The National Association of Local Self-Government Units of Georgia: a new tool for dialogue and cooperation between local and national authorities
17.12.04 - Tbilisi,
Georgia has got since today a new tool for promotion of dialogue and cooperation between local and national authorities. The National Association of Local Self-Government Units was officially created on the occasion of a Constituent Forum held at the Griboedov theatre in Tbilisi....(>>>)
The video-record of the opening ceremony of the Constituent Forum of the National Association of Local Self-Government Units of Georgia
17.12.04 - Tbilisi,
Please view the video-record of the opening ceremony of the Forum of the National Association of Local Self-Government Units of Georgia. The ceremony took place on December 17, 2004 at 10.30 (Griboedov Theatre).(>>>)
PACE to observe presidential election in Ukraine
17.12.04 - Strasbourg,
A 30-member delegation of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE), headed by Tadeusz Iwinski (Poland, SOC), will observe the re-run of the second round of the presidential election to be held in Ukraine on 26 December 2004. (>>>)
Adoption of the Council of Europe’s budget for 2005
16.12.04 - Strasbourg,
The Council of Europe Ministers’ Deputies have today adopted the Organisation’s budget for 2005. The member states’ contribution to the Ordinary Budget will amount to €186 million (as opposed to €180.5 million in 2004). (>>>)
Statement by the PACE Monitoring Committee on the situation in Ukraine
16.12.04 - Strasbourg,
The Monitoring Committee of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE), meeting yesterday in Paris, adopted the following statement: (>>>)
Local democracy in Georgia: Council of Europe supports launch of national forum for local government bodies
15.12.04 - Tbilisi,
The Council of Europe is supporting the launch of a forum that will defend the interests of local government bodies in Georgia, and seek to build a culture of partnership between local and national authorities. The National Association of Local Self-Government Units of Georgia...(>>>)
Budget, human rights and terrorism on Committee of Ministers agenda
15.12.04 - Strasbourg,
At its 909th meeting on 15 December, the Committee of Ministers will examine and adopt a number of important documents on terrorism, in particular guidelines on the protection of victims of terrorist acts. It will also adopt a declaration on freedom of expression and information...(>>>)
Council of Europe Secretary General to visit Ukraine
13.12.04 - Strasbourg,
Council of Europe Secretary General Terry Davis is to visit Ukraine on 13 December to discuss how the Council of Europe can assist this member state in the preparations of the election re-run, scheduled for 26 December 2004. (>>>)
European ministers call on the Council of Europe to boost dialogue with neighbouring regions
13.12.04 - Wroclaw,
European ministers of culture, education, youth and sport have urged the Council of Europe to consider new measures to boost intercultural and inter-religious dialogue with neighbouring regions - in particular the southern shore of the Mediterranean.(>>>)
International condemnation of the crimes of communism
13.12.04 - Strasbourg,
The Political Affairs Committee of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) is organising in Paris on 14 December a parliamentary hearing on “the need for international condemnation of the crimes of communism”, in the framework of the preparation of a report on the...(>>>)
50 years of Council of Europe art exhibitions: Poster exhibition in Wroclaw
10.12.04 - Strasbourg,
Posters for the Council of Europe’s 27 major art exhibitions will be presented at Wroclaw University from 7 pm on Thursday 9 December as part of the ministerial conference to launch celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the European Cultural Convention. (>>>)
"Democracy and citizenship in South-Mediterranean countries": round table discussion at the Council of Europe North South Centre
10.12.04 - Strasbourg,
A round table organised by the Council of Europe North-South Centre in Lisbon (10 and 11 December) will take stock of democracy and citizenship in Arab countries and examine the mechanisms available to promote and reinforce their democratic reform processes. (>>>)
Council of Europe makes 2005 the year of “learning and living democracy”
10.12.04 - Strasbourg,
Learn and live democracy – that’s the Council of Europe’s message for 800 million European citizens during 2005 – the European Year of Citizenship through Education.(>>>)
PACE President Peter Schieder on Human Rights Day
10.12.04 - Strasbourg,
“Making human rights a reality for people everywhere in the world should remain a top priority for all governments and international organisations, governmental and non-governmental”; said Peter Schieder, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE)...(>>>)
Terry Davis: “It is time for a counterattack”
10.12.04 - Strasbourg,
“It is time for a counterattack,” said Terry Davis, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, in a statement on the occasion of Human Rights Day, 10 December. “During last year, human rights were under attack all over the world, including Europe. It is time for a counterattack...(>>>)
Human Rights Day, 10 december 2004
10.12.04 - Strasbourg,
