Venice Commission: Biennial elections of the governing structures


During its December plenary session (18-19 December 2015), the Venice Commission held biennial elections of its governing structures: Presidency, Bureau and Chairs of Sub-Commissions and Councils. The incumbent President of the Commission Mr Gianni Buquicchio of Italy was re-elected to lead the...

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Greek Association “Agkalia” awarded the Raoul Wallenberg Prize of the Council of Europe

22/12/2015 Strasbourg

The jury of the Council of Europe Raoul Wallenberg Prize has awarded the 2016 Prize to Agkalia, a Greek association acting on the island of Lesvos, for its outstanding achievements in providing frontline assistance to thousands of refugees irrespective of their origin and religion. As the Greek...

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Venice Commission session plenary

18/12/2015 strasbourg

The Law of Ukraine on the condemnation of the Communist and National Socialist (Nazi) regimes and prohibition of propaganda of their symbols pursues a legitimate aim, but is too broad in scope which can lead to obstructing free expression, preventing political parties from running in elections,...

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PACS Closing Conference


The Joint European Union – Council of Europe Project “Strengthening the Capacities of Law Enforcement and Judiciary in the Fight against Corruption in Serbia” (PACS) will hold its closing conference on 17 December 2015. Numerous beneficiaries, as well as the wider public concerned with...

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Migration and Refugees: Secretary General appoints Special Representative

16/12/2015 Strasbourg

Council of Europe to examine reported human rights violations against migrants and refugees Following reports and allegations of human rights violations against migrants and refugees in Europe, Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland is appointing a Special Representative on Migration and Refugees. ...

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First edition of a new series: Data Protection Talks

11/12/2015 Strasbourg

The Data Protection Unit of the Council of Europe is launching a series of “Data Protection Talks”, one per semester. For this first edition the Data Protection Unit has the pleasure of welcoming Max Schrems, a passionate privacy activist who launched the Europe vs Facebook initiative, which...

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Committee of Ministers' decisions on the execution of European Court of Human Rights judgments

11/12/2015 Strasbourg

The Committee of Ministers today published the decisions and resolutions adopted at its 1243rd special “human rights” meeting (8-9 December 2015) during which it has examined the state of implementation of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights. The list of the cases which were subjected...

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