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Advocates Europe New WebsiteAdvocates Europe’s new website has been officially launched on February 20, 2009! We are planning to use the website to unite and facilitate the communication between Board members and introduce the organization to the wider public. Please, give us your feedback by answering the question on the left and feel free to send us your recommendations by using the Contact Us section of the web site.
Serbia Will Host Next ERLF
ConferenceSerbia will be the next country to host the Sixth European Religious Liberty Forum. The European Religious Liberty Forum (ERLF) is the gathering of an informal network of Christians working on religious liberty in Europe, convened by the European Evangelical Alliance and Advocates Europe but successful due to the commitment and input of all the participants. Forum participants are journalists, lawyers, lobbyists, politicians, researchers and others.
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Newsletter 2010

April 7th to 11th
From the 7th to the 11th of April, a Meeting of Christian Lawyers and Religious Liberty Experts in Europe took place in Istanbul, Turkey, during the 7th European Religious Liberty Forum. 32 delegates from 22 countries including attended. A special attention was paid by non-EU colleagues to the ERLF and workshop on EU structures (main institutions and interaction between their bodies) and EU policy towards non-EU member states. A decision was taken to further develop the subject during the next Forums. The program of the Forum focused on the stance of religious liberty in Belarus, Turkey, Georgia and Azerbaijan and legal analysis was made of the case “Lautsi vs. Italy” appealed to the Grand Chamber of ECHR by Italy, the new bill for the Equal Treatment European Directive and the 2009 new Azerbaijani Law for re-registration of religious denominations.

May 23rd to 27th
From the 23rd to the 27th of May, the annual European Leadership Forum will take place in Eger, Hungary under the aegis of CARE. CARE (Christian Action Research and Education) is a well established NGO with special consultative status at the UN that undertakes a variety of social caring and educational programs. It runs the Politics and Society Track which will focus on religious liberty this year and Mr. Popov is going to feature as a speaker with experience in the field. He will thereby having breakfast with lawyers and law students attending to share with them the mission and vision of Advocates Europe.

June 10th to 12th
From the 10th to the 12th of June, a Conference Anti-Corruption will take place in Sunny Beach, Bulgaria. It has been undertaken by the National Association municipal clerks in Bulgaria. The theme is going to center around prevention and fight against corruption in the judiciary system and a special attention will be paid to certain aspects such as: control mechanisms on administration work, other countries examples of the appliance of the procedure to respond to an invitation to tender, as well as verifications of the conflicts of interests in Inspectors’ work and so on. The Association asked the RLI to take part and to recruit relevant speakers in the field from other countries.

The next AE leadership meeting of AE is scheduled to 10-11 of September in Minsk, Belarus.

24th and 25th
AI Global Task Force Conference on the Integrity under the Rule of Law and Fight against Corruption will take place during 24-25th of September in Sofia, Bulgaria. The AE, sister organization of AI, is leading this Project of Global Task Force assigned to them by Advocates International. Experts, lawyers and organizations in the field from all around Europe and the world will attend the event. The two-day long Seminar is expecting specialists to contribute by sharing their own national battles. This event is going to mark the early beginning of the following venture engaged by Advocates Europe.

The Center for Law and Ethical Research Began with Four International Students
Four international students are currently taking part in the Center for Law and Ethical Research – an Advocates Europe and Rule of Law Institute summer internship program. All students have arrived already and are doing their tasks in the Legal Clinic for Immigrants and Refugees and at the AE and RLI office. We are excited to have them here and we wish them to have a blessed and beneficial internship in Bulgaria!