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SPACE prisons survey for 2015

Council of Europe 17 March 2017 Strasbourg

For 30 years, the Council of Europe has surveyed the continent’s prisoner population. The latest figures are for 2015 and they show that there were just over 1.4 million people held in penitentiary institutions. Between 2014 and 2015, the number of inmates fell by around 102,800 or 7%. Nearly...

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January 2017 PACE session: highlights summary

The latest edition of ‘the Session’ pulls together the highlights of a busy week at PACE, including visits by the President of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades and the President of Romania, Klaus Werner Iohannis. There is also a round-up of the main debates that took place in the Parliamentary...

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Protecting cultural property

Council of Europe 17 January 2017 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe is currently preparing a new Convention on Offences related to Cultural Property, which will become the only international treaty focusing on criminal measures and sanctions on illegal activities in the field of cultural heritage. These include the illicit excavation, sale...

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Balance in Sport

Council of Europe 14 December 2016 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe is working to make sporting equality between men and women a reality

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GRECO anti-corruption video

Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) 9 December 2016 Strasbourg

Corruption damages the economy and undermines trust in democratic institutions, threatening human rights and the rule of law. It makes our societies less equal and less fair. The Council of Europe’s anti-corruption body GRECO has launched this short video to raise public awareness about the...

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October 2016 PACE session: highlights summary

Council of Europe 5 December 2016 Strasbourg

The latest edition of ‘the Session’ pulls together the highlights of a busy week at PACE, including visits by the President of France, François Hollande and the foreign ministers of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, and Turkey, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu. There is also a round-up of the main debates that...

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Interview with Feo Aladag

Council of Europe 25 November 2016 Strasbourg

Austrian film director, screenwriter and producer Feo Aladag discusses her award-winning film “When we leave” (2010). Set in Istanbul and Berlin, the film tells the story of a young German/Turkish mother’s struggle for self-determination between two value systems.

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Pompidou Group: the dangers of designer drugs

Pompidou Group 22 November 2016 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s drugs policy unit, the Pompidou Group is looking at ways of combatting new psychoactive substances, also known as designer drugs. Experts are hoping the symposium, held in Venice, will encourage effective approaches in tackling supply, demand and harm reduction in the...

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Interview with Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway

Council of Europe 08 November 2016 Strasbourg

Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway, was a keynote speaker at the World Forum for Democracy. In this interview she outlines her views on the future of democracy in Europe, and underlines the importance of education for girls, and gender equality in general, for the strengthening of democracy...

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Interview with Mark Bale, chair of the Council of Europe’s Bioethics Committee

Europarat 26. Oktober 2016 Straßburg

Interview mit Mark Bale, Vorsitzender des Bioethik-Ausschuss des Europarats, über die Implikationen von Menschenrechten im Hinblick auf historische Gesundheitsdaten. Das Ministerkomitee des Europarats hat an die Mitgliedstaaten appelliert, die Nicht-Diskriminierung gegen Einzelne – auch unter...

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Human Rights Court: new film

European Court of Human Rights 17 October 2016 Strasbourg

A new film on the European Court of Human Rights has just been released. Aimed at a wide audience, the film explains how the Court works, describes the challenges it faces, and illustrates the scope of its activity by using examples from its case-law.

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Interview with Francesco Palermo: Do we need new minority policies in Europe?

Council of Europe 30 September 2016 Strasbourg

Francesco Palermo, former President of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (FCNM), ahead of the Conference on the scope of the FCNM as a tool to manage diversity, talks about approaches to identifying minorities in various Council of Europe...

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Interview with Professor Natan Sznaider

Council of Europe 23 September 2016 Strasbourg

Professor Natan Sznaider, from the Academic College of Tel-Aviv (Israel), discusses his vision of the European project - its evolution, current challenges and future direction.

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Interview with Dr Susanne Keitel, Director of the EDQM

The 9th Edition European Pharmacopoeia: Maintaining high quality standards in a dynamic global environment

European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines & Healthcare 16 August 2016 Strasbourg

In July 2016, the EDQM released the 9th Edition of the European Pharmacopoeia (Ph. Eur.). Compared to the 8th Edition, more than half of the 9th Edition is new or revised, reflecting the latest developments in a truly globalised, dynamic and ever-changing pharmaceutical world. In this video clip,...

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Terrorist or repairman?

Council of Europe 29 July 2016 Strasbourg

In this spot, made by students at Lisbon's Lusofona University in support of the Living Together in diversity campaign, our stereotypes of Islamic terrorism are challenged when a seemingly sinister activity turns out to have a completely innocent purpose.

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Living together – unexpected friendship

Council of Europe 29 July 2016 Strasbourg

This TV spot, aimed at supporting the Living Together in diversity campaign, shows how a mutual enthusiasm for sport can bring together even the most unlikely of people.

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