Conference “Reversing perspective: social rights as a remedy for European crises”

02/06/2017 Strasbourg

The consequences of the economic and financial crisis and the austerity measures carried out in several member States of the eurozone call into question the protection of the social rights of European citizens. Two recent major events involve putting the social question back on the agenda: on the...

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WSIS Forum 2017: Challenges and opportunities for journalism online

23/05/2017 Geneva

The Council of Europe is organising a thematic workshop “Challenges and opportunities for journalism online” which will take place during the forthcoming WSIS forum on the 16th June in Geneva. The workshop will focus primarily on the challenges and opportunities currently faced by news media...

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Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Journalists

19/05/2017 Bucharest

Patrick Penninckx, the Head of the Council of Europe Information Society Department, delivered a key note speech at the annual meeting of the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) held on 18-19 May in Bucharest, Romania. He described the current situation as a “turning point for media freedom”...

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Joint Council on Constitutional Justice of the Venice Commission

19/05/2017 Karlsruhe

The President of the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany, Mr Andreas Voßkuhle, and the President of the European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission), Mr Gianni Buquicchio, opened the 16th meeting of the Joint Council on Constitutional Justice of the Venice Commission. In...

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Committee of Ministers: chairmanship handover from Cyprus to Czech Republic

19/05/2017 Nicosia

At the end of their meeting in Nicosia (Cyprus) the six month chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers passed from Cyprus to the Czech Republic. Foreign Affairs Minister Ioannis Kasoulides took stock of Cyprus’s chairmanship and made the handover to Czech Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek,...

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Illicit trafficking and destruction of cultural property: new Council of Europe convention opened for signature

19/05/2017 Nicosia

Six states signed in Nicosia (Cyprus) the Council of Europe Convention on Offences relating to Cultural Property. Armenia, Cyprus, Greece, Portugal and San Marino as well as Mexico, one of the Organisation’s observer states, were the first to sign the convention, which is open for signature to...

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Council of Europe Committee of Ministers meets in Cyprus

19/05/2017 Nicosia

Foreign Affairs Ministers of the Council of Europe’s 47 member states will meet in Nicosia (Cyprus) on 19 May. Agenda highlights include a new convention against trafficking of cultural property (including by terrorists who are financed by such trafficking), innovative guidelines to protect...

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Conference “The case-law of the European Committee of Social Rights in the name of the indivisibility of human rights”

15/05/2017 Milan

A Conference on “the case-law of the European Committee of Social Rights in the name of the indivisibility of human rights” (la giurisprudenza del Comitato europeo dei Diritti sociali, nel segno dell’indivisibilità dei diritti umani”) took place in Milan on 15 May 2017 (Università degli Studi di...

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14th European Conference of Electoral Management Bodies

11/05/2017 Saint Petersburg

Ways of improving the functioning of electoral administrations will be the focus of an international conference taking place in the Tavrichesky Palais, St Petersburg, Russian Federation, on 15-16 May 2017. More than 120 participants representing about 40 countries and several international...

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292nd session of the European Committee of Social Rights

11/05/2017 Strasbourg

The European Committee of Social Rights holds its 292nd session from 9 to 12 May 2017 in Strasbourg. During its session, the Committee will continue the examination of the draft Conclusions 2017 of the Charter with respect to the thematic group “Health, social security and social protection” as...

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Tonga joined the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime

09/05/2017 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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