Council of Europe Platform Exchange on Culture and Digitisation

Committee of Ministers Chairmanship 27 September 2016 Strasbourg

The event on “Culture 4D: Digitisation, Data, Disruptions, Diversity” will explore how to harness Big Data for European culture and empower diverse groups to enhance the “Internet of Citizens”. Cultural policy makers and practitioners, researchers, media and technology specialists, business...

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MONEYVAL's annual report: anti-terrorist financing measures not fully exploited yet

Moneyval 26 September 2016 Strasbourg

Following the publication today of MONEYVAL's annual report, its Chair, Daniel Thelesklaf, pointed out that identifying the financing of terrorism has not yet been fully exploited as a strategy in the overall fight against terrorism. “We are struggling to find ways how to better combat terrorism....

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European Day of Languages 2016

Council of Europe 26 September 2016 Strasbourg

A day to celebrate the rich mosaic of languages coexisting in Europe and beyond: the European Day of Languages marks every year since 2001 our linguistic diversity and cultural heritage. The European Centre for Modern Languages of the Council of Europe (ECML), encouraging excellence and...

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Committee of Ministers reviews the implementation of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights

Committee of Ministers 23 September 2016 Strasbourg

On 20 and 21 September, representatives of the 47 member states of the Council of Europe held their third “Human Rights” meeting of 2016 at which they examined the implementation of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights in keeping with the supervisory role of the Committee of Ministers,...

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Venice Commission criticizes proposed modifications to Azerbaijani Constitution in upcoming referendum

Council of Europe 21 September 2016 Strasbourg

A preliminary opinion by the Council of Europe's constitutional law experts, (the Venice Commission) criticizes draft modifications to the constitution of Azerbaijan, which will be put to a national referendum on Monday 26 September. Many proposed amendments would severely upset the balance of...

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Conference on the Fight against the Manipulation of Sports Competitions

Deputy Secretary General 20 September 2016 Strasbourg

“The Macolin Convention is the first and only international treaty to clamp down on the serious, transnational, organised crime that is match-fixing. A crime which not only threatens the rule of law, but which is especially corrosive for trust in sport because it cuts against our most basic...

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No violence against children is acceptable, all violence is preventable

Commissioner for Human Rights 20 September 2016 Strasbourg

Commissioner of Human Rights Nils Muižnieks publishes his latest Human rights Comment

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Secretary General, in UN, calls for ensuring basic rights for all migrant and refugee children

Secretary General 19 September 2016 New York

On 18 September 2016, in the run-up to the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants, Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland took part in a high-level event Carry Light for Children co-organised by the UN Children Fund UNICEF, the Estonian Mission to the UN, and the Council of...

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National minorities in Hungary

Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities 19 September 2016 Strasbourg

Hungary should improve efforts to stop discrimination against Roma, among issues raised in report issued today

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Dalai Lama visit highlights shared values

Council of Europe 15 September 2016 Strasbourg

His Holiness the Dalai Lama used his historic visit to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg today to make an impassioned plea for compassion, tolerance and understanding between individuals, different faiths and nations. He expressed his belief that moral education based on what he called...

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European summit of Presidents and Speakers of parliament opens in Strasbourg

Council of Europe 15 September 2016 Strasbourg

“National parliaments should be a source of reasoned debate, based on facts”

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Slovak Foreign Minister Lajčák at Committee of Ministers

Secretary General 13 September 2016 Strasbourg

Miroslav Lajčák, the foreign minister of Slovakia, which currently holds the Presidency of the European Union, is at the Council of Europe today for an exchange of views with the Committee of Ministers. In his meeting with Secretary General Jagland, Foreign Minister Lajčák signed the Council of...

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The launch of the European Youth Card in France – empowering Europe’s young people

Council of Europe 13 September 2016 Strasbourg

On 13 September 2016, the Council of Europe, the City of Strasbourg, the University of Strasbourg and the European Youth Card Association launched the Youth Card in France The goal of the Card is to promote the active role young people can play all over Europe and to encourage their cultural,...

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Independent experts: positive evaluation of Council of Europe/European Commission programmes for Roma

ROMED 13 September 2016 Strasbourg

Although their new report found room for improvement, evaluator company Blomeyer and Sanz and experts selected from Creda Consulting found that two major Council of Europe programmes – ROMED 1 and ROMED 2 – have helped to successfully enhance Roma participation and integration in seven focus...

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Dalai Lama to visit and address the Council of Europe

Council of Europe 12 September 2016 Strasbourg

His Holiness the Dalai Lama will pay a visit to the Council of Europe on Thursday, 15 September, where he will meet Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland, President of the Parliamentary Assembly Pedro Agramunt and Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks. H.H. the Dalai Lama will deliver an...

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Secretary General speaks at colloquy on the role of the Council of Europe in defending human rights

Council of Europe 9 September 2016 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland took part in a colloquy on the topic "Is the defence of human rights in Europe outdated? The Council of Europe is more necessary than ever", organised in Paris on 12 September by the French National Assembly and Senate, as well as a number of...

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Latvia: Strengthen policies against bias-motivated crimes and ratify the Istanbul Convention

Commissioner for Human Rights 9 September 2016 Strasbourg

“While Latvia has taken some important steps to advance human rights and reduce social exclusion, gaps remain in the protection of vulnerable groups. The authorities should develop community-based services for persons with disabilities, grant automatic citizenship to all children born in Latvia,...

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European summit of Presidents and Speakers of parliament in Strasbourg

Parliamentary Assembly 9 September 2016 Strasbourg

The Presidents and Speakers of parliament from the 47 Council of Europe member states and many partner, observer and neighbouring countries, along with the Presidents of other international assemblies, will be meeting in Strasbourg on 15 and 16 September 2016 for a European parliamentary...

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Internet freedom as a factor of democratic security: Strasbourg conference

Council of Europe 9 September 2016 Strasbourg

An international conference is bringing together in Strasbourg on 9 September some 200 representatives of governments, civil society, business and academia to discuss best practices to protect and promote Internet freedom in the context of the current international security crises. One of the...

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Secretary General’s Special Representative on migration and refugees visits camps in northern France

Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration and Refugees 9 September 2016 Strasbourg

The Secretary General’s Special Representative on migration and refugees, Ambassador Tomáš Boček, is conducting a fact-finding mission to camps in northern France on 12-13 September 2016. Mr Boček will visit the camps in Calais and Grande-Synthe and the Command and Control Centre in Calais....

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