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Secretary General on official visit to Lithuania

secretary general 19 April 2024 Vilnius

Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić has met with President of the Republic Gitanas Nauseda, Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė, Foreign Affairs Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis, Justice Minister Ewelina Dobrowolska, and other key personalities during an official visit to Lithuania to discuss...

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Council of Europe to celebrate the Freedom of Artistic Expression at Venice Biennale

Council of Europe 19 April 2024 Venice

On the occasion of the 60th Venice Biennale, the Council of Europe is organising an event in Venice on 20 April under the title the Other Session, to discuss and assess, through dialogues, performances and exhibitions, the landscape of artistic freedom in Europe, and to identify measures needed...

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Congress Secretary General urges Bulgaria to advance fiscal decentralisation

congress of local and regional authorities 18 April 2024 strasbourg

“Fiscal decentralisation is not about administrative restructuring; it is about political empowerment and citizen trust”, stated the Secretary General of the Congress Local and Regional Authorities, Mathieu Mori, at closing the final conference of the EU/CoE project “Developing fiscal...

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2024 Europe Prize awarded to Terrassa (Spain)

Parliamentary Assembly 18 April 2024

The 2024 Europe Prize has been awarded to Terrassa, Spain. This award is given annually by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) to the town most active in promoting the European ideal. Terrassa is a city of 225,000 inhabitants in central-eastern Catalonia (Spain). A...

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“There will be no peace without justice” – H.S.H. Hereditary Prince Alois tells PACE

Parliamentary Assembly session 18 April 2024 Strasbourg

“Aggressive power politics must not prevail. Those challenging our common commitment to the rules base international order must be held to account,” was the message at the heart of His Serene Highness Hereditary Prince Alois von und zu Liechtenstein’s address to the Parliamentary Assembly of the...

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Secretary General meets Hereditary Prince of Liechtenstein

Secretary General 18 April 2024 Strasbourg

Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić has met His Serene Highness Hereditary Prince Alois of Liechtenstein. The meeting has been an opportunity to take stock of the Liechtenstein Presidency and of the celebrations for the upcoming 75th anniversary of the Organisation. The exchange of views...

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Armenia: GRECO calls for stronger oversight and accountability in police and top executive functions

GRECO 18 April 2024 Strasbourg

In a new report the Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) calls on Armenia to pursue its efforts to prevent corruption in respect of persons with top executive functions and the police (see the non-official translation in Armenian). GRECO notes the positive steps taken...

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PACE pays tribute to Alexei Navalny, calls for sweeping measures to counter Putin’s totalitarian regime

Parliamentary Assembly session 17 April 2024 strasbourg

PACE has paid tribute to Alexei Navalny, declaring that the Russian state bears full responsibility for his death, and urged a series of sweeping measures to counter what it called Vladimir Putin’s “totalitarian regime”. Unanimously adopting a resolution based on a report by Emanuelis Zingeris...

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Foreign Affairs Minister of Liechtenstein addresses PACE

Parliamentary Assembly session 17 April 2024 Strasbourg

In her communication, Dominique Hasler, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Education and Sport of Liechtenstein and President of the Committee of Ministers, mentioned the need for continued support to Ukraine and referred to the Presidency’s priorities. “In Reykjavík our leaders sent a strong message...

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Montenegro to introduce Barnahus model to support child survivors and witnesses of violence, abuse and sexual exploitation

Council of Europe 17 April 2024

The government of Montenegro, with support from UNICEF, the Council of Europe and the European Union (EU), have announced the introduction of a multidisciplinary model that provides child-friendly support for child survivors and witnesses of violence, abuse and exploitation: Barnahus (Children’s...

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Secretary General meets Minister of Foreign Affairs of Liechtenstein

Secretary General 17 April 2024 Strasbourg

Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić has met the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Principality of Liechtenstein and President of the Committee of Ministers Dominique Hasler. The meeting focused on the current state of play of the Liechtenstein Presidency and the upcoming 75th anniversary...

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Secretary General meets Minister of Justice of Latvia

Secretary General 17 April 2024 Strasbourg

Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić has met the Minister of Justice of Latvia Inese Lībiņa-Egnere. During the meeting, they discussed the implementation of the judgments of the European Court of Human Rights, as well as the “Riga Principles” adopted at the informal conference of Ministers...

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PACE recommends that Kosovo* becomes a member of the Council of Europe

Parliamentary Assembly session 17 April 2024 Strasbourg

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has recommended that Kosovo* be invited to become a member of the Council of Europe – while deciding to monitor its fulfilment of an extensive list of commitments and obligations as from its accession. Under the Council of Europe’s...

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PACE calls for frozen Russian State assets to be used to support the reconstruction of Ukraine

Parliamentary Assembly session 17 April 2024 Strasbourg

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), meeting in plenary session in Strasbourg, today recommended “the seizure of Russian state assets and their use” in support of the reconstruction of Ukraine. This course of action would “strengthen Ukraine, ensure the accountability of...

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Secretary General’s Question Time at the Parliamentary Assembly

secretary general 16 April 2024 strasbourg

Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić has responded to parliamentarians’ questions at the PACE Spring plenary session. During a lively Q & A session, the Secretary General reiterated the fundamental importance of the European Union accession to the European Convention on Human Rights, as an...

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Secretary General meets Chair of the Parliament of Ukraine

Secretary General 16 April 2024 Strasbourg

Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić has met the Chair of Verkhovna Rada (the Parliament) of Ukraine Ruslan Stefanchuk. Accountability and the Register of Damage for Ukraine, as an integral part of the future compensation mechanism, were at the centre of the meeting, with the opening of the...

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'Ukraine needs right now the vital munitions which will allow it to continue to defend itself' says PACE President

Parliamentary Assembly session 15 April 2024 strasbourg

“Ukraine needs our support and not just words – it needs right now the vital munitions which will allow it to continue to defend itself, to defend us all and to defend the most fundamental right of all laid down in the European Convention on Human Rights – the right of people to life,” PACE...

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Deputy Prime Minister Popsoi stresses the Republic of Moldova’s commitment to reform in its path to European integration

Parliamentary Assembly session 15 April 2024 Strasbourg

Addressing the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe during its spring session, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister of the Republic of Moldova, Mihai Popșoi, expressed his country´s commitment to “continue deep reforms and transformation of the Moldovan society, overcome...

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Secretary General meets Deputy Prime Minister of Moldova

Secretary General 15 April 2024 Strasbourg

Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić has met the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Moldova, Mihai Popșoi. The meeting focused on the follow-up to the Reykjavik Summit, including the Register of Damage, and the organisation’s forthcoming 75th...

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Spring session of Conference of INGOs: results

Conference of INGOs (CINGO) 12 April 2024 Strasbourg

An exchange with the new Commissioner for Human Rights, Mr Michael O’Flaherty (link to speech) pledging to prioritise the defence of civil society, as well as the end of mandate activity report presented by the President were the highlights of the first part of the Spring session of the...

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