Secretary General calls on the UK to ratify the Convention on action against trafficking in human beings
28.02.07 - Strasbourg,
While in London for a briefing at the House of Commons on the Council of Europe Convention on action against trafficking in human beings on 28 February, Terry Davis stated ''Trafficking in human beings is a euphemism for slavery. 200 years after this Parliament made the historic...(>>>)
Council of Europe discusses legislative reforms in Georgia to improve transparency
22.02.07 - Strasbourg,
A global review of all legislation concerning the financing of political parties and electoral campaigns, and an evaluation of a set of proposed amendments to the current legislation in Georgia will be discussed at a Round Table, to be held at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg...(>>>)
Europe gets tough with terrorists
22.02.07 - Strasbourg,
Statement by Terry Davis, Secretary General of the Council of Europe: I am delighted to announce a major step forward in the European fight against terrorism. The Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism will come into force on 1 June, as a result of its ratification...(>>>)
Commissioner for Human Rights concludes visit to Georgia and conflict zones
21.02.07 - Strasbourg,
Thomas Hammarberg, the Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights, has returned from a visit to Georgia. The Commissioner focused his attention on the human rights situation in the frozen conflicts related to Abkhazia and South Ossetia. He will now prepare a report to...(>>>)
Some 500 leading experts worldwide in anti-money laundering gather together in Strasbourg
19.02.07 - Strasbourg,
From 21 to 23 February the Council of Europe will be hosting the first joint meeting of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and the Council of Europe Committee of Experts on the Evaluation of Anti-Money Laundering Measures (MONEYVAL).(>>>)
Levan Mamasakhlisi is handed over to the Council of Europe Human Rights Commissioner
16.02.07 - Tbilisi,
“The handing over to my office of Levan Mamasakhlisi by the authorities in charge in Abkhazia is a most welcome development,” declared Thomas Hammarberg, Human Rights Commissioner of the Council of Europe, upon his arrival in Tbilisi this morning.(>>>)
Press-Conference of the Commissioner for Human Rights
16.02.07 - Tbilisi,
Thomas Hammarberg, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, will hold on Sunday, 18 February, 2007, the special press-conference dedicated to his official visit to Georgia. (>>>)
Commissioner for Human Rights visits Georgia
16.02.07 - Strasbourg,
Thomas Hammarberg, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, has visited Georgia from 12 to 18 February 2007. The special visit will include the assessment of the human rights situation in Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Adjara. (>>>)
Combating domestic violence through reinforced legal measures
16.02.07 - Strasbourg,
What new legal measures can European governments take to combat domestic violence? This is the theme of a seminar being held on 21 and 22 February in The Hague (Netherlands) by the Council of Europe and the Dutch Ministry of Justice.(>>>)
Council of Europe Secretary General: The new Agency should help the EU to better respect human rights - Statement by Terry Davis following the adoption of the Regulation establishing the EU Fundamental Rights Agency
15.02.07 - Strasbourg,
I welcome the decision by the EU Council of Ministers to create a new Fundamental Rights Agency with a mandate to scrutinise EU institutions and the application of EU laws. This is an important and challenging task, and the new Agency can make a useful contribution in helping...(>>>)
PACE Conference on “The Parliamentary Dimension of Election Observation: Applying Common Standards”
15.02.07 - Strasbourg,
A Conference on “The Parliamentary Dimension of Election Observation: Applying Common Standards”, organised by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), will take place in Strasbourg on 15 and 16 February 2007. (>>>)
René van der Linden stresses need for Council of Europe-EU co-operation in meetings with EU's leaders
14.02.07 - Strasbourg,
On the occasion of the inaugural policy speech of the new President of the European Parliament Hans-Gert Poettering, on 13 February, Parliamentary Assembly President René van der Linden met the three leading figures of the EU - Mr Poettering, European Council President Angela...(>>>)
Council of Europe: Reports on racism in Armenia, Georgia, Iceland, Portugal and Slovenia
13.02.07 - Strasbourg,
The Council of Europe’s expert body on combating racism, the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), today released five new reports examining racism, xenophobia, antisemitism and intolerance in Armenia, Georgia, Iceland, Portugal and Slovenia. ECRI recognises...(>>>)
Intercultural Language programme - Calls for applications for the Seminars
13.02.07 -
Why does the Council of Europe organise these intercultural language courses? In order to be able to take part in intercultural and inter-faith dialogue, to promote international understanding, and to fight against all forms of racism and xenophobia, young people today must...(>>>)
Halvdan Skard: “The Congress did not observe the local elections in Abkhazia as they have violated the principle of the territorial integrity of Georgia”
12.02.07 - Strasbourg,
The Congress did not send observers to the local elections which were held in Abkhazia on 11 February, followed by parliamentary elections on 4 March. Congress President Halvdan Skard said that the holding of these elections violated the principle of the territorial integrity...(>>>)
Council of Europe seminar in Cyprus to promote landmark Convention against human trafficking
09.02.07 - Strasbourg,
On 15-16 February in Nicosia (Cyprus), the 46-member Council of Europe is holding its sixth regional seminar to fight human trafficking and to promote the signature and ratification of its Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (CETS No. 197). To date, Albania,...(>>>)
Recommendations and Declaration adopted in the field of Media and Information
07.02.07 - Strasbourg,
At the meeting of the Ministers' Deputies on 31 January the following three important texts were adopted in the area of media and information: a Declaration on protecting the role of the media in democracy in the context of media concentration, a recommendation on the remit of...(>>>)
Council of Europe organises a forum on “The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and the development of language policies”
06.02.07 - Strasbourg,
The Council of Europe is holding a forum on “The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and the development of language policies: challenges and responsibilities” in Strasbourg from 6 to 8 February 2007.(>>>)
Council of Europe participates in 3rd World Congress against the death penalty
02.02.07 - Strasbourg,
Deeply opposed to capital punishment, Council of Europe representatives are convinced that “the death penalty is a fatal form of injustice” and are participating in the 3rd World Congress against the death penalty in Paris from 1-3 February 2007. (>>>)