Statement by the Chairman of the Committee of Ministers on the Malaysia Airlines plane crash

Committee of Ministers Strasbourg 21/07/2014 Elmar Mammadyarov, Chairman of the Committee of Ministers “I have been shocked by the crash of the Malaysia...

Xenophobic and extremist discourse a challenge in Europe, says report on minority rights

Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities Strasbourg 06/10/2014 The rise in racist, xenophobic and extremist discourse in Europe in...

Situation of religious and ethnic communities in Middle East evolves from ‘alarming to desperate'

Parliamentary Assembly Strasbourg 02/10/2014 The situation of religious and ethnic communities in the Middle East in general and in Iraq and Syria in...

OECD chief warns of danger of ‘a lost generation’ of unemployed young people

Parliamentary Assembly Strasbourg 01/10/2014 Angel Gurría The Secretary General of the OECD Angel Gurría today warned parliamentarians that youth...

Grants for multi-ethnic municipalities in South-East Europe

Congress of Local and Regional Authorities Strasbourg 12/09/2014 Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina (Photo: Shutterstock) The Joint European Union / Council...

Hungary should do more for human rights of Roma, migrants and disabled people

Commissioner for Human Rights Strasbourg 04/07/2014 Nils Muižnieks "The impact of recent changes in the legal framework in Hungary on human rights has...

Montenegro: overcoming wartime legacy and strengthening media freedoms remain priorities

Commissioner for Human Rights Strasbourg 23/06/2014 “Montenegro has an important role in regional efforts to establish the truth about serious human...

Council of Europe welcomes Ukraine peace plan

Secretary General Strasbourg 21/06/2014 Secretary General Jagland has welcomed the plan put forward by the President Ukraine on a peaceful settlement...

Ukraine: Crucial to pursue police and judicial reforms

Commisioner for Human Rights Strasbourg 20/06/2014 Photo: Shutterstock “I strongly encourage the Ukrainian authorities to pursue reforms in the areas of...

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to address PACE

Parliamentary Assembly Strasbourg 20/06/2014 The Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will address the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe...

Little progress on political funding transparency

GRECO Strasbourg 19/06/2014 In its annual report , published today, the Council of Europe´s anti-corruption monitoring group GRECO expresses concern...

New reports on human trafficking in four member states

Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) Strasbourg 18/06/2014 The Council of Europe’s expert group on trafficking in human...

Ukraine: PACE President gravely concerned by the humanitarian consequences of the conflict

Parliamentary Assembly Strasburg 18/06/2014 "I am gravely concerned by what continues to develop in Ukraine and its borders," Anne Brasseur, President of...

Local vote in Georgia: Congress calls for zero tolerance towards electoral violence before runoffs

Congress of Local and Regional Authorities Strasbourg 16/06/2014 "We are all glad to say that yesterday's elections - despite the reports we have...

Secretary General Jagland in The Hague for meetings with Foreign Minister Timmermans and Parliamentarians

Secretary General Strasbourg 16/06/2014 Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland will be in The Hague on Tuesday 17 June 2014. He will meet Foreign Minister...

Reintegrating offenders: Helsinki conference discusses measures by prison and probation services

Council of Europe Strasbourg 16/06/2014 In Europe, some 1.7 million individuals are currently serving prison sentences and another 1.7 million are under...

Attack on Roma youth near Paris shameful and inexcusable

Secretary General Strasbourg 17/06/2014 Thorbjørn Jagland . Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland  joined President Hollande and many politicians...

International Advisory Panel on Ukraine concludes first working session

Secretary General Strasbourg 15/04/2014 Mr Anpilogov, Sir Bratza, Mr Butkevych and Mr Jagland The first working session of the International Advisory...