The Council of Europe is organising its first European festival of short video films
31.01.05 - Strasbourg,
This is to let you know that the Video-Photography Section of the Council of Europe Staff Amicale is organising its first European festival of short video films. The festival will be in Strasbourg from 25 to 27 November 2005.(>>>)
The video-record of the press-conference of the Venice Commission delegation visiting Georgia
28.01.05 - Tbilisi,
Today, 28 January 2005 at 15.00, the Council of Europe’s Venice Commission and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Georgia have organised a joint press conference (MFA press-room) on the results of the Venice Commission’s visit to Georgia. (>>>)
Council of Europe parliamentarians demand greater protection for victims in new treaty on trafficking
28.01.05 - Strasbourg,
The Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) on 26 January demanded over forty “essential” changes in the text of a new draft convention on trafficking – to give greater protection to victims and make the treaty more binding – and warned that it might withdraw its support...(>>>)
Terry Davis addresses Assembly on Council of Europe activities
27.01.05 - Strasbourg,
The Secretary General addressed the Parliamentary Assembly today on ''the state of the Council of Europe''. ''Real democracy is a spirit, a culture and the task of the Council of Europe is to spread this culture throughout our continent'' he said. Speaking on the effectiveness...(>>>)
Chairmanships and Vice-Chairmanships of PACE Committees for 2005
27.01.05 - Strasbourg,
Chairmanships and Vice-Chairmanships of PACE Committees for 2005(>>>)
Terry Davis' address on Council of Europe activities
27.01.05 - Strasbourg,
The Secretary General will address the Parliamentary Assembly today at 11.40 am, on ''the state of the Council of Europe''. This address offers the opportunity, every year, to give both a presentation and an overview of the Organisation's activities. Terry Davis will also give...(>>>)
PACE wants the Third Summit to provide Council of Europe with a clear political mandate for the coming years
27.01.05 - Strasbourg,
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) wants the Third Summit of Council of Europe Heads of State and Government, to be held in Warsaw on 16 and 17 May 2005, to define the Council of Europe's place in the European institutional landscape and to "provide the...(>>>)
EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS. Press release issued by the Registrar - President calls for speedy ratification of new Protocol
27.01.05 - Strasbourg,
Speaking at the European Court of Human Rights’ annual press conference, held this morning in Strasbourg, the Court’s President Luzius Wildhaber called on Council of Europe member States to ratify Protocol No. 14 to the European Convention on Human Rights as rapidly as possible,...(>>>)
Mikheil Saakashvili promises a pacified Georgia where fundamental rights are respected
26.01.05 - Strasbourg,
The President of Georgia, speaking to the Parliamentary Assembly today, unveiled a plan for lasting peace for South Ossetia. Inter alia, the plan provides for greater autonomy for the region, for the right to a local elected government, comprising an executive and a parliament...(>>>)
Mikhail Saakashvili at the Council of Europe
26.01.05 - Strasbourg,
The Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili will address the Parliamentary Assembly Wednesday 26 January at 11am. His visit follows the debate, which took place on Monday, on the honouring of obligations and commitments by Georgia after the revolution of roses. In his speech,...(>>>)
The Presidents of Ukraine and Georgia inaugurate a joint exhibition on the two countries' revolutions
26.01.05 - Strasbourg,
An exhibition focusing on Georgia’s revolution of roses and Ukraine's orange revolution was today inaugurated by Viktor Yushchenko and Mikhail Saakashvili in the presence of Secretary General Terry Davis and President of the Parliamentary Assembly René van der Linden. The President...(>>>)
The Agency should be given a precise mandate, says Maud de Boer-Buquicchio at the public hearing on the Fundamental Rights Agency of European Commission
26.01.05 - Strasbourg,
In Brussels, the Deputy Secretary General today welcomed the establishment of a EU Fundamental Rights Agency. For the Council of Europe this is seen as an opportunity to effectively ''enhance the protection of human rights in the member States of the European Union''. But instead...(>>>)
Latest Council of Europe report on organised crime
26.01.05 - Strasbourg,
Council of Europe has today published its latest annual report on the state of organised crime in its 46 member states. According to the 2004 report, economic crime, the production and trafficking of drugs, trafficking in human beings and people smuggling are the main threats...(>>>)
Venice Commission visits Georgia to discuss future status of South Ossetia
25.01.05 - Strasbourg,
A delegation from the Venice Commission – the Council of Europe advisory body on constitutional issues – will visit Georgia from 26 to 28 January 2005 to discuss possible legal solutions to the South Ossetian conflict. The visit follows a request by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs...(>>>)
Time to ‘normalise’ the situation in Georgia, says PACE
25.01.05 - Strasbourg,
