The winter session of the Conference of INGOs will take place from 22 to 26 January 2018 (calendar).

On Wednesday 24 January, the INGO members will elect the President and the members of the Bureau of the Conference of INGOs for a three-year term. Candidates can be found on the Conference website: in English and in French

During the political debate on the situation of NGOs in the Member States, a representative of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights will present the report on the Challenges facing civil society working on human rights in the EU. The speakers will discuss the issue of freedom of association and NGO participation in public policies in Estonia and Serbia.

This debate will take place with the participation of the Ambassadors of the countries concerned and representatives of national NGOs. The Expert Council on NGO Law will present two opinions: on the freedom of association in Turkey and on the draft amendment to the Law on Associations and Foundations in Romania. (Friday 26/01 at 9.30, Room G03)

The Protection of Human Rights Defenders will be discussed at the Side Event on Human Rights Defenders in the Council of Europe area: current challenges and new responses (Tuesday 23/01 at 1pm, Palais de l’Europe, Room 2).

A specific debate will be held on the rights of LGBTI persons, with the participation of ILGA Europe, the European Forum of LGBT Christian Groups, representatives of the Parliamentary Assembly and the Secretariat of the Council of Europe (Thursday 25/01 at 4pm, Agora, Room G04)

Many initiatives and projects will be presented during the interactive exchange “Market Place” focused on Digital Society(Thursday 25/01, Agora outside Room G03).

There are the many opportunities for a direct and informal exchange with NGOs and Council of Europe bodies!