting against violence against women, fight against hate speech etc. The students visited separately the European Court of Human Rights.

During their visit to the European parliament, the students had the opportunity to hear about the work of one of the principal institutions of the European Union, particularly with regard to the forthcoming elections, to be held in May 2019.

 

 

 


Presentation of the candidate of the Republic of Serbia for the re-election to the Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO)

With regard to the forthcoming elections for new members of the Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO), during the Meeting of the Committee of Parties to the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (Istanbul Convention), to be held on 1-2 April 2019, the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Serbia organized the presentation of the candidate of Serbia for the re-election to this expert body, Ms. Biljana Brankovic, who has been its active member since 2015 - namely since its foundation.

At the very beginning, Ambassador Djurovic explained to the guests from permanent missions in Strasbourg about the importance that Serbia attaches to the fight against violence against women and domestic violence, also by reminding that Serbia was among first ten countries to ratify the Istanbul Convention, which enabled its entering into force. Then, she expressed the satisfaction about Serbia`s opportunity to support, for the second time, the candidacy of Ms. Biljana Brankovic, whose professional experience in this field had been recognized both at national and international level.

Ms. Biljana Brankovic presented in details the various aspects of her previous researches and her work conducted in the field of implementation of the Istanbul Convention in Serbia and other countries. Moreover, she shared the experience concerning her work within the GREVIO, including many challenges that the Group of Experts and State Parties of the Convention were facing.

In the discussion which followed the presentation, the participants to the presentation were particularly interested to know more about the definition of physical and other forms of violence, reforms in national criminal codes, as well as about the implementation of good practices in the field of prevention of violence against women and domestic violence.

 

 

 


Reception at the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Serbia to the Council of Europe for the participants to the 7th World Forum for Democracy from Serbia

Like in previous years, the Permanent Mission of Serbia to the Council of Europe organized a reception for the participants to the 7th World Forum for Democracy from “Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence”, on 20 November 2018.

Ambassador Djurovic welcomed the guests to the Permanent Mission of Serbia in Strasbourg and expressed the satisfaction that also this year the participants from Serbia came to the World Forum for Democracy. She also stressed the importance of participation from Serbia to different organs and meetings organized by the Council of Europe. This was the opportunity for the guests to hear from the Ambassador about the work of the Permanent Mission of Serbia, as well as the functioning of the Council of Europe, confronted with many challenges while dealing with promotion of human rights, democracy and rule of law.

 


Reception on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the admission of the Republic of Serbia to the Council of Europe

The Permanent Mission of the Republic of Serbia, in the presence of the First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dacic, organized a reception on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the admission of the Republic of Serbia to the Council of Europe, in the Palace of Europe, on 18 October 2018.

While addressing to the numerous guests, Minister Dacic explained that Serbia’s membership to the Council of Europe brought about significant changes in the country and that the citizens of Serbia had benefited the most from that and, above all, through their access to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). In this way, Serbian citizens were provided a better protection of their human rights and fundamental freedoms, while the rulings made by the ECHR had a bearing on the changes made to the legislation, judicial practice and the activities of relevant authorities. The progress in this respect is reflected in the fact that Serbia is no longer among the countries with the highest number of complaints before the Court.

Bearing in mind the progress made by Serbia with regard to the implementation of European standards, he expressed the expectations that the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) would finally decide to close the regular monitoring procedure.

While affirming the strong commitment of Serbia to membership to the European Union, Minister Dacic said that Serbia would continue to implement reforms related to the human rights field, democracy and the rule of law. He thanked as well the Council of Europe for its valuable contribution and assistance in this regard.

Speaking about the institutional crisis within the Council of Europe meaning the lack of trust between two statutory organs - the Committee of Ministers and the Parliamentary Assembly, he supported the efforts of the Secretary-General to find a solution for the current crisis and expressed the Serbia`s readiness to responsibly take part into that process, together with other Member States. A prerequisite for that is respect of the Statute. Finally, he added that respect of the opinion of the Legal Service ensures legal certainty, which is at the heart of the rule of law.

