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1247th meeting of the Ministers' Deputies
[11/02/2016] At their meeting on 10-11 February, the Ministers Deputies:
- adopted a declaration on the death penalty in the United States of America, deploring the execution of five persons since the beginning of 2016. The Declaration also indicates that the Committee of Ministers is following with concern the debate relating to the lifting of the moratorium on executions in the State of California following the possible introduction of a new lethal injection protocol and they urge the Californian authorities not to go back on the moratorium put in place in 2006 so as to ensure that the death penalty remains a thing of the past;
- adopted a recommendation to member States on the Internet of citizens. This recommendation contains guidelines on the modernisation of cultural institutions, encouraging consumers to become prosumers and creative citizens and multiliteracy skills for access to, creation and management of digital culture. It recommends that member States recognise digital culture as one of the key issues for modern cultural policy making and revisit their cultural policy approaches in line with these guidelines;
- held an exchange of views on the United Nations (human rights questions), with the participation of experts from capitals and in the presence of Ambassador Choi Kyong-lim, Chairman of the UN Human Rights Council, Mr Jan Jarab, UN Head of the Regional Office for Europe and Ms Krista Oinonen, Chair of the CDDH Drafting group on human rights in culturally diverse societies (CDDH-DC);
- held an exchange of views with Mr Guido Raimondi, President of the European Court of Human Rights, concerning in particular the reform process of the Court;
- held an exchange of views with Mr Pedro Agramunt, President of the Parliamentary Assembly on the 1st part of the Assembly's 2016 Session (Strasbourg, 25-29 January 2016).
The other items examined by the Deputies appear in the Agenda and the decisions adopted will be available shortly in the meeting file.

1246th meeting of the Ministers' Deputies
[03/02/2016] At their meeting on 3 February, the Ministers Deputies held an exchange of views with Mr Gernot Erler, Special Representative of the German Federal Government for the German OSCE Chairmanship on co-operation between the Council of Europe and the OSCE.
They adopted a resolution on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by Germany.
The Deputies also took note of the following reports:
- a progress review report on implementation of the Action Plan for the Republic of Moldova 2013-2016 ;
- the annual report 2015 on the implementation of the Council of Europe Gender Equality Strategy 2014-2017;
- an implementation report on the Council of Europe Strategy for the Rights of the Child (2012-2015).
The other items examined by the Deputies appear in the Agenda and the decisions adopted are available in the meeting file.

Daniel Mitov"The fight against terrorism will continue to be a priority far beyond our chairmanship"
Speech by Daniel Mitov, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria and Chairman of the Committee of Ministers
[25/01/2016] "The Council of Europe has an important role to play in assisting our countries in the fight against terrorism, through the arsenal of its legal instruments, while respecting the rule of law and fundamental freedoms," said Daniel Mitov, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria and Chairman of the Committee of Ministers, addressing the Parliamentary Assembly on 25 January.
"We will give the highest priority to the rapid implementation of the Action Plan on the fight against violent extremism and radicalisation leading to terrorism, adopted in May 2015 by the Committee of Ministers," stressed Mr Mitov, who also encouraged the governments which have not yet done so, to sign and ratify the Additional Protocol to the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism.
In addition, Mr Mitov recalled the priorities of the Bulgarian Chairmanship, namely: strengthening the protection of the rights of the child and facilitating young people's access to culture; the protection of media from external influence; and protecting the rights of persons belonging to vulnerable groups including the elderly, disabled, Roma and migrants as well as preventing their marginalisation and social exclusion.
Finally, Mr Mitov reviewed some of the main activities of the Committee of Ministers since last autumn.
This is the second time since Bulgaria became a member of the Council of Europe in 1992, that it holds the chairmanship of the Organisation.
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1245th meeting of the Ministers' Deputies (20 January 2016)
[20/01/2016] At their 1245th meeting, the Ministers Deputies:
  held an exchange of views with Mr Cdric Visart de Bocarme, Chair of the Consultative Council of European Prosecutors (CCPE) and with Mr Johannes Riedel, outgoing member of the Consultative Council of European Judges (CCJE), on a report on the Challenges for judicial independence and impartiality in the member states of the Council of Europe;
  held an exchange of views with Mr Wojciech Sawicki, Secretary General of the Parliamentary Assembly, on the preparation of the 1st part of the 2016 Session and other Assembly activities;
  adopted a recommendation on the application of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages by Spain.
The other items examined by the Deputies appear in the Agenda and the decisions adopted are available in the meeting file.
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The Committee of Ministers is the Council of Europe's decision-making body. It is composed of the Ministers for Foreign Affairs of the 47 member states or their permanent representatives in Strasbourg (more...).
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1244th meeting of the Ministers' Deputies (13 January 2016)
[13/01/2016] At the beginning of their 1244th meeting, the Ministers' Deputies observed a minute of silence in memory of the victims and in solidarity with Turkey, following the terrorist attack in Istanbul on 12 January 2016.
The Deputies adopted a recommendation to member States on protecting and promoting the right to freedom of expression and the right to private life with regard to network neutrality. The recommendation contains a set of network neutrality guidelines pointing out that Internet traffic should be treated equally, without discrimination, restriction or interference irrespective of the sender, receiver, content, application, service or device (more).
They also welcomed: Opinion No. 18 (2015) of the Consultative Council of European Judges (CCJE) on the position of the judiciary and its relation with the other powers of State in a modern democracy and the Situation Report on the judiciary and judges in the Council of Europe member States; and Opinion No. 10 (2015) of the Consultative Council of European Prosecutors (CCPE) on the role of prosecutors in criminal investigations.
The other items examined by the Deputies appear in the Agenda and the decisions adopted are available in the meeting file.

Daniel MitovIstanbul terrorist attack
Statement by Daniel Mitov, Chairman of the Committee of Ministers and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria
[12/01/2016] "I am deeply shocked by the horrendous terrorist attack which took place in Istanbul this morning. I wish to express my sincere condolences to the families of the victims and my sympathy and solidarity to the Turkish people and authorities.
Europe must stand firm and united against terrorism, in full respect of the principles of freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law. The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe will continue to give the highest priority to the implementation of the Action Plan on the fight against violent extremism and radicalisation leading to terrorism adopted in May 2015."

Decisions on the execution of European Court of Human Rights judgments
[11/12/2015] On 11 December, the Committee of Ministers published the decisions and resolutions adopted at its 1243rd special "human rights" meeting (8-9 December 2015) during which it examined the state of implementation of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights.
The list of the cases which were subjected to a more detailed examination is presented on the website of the Department for the Execution of Judgments of the European Court of Human Rights, as well as on this site.
The texts adopted concern Albania, Azerbaijan, Belgium, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, the Republic of Moldova, Poland, the Russian Federation, Serbia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Kingdom. (more...)

1242nd meeting of the Ministers' Deputies
[02/12/2015] At their 1242nd meeting, the Ministers' Deputies:
    following the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, reviewed the implementation of the Action Plan on the fight against violent extremism and radicalisation leading to terrorism;
    held an exchange of views with Ms Astrid Thors, OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities;
    held an exchange of views with Ms Anna Rurka, President of the Conference of International Non-Governmental Organisations (INGOs);
    adopted recommendations on the application of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages by the Czech Republic and Poland.
Mr Andreas Kiefer, Secretary General of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, also presented the activity report of the Congress (mid-April to end-November 2015) to the Deputies.
The other items examined by the Deputies appear in the Agenda and the decisions adopted are available in the meeting file.  

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