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1212th meeting of the Ministers' Deputies (19 November 2014)
[19/11/2014] At their 1212th meeting, the Ministers' Deputies held an exchange of views with Sir Nicolas Bratza, Chair of the International Advisory Panel on Ukraine (IAP). Sir Nicolas provided an overview of the IAP's work, explaining that the Panels objective is to conclude its enquiries, having obtained final submissions and up-to-date information as of 30 November, and to adopt its report on the Maidan-related investigations in early 2015. Moreover, Sir Nicolas recalled that, as soon as the Maidan-related work of the Panel has reached an advanced stage of completion, the Panel will begin its review of the authorities investigations into the relevant events in Odessa of 2 May 2014, namely in early 2015. The Chair of the Ministers' Deputies reiterated the Committee's support for the important work of the IAP.
The Ministers' Deputies also approved the text of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Council of Europe and partner organisations on the setting-up of a Freedom of Expression Platform to promote the protection of journalism and safety of journalists.
The agenda of the meeting is available in the meeting file and the decisions adopted by the Committee of Ministers will be available shortly.

Azerbaijan hands over chairmanship to Belgium
[13/11/2014] The Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe today passed from Azerbaijan to Belgium, at a meeting at the Organisation's Strasbourg headquarters, attended by representatives of its 47 member States.
Before handing over the chairmanship to his successor, the outgoing Chair Elmar Mammadyarov, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan, gave an overview of his countrys achievements during its chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers.
The new Chair of the Committee of Ministers, Didier Reynders, Vice-Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign and European affairs of Belgium, presented the priorities of the Belgian chairmanship which will run for six months as of today.

1211th meeting of the Ministers' Deputies (12 November 2014)
[12/11/2014] At their 1211th meeting, the Ministers' Deputies adopted a Declaration on the execution of Mr Aleysander Grunow in Belarus, which they deeply regretted. The Committee of Ministers appealed to the Belarussian authorities to encourage a public debate on all issues related to this inhumane practice and strongly urged its authorities to establish a moratorium on executions as a first step towards abolition of the death penalty (more ...).
1210th meeting of the Ministers' Deputies (22 and 24 October 2014)
[24/10/2014] At their 1210th meeting, the Ministers' Deputies took several decisions concerning the situation in Ukraine. They remained deeply concerned by the continued violation of the ceasefire in Eastern Ukraine and the situation of all persons affected by the conflict (more ...).
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 (more ...).
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". (more ...)

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 (more...).
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