The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe decided on 26 September 2007, to declare a ''European Day against the Death Penalty,'' which is held annually on 10 October. The Council of Europe has been a pioneer in the abolition process which has made Europe a de facto death-penalty-free zone since 1997. The day is a European contribution to the World Day against the Death Penalty, which is held annually on the same day.

Council of Europe Strasbourg 10 October 2016
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European Day against the Death Penalty: Council of Europe/EU confirm their strong opposition to capital punishment

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland and the European Union’s High Representative For Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, have published a joint statement to mark the European and World Day against the Death Penalty on October 10.

The statement reaffirms both organisations’ strong opposition to capital punishment in all circumstances, and underlines that the death penalty is incompatible with human dignity.

See also:
“Death penalty abolition is a continuous fight within and outside our borders,” says Parliamentary Assembly President
The European Day against Death Penalty file