A year on from the “Rose Revolution”, it is time to normalise the situation in Georgia and bring the political process firmly back to the country’s institutions, the Assembly said today at the end of a debate on Georgia’s honouring of its obligations and commitments.(>>>)
PACE elects its Vice-Presidents
25.01.05 - Strasbourg,
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) today elected its Vice-Presidents: (>>>)
René van der Linden from the Netherlands is new PACE President
25.01.05 - Strasbourg,
René van der Linden (Netherlands) was today unanimously elected President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Strasbourg-based Council of Europe (PACE) for a mandate of one year, twice renewable. (>>>)
René van der Linden elected Assembly President
24.01.05 - Strasbourg,
Dutch Conservative René van der Linden has today been elected President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. Van der Linden succeeds the Socialist Peter Schieder for a term of one year, renewable twice. In an interview, the new President whose term of office...(>>>)
Peter Schieder reviews his period in office
24.01.05 - Strasbourg,
The President of the Assembly Peter Schieder gave a press conference today, Monday 24th January, reviewing his 3-year period of office. He underlined the actions of the Parliamentary Assembly in the fight against terrorism, the protection of minority rights and the efforts taken...(>>>)
Terry Davis in Ukraine
24.01.05 - Strasbourg,
The Secretary General of the Council of Europe went to Kiev on Sunday 23 January to participate in the Solemn Session on the occasion of administration of oath by the newly-elected President, Viktor Yuschenko. He met there Aleksandr Zinchenko, vice-speaker of Ukrainian parliament,...(>>>)
Viktor Yushchenko and Mikheil Saakashvili to address PACE winter session
20.01.05 - Strasbourg,
Addresses by Ukrainian President-elect Viktor Yushchenko and Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili are among highlights of the winter session of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE), which takes place in Strasbourg from 24 to 28 January 2005.(>>>)
Meeting on money laundering and terrorist financing
20.01.05 - Strasbourg,
At its 16th plenary meeting, the Committee on the evaluation of anti-money laundering and terrorist financing measures (MONEYVAL) will have an exchange of views with Jean-Louis Fort, President of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). Representatives of the World Bank, the IMF,...(>>>)
Presentation to the Committee of Ministers of the report on European judicial systems 2002 of the European Commission for the efficiency of justice
20.01.05 - Strasbourg,
The President of the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ), Eberhard Desch, will present the first report on the evaluation of European judicial systems and the programme of activities of the commission for 2005 today to the Deputies.(>>>)
Reward of European Diploma of Protected Areas to a reserve in the Netherlands
19.01.05 - Strasbourg,
Josef Fischer-Colbrie, chairman of the Group of specialists on the European Diploma, will present the Diploma to the manager of the Naardermeer nature reserve, during a ceremony which will take place in ’s-Graveland on 18 January. The Committee of Ministers awarded the Diploma...(>>>)
Meeting of the Executive Board of National Association of Local Self-Government Units of Georgia
17.01.05 - Tbilisi,
The 1st Meeting of the Executive Board of the newly established National Association of Local Self-Government Units of Georgia is held on 17-18 January in Tbilisi. The National Association was officially created on 17 December 2004 in Tbilisi on the occasion of a constituent...(>>>)
Seminar on the European Convention on Human Rights
17.01.05 - Tbilisi,
Seminar on the European Convention on Human Rights for lawyers and NGO lawyers is held on 14-17 January 2005 in Tbilisi. The seminar is organised by the Institute of State and Law of the Georgian Academy of Science with the Support of the Council of Europe Directorate General...(>>>)
Secretary General to pay a working visit to Moldova
13.01.05 - Strasbourg,
Terry Davis, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, will make a working visit to the Republic of Moldova from 15 to 17 January, to discuss the preparations of the forthcoming general elections, scheduled for 6 March. (>>>)
Strasbourg debate on violence in sport
13.01.05 - Strasbourg,
To coincide with publication of Sports et violences en Europe (only available in French), Council of Europe Publishing is organising a debate in conjunction with the Librairie Kléber bookshop. It will be attended by one of the authors, Dominique Bodin, senior lecturer in sociology...(>>>)
Committee of Ministers: priorities of the Luxembourg EU Presidency
12.01.05 - Strasbourg,
The 911th meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies, on Wednesday 12 January, will be particularly devoted to two themes: the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Immigration of Luxembourg, Mr Jean Asselborn, will present the priorities of the Luxembourg Presidency...(>>>)
PACE satisfied with the election of the President of the Palestinian Authority
11.01.05 - Jerusalem,
A delegation (1) of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), led by Lord Kilclooney, former Minister at Home Affairs in Northern Ireland, observed the 9 January election of the President of the Palestinian Authority. (>>>)