Council of Europe parliamentarians denounce kidnapping of journalists
28.04.05 - Strasbourg,
Denouncing the murder or kidnapping of journalists in conflict zones as “an act of aggression against freedom of expression and information, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) today demanded the immediate release of French journalist Florence Aubenas and...(>>>)
Debate under urgent procedure on the freedom of the press
28.04.05 - Strasbourg,
The freedom of the press and the working conditions of journalists in conflict zones is debated this morning in the Assembly Chamber. The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe recalls the importance of freedom of expression and information in the media for democratic...(>>>)
Jean-Claude Juncker: “The Council of Europe is irreplaceable on the European scene”
28.04.05 - Strasbourg,
“The Council of Europe has always stayed faithful to its values. The European Union cannot take over that task, and the moment has come for harmony between these two great organisations,” said Jean-Claude Juncker, Luxembourg Prime Minister and President of the Council of the...(>>>)
Terry Davis: Summit must chart the Council of Europe’s future priorities
27.04.05 - Strasbourg,
The Secretary General held a press conference this morning in the context of the Parliamentary Assembly session. Discussions centred mainly on the Heads of State and Government Summit (16 and 17 May, Warsaw). Terry Davis briefed on progress on preparations for the Summit. He...(>>>)
The updated Georgian web-site of the Warsaw Summit
27.04.05 - Tbilisi,
The Council of Europe Information Office in Georgia has updated the special web-site (at www.coe.ge) highlighting the preparatory activities for the Warsaw Summit. This new version presents the video-record of the statement made by the Secretary General of the Council of Europe...(>>>)
Council of Europe Warsaw Summit – Preliminary program
26.04.05 - Strasbourg,
The Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Council of Europe’s 46 member states will take place in Warsaw on 16 and 17 May. (>>>)
Conference on Evaluating European Judicial Systems
26.04.05 - Strtasbourg,
The aim of this Conference, organised in cooperation with the Ministry of Justice of the Netherlands in The Hague on 2-3 May, is to present the first report on evaluation of judicial systems prepared by the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ). The report,...(>>>)
René van der Linden: ''Europe must have its Constitution''
25.04.05 - Strasbourg,
Speaking at a press conference today, the first day of the PACE spring session, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly said that the European Union should not just be a union based on the Euro, but needed its new Constitution. He announced that a current affairs debate would...(>>>)
European Pharmacopoeia - stone laying ceremony for new building
25.04.05 - Strasbourg ,
The first stone of the new building for the Council of Europe's Directorate for the Quality of Medicines (better known as the European Pharmacopoeia will be laid on Thursday 28 April at 2.15 pm at the building site on Allee Kastner, Strasbourg.(>>>)
Parliamentary Assembly's Spring Session (25-29 April) highlights
25.04.05 - Strasbourg,
Debates on assistance to patients at end of life and the lawfulness of detentions by the United States in Guantanamo Bay are among highlights of the draft order of business of PACE's Spring Session. The President of Serbia and Montenegro Svetozar Marovic as well as Luxembourg...(>>>)
Council of Europe conference of national ethics committees to address new challenges in bioethics
25.04.05 - Strasbourg,
Meeting the challenge of changing societies is the theme of a Council of Europe’s Conference of National Ethics Committees in Dubrovnik, Croatia on 25 and 26 April (Hotel Argentina, Frana Supila 14) (>>>)
Spring meetings of the international NGOs
25.04.05 - Strasbourg,
The international NGOs with participatory status will hold their spring session from 25 to 28 April 2005 in Strasbourg. A study day on ''Education that takes account of religion: How can this contribute to democratic citizenship?'' will be held on Thursday 28 April. René van...(>>>)
Closing down a military camp in South Ossetia is a step in the right direction, says Secretary General
22.04.05 - Strasbourg,
“I welcome the decision by the Georgian Government to close down the training camp in Dzevara”, Terry Davis, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, said today referring to a military facility not far from Tskhinvali, the capital of the disputed Georgian region of South...(>>>)
Seminar on: Future Perspectives of the Education for Democratic Citizenship in Georgia
22.04.05 - Likani,
The Council of Europe Information Office in Georgia and the Human Rights Education Centre (HREC /Georgia/) in cooperation with the Council of Europe Directorate General IV of Education, Culture and Heritage, Youth and Sport, are conducting the two days seminar on - “Future Perspectives...(>>>)
Dublin: International Workshop on Global Education
21.04.05 - Strasbourg,
A Seminar on ''Strategies for Increasing and Improving Global Education'' will take place in Dublin from 21 April to 24 April. Its main objective is to prepare Global Education Week - GEW(>>>)
Council of Europe adopts two key texts in the fight against terrorism
21.04.05 - Strasbourg,
The Committee of Ministers has today adopted two key texts in the fight against terrorism: one covering the protection of witnesses and collaborators of justice, the second on special investigation techniques for serious crimes including terrorism.(>>>)
