Secretary General

Secretary General welcomes publication of anti-torture Committee report on Russian Federation

24/01/2013 Strasbourg

"I welcome the decision of the Russian Government to request the publication of this report as a sign of openness which I trust will continue in the future," said Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland. " I am confident that this is the beginning of a new policy of the Russian...

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Parliamentary Assembly

Azerbaijan: PACE decides to continue the monitoring procedure, encourages the authorities ‘to step up efforts’

24/01/2013 Strasbourg

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) today encouraged the authorities of Azerbaijan "to step up their efforts to implement the legislation in the areas crucial for the proper functioning of democratic institutions" and, against this background, decided to continue the...

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European Court of Human Rights

Opening of the judicial year of the European Court of Human Rights

23/01/2013

The judicial year of the European Court of Human Rights opened on 25 January 2013. One hundred and fifty eminent figures from the European judicial scene attend a seminar organised for the occasion. The seminar takes place in the afternoon, at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg...

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Parliamentary Assembly

Georgia-Russia: four years after the war, people's lives should take precedence over politics

23/01/2013 Strasbourg

The urgent humanitarian needs following the conflict between Georgia and Russia in 2008 have been dealt with, but there are still significant long-term humanitarian challenges which cannot be solved as long as "people's lives are becoming trumped by politics", PACE said today. According to the...

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Parliamentary Assembly

Parliamentary Assembly to intensify and expand dialogue with the Assembly of Kosovo*

23/01/2013 Strasbourg

In a resolution adopted today, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) underlined the need for the Council of Europe to maintain "direct working contacts with the Kosovo authorities, at all levels", in order to ensure the smooth implementation of Council of Europe co-operation...

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Secretary General

Thorbjørn Jagland: “Corruption is the biggest threat to democracy in Europe today”

22/01/2013 Strasbourg

Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland today issued an impassioned call for Europe to reaffirm its collective and individual commitment to protect human rights, solidarity and democracy, but warned that widespread corruption was undermining citizens' trust in the rule of...

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President of the Parliamentary Assembly

PACE President calls for vigilance in face of rising Euro-scepticism and populism

22/01/2013 Strasbourg

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Elysée Treaty, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Jean-Claude Mignon, has stressed that, today more than ever, Franco-German reconciliation offers a message of encouragement wherever reconciliation still...

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Parliamentary Assembly

Italian Justice Minister Severino: "European Court of Human Rights is a reference point for national judges"

22/01/2013 Strasbourg

"The European Court of Human Rights is not only a cornerstone in the defense of fundamental rights, but also a reference point for national judges", declared the Italian Justice Minister Paola Severino, while addressing PACE on Tuesday, January 22nd. The Italian Minister highlighted a series of...

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Parliamentary Assembly

EBRD to measure progress in democracy in more comprehensive manner

22/01/2013 Strasbourg

Mr Hans Peter Lankes, Vice-President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development today underlined the importance of the EBRD's relationship with the Council of Europe, and in particular with the PACE monitoring committee, as a forum for political scrutiny. Lankes said that Council of...

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Parliamentary Assembly

President Saakashvili says Georgia paid huge price for having chosen path of European integration

21/01/2013 Strasbourg

"Georgia has been threatened, embargoed, bombed, invaded and occupied. Two of our regions have been ethnically cleansed" declared President Saakashvili on Monday. He paid tribute to the Georgian people for the sacrifices they made for the country's independence and democratic institutions. He...

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Committee of Ministers - Parliamentary Assembly

Andorran Chairmanship to promote knowledge of the Convention among civil society and youth

21/01/2013 Strasbourg

Speaking today at the Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) Gilbert Saboya, Foreign Affairs Minister of Andorra, announced that the Andorran Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers will soon launch a campaign to promote the European Convention of Human Rights. The campaign will aim to mobilise civil...

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Parliamentary Assembly

Credentials of Greek and Hungarian members are ratified by PACE

21/01/2013 Strasbourg

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has decided to ratify the credentials of Eleni Zaroulia and Tamás Gaudi Nagy, Greek and Hungarian members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) whose credentials were challenged on the opening day of the session....

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President of the Parliamentary Assembly

Jean-Claude Mignon, re-elected President of Parliamentary Assembly, presents 2013 priorities

21/01/2013 Strasbourg

In his opening address at the Winter Session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Assembly President Jean-Claude Mignon took stock of his action over the past twelve months. Having been re-elected for a new one-year term, he also presented the priorities for his...

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Parliamentary Assembly

Urgent debates on developments in Mali and Algeria and on migration in Eastern Mediterranean

21/01/2013 Strasbourg

When adopting its final agenda at the opening of the Winter Session 2013, PACE decided to hold two urgent debates: on "Recent developments in Mali and Algeria and the threat to security and human rights in the Mediterranean region" and on "Migration and asylum: mounting tensions in the Eastern...

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Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence

Helsinki: regional conference on combating violence against women

18/01/2013 Strasbourg

Representatives from member states governments, parliaments and local authorities, judiciary and law enforcement, regional and international organisations, notably the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS), the Nordic Council, UN Women, EU and the Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA), meet on 17 and...

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European Pharmacopoeia

Ukraine becomes the 38th member of the European Pharmacopoeia

17/01/2013

On 17 December 2012, the Permanent Representation of Ukraine to the Council of Europe handed to Mr Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, its instrument of accession to the European Convention on the Elaboration of a European Pharmacopoeia [European Treaty Series n°...

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Roma rights

First congress of Roma mediators opens in Brussels

16/01/2013 Strasbourg

More than 350 people – including EU Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou and Council of Europe Special Representative for Roma Issues, Jeroen Schokkenbroek – meet in Brussels on 17 and 18 January for the first ever Congress of ROMED Mediators. Since January 2011, the Council of Europe's ROMED...

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Deputy Secretary General

Deputy Secretary General meets Italian Minister for Social Policies Fornero

15/01/2013 Strasbourg

"The Council of Europe has developed a series of instruments and mechanisms in order to promote social fairness", said Gabriella Battaini Dragoni in the meeting with the Italian Minister for Labour, Social policies and Equal Opportunities, Elsa Fornero. The Deputy Secretary General has...

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Commissioner for Human Rights

Governments should act in best interest of stateless children

15/01/2013 Strasbourg

"Citizenship is the ‘right to have rights'. Without citizenship, one lacks not only political rights, but often social and economic rights as well. On a symbolic level, citizenship implies being a full member of a national community, and even further, of humanity", says Nils Muižnieks, Council of...

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Congress of Local and Regional Authorities

Principality of Monaco signs and ratifies the European Charter of Local Self-Government

10/01/2013 Strasbourg

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe welcomes the simultaneous signature and ratification of the European Charter of Local Self-Government by the Principality of Monaco on 10 January 2013. This text will come into force in respect of Monaco on 1 May 2013. Thus...

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