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Discrimination against national minorities in Norway must be addressed

Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities 29 May 2017 Strasbourg

Norway should take effective measures to rebuild trust and raise awareness in particular of the Tater/Romani and the Roma national minorities in the country; step up efforts to preserve their cultural identities and facilitate their access to education. Alternative measures to the placement of...

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Secretary General Jagland on official visit to the Republic of Moldova

Secretary General 29 May 2017 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland will make an official visit to the Republic of Moldova on 30 and 31 May. During his visit to Chisinau, the Secretary General will launch the Council of Europe Action Plan for the Republic of Moldova 2017-2020, together with Andrei Galbur,...

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The Palme d'Or goes to a EURIMAGES supported film

EURIMAGES 28 May 2017 Strasbourg

The Jury of the 70th Cannes Film Festival chaired by Pedro Almodovar has awarded the Palme d’Or to the Eurimages-supported film The Square by Ruben Östlund, a co-production between Sweden, Germany and France. In addition to the 9th Palme d’Or after Winter Sleep by Nuri Bilge Ceylan in 2014, the...

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Terrorist attack in Manchester

Chair of the Committee of Ministers 23 May 2017 Strasbourg

Statement by Lubomír Zaorálek, Chair of the Committee of Ministers and Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic

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Secretary General expresses condolences to UK for victims of Manchester attack

Secretary General 23 May 2017 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland has written a letter of condolence to UK Prime Minister Theresa May following the terrorist attack at a pop concert in Manchester which has left at least 22 people dead and 59 injured. He said he was shocked to hear the news and his thoughts were with the...

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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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Committee of Ministers: chairmanship handover from Cyprus to Czech Republic

Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers 19 May 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, who...

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Committee of Ministers meet in Nicosia, Cyprus

Committee of Ministers 19 May 2017 Nicosia

Foreign Affairs Ministers from the Council of Europe’s 47 member states are meeting in Nicosia (Cyprus). President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades opened the session, which is being chaired by Cypriot Foreign Affairs Minister and Committee of Ministers Chairman Ioannis Kasoulides. The Council of...

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Illicit trafficking and destruction of cultural property: Council of Europe’s new criminal law treaty opened for signature

Council of Europe 19 May 2017 Strasbourg

Six states signed today 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...

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United Nations Secretary General António Guterres meets Thorbjørn Jagland

Secretary General 17 May 2017 Strasbourg

United Nations Secretary General António Guterres paid a visit to the Council of Europe today and met with Secretary General Jagland. The meeting covered a broad range of subjects including migration, conflict prevention, combatting corruption and the fight against terrorism. Messrs Jagland and...

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Victims of terrorism and refugees on agenda as Committee of Ministers meets in Cyprus

Committee of Ministers 17 May 2017 Strasbourg

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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New reports on racism and discrimination in Denmark and Serbia

European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) 16 May 2017 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s anti-discrimination commission, European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) has published today new reports on Denmark and Serbia. Both countries have made some progress but nevertheless, the fulfilment of the ERCI’s recommendations leaves much to be desired....

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Childrens’ Forum “Children, actors of Citizenship” on 12 May

Directorate General of Democracy 12 May 2017 Strasbourg

The Directorate General of Democracy organised the second edition of the Childrens’ Forum “Children, actors of Citizenship” in co-operation with the Association Themis On 12 May, in the Hemicycle, 650 pupils aged 8-10 from 25 classes of the Haut-Rhin and 650 pupils aged 8-10 from 25 classes of...

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Combating Anti-Semitic Hate Speech

Council of Europe 11 May 2017 Strasbourg

On the 10th of May an open seminar on combating Anti-Semitic Hate speech was held in Strasbourg at the European Youth Centre under the No Hate Speech Movement of the Council of Europe. During this session representatives of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, campaign partners,...

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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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Eurimages films out in strength at Cannes

Eurimages 9 May 2017 Strasbourg

The 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival now includes no less than 12 films supported by Eurimages, five of which are selected in official competition: NELYUBOV (LOVELESS) by Andrey Zvyagintsev (RU, FR, DE, BE); A GENTLE CREATURE by Sergei Loznitsa (FR, DE, NL, LT); HAPPY END by Michael...

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Protection of national minority rights inconsistent in Austria, say Council of Europe experts

Council of Europe 5 May 2017 Strasbourg

An opinion published today by the Council of Europe’s Advisory Committee to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (FCNM) says that little has changed since 2012. Although bilingualism has become more accepted and equal access to education for minority language...

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Statement of the Chairman of the Committee of Ministers on the Occasion of the Day of Europe

Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers 5 May 2017 Strasbourg

In 1964, the Committee of Ministers took the decision to celebrate the Day of Europe, that is the establishment of the Council of Europe, on May 5th. The Council of Europe was created in the aftermath of the Second World War, in the context of a new European structure, contemplated to bring...

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Combatting illicit trafficking and destruction of cultural property: Council of Europe adopts new convention

Council of Europe 3 May 2017 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe today adopted a new criminal law convention to prevent and combat the illicit trafficking and destruction of cultural property, in the framework of the Organisation’s action to fight terrorism and organised crime. The Convention on Offences relating to Cultural Property,...

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