 

 

 


First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dacic on the 128th Session of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, in Elsinor

The First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia Ivica Dacic participated at the 128th Session of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, in Elsinor (Denmark), held from 17 to 18 May 2018.

While assessing the 128th Session in Elsinor to be an excellent occasion to exchange views on the main current issues and challenges in the field of democracy, rule of law and human rights in Europe and within the Organization, Minister Dacic expressed the support to the proposals of Secretary-General towards seeking solutions to the ongoing crisis in the Organization and joint consideration of the role and objectives of the Council of Europe, aimed at achieving greater unity in Europe. He underlined the importance of the Organization and welcomed the approach focused on strengthening the unity and coordination of the two major Council of Europe statutory bodies – the Committee of Ministers and the Parliamentary Assembly, and is committed to finding constructive, transparent and pragmatic solutions.

Furthermore, the Minister of Foreign Affairs expressed the satisfaction about the fact that Croatia had identified protection of persons belonging to national minorities among its Committee of Ministers Chairmanship as one of the priorities, bearing in mind the fact that Serbia attaches great importance to the promotion and protection of the rights of national minorities. At the same time, he underlined the expectation of Serbia that all rights of persons belonging to the Serbian national minority in neighbouring countries will be fully respected in line with the Council of Europe standards, including the right to use their own language and script.

In addition, he welcomed the adoption of the Copenhague Declaration because it will significantly contribute to the future functioning of the European Court of Human Rights.

Minister Dacic said that Serbia would remain devoted to the promotion of European standards in the field of the protection of human rights and highlighted the results of the cooperation between Serbia and Council of Europe bodies such as the Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) and the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT). He also addressed to the Committee of Ministers the expectations that the CPT would appropriately react to the brutal assault on the Director of the Office for Kosovo and Metohija Mr. Marko Djuric on 26th March, who was subjected to torture and humiliating treatment by the police in Kosovska Mitrovica.

In the end, he reminded that Serbia supported the continuation of the engagement of the Council of Europe in Kosovo and Metohija, in full compliance with the UNSC Resolution 1244 and status-neutral approach.

 

 

 

 


Ambassador Djurovic in a courtesy visit to the Mayor of the City of Strasbourg

The Permanent Representative of the Republic of Serbia to the Council of Europe Ambassador Aleksandra Djurovic paid a courtesy visit to the Mayor of the City of Strasbourg Mr. Ronald Ries, on 3 January 2018.

In the context of the developed bilateral relations between Serbia and France, and the political dialogue at high and the highest level, Ambassador Djurovic expressed the satisfaction with the support of France to the European Union accession process, and underlined the commitment of Serbia to the European integration. Following the same spirit, the Mayor of Strasbourg said that the excellent cooperation between two countries is developed as well at the local level, particularly in the field of economy, education and culture. Strasbourg is just one of the positive examples.

To the mutual satisfaction, it was accepted to launch the process of twinning of the cities of Novi Sad and Strasbourg.

 

Ambassadeur Djurovic en visite de courtoisie chez le Maire de la Ville de Strasbourg

 

Le 3 janvier 2018, la Représentante permanente de la République de Serbie auprès du Conseil de l’Europe Ambassadeur Aleksandra Djurovic était en visite de courtoisie chez le Maire de la Ville de Strasbourg Monsieur Ronald Ries.

Dans le contexte des relations bilatérales développées entre la Serbie et la France, et le dialogue politique mené à haut et le plus haut niveau, Ambassadeur Djurovic a exprimé la satisfaction du support de France à l’adhésion de Serbie à l’Union européenne, et elle a souligné l’engagement déterminé de Serbie à ce procès. Dans le même sens, le Maire de Strasbourg a dit que la coopération excellente entre deux pays est développée aussi au niveau local, surtout dans le champ de l’économie, éducation et culture, en accentuant l’exemple de la Ville de Strasbourg.