The President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, Giovanni Di Stasi, stressed the link between human rights and local and regional administration, in a statement made on the occasion of Human Rights Day. (>>>)
Terry Davis: Our work in the field of culture remains fundamental
09.12.04 - Strasbourg,
''The Convention, drawn up in the early stages of the Cold War, was from the outset open to all European States willing to adhere. It became a sort of passage through the Iron Curtain and a stepping-stone for full membership in the Council of Europe,'' said the Secretary General...(>>>)
Council of Europe Secretary General welcomes action of Ukrainian Parliament and President
09.12.04 - Wroclaw,
“I am impressed with the eagerness and resolve but also the restraint and maturity with which the people of Ukraine have exercised, both in Kyiv and in other cities, their right to peaceful demonstration. Ukraine, our member state, can be proud of this”, Terry Davis, Secretary...(>>>)
Georgia ratifies two Council of Europe treaties
09.12.04 - Strasbourg,
Georgian First Deputy Foreign Minister Kakha SIKHARULIDZE handed to Maud de BOER-BUQUICCHIO the instruments of ratification of the European Charter of Local Self-Government (entry into force: 01.04.2005) and of the Protocol amending the European Convention on the Suppression...(>>>)
Council of Europe experts arrive in Ukraine
08.12.04 - Strasbourg,
A Council of Europe expert mission arrived in Kyiv earlier today. The three experts will have meetings with the Ukrainian authorities and at the two candidates’ campaign headquarters, as well as with representatives of the media and civil society. Discussions will focus on ways...(>>>)
European parliamentary seminar on the role of the opposition in a democratic parliament
08.12.04 - Stokholm,
“The role of the opposition in a democratic parliament” is the title of a seminar taking place at the Swedish Parliament in Stockholm on 10 December 2004, involving parliamentarians from the 46-nation Council of Europe, academics and constitutional experts.(>>>)
Terry Davis at the OSCE Permanent Council: “Our shared values provide unity of purpose for the activities of both our organisations”
08.12.04 - Strasbourg,
“The Council of Europe and the OSCE share the common goal of making our continent a better, safer and fairer place,” Terry Davis, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, stressed in his speech before the OSCE Permanent Council on 7 December in Sofia.(>>>)
Council of Europe Secretary General in Sofia
06.12.04 - Strasbourg,
Council of Europe Secretary General Terry Davis will visit Sofia (Bulgaria) on 6 and 7 December, to take part in the 12th meeting of the Ministerial Council of the OSCE. (>>>)
Reactions to the Ukrainian Court’s ruling
06.12.04 - Strasbourg,
The President of the Parliamentary Assembly, Peter Schieder, welcomed on Friday 3 December the decision of the Supreme Court of Ukraine to re-run the second round of the Presidential election. ''This decision shows that the rule of law has prevailed in finding a solution to the...(>>>)
Council of Europe Secretary General welcomes Ukrainian Court’s ruling
06.12.04 - Strasbourg,
“I welcome the decision of the Ukrainian Supreme Court, which should pave the way for a solution to the current situation in the country,” Terry Davis, Secretary General of the 46-member Council of Europe, said today as news broke of the ruling adopted by the Supreme Court of...(>>>)
Secretary General defends the integration of people with disabilities
03.12.04 - Strasbourg,
“We should treat other people as human beings, not as people with disabilities,” Terry Davis, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, stressed today in a speech to mark the International Day of Disabled Persons (Friday 3 December). He urged people across Europe to break down...(>>>)
Ministerial conference in Wroclaw to launch celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the European Cultural Convention
03.12.04 - Strasbourg,
Ministers of culture, education, youth and sport from across Europe will gather in Wroclaw, Poland, on 9 and 10 December to analyse 50 years of achievements under the European Cultural Convention, and discuss guiding principles for the future of cultural co-operation in greater...(>>>)
Deputy Secretary General attends EU ministerial conference on the family
03.12.04 - Strasbourg,
Speaking at the EU ministerial conference ''Family means Future: Joint Family Policy Thrust in the European Union'' in Berlin on 2 December, Maud de Boer-Buquicchio pointed out that by supporting families in Europe, we are also helping children to learn how to live together....(>>>)
The draft Budget for 2005 is before the Committee of Ministers
02.12.04 - Strasbourg,
On 1 and 2 December the Ministers’ Deputies will examine, with a view to its adoption, the Organisation’s Budget and programme of activities for 2005. Other subjects of discussion are the state of preparation of the draft convention on action against trafficking in human beings,...(>>>)
Migration and co-development: the role of local authorities
01.12.04 - Lisbon,
Examining the role of local authorities in the migration process is the main objective of a workshop organised by the Council of Europe (Directorate General of Social Cohesion and North-South Centre), in Lisbon on 3 and 4 December 2004. (>>>)