Council of Europe Pompidou Group explores ways to spread good practice in drug prevention
30.11.05 - Strasbourg,
How can good practice in the field of drug prevention be promoted? Some fifty practitioners and decision makers from 20 countries will answer this question at a conference in Strasbourg from 30 November to 2 December 2005, organised by the Council of Europe Pompidou Group (*)....(>>>)
Media after Adoption of the Law on Freedom of Speech and Expression
29.11.05 - Tbilisi,
A meeting on the”Media after adoption of Law on Freedom of Speech and Expression” is held on 29 November in Tbilisi. (>>>)
Alleged secret detention centres in Council of Europe member states: roadmap for the PACE inquiry
28.11.05 - Strasbourg,
In an information memorandum published on 25 November, Dick Marty, the rapporteur of the Parliamentary Assembly who is investigating allegations about secret detention centres in Council of Europe member states, refers to suspicious movements by 31 aircraft allegedly belonging...(>>>)
Violence against Women – statement by the PACE Standing Committee
28.11.05 - Bucharest,
On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the Standing Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), adopted the following statement at its meeting in Bucharest today: (>>>)
Reports of illegal detention and “rendition flights” in Council of Europe member states – the Secretary General activates the procedure under Article 52 of the European Convention on Human Rights
25.11.05 - Strasbourg,
Terry Davis, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe informed the organisation’s Committee of Ministers of his decision to open a formal inquiry into recent reports suggesting that terrorist suspects may have been secretly detained in or transported through a number of...(>>>)
Allegations of secret detention centres in Council of Europe member states: no proof as yet, but ‘indications’
24.11.05 - Strasbourg,
The Rapporteur of the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Dick Marty (Switzerland, ALDE), who is responsible for investigating the alleged existence of secret detention centres in Council of Europe member...(>>>)
PACE President to discuss priorities of Committee of Ministers’ Romanian chairmanship
21.11.05 - Strasbourg,
The President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), René van der Linden, will make an official visit to Romania on 23 and 24 November at the beginning of the Romanian chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the 46-member Organisation. He will meet...(>>>)
Parliamentary hearing on ratification of the National Minorities Framework Convention
21.11.05 - Strasbourg,
Representatives of member states which have not ratified the Council of Europe’s Framework Convention for the protection of National Minorities (Andorra, Belgium, France, Georgia, Greece, Iceland, Luxembourg, Monaco and Turkey) have been invited to a hearing, organised by the...(>>>)
Alleged secret detention centres in Council of Europe member states
21.11.05 - Strasbourg,
The Legal Affairs Committee of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) will discuss an information memorandum on this subject by Rapporteur Dick Marty (Switzerland, ALDE) at its meeting in Paris on Tuesday, 22 November. (>>>)
Giovanni Di Stasi: ''The Congress has a key role to play in implementing the Action Plan adopted by the Warsaw Summit''
21.11.05 - Strasbourg,
''Reinforcing local government, clarifying its objectives and competences, and giving it the financial means to fulfill its responsibilities: these objectives reflect the main goals set of the Warsaw Summit Action Plan” stated today Giovanni Di Stasi, on the occasion of the session...(>>>)
A new co-operation agreement between Council of Europe and OSCE
21.11.05 - Strasbourg,
The Secretaries General of the Council of Europe and the OSCE have signed a new co-operation agreement providing for joint action to assist with building effective democracy and good governance at local and regional level in South-East Europe. (>>>)
Alleged secret CIA detention centres – René van der Linden calls for full co-operation with PACE enquiry
21.11.05 - Strasbourg,
Speaking at today’s session of the Council of Europe’s executive body, the Committee of Ministers, the President of the 46-nation Organisation’s Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) called on all member governments, along with the European Commission, to co-operate fully with the recently...(>>>)
Romania announces priorities for Council of Europe Committee of Ministers Chairmanship
21.11.05 - Strasbourg,
Romania took over the chairmanship of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers with a pledge to carry out the political declaration and action plan of the 2005 Warsaw Summit. (>>>)
North South Prize of the Council of Europe for Geldof and Gebre
21.11.05 - Strasbourg,
Pop star and charity campaigner Bob Geldof and Ethiopian women’s rights activist Bogaletch Gebre are the winners of this year's Council of Europe North South Prize. (>>>)
Europe Celebrates Flag’s 50th Birthday
16.11.05 - Strasbourg,
Leaders of the European institutions are to mark the 50th anniversary of the European flag with a celebration at the Council of Europe on 16 November at 2.30pm. Adopted by the Council of Europe in 1955, the flag was first officially used by the European Union in 1986. During...(>>>)
Application of the European Convention on Human Rights by the Public Defender (Ombudsman), 16-17 November, Tbilisi
