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Opinion 1/19 on the EU’s Accession to the Istanbul Convention: Is There Light at the End of the Tunnel Yet?

Location: Room Rome/Lisbon, Brussels School of Governance, Pleinlaan 5, 1050 Brussels
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On 6 October 2021, the Court of Justice of the EU delivered its much anticipated Opinion on the accession of the EU to the Istanbul Convention. The Council of Europe's Istanbul Convention aims at preventing and combatting violence against women and domestic violence. It has been in force since 2014 and 21 EU Member States have ratified it whereas the EU has yet to accede to it. The request for an Opinion submitted by the European Parliament gave the Court of Justice the opportunity to offer guidance on questions of competences and appropriate legal bases as well as the procedure for the adoption of the decision to accede to the Istanbul Convention. Will this Opinion give impetus to the EU efforts to accede to the Istanbul Convention? 


Following an introduction by professor Pieter van Cleynenbreugel (University of Liege), representatives of the European Commission and the Council of Ministers will present their perspectives on the Opinion and its implications. Last but not least, Allan Rosas (former Vice-President of the Court of Justice) will share his views on the matter.

FRC co-director, Kristin Henrard, will moderate the panel.
The panel members are then invited to reflect on each other’s presentations, after which the floor will be opened to the audience.


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