President of the Parliamentary Assembly

Respect for Council of Europe commitments is an ‘essential stage’ on Ukraine’s path to European integration

27/03/2013 Strasbourg

"I welcome the clear willingness expressed by Ukraine's highest authorities to scrupulously respect their obligations and commitments to the Council of Europe, as well as the decisions of the European Court of Human Rights," said Jean-Claude Mignon, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the...

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Commissioner for Human Rights

Estonia: all children should be citizens

27/03/2013 Tallin

"In Estonia there are 1200 stateless children – all children should be granted citizenship automatically at birth even when their parents are stateless" urged Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, after concluding his three-day visit to Estonia. "It is in the best...

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Group of States against Corruption

Finland encouraged to further sharpen its tools to prevent corruption

27/03/2013 Strasbourg

Finland has an effective system for preventing corruption among members of parliament, judges and prosecutors. However, there is still room for improvement – particularly with regard to conflicts of interest among parliamentarians. These are the main findings of an evaluation report published...

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Parliamentary Assembly

Václav Havel Human Rights Prize launched in Prague

25/03/2013 Strasbourg

The Václav Havel Human Rights Prize, which aims to reward outstanding civil society action in the defence of human rights in Europe and beyond, was launched today at a ceremony in Prague (Czech Republic). To be awarded each year by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), in...

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President of the Parliamentary Assembly

Parliamentary Assembly President makes official visit to Ukraine

22/03/2013 Strasbourg

Jean-Claude Mignon, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), is to make an official visit to Ukraine from 26 to 28 March 2013. In Kyiv on Tuesday, he is due to meet President Viktor Yanukovich, Prime Minister Mykola Azarov and Foreign Minister Leonid Kozhara. The...

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Secretary General

Secretary General calls on states to focus support for Roma on education

21/03/2013 Bucharest

In a video message from Bucharest, Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland today urged governments to co-operate in the integration of the Roma and to make education a priority in support projects at the local, national and European level. During his official visit to Romania, the Secretary General...

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Secretary General

Secretary General Jagland makes official visit to Romania

20/03/2013 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland is making an official visit to Romania on 20-21 March. In Bucharest, Mr. Jagland is holding bilateral meetings with the President of Romania Traian Băsescu, the Prime Minister Victor Ponta, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Titus Corlăţean, the...

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Parliamentary Assembly

Some countries 'slipping back' to discrimination against LGBT people, says Assembly rapporteur

18/03/2013 Strasbourg

Some Council of Europe member states are "squarely slipping back" towards greater discrimination on the ground of sexual orientation and gender identity, according to PACE rapporteur Håkon Haugli (Norway, SOC), speaking on the eve of a major conference on freedom of expression for LGBT people, to...

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Congress of Local and Regional Authorities

Congress' spring session tackles crisis in Europe and challenges to local and regional democracy

15/03/2013 Strasbourg

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe has decided to devote a large part of its two annual sessions in 2013 (March and October) to the theme "Europe in crisis – the challenges for local and regional democracy". The aim is to generate exchanges between European...

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Secretary General

Secretary General congratulates Francis on his election as new Pope

13/03/2013 Strasbourg

Following the election of Francis as new Pope, Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland made the following statement: "I congratulate Francis on his election as new Pope of the Catholic Church and head of state of the Holy See, an observer state to the Council of Europe. On behalf of the Council of...

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Committee of Ministers

Statement of Committee of Ministers on recent executions in Japan and United States

13/03/2013 Strasbourg

At the meeting of the Ministers' Deputies on 13 March 2013, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe adopted the following statement: "The Committee of Ministers deplores the executions which have recently taken place in Japan and in the United States of America, observer States to the...

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Secretary General

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland meets Israeli President Shimon Peres

12/03/2013 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland met with Israeli President Shimon Peres, after Peres had delivered a speech to the European Parliament today. In their meeting, Peres and Jagland discussed Europe-Israeli relations, neighbourhood policy, and cooperation between Israel and the...

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Council of Europe and European Commission

Statement on Hungarian Parliament vote on 4th amendment to Constitution

11/03/2013 Strasbourg

Vote by the Hungarian Parliament of the Fourth amendment to the Hungarian Fundamental Law: statement from the President of the European Commission and the Secretary General of the Council of Europe "President Barroso and Secretary General Jagland take note of the adoption today of the Fourth...

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Commissioner for Human Rights

Concerted efforts are needed to achieve progress on human rights protection in the Republic of Moldova

08/03/2013 Chisinau

"The Republic of Moldova needs to continue its efforts to strengthen the independence, integrity and impartiality of the judiciary, while placing human rights at the forefront of ongoing reforms", said today Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, at the end of his...

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Secretay General

Secretary General questions expulsion of deputy from Ukrainian Parliament

07/03/2013 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, has asked the Ukrainian authorities to explain on what legal basis Mr Serhiy Vlasenko, an opposition deputy, was stripped of his parliamentary seat yesterday. "I find it very unusual that a deputy elected by the people can be...

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Group of States against Corruption

Anti-corruption body praises UK parliament, judges and prosecutors for taking corruption prevention seriously

06/03.2013 Strasbourg

Published today by the Council of Europe's Group of States against Corruption (GRECO), an evaluation of the UK's parliament, judges and prosecutors was largely positive. "Nothing emerged during the current evaluation which could indicate any element of corruption in relation to judges, nor is...

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Secretary General

Secretary General calls upon Hungarian government and parliament to postpone vote on constitutional amendments

06/03/2013 Strasbourg

In a statement today, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe calls upon the Hungarian government and parliament to postpone a vote on constitutional amendments scheduled for Monday so that the proposed amendments can be examined by the Venice Commission. "I am concerned about the...

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Président de l'Assemblée parlementaire

La promesse d’éradiquer la violence faite aux femmes est une dette et doit être tenue

05/03/2013 Strasbourg

In the run-up to International Women's Day, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Jean-Claude Mignon, has issued the following declaration: "8 March is an auspicious annual occasion for all those involved in promoting women's rights. This year the event will...

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Parliamentary Assembly

Parliamentary Assembly President meets Ban Ki-Moon, speaks at event on women's rights

01/03/2013 Strasbourg

Strasbourg, 01.03.2013 – Jean-Claude Mignon, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), will meet UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon in New York on 5 March. On the day before, he will speak at a side event organised by the Council of Europe and the permanent mission of...

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Deputy Secretary General

Deputy Secretary General addresses UN Commission on Status of Women in New York

01/03/2013 Strasbourg

On 4 March, Deputy Secretary General Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni will address the UN Commission on the Status of Women, to promote the Istanbul Convention as an efficient and practical tool for governments to prevent and combat violence against women and domestic violence. The Convention was...

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