Terry Davis: Black Sea Euroregion project, bringing countries and peoples closer together
31.03.06 - Strasbourg,
''The Euro-region initiative is an example of what the Council of Europe does best – bringing countries and peoples closer together by building on what we have in common – be it a river, a sea or a set of shared values and ideals. If successful in bringing their ambitious objectives...(>>>)
Giovanni Di Stasi: Black Sea Euroregion project a perfect tool to reinforce local democracy
30.03.06 - Strasbourg,
''We need to join forces in developing the Black Sea Basin and bringing more stability and more economic and social cohesion to the region,'' Congress President Giovanni Di Stasi said today at the opening of the international conference in Constanta. ''In February we launched...(>>>)
Final Report of Alvaro Gil-Robles, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights
30.03.06 - Strasbourg,
The first Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Alvaro Gil-Robles will present a Final Report on his six years in office today. (>>>)
Equal Rights and Treatment of Roma: Launching Conference in Skopje
30.03.06 - Strasbourg,
The third joint Council of Europe-European Commission project on Roma in South Eastern Europe is to be launched on 30-31 March in Skopje (“the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”). (>>>)
Repression of Demonstrators in Belarus – Statement by the Chairman-in-Office of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers
29.03.06 - Strasbourg,
Mihai-Razvan Ungureanu, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Romania, Chairman-in-Office of the Council of Europe Committee of Minister, today made the following statement: (>>>)
Parliamentary Elections in Ukraine - Statement by the Chairman-in-office of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers
29.03.06 - Strasbourg,
Mihai Razvan Ungureanu, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Romania, Chairman-in-Office of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers, yesterday made the following statement: (>>>)
Secretary General of the Council of Europe on the parliamentary elections in Ukraine
28.03.06 - Strasbourg,
“Democracy is not about who wins the elections. It is about how the elections are won. The integrity of the Ukrainian vote on Sunday represents a great victory for the Ukrainian people” said Terry Davis following the statement by the International Election Observation Mission...(>>>)
Pan-European campaign on “Parliaments united combating domestic violence”: preparatory meeting in Stockholm
28.03.06 - Strasbourg,
Following the decision taken by the Heads of State and Government at their Third Summit last year, the Council of Europe will launch by the end of 2006 a pan-European campaign to combat violence against women, including domestic violence. (>>>)
Signatures and Ratifications
27.03.06 - Strasbourg,
Georgia has signed the European Agreement on the Transmission of Applications for Legal Aid (CETS No. 092)* on 20 March 2006.(>>>)
Russian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe: PACE President visits Moscow
24.03.06 - Strasbourg,
The President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), René van der Linden, is to visit Moscow on 27 and 28 March 2006 for discussions with the authorities on the priorities of the next chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe,...(>>>)
Secret detentions and rendition: publication of the Venice Commission's legal opinion
24.03.06 - Strasbourg,
The Council of Europe’s Commission for Democracy through Law (or ''Venice Commission'') has published its opinion on the international legal obligations of Council of Europe member states in respect of secret detention facilities and inter-state transport of prisoners. The opinion...(>>>)
Symposium on the ''European Perspectives on Human Resource Management''
24.03.06 - Strasbourg,
A symposium on human resource management, organised on 23 March at the Council of Europe, allowed exchanges between the world of management in the private sector and that of major European and international institutions. Under the auspices of the Secretary General of the Council...(>>>)
Local and regional elections in Ukraine: Congress mission of observation
24.03.06 - Strasbourg,
Following an invitation from the Ukrainian authorities, the Council of Europe Congress will send a delegation to observe the local and regional elections due to take place on 26 March. On 23, 24 and 25 March, the delegation will meet, amongst others, representatives of the government,...(>>>)
Situation in Belarus - Statement by Mihai Răzvan Ungureanu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania, Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe
22.03.06 - Strasbourg,
Mihai Răzvan Ungureanu, Chairman-in-Office of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, today made the following statement: (>>>)
Statement by Terry Davis, Secretary General of the Council of Europe on the occasion of the International Day for Elimination of Racial Discrimination (21 March)
21.03.06 - Strasbourg,
Sometimes, racist people commit acts which are as stupid as they are outrageous. Burning down a Roma settlement or vandalising a Jewish or Muslim graveyard, for example, is offensive and causes great distress, but it is visible, blatantly illegal and relatively easy to deal with....(>>>)
Presidential elections in Belarus : statement by the Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe
20.03.06 - Strasbourg,
The Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe was deeply concerned that the Presidential elections to be held in Belarus on Sunday had to take place in a rapidly deteriorating human rights situation in the country. Evidently the authorities in Belarus were...(>>>)
Assembly strongly condemns human rights abuses committed by Franco regime
17.03.06 - Strasbourg,
The Parliamentary Assembly has strongly condemned the extensive and wide-ranging human rights abuses committed by the Franco regime in Spain from 1939 to 1975. In a recommendation adopted unanimously, the Standing Committee – which acts in the name of the Assembly between plenary...(>>>)
