The Czech Republic should improve measures to prevent corruption among MPs, judges and prosecutors

Council of Europe 02 November 2016 Strasbourg

In a report published today, the Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) calls on the Czech authorities to make substantial reforms to strengthen the prevention of corruption among parliamentarians, judges and prosecutors (see also the Czech version of the report) GRECO...

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Turkey: Secretary General Jagland concerned about state of emergency measures and freedom of expression

Secretary General 31 October 2016 Strasbourg

Council of Europe of Secretary General Jagland has commented on recent developments in Turkey in a statement released on Monday: "It is highly questionable if the raid against Cumhuriyet can be justified as a proportionate measure, even under the state of emergency. I am also concerned about the...

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Secretary General on official visit to Monaco

Secretary General 27 October 2016 Monaco

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland will have an Audience with Prince Albert II of Monaco and meet the followings officials: - Mr Philippe Narmino, Director of Judicial Services - Mr Serge Telle, Minister of State - Mr Christophe Steiner, Chairman of the National...

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Statement by the Spokesperson of the Secretary General on the arrest of co-mayors of Diyarbakır

Spokesperson of the Secretary General 26 October 2016 Strasbourg

It is a matter of particular concern to the Council of Europe when democratically-elected representatives are deprived of their liberty. We will ask the authorities in our member state Turkey to provide us with the necessary explanations.

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Council of Europe calls on member states to ban genetic tests for insurance purposes

Council of Europe 26 October 2016 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe calls upon the Governments of its Member States to ensure non-discrimination, including on grounds of genetic characteristics, and the protection of private life in the framework of insurance contracts covering risks related to health, age or death. “People’s health and...

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Secretary General meets Hungarian Justice Minister László Trócsányi

Secretary General 25 October 2016 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland on Tuesday met the Hungarian Justice Minister, László Trócsányi. Minsiter Trócsányi reported that new legislation had been adopted to provide an effective remedy to victims of prison ovecrowding in line with a pilot judgment (Varga and others) by the European...

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The European day of justice is celebrated in 18 member States of the Council of Europe

Council of Europe 24 October 2016 Strasbourg

The European Day of Justice is celebrated each year around the 25 October. It aims to bring justice closer to citizens, to inform them on their rights and to to promote the work of the Council of Europe and the European Commission in the field of justice, through simulation of procedures and...

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Prevention of corruption in respect of top government officials and law enforcement

Group of States against corruption (GRECO) 24 October 2016 Strasbourg

In 2017, the Council of Europe anti-corruption body GRECO will start monitoring the prevention of corruption and the promotion of integrity in central governments (top executive functions) and law enforcement agencies, which will be the themes of its 5th Evaluation Round. In a plenary meeting...

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EUR-OPA Hazard Ministerial Conference in Lisbon: Building more disaster resilient societies

European and Mediterranean Major Hazards Agreement (EUR-OPA) 24 October 2016 Strasbourg

This summer, some Southern European countries have faced unprecedented heatwaves and wildfires. Portugal is due to host the 13th ministerial session of the Council of Europe’s European and Mediterranean Major Hazards Agreement (EUR-OPA) on 26 October 2016 in Lisbon. Designed to strengthen...

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A Europe rich in history, heritage and values: the Cultural Routes Advisory Forum 2016 in Vilnius

Council of Europe 24 October 2016 Strasbourg

A journey through space and time across Europe to foster cultural heritage, enhance diversity and promote intercultural dialogue: the Council of Europe Cultural Routes Annual Advisory Forum 2016 will take place at the Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva in Vilnius (Lithuania) on 26-27 October. This year’s...

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Local democracy in Cyprus

Congress of Local and Regional authorities Session 20 October 2016 Strasbourg

Today the Congress of Local and Regional authorities of the Council of Europe adopted a report on the state of local democracy Cyprus following a monitoring visit to Nicosia, Kokkinotrimithia, Ayios Dhometios and Paphos in April 2016. It was the third monitoring report since the ratification of...

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European Committee of Social Rights: Greek minister attends hearing on social rights and austerity

European Committee of Social Rights 20 October 2016 Strasbourg

A public hearing of the European Committee of Social Rights today focused on how austerity in Greece has affected social rights under the guidelines of the European Social Charter. The committee granted the hearing request, which was made by the complainant organisation, the Greek General...

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Thorbjørn Jagland: “Congress' thematics are in line with the Council of Europe's priorities”

Congress of Local and Regional Authorities Session 20 October 2016 Strasbourg

“It is very important for the Council of Europe to work with the Congress which represents the grassroots level closest to the people of our member countries”, said Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland in his address to the 31st Session of the Congress on 19 October 2016. He...

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Preventing radicalisation in towns, cities and regions: the Congress consolidates its strategy

Congress of Local and Regional Authorities Session 19 October 2016 Strasbourg

The Congress committees on current affairs and governance have held joint discussions on the Congress’ strategy to prevent radicalisation in towns, cities and regions. The report and resolution presented by Josef Neumann (Germany, SOC) and Bert Bouwmeester (Netherlands, ILDG) urge the Congress...

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Gudrun Mosler-Törnström elected as first woman President of the Congress

Congress of Local and Regional Authorities Session 19 October 2016 Strasbourg

The members of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, meeting for the 31st Session in Strasbourg (France), elected Gudrun Mosler-Törnström (Austria, SOC) as President for a two-year term of office. Ms Mosler-Törnström is the first woman being elected to the...

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How to fight human trafficking: new guide for governments

Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) 18 October 2016 Strasbourg

10th European Anti-Trafficking Day, 18 October

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Why remembering the Holocaust is a human rights imperative

Commissioner of Human Rights 18 October 2016 Strasbourg

"The Shoah stands out as one of the defining moments of history that has shaped the conscience of mankind. It is unique in its roots, implementation and envisioned totality", says Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner of Human Rights, in his latest Human rights Comment published today....

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Calais camp closure

Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration and Refugees 14 October 2016 Strasbourg

There must be alternative accommodation in France and increased cooperation for the transfer of unaccompanied children to the United Kingdom

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Venice Commission: New Polish law on constitutional tribunal gives excessive power to parliament and the executive over the judiciary

Venice Commission 14 October 2016 Strasbourg

An opinion adopted today by the Council of Europe’s constitutional law experts, the Venice Commission, found that Poland’s new Act on the Constitutional Tribunal does not meet two essential standards of balance of power in government: the independence of the judiciary and the position of the...

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New tool to help governments strengthen democracy through culture

Council of Europe 14 October 2016 Strasbourg

The 47-nation Council of Europe is today launching a new statistical tool to help decision-makers see where changes in cultural policy can best help to strengthen democracy. “Experts have thought for a long time that there are strong links between people taking part in cultural activities and...

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