Transfer of Chairmanship

Committee of Ministers 19 May 2015 Brussels

The 125th session of the Committee of Ministers brought together, on 19 May 2015 in Brussels, Ministers for Foreign Affairs of the 47 member states of the organisation. At the close of the session, Bosnia and Herzegovina has taken over from Belgium the chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers...

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The « Brussels Document » on the future of the protection of social rights in Europe

19 May 2015 Brussels

Belgium was holding the Chairmanship of the Council of Europe, which ends today 19 May 2015. Focus on one of the deliverables of the Chairmanship: the “Brussels Document” on the future of the protection of social rights. On 12 and 13 February 2015, the Belgian Chairmanship of the Council of...

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European ministers adopt new legal standards for tackling foreign terrorist fighters

Committee of Ministers 19 May 2015 Brussels

Foreign ministers from across Europe have adopted the first set of legally-binding international standards to help tackle so-called "foreign terrorist fighters". The measures take the form of an additional protocol to the Council of Europe's convention on the prevention of terrorism, which has so...

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6th Conference of Ministers Responsible for Cultural Heritage

Council of Europe 24 April 2015 Namur (Belgium)

Cultural Heritage in the 21st century for living better together: a common strategy for Europe

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Didier Reynders: The cradle of our civilisation must not become the grave of those aspiring to be part of it

Parliamentary Assembly Session 22 April 2015 Strasbourg

“It is totally contrary to our vision and our values that the cradle of our civilisation should become the grave of those aspiring to be part of it”, said Didier Reynders, Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, today in his statement to the Parliamentary Assembly,...

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The European Youth Work Convention 2015

27-30 April 2015 Brussels

The European Youth Work Convention 2015 is one of the flagship initiatives of the Belgian Chairmanship of the Council of Europe. It took place in Brussels from 27 to 30 April 2015, five years after the 1st Convention organized in Ghent on 7-10 July 2010 in the framework of the Belgian EU...

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The King of the Belgians: "let us build and preserve a decent society"

Parliamentary Assembly Session 21 April 2015 Strasbourg

In his speech to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, meeting in plenary session in Strasbourg, the King of the Belgians called for the establishment and preservation of a decent society, expressing his regret at “too many situations in which men and women are not treated with...

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European Convention on Human Rights

Council of Europe 27 March 2015 Brussels

European justice ministers back new action plan for implementing human rights judgments

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European Convention on Human Rights

Council of Europe 26 March 2015 Brussels

Implementing the human rights convention: Justice Ministers gather in Brussels

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Isabelle Weykmans: 'Developing democratic representation and local governance is one of the priorities of the Belgian Chairmanship of the Council of Europe''

24 March 2015 Strasbourg

''The European Charter of Local Self-Government, which has now been ratified by all member States, is a treaty of key importance. By preparing national reports on the state of local and regional democracy in the member States and on the implementation of the Charter principles, the Congress...

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Didier Reynders presents priorities Belgian Chairmanship of Committee of Ministers of Council of Europe to the OSCE

12 March 2015 Vienna

Didier Reynders presents priorities Belgian Chairmanship of Committee of Ministers of Council of Europe to the OSCE The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders, as Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, visited the OSCE on 12 March. He held...

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Interview - Koen Geens, Belgian Minister of Justice

2 March 2015 Strasbourg

On Monday March 2, the Belgian Minister of Justice was interviewed in the Council of Europe about the high-level conference entitled “Implementation of the European Convention, our shared responsibility” planned on 26 and 27 March 2015. This interview explains the importance and the purposes of...

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Didier Reynders calls on Russia to release Nadia Savchenko and other Ukrainian citizens

27 February 2015 Brussels

Didier Reynders calls on Russia to release Nadia Savchenko and other Ukrainian citizens The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is concerned about Nadia Savchenko, who started a hunger strike eleven weeks ago to protest against her detention in Russia. The health...

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Council of Europe Conference of European Ministers responsible for Heritage

18 February 2015 Brussels

Council of Europe Conference of European Ministers responsible for Heritage At the initiative of Maxime PREVOT, Walloon Minister responsible for Heritage, and in the context of the Belgian Chairmanship of the Council of Europe, the 6th Council of Europe Conference of European Ministers...

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Is social protection in Europe ready for the future?

12 February 2015 Brussels

Is social protection in Europe ready for the future? Since November 2014 and for a period of 6 months, Belgium is holding the presidency of the Council of Europe. The Council is a European Institution that plays a key role in the defense of human rights on European Union territory. Social rights,...

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Address by Committee of Ministers Chairman

Parliamentary Assembly winter session 26 january 2015 Strasbourg

Didier Reynders: “Proper tools to defend our societies against radicalism and terrorism”

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Committee of Ministers: Action plan for Ukraine

Committee of Ministers 22 January 2015 Strasbourg

Committee of Ministers President, Belgian Foreign Affairs Minister Didier Reynders, welcomes Action Plan for Ukraine 2015-2017

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Terrorist attack against 'Charlie Hebdo' magazine

Committee of Ministers 7 January 2015 Strasbourg

Statement by Didier Reynders, Minister for Foreign and European Affairs of Belgium, Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe "I am deeply shocked by the horrendous attack committed this morning in Paris against “Charlie Hebdo” magazine. On behalf of the Committee of...

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European Cultural Convention celebrates its 60th anniversary

16 December 2014 Strasbourg

On 19 December 2014, the European Cultural Convention, source of all Council of Europe work on culture and education, will be 60 years old. To commemorate this founding instrument, the Belgian Chairmanship of the Council of Europe has placed on its agenda a high-level conference which will be the...

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Democratisation process in Ukraine

Belgian Chairmanship 9 December 2014 Kiev

Didier Reynders reaffirms the support of the Council of Europe to the Ukrainian government reforms

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