16.11.05 - Tbilisi,
A two-day seminar on “the application of the European Convention on Human Rights by the Public Defender” is held on 16-17 November in Tbilisi. The training seminar for the staff of the Office of the Public Defender is rganised by the Office of the Public Defender of Georgia...(>>>)
PACE President warns of considerable danger of linking urban violence in France to religion
15.11.05 - Strasbourg,
Referring to the recent events in France, Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) President René van der Linden warned of the considerable danger of creating a link between religion and social problems caused by exclusion, unemployment and lack of education. (>>>)
Warsaw Summit Follow-up on the Foreign Ministers Agenda
11.11.05 - Strasbourg,
Foreign Ministers from the 46 Council of Europe member states will meet on Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 November in Strasbourg, under the Portuguese presidency. (>>>)
European Court of Human Rights: judgment in the case of Gongadze v. Ukraine
09.11.05 - Strasbourg,
The Court held that there had been a violation of Articles 2, 3 and 13 of the European Convention on Human Rights, considering the Ukrainian authorities’ failure to protect the life of Georgiy Gongadze and the inadequate investigation into his death. Georgiy Gongadze(>>>)
Giovanni Di Stasi calls for increased cooperation with local authorities to stem urban violence
09.11.05 - Strasbourg,
Giovanni Di Stasi, President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe has voiced deep concern over the urban violence of the last ten days in France. "This violence is unacceptable, and all the more so as it is to the detriment of the poorest...(>>>)
European film Heritage: Citizenship education through European eyes - Prize winning films
09.11.05 - Strasbourg,
he jury for the sixth annual festival of European cinema – “Citizenship education through European eyes” - has decided by a majority, after intense discussions, to award the European Democratic Citizenship Prize to the film “Va, vis et deviens” for its message attacking discrimination...(>>>)
Implementation of the Bologna Process in the Georgian Higher Education System, Tbilisi, 8-9 November 2005
08.11.05 - Tbilisi,
The conference on “Implementation of the Bologna Process in the Georgian Higher Education System” is held on 8-9 November in Tbilisi. The conference is organised by the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia in co-operation with the Council of Europe Directorate General...(>>>)
Maud de Boer-Buquicchio calls for prompt ratification of Convention on Trafficking in Human Beings
08.11.05 - Strasbourg,
Addressing the ''Alliance against trafficking in persons'' Conference organised by the OSCE in Vienna on 7 November, the Deputy Secretary General presented the Council of Europe’s Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings, which is central to its action in this...(>>>)
PACE to examine alleged secret CIA detention centres
08.11.05 - Paris,
The Legal Affairs Committee of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) appointed today its Chairperson Dick Marty (Switzerland, ALDE) as rapporteur to examine the subject of alleged secret CIA detention centres with a view to a possible urgent debate at the next Standing...(>>>)
European Court of Human Rights - New Registrar Elected
08.11.05 - Strasbourg,
Erik Fribergh has today been elected Registrar of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. Mr Fribergh, a Swedish national, was born in 1950. Elected by the Court’s Judges sitting in plenary session, he takes up his duties with immediate effect for a five-year term...(>>>)
PACE President calls for dialogue as France faces urban violence
07.11.05 - Strasbourg,
In the wake of the violence in several suburban areas of France which has seen hundreds of vehicles set on fire and major damage caused, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), René van der Linden, this morning called for calm and dialogue...(>>>)
Council of Europe launches democracy forum in Warsaw
07.11.05 - Warsaw,
The Council of Europe has launched a new forum to find ways of strengthening and developing democracy in its 46 member states. The Forum for the Future of Democracy held its launch meeting from 3-4 November at the Royal Castle in Warsaw, which was also the venue for the Council...(>>>)
Council of Europe Congress to hold its Autumn session from 7 to 9 November
07.11.05 - Strasbourg,
Local and regional democracy in Turkey and local democracy in Cyprus will be among the main items on the autumn agenda of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe. Reports on other subjects will also be debated during the session, including latest...(>>>)
“Secret detention centre allegations must be investigated” – Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights
04.11.05 - Strasbourg,
Reacting to the allegations in the American press of the existence of secret CIA detention centres in Europe, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights. Alvaro Gil-Robles, stated: (>>>)
9th meeting of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Experts on Terrorism (CODEXTER)
03.11.05 - Strasbourg,
Following the adoption last May of two new anti-terrorism conventions on the prevention of terrorism and terrorist financing, the Council of Europe’s Committee of Experts on Terrorism (CODEXTER) is holding its 9th meeting in Strasbourg, 8-10 November 2005. (>>>)