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Secretary General Jagland in Sarajevo

27 April 2015 Sarajevo
Thorbjørn Jagland is visiting Sarajevo for meetings with the Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denis Zvizdić. Secretary General Jagland will also meet Minister of...
Secretary General

Secretary General honours victims and survivors of Holocaust at concentration camp in France

26 April 2015 Struthof
Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland joined European leaders at a commemoration ceremony on the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the only Nazi concentration camp that was located in France....
Council of Europe

6th Conference of Ministers Responsible for Cultural Heritage

24 April 2015 Namur (Belgium)
Cultural Heritage in the 21st century for living better together: a common strategy for Europe
Parliamentary Assembly Session

FIFA should hold new vote on 2022 World Cup bid, says PACE

23 April 2015 Strasbourg
The decision to assign the 2022 World Cup to Qatar was so “radically flawed” by illegal payments that FIFA should hold a new vote under cleaned-up procedures, according to the Parliamentary...
Parliamentary Assembly Session

Nils Muižnieks: 2014 was a bad year for human rights in Europe

23 April 2015 Strasbourg
“Last year thousands of people died who should not have died, primarily in the Mediterranean Sea and in eastern Ukraine. They should not have died in a Europe that prides itself on being a space...
Parliamentary Assembly Session

Migratory flows in the Mediterranean: the EU should “carry out an urgent and concerted action”

23 April 2015 Strasbourg
The Assembly today called on the member States of the EU to adopt a comprehensive approach to deal with mixed migratory flows across the Mediterranean, with a view “to carrying out an urgent and...
Parliamentary Assembly Session

Didier Reynders: The cradle of our civilisation must not become the grave of those aspiring to be part of it

22 April 2015 Strasbourg
“It is totally contrary to our vision and our values that the cradle of our civilisation should become the grave of those aspiring to be part of it”, said Didier Reynders, Chairman of the Committee...
Parliamentary Assembly Session

Procedures 'based on self-determination' for changing gender on ID documents

22 April 2015 Strasbourg
Transgender people should be able to change their name and gender on birth certificates and identity documents, and European governments should “develop quick, transparent and accessible...
Parliamentary Assembly Session

Putting the child’s best interest first in any placement decision

22 April 2015 Strasbourg
The Assembly has expressed concern at its plenary session in Strasbourg over the violation of children's rights in some countries, when social services take children into care too rashly. This is...
President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities

Europe must bring a halt to the humanitarian disasters

21 April 2015 Strasbourg
Jean-Claude Frécon: "Europe must bring a halt to the diabolical sequence of humanitarian disasters in the Mediterranean"
Parliamentary Assembly

Dresden in Germany and Vara in Sweden are the winners of the 2015 Europe Prize

21 April 2015 Strasbourg
The 2015 Europe Prize – the highest level of the Prize which is awarded each year by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) to the town most active in promoting the European...
Parliamentary Assembly Session

Mass surveillance is counter-productive and "endangers human rights"

21 April 2015 Strasbourg
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has said that the mass surveillance practices disclosed by US whistleblower Edward Snowden “endanger fundamental human rights” and divert...
Parliamentary Assembly Session

The King of the Belgians: "let us build and preserve a decent society"

21 April 2015 Strasbourg
In his speech to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, meeting in plenary session in Strasbourg, the King of the Belgians called for the establishment and preservation of a decent...
Parliamentary Assembly Session

Anne Brasseur: the situation in Ukraine and the migration tragedy are our two main challenges

20 April 2015 Strasbourg
"Human rights are universal. Refugees must be able to live in dignity and in decent conditions! As a guardian of human rights and fundamental freedoms, our Assembly is duty bound to ring the alarm...
Council of Europe

Decentralisation in Ukraine: Council of Europe and Ukrainian Government to set up network of regional hubs to promote reform

17 April 2015 Strasbourg
The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, and the Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister, Henadii Zubko, today laid the foundations for further decentralisation across Ukraine by...
Committee of Ministers

Situation in Ukraine discussed at the Committee of Ministers

16 April 2015 Strasbourg
During the meeting of the Committee of Ministers on the 15th of April, Sir Nicolas Bratza, Chair of the International Advisory Panel on Ukraine (IAP), presented to the Ministers' Deputies the...
GRETA

Human trafficking: Many European states not doing enough for child victims

16 April 2015 Strasbourg
Governments across Europe need to step up their efforts to identify child victims of human trafficking and provide them with the support they are legally entitled to, according to a new report from...
Secretary General

Secretary General Jagland at Global Conference on Cyberspace

15 April 2015 Strasbourg
Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland is addressing the opening session of the Global Conference on Cyberspace on 16 April in The Hague. The conference aims at discussing the most...
Moneyval

Bosnia and Herzegovina referred to FATF International Cooperation Review Group

15 April 2015 Strasbourg
Council of Europe refers Bosnia and Herzegovina to FATF´s International Cooperation Review Group for insufficient progress on amendments to anti-money laundering legislation
Secretary General

Secretary General at International Forum for Sports Integrity

13 April 2015 Lausanne (Switzerland)
Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland is addressing the 1st International Forum for Sports Integrity (IFSI) : an initiative of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that aims to strengthen and...