Venice Commission international conference in Bucharest: “Interaction between political majority and opposition in a democracy”

Venice Commission 6 April 2017 Bucharest

What are the main responsibilities and rights of the majority and of the opposition? What are the main obstacles to a positive and meaningful interaction majority - opposition? The European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission), in co-operation with the Presidential...

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Cyprus Chairmanship Conference in Nicosia: 'Securing Democracy through Education'

Council of Europe 21 March 2017 Strasbourg

Education to fight violent extremism and radicalisation leading to terrorism. Education to build Inclusive Societies, valuing diversity and dialogue. Education to create a provision for refugees, from short term solutions to long term integration. These major challenges that Education systems are...

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Preventing corruption in top governmental functions

GRECO 20 March 2017 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe anti-corruption body (GRECO) is organising a High Level conference in Strasbourg on 20 March to discuss the prevention of corruption in top governmental functions and law enforcement agencies. Speakers include Deputy Secretary General Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, Attorney...

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Canada joins Eurimages, the Council of Europe’s film co-production fund

EURIMAGES 16 March 2017 Strasbourg

Canada has become the first non-European country to accede to the Council of Europe’s cultural fund, Eurimages, as an associate member. The country joins 37 European states already participating in the Fund, which distributes 25 million euros annually to film co-production, distribution and...

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Ten years in partnership for human rights, democracy and the rule of law

Council of Europe 15 March 2017 Strasbourg

The European Union and the Council of Europe share a mutual commitment to human rights, the rule of law and democracy. 2017 marks the 10th anniversary of their Memorandum of Understanding. With Europe facing many challenges – populism, extremism, terrorism, xenophobia, the refugee crisis – the...

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Strengthened social rights needed to face frustration in Europe: Cyprus conference

Deputy Secretary General 24 February 2017 Nicosia

Why are millions of Europeans willing to support nationalist, xenophobic and anti-democratic forces, sending shockwaves through our political systems,” asked Council of Europe Deputy Secretary General Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, in her opening speech to a conference on social rights in Europe....

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Populism and Democracy : The Deputy Secretary General welcomes Professor Jan-Werner Müller

Deputy Secretary General 21 February 2017 Strasbourg

Everyone is talking about Populism and the dangers it presents to democracy, but what is it exactly? What do populists want, and why do people vote for them? Discussion of this topic is a timely addition to the Debates on Democratic Security, which have become a feature of the Organisation’s...

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Deputy Secretary General in Lucca for protection of cultural property through criminal law

Deputy Secretary General 2 February 2017 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Deputy Secretary General Gabriella Battaini Dragoni will participate in an international seminar on “A New Perspective on the Protection of Cultural Property through Criminal Law”, which will take place on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th of February in Lucca, Italy (Complesso di San...

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New Convention on Cinematographic Co-production at the International Film Festival in Rotterdam

EURIMAGES 30 January 2017 Strasbourg

In common with many other creative industries, the film industry now operates as part of a worldwide content market. Digital technology has made this possible by reshaping not only how films are made, but how they reach their audience. To respond to these challenges, the Council of Europe opens...

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Minister of Justice underlines importance of the Action Plan for Armenia

Deputy Secretary General 17 January 2017 Strasbourg

Arpine Hovhannisyan, Minister of Justice of Armenia, and the Deputy Secretary General were among the speakers of the information event on implementation of the Council of Europe Action Plan for Armenia on 16 January 2017. The Minister discussed key aspects of the reform of the judiciary,...

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