1209th meeting of the Ministers' Deputies (8 October 2014)
[09/10/2014] In view of the eighth European Day against the Death Penalty on 10 October 2014, the Ministers' Deputies reaffirmed, at their 1209th meeting, their unequivocal opposition to the death penalty in all places and in all circumstances and reiterated the objective to create a death penalty-free zone in Europe. They took several decisions in this respect concerning the ratification of Protocols 6 and 13 to the European Convention on Human Rights by those member States which had not yet done so, as well as regarding the death penalty in Belarus.
Also at this meeting, the Deputies held an exchange of views with Mr John Stacey, President of the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ). They welcomed the report on "European judicial systems - Edition 2014: efficiency and quality of justice" and encouraged States to continue to rely on this tool to assist in decision making in order to enhance the efficiency and the quality of their public service of justice.
The Deputies also held an exchange of views with Ms Anne Brasseur, President of the Parliamentary Assembly on the 4th part of the Assembly's 2014 Session.
They decided to open the Council of Europe Convention against Trafficking in Human Organs for signature on 25 March 2015, at the end of an international conference on organ trafficking to be held on 24 and 25 March 2015 in Santiago de Compostela (Spain).
In relation to the European Social Charter, they adopted several Resolutions on the application of the European Code of Social Security.
The agenda of the meeting and the decisions adopted by the Committee of Ministers are available in the meeting file.

Summer of 2014 'a dark time' for Europe, says Committee of Ministers chair
[02/10/2014] "The summer of 2014 will go down as a particularly dark time for our continent," Azerbaijans Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov told parliamentarians today, addressing the Assembly as the current chairperson of the Council of Europes executive body, the Committee of Ministers.
Reporting on the activities of Azerbaijans chairmanship, Mr Mammadyarov said the situation in Ukraine "remains at the heart of the current concerns of all Council of Europe bodies".
He reiterated the Committee of Ministers' insistence that member States should settle disputes peacefully while respecting the territorial integrity of other states. He called for a peaceful and sustainable solution to the conflict, underlining the contribution the Council of Europe could make to helping Ukraine meet its human rights and humanitarian needs, as well as carrying forward the necessary democratic reforms.
The Foreign Minister reported on the activities his government had undertaken, including a number of conferences in Baku, within the framework of the the priorities of Azerbaijans Chairmanship.
"The Council of Europe has a mission to help all our countries along the path to democracy and human rights," Mr Mammadyarov concluded. "I am convinced that, to accomplish this task, it is vital that your Assembly and our Committee continue to work in close collaboration."
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Committee of Ministers: decisions on the execution of European Court of Human Rights judgments
[25/09/2014] The Committee of Ministers has made public the decisions and resolutions adopted at its third special "human rights" meeting (23-25 September 2014), during which it examined the state of implementation of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights. The list of examined cases is presented on the website of the Department for the Execution of Judgments of the European Court of Human Rights.
The texts adopted concern Albania, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Croatia, Georgia, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, the Republic of Moldova, Poland, Romania, the Russian Federation, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.
More information on the execution process and on the state of execution in all cases pending for supervision, as well as important reference texts (including the new working methods) can be found on the above mentioned website and in the Committee of Ministers Annual Reports on its execution supervision.

Committee of Ministers welcomes cease-fire agreement and urges Russia to withdraw all its troops from Ukraine
[18/09/2014] The Council of Europes Ministers Deputies reviewed the situation in Ukraine at their meeting on 17 September, on the basis of the report presented by the Secretary General on his visits to Kyiv and Moscow on 2-4 September.
In their decision, the Ministers Deputies welcomed the Protocol signed in Minsk on 5 September 2014 and called on all parties to strictly respect and fully implement all twelve principles of the Protocol without delay.
In this context, they urged the Russian Federation to withdraw all its troops from Ukraine and to refrain from any further interference in this member country, stressing that the crisis can only be solved on the basis of the principles of the peaceful settlement of disputes.
The Ministers Deputies also encouraged the Secretary General to continue to assist the Ukrainian authorities in the conduct of the necessary internal reforms, in particular regarding the Constitution, the judiciary, decentralisation and the protection of persons belonging to national minorities (more...).

1206th meeting of the Ministers' Deputies
[10/09/2014] The Ministers' Deputies continued to discuss the situation in Ukraine at their 1206th meeting on 10 September.
Also at this meeting, they transmitted to the governments concerned the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) country reports on Bulgaria, Slovakia, Slovenia and Switzerland.
They took note of the sixth report of the Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages in respect of Liechtenstein.
In the context of their supervision of execution of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights, the Deputies closed more than 25 cases with the adoption of final Resolutions.
The meeting agenda and the decisions adopted by the Committee of Ministers appear in the meeting file.
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