L’initiative de jumelage des villes de Novi Sad et de Strasbourg a été acceptée à la satisfaction mutuelle.

 

 


Ambassador Djurovic presented her letters of credence to the Secretary-General of the Council of Europe Mr. Thorbjørn Jagland

The newly-appointed permanent representative of the Republic of Serbia to the Council of Europe Ambassador Aleksandra Djurovic presented her letters of credence to the Secretary-General of the Council of Europe Mr. Thorbjørn Jagland, on 6 October 2017.

During the warm-hearted conversation, Ambassador Djurovic pointed up the commitments of Serbia to promote and to ensure the rule of law, democracy and respect of human rights. Furthermore, she accentuated the importance of successful cooperation between expert bodies of the Council of Europe and Serbian authorities, like the Venice Commission, while particularly taking into account that the results of the aforementioned cooperation are of great importance for the legal reforms in Serbia, foreseen by the European Union integration process.

The Secretary-General of the Council of Europe welcomed Ambassador Djurovic and expressed his hope that the cooperation between the Council of Europe and the Republic of Serbia, based on constructive dialogue and comprehension, will continue to be enhanced.

 


PUBLIC INTERNATIONAL TWO-PHASE OPEN COMPETITION FOR THE DESIGN OF A CONCEPTUAL SOLUTION FOR THE ZORAN DJINDJIĆ MEMORIAL AT THE STUDENTS SQUARE IN BELGRADE

BELGRADE CITY ADMINISTRATION

Secretariat for Culture

Belgrade, Trg republike 3

announces

PUBLIC INTERNATIONAL TWO-PHASE OPEN COMPETITION FOR THE DESIGN OF A CONCEPTUAL SOLUTION FOR THE ZORAN DJINDJIĆ MEMORIAL AT THE STUDENTS SQUARE IN BELGRADE

Competition organizer:

City of Belgrade - Belgrade City Administration, Secretariat for Culture.

Competition Purpose:

The aim of the competition i to obtain the best quality conceptual solution for the Zoran Djindjić Memorial at the Students Square in Belgrade.

The meaning of the artistic and program solution is to create a dignified memory of Zoran Djindjić, his life, work and social and historical changes he initiated in Serbia, as well as of his tragic death at the entrance to the building of the Government of the Republic of Serbia on March 12, 2003.

The space for which this memorial should be designed is a part of the reconstructed Students Square which is to be transformed into a pedestrian zone, according to the project design made by architect Boris Podrecca.

The memorial is expected to be designed in the tone of contemporary visual art.

Type of Competition:

As for the type, the competition is public.

As for the participants, the competition is open.

As for the form, competition has two phases.

As for the manner and design submission, the competition is anonymous.

Language of the competition for local participants shall be Serbian, and for foreign participiants English.

Documentation:

Competition participants may download the competition material free of charge at the web-portal of the City of Belgrade (http://www.beograd.rs) and Association of Belgrade Architects (http://www.dab.rs/) starting as of March 30, 2017.

Term:

The final deadline for submission of designs in the first phase of the competition is June 15, 2017, till 3 p.m., irrespective of the manner of design submission (direct submission or by mail).

Deadline for the completion of the jury work and publication of the first phase results i June 30, 2017. The final deadline for submission of the design in the second phase of the competition is September 28, 2017, till 3 p.m., irrespective of the manner of design submission (direct submission or by mail).

Deadline for the completion of the jury work and publication of the second phase of the competition is October 16, 2017.

Prize fund:

If minimum 10 designs are submitted by the end of the defined deadline, which meet the propositions of the competition for the second phase, 6 (six) designs will be selected.

Prizes at the total amount of the net prize fund of 19.000 euros shall be granted in the following order:

-First prize 8.000 euros,

-Second prize 5.000 euros,

-Third prize 3.000 euros,

and three equally valuable purchases of 1.000 euros each.

Prize purchase payments for designs whose authors are rezidents of the Republic of Serbia shall be paid in dinar equivalent.

The design is awarded the first prize shall be selected for realisation.


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