Deputy Secretary General praises legacy of crusading anti-Mafia prosecutor Falcone

Deputy Secretary General 23 May 2017 Strasbourg

“Giovanni Falcone set a model for international judicial co-operation and law enforcement against organised crime, expanding his investigations beyond the scope of traditional prosecutorial work for a criminal phenomenon that was no longer national. Falcone applied a determined focus on...

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Tonga joins the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime

Council of Europe 9 May 2017 Strasbourg

The Kingdom of Tonga has today acceded to the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime to become the 55th Party to this treaty which allows for effective international co-operation on cybercrime and electronic evidence. “Tonga’s accession to the Budapest Convention is further evidence of the global...

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Deputy Secretary General meets Russian Minister of Sport

Deputy Secretary General 28 April 217 Strasbourg

Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni had an exchange of views with Pavel Kolobkov, Minister of Sport of the Russian Federation. The meeting focused on Council of Europe sport policies and conventions ahead of the forthcoming World Anti-doping Agency (WADA) meeting in Montreal.

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Deputy Secretary General receives Italian NO HATE prize-winners’ students

Deputy Secretary General 27 April 2017 Strasbroug

Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni greeted today Italian NO HATE prize-winners’ students from Verbania.

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Battaini-Dragoni welcomes future graduates in international law and human rights

Deputy Secretary General 27 April 2017 Strasbourg

Cooperation between Ca’ Foscari University and the Council of Europe intensifies and brings master degree students in international law and human rights to meet the organisation’s Deputy Secretary General and visit its headquarters in Strasbourg. On 27 and 28 April Prof De Vido's class learned...

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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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