Mikheil Saakashvili : Success in Georgia means success for the entire region
29.01.04 - Strasbourg,
The President of Georgia, in his speech today, stated that the peaceful Rose Revolution in his country was a direct manifestation of the European values of liberal democracy. ''If anything, the non-violent Rose Revolution served as a message to the world...(>>>)
President Saakashvili has raised the new Georgian flag at the Council of Europe
28.01.04 - Strasbourg,
The new Georgian flag is flying in front of the Council of Europe. It was run up the pole this morning by the President of Georgia, when he arrived at the Council of Europe for his first visit since being elected Georgia's Head of State. He is to make a speech to the Parliamentary...(>>>)
Address by the President of Georgia Mr. Mikheil Saakashvili to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe
28.01.04 - Strasbourg,
On January 28, 2004 the President of Georgia Mr. Mikhail Saakashvili will address the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly during its winter session in Strasbourg (19.00 local time). Following the address, parliamentarians are due to debate the functioning of democratic institutions...(>>>)
Press release issued by the Registrar Critical year ahead for European Court of Human Rights
28.01.04 - Strasbourg,
The European Court of Human Rights is facing “a critical year”, the Court’s President Luzius Wildhaber said today, with a new draft protocol to reform the Court’s structures and procedures due to be ready for discussion in May 2004.(>>>)
Clandestine migration and trafficking of human beings are challenges for the Council of Europe, says Walter Schwimmer
28.01.04 - Strasbourg,
During a press conference in Strasbourg on 27 January, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Walter Schwimmer, spoke of the challenges facing the Council of Europe and outlined some responses to major problems such as clandestine migration, social unrest, organised...(>>>)
Creativity, vision and initiative, key challenges for the Assembly, according to Peter Schieder
27.01.04 - Strasbourg,
Addressing the parliamentarians after his election for a third term as the head of the Assembly, Peter Schieder stressed that the challenge for the Assembly was to “combine creativity, vision and initiative with respect for equal rights, democratic procedure and protection of...(>>>)
European anthem: Council of Europe produces CD with new musical versions
27.01.04 - Strasbourg,
A Council of Europe CD with new interpretations of the European anthem will be presented for the first time on Thursday 29 January 2004 (7.30 pm) at the Palais de l’Europe, Strasbourg. This compilation features the first ever hip hop version of the European anthem, the Organisation’s...(>>>)
Committee of Ministers urges respect for human rights in conflict zones
22.01.04 - Strasbourg,
In a Declaration adopted on 21 January, the Committee of Ministers urges all member States to take measures to ensure compliance in all circumstances with human rights standards and in particular during armed conflict, as well as in situations of internal disturbances and tensions....(>>>)
Council of Europe's presence in Chechnya
21.01.04 - Strasbourg,
At their meeting today, the Ministers' Deputies will consider a report assessing the activities of Council of Europe experts in Chechnya and the situation in the Republic since June 2000. In particular they will examine the new arrangements for co-operation on this topic with...(>>>)
The Council of Europe Publications
20.01.04 - Tbilisi,
The Council of Europe Information Office in Tbilisi has produced the following five publications in Georgian in the framework of the programme Police and Human Rights – Beyond 2000:(>>>)
The letter of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe to the President Elect of Georgia
20.01.04 - Strasbourg,
Dear President, I should like to take this opportunity to congratulate you on your landslide election to the highest political post in your country.(>>>)
Third Intergovernmental Conference "Biodiversity in Europe"
20.01.04 - Madrid,
In Madrid from 18 to 21 January 2004, the Government of Spain will kindly host the Third "Biodiversity in Europe" Conference, the 8th meeting of the Council of the Pan-European Biological and Landscape Diversity Strategy (STRA-CO) and the 8th meeting of the Committee for the...(>>>)
Cyprus, Georgia and euthanasia top Parliamentary Assembly’s winter session
20.01.04 - Strasbourg,
Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos and Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili will address the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly during its winter session in Strasbourg (26-30 January 2004). Parliamentarians are due to debate the situations in both countries.(>>>)
Tirana: Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights in Tirana to participate in forum on “Combating trafficking of children in Europe”
16.01.04 - Strasbourg,
The Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe, Alvaro Gil-Robles, is organising a forum entitled “Combating trafficking of children in Europe” on 19 and 20 January in Tirana, at the Hotel Sheraton. (>>>)
50 years of the Versailles Charter: progress in local self-government in Europe
15.01.04 - Strasbourg,
A seminar on local self-government in Europe, organised by the Council of European Municipalities and Regions, will be held in Versailles on 16 January 2004, fifty years after the adoption of the European Charter of Municipal Liberties. The Charter was proclaimed in October 1953...(>>>)
Council of Europe Secretariat assistance mission to Georgia
15.01.04 -
Tbilisi, On 14-17 January 2004, following the decision of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, Mr. Jean-Louis Laurens, Director of the CoE Directorate for the Strategic Planning will lead a Secretariat Mission to Georgia. The aim of the visit is to review and...(>>>)
Council of Europe Congress celebrates ten years of grassroots democracy
15.01.04 -
Strasbourg, Herwig van Staa, President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, today marked this body’s tenth anniversary by calling for grassroots democracy throughout Europe.(>>>)
Deputies adopt guidelines on financial management at local and regional levels
09.01.04 -
Strasbourg, ''It would be desirable for newly elected local or regional executives to present a programme at the beginning of their term in office setting out aims, priorities and measures with an indication of the time-table of implementation and of the relevant budget resources.''...(>>>)
Report on Court reform before the Deputies
08.01.04 -
Strasbourg, At their meeting on 8 January 2004, the Ministers’ Deputies of the Council of Europe are to consider an interim report by the Steering Committee of Human Rights on reform of the European Court of Human Rights. Their agenda also includes discussions about the preparation...(>>>)
Statement by the Chair of the Committee of Ministers on the elections in Georgia
08.01.04 -
Strasbourg, The Chairman in office of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands Bernard Rudolf Bot commended the peaceful and smooth running of the extraordinary presidential elections in Georgia on 4 January 2004. He welcomed...(>>>)
Presidential election brings Georgia closer to meeting international standards
06.01.04 -
Tbilisi, 5 January 2004 - The 4 January presidential election in Georgia demonstrated notable progress over previous elections in the country but was only a partial test of Georgia's electoral system and commitment to a democratic process, representatives of the International...(>>>)