René van der Linden meets EU leaders in Brussels
21.04.05 - Strasbourg,
PACE President René van der Linden met with Benita Ferrero-Waldner, EU Commissioner responsible for External Relations and the European Neighbourhood Policy and with EP President Josep Borrell in Brussels on 20 April. Talks focused on the Summit of Heads of State (>>>)
Council of Europe Secretary General to meet Vice-President of the European Commission
21.04.05 - Strasbourg,
During his third visit to Brussels, on Thursday 21 April, Terry Davis, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, will meet Vice-President of the European Commission Franco Frattini (Justice, Freedom and Security) to continue discussions on the future EU Fundamental Rights Agency...(>>>)
Belarus: Council of Europe Secretary General concerned about liquidation of independent institute for sociological surveys
20.04.05 - Strasbourg,
“I deeply regret the recent decision of the Belarus court to liquidate the Independent Institute of Social, Economic and Political Studies,” Terry Davis, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, said reacting to the ruling by the Belarusian Supreme Court to close down the...(>>>)
Council of Europe leaders congratulate Pope Benedict XVI on his election
20.04.05 - Strasbourg,
''I would like to congratulate Pope Benedict XVI most warmly on his election. I trust he will follow the example of John Paul II in his pilgrimage for peace. I am confident that the new pontiff will be a firm ally of the Council of Europe in promoting the core values of our Organisation:...(>>>)
Council of Europe Conference focuses on role of NGOs in Education for Democratic Citizenship
20.04.05 - Strasbourg,
Over one hundred national and international NGOs are to meet in Warsaw for a Conference on Education for Democratic Citizenship (21 – 24 April, Polish Senate building, Warsaw). (>>>)
National Workshop on the Decentralisation Strategy and the Implementation of the European Charter for Local Self-Government
20.04.05 - Tbilisi,
The national workshop on the decentralisation strategy and the implementation of the European Charter for Local Self-Government is being held in Tbilisi on 20-21 April 2005.(>>>)
Publicity of justice, media freedom and protection of individuals top agenda at Council of Europe Judges Conference
19.04.05 - Strasbourg,
The second Council of Europe conference of European Judges will be held on 25 and 26 April at Krakow (Collegium Novum, Jagellonne University) on the theme “Justice and the media”.(>>>)
Council of Europe and OSCE: Joint meeting to step up cooperation
19.04.05 - Strasbourg,
The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe and the Permanent Council of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) will hold a joint meeting in Strasbourg on 18 April to step up cooperation between the two organisations. (>>>)
Meeting of Congress rapporteurs and consultants on local policing in Europe
19.04.05 - Strasbourg,
The main topic of discussion for Congress rapporteurs and consultants meeting at Paris today will be a means of compiling a compendium of good practice for local policing in Europe, as a practical response to the recommendations in Resolution 180, adopted by the Congress in 2004....(>>>)
René van der Linden calls on CIS members to subscribe to Council of Europe principles
19.04.05 - Strasbourg,
In his statement in St Petersburg on 15 April at the Conference dedicated to the 60th Anniversary of the Victory of the anti-Hitler coalition in World War-II, PACE President René van der Linden called on those CIS States outside the Council of Europe to subscribe fully to the...(>>>)
Press-Conference of the Council of Europe Secretary General (video-record)
16.04.05 - Tbilisi,
Please view the video-record of the press-conference of Mr. Terry Davis – the Secretary General of the Council of Europe. The press event was held on Saturday, 16 April 2005, at the Council of Europe Information Office in Georgia. (>>>)
Press-Conference of the Council of Europe Secretary General
16.04.05 - Tbilisi,
Following the official visit to Georgia the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Mr. Terry Davis will give a press conference on Saturday 16 April at 1.30 pm. The press-event will be held at the Council of Europe Information Office in Georgia – Tbilisi, Erekle II Lane,...(>>>)
Terry Davis congratulated the Information Office and the School of Political Studies in Georgia
15.04.05 - Strasbourg,
On the occasion of the celebration of 5 years of the Council of Europe Information Office in Georgia and the Tbilisi School of Political Studies, the Secretary General congratulated ''the Information Office on their achievements in promoting the Council of Europe’s goals and...(>>>)
Council of Europe Secretary General to visit Georgia
15.04.05 - Strasbourg,
Terry Davis will pay an official visit to Georgia from 14 to 16 April, following President Mikheil Saakashvili’s invitation, at the January session of the Parliamentary Assembly, to be a facilitator in finding a solution to the status of South Ossetia. The Secretary General will...(>>>)
Congress cooperation agreement with the Committee of Regions of the European Union
15.04.05 - Strasbourg,
Among other highlights from the first day of the Plenary Session of the Committee of Regions of the EU, on 13 April in Brussels, was the announcement of a cooperation agreement with the Congress. The Protocol, the first such agreement between a body of the Council of Europe and...(>>>)
Moot Court Competition on International Court of Human Rights
15.04.05 - Tbilisi,
The Council of Europe Information Office in