26th Conference of European Ministers of Justice
7-8 April 2005, Helsinki (Finland)
Grand Marina Congress Centre
Katajanokanlaituri 6
  press conference
press conference on Friday 8 April at 12.15 am
  The conference in pictures
Picture Gallery
Pirkko Kauppinen
Chief of the media and communication Unit
Ministry of Justice of Finland
Tel +358 50 565 81 73
Can Fisek
Council of Europe press officer
Tel +33 (0)6 75 65 03 41
Arne Madsen
Council of Europe press correspondent
Tel +45 33 92 47 10
  reference site
Direction of Legal Affairs of the Council of Europe
Justice ministers from the 46 Council of Europe member states today finalised two days of work by adopting five resolutions on debt problems, restorative justice, combating terrorism, judicial co-operation and the conditions of people detained in prison.

Meeting under the chairmanship of Finnish Justice minister Johannes Koskinen, some 35 ministers from all over Europe stressed the importance of promoting policies based on the social mission of the justice system. They made proposals concerning restorative justice, especially to meet the needs of victims and reintegrate delinquents into society.

The ministers also expressed their concern at the growing problems of debt in a credit society, that often results in social exclusion. (more...)

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Speech by Tarja Halonen, President of the Republic
Speech by Serhiy Holovaty, Chairperson of the PACE’s Committee on Legal Affairs
Speech by Ambassador Nehring, Permanent Representative of Denmark
Speech by the Vice-President Franco Frattini, Commissioner responsible for Justice, Freedom and Security

List of participants
Resolutions adopted
Questionnaire 1 ''The Social Mission of the Criminal Justice System'' (Pdf)
Questionnaire 2 ''Seeking Legal Solutions to Debt Problems in a Credit Society''
Report presented by the Minister of Justice of Finland on Social aspects of justice (Pdf)
  see also
Topic file ''fight against terrorism''
Conference of European Ministers of justice - 9-10 October 2003- Sofia, Bulgaria