Secret detentions, Presidency of Bosnia-Herzegovina, the South Ossetian conflict: Venice Commission meets in plenary on 17 and 18 March
16.03.06 - Strasbourg,
The legal aspects of issues such as secret detentions and inter-state transport of detainees, the Presidential election procedure in Bosnia-Herzegovina and property restitution to the victims of the South Ossetian conflict are on the agenda of the 66th plenary session of the...(>>>)
Black Sea Region to take centre stage at an international conference in Romania
16.03.06 - Strasbourg,
An international conference on ''inter-regional cooperation in the Black Sea basin" is to be held on 30 March 2006, in Constanta (Romania), by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe and the Foreign Affairs Ministry of Romania, the country currently...(>>>)
Report on defamation made public
16.03.06 - Strasbourg,
The laws on defamation in the forty-six Council of Europe member States are the subject of a report published. The paper also outlines the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights on defamation and the position adopted on the subject by other Council of Europe bodies, international...(>>>)
The Council of Europe adopts a recommendation on research on biological materials of human origin
16.03.06 - Strasbourg,
The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe has just adopted a recommendation to member states on research on biological materials of human origin. (>>>)
Adoption of a convention on the avoidance of statelessness
16.03.06 - Strasbourg,
The Ministers’ Deputies adopted a new Council of Europe treaty on the avoidance of statelessness in relation to state succession. The Committee also held an exchange of views with the Council of Europe Commissioner on Human Rights concerning the report on his visit to the Russian...(>>>)
New technology and cultural diversity on the agenda of the spring session of the Congress
15.03.06 - Strasbourg,
The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe is to hold its spring session in Strasbourg from 15 to 17 March 2006. Debates on new technology and cultural diversity will be among the highlights of the session.(>>>)
“Promoting Intercultural Dialogue between Generations”: Council of Europe’s 3rd Intercultural Forum in Bucharest
15.03.06 - Strasbourg,
Could culture be a factor of intergenerational conflict or rather a tool to prevent it? This is the main question participants will try to answer at the Council of Europe’s 3rd Intercultural Forum. The Forum, which is open to the press, will take place in Bucharest, Romania,...(>>>)
Controversy over caricatures: debate on freedom of expression at the PACE Standing Committee
15.03.06 - Strasbourg,
Following the controversy over the caricatures recently published in Denmark and the violent reactions in a number of countries, the Standing Committee of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) is poised to hold a debate (*) on the subject at its meeting on 17 March...(>>>)
Council of Europe Anti-torture Committee elects its new Bureau
13.03.06 - Strasbourg,
The Council of Europe European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) elected yesterday its new Bureau. (>>>)
Council of Europe inquiry into alleged secret detentions and rendition flights in Europe - the Secretary General sends follow-up letters to 37 governments
10.03.06 - Strasbourg,
The Secretary General of the Council of Europe Terry Davis has written to the Foreign Ministers of 37 of the 46 Council of Europe member states as a follow-up to his inquiry with the compliance of member states with their obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights...(>>>)
New Web-Publication
10.03.06 - Tbilisi,
Following the Council of Europe general action plan for 2006 in the field of combating the Trafficking in Human Beings, the Information Office in cooperation with the Directorate of Communication and Research of the Council of Europe has prepared and published on its web-site...(>>>)
News from the Web-Site
10.03.06 - Tbilisi,
In the course of site renewal the Council of Europe Information Office has entirely updated and published the new section (left column – About the Council of Europe) dedicated to the Organisation’s activities and running programmes. (>>>)
The Council of Europe backs the debate on the participation of national minorities in public affairs
07.03.06 - Strasbourg,
In partnership with the Council of Europe, the Romanian authorities are holding a conference on the role of consultative bodies of national minorities at the hotel ARO Palace, Brasov, on Tuesday 7 March. (>>>)
Marked improvements in Ukrainian pre-election atmosphere, PACE pre-electoral mission says
07.03.06 - Kyiv,
The Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) pre-electoral mission that visited Ukraine from 28 February to 2 March 2006 welcomed the vastly improved atmosphere in which the electoral campaign and the preparations for the upcoming Parliamentary elections are taking place....(>>>)
Council of Europe Secretary General: publication of the report on alleged illegal detentions and rendition flights in Europe
06.03.06 - Strasbourg,
“Europe appears to be a happy hunting ground for foreign security services” said Terry Davis at a press conference on the occasion of the publication of his report under Article 52 of the European Convention on Human Rights. “Hardly any country in Europe has any legal provisions...(>>>)
''Search engines and law'': European Audiovisual Observatory publishes report
06.03.06 - Strasbourg,
The manipulation of search results, the financing of search engines' business structures, and the analysis of the position of search engines in law are the main items in the 'Iris plus' report of the Council of Europe European Audiovisual Observatory published recently. (>>>)
Three “César” awarded to two Eurimages-supported films
02.03.06 - Strasbourg,
Two Eurimages-supported films have been awarded three “César”, the top French film award at a ceremony in Paris last week-end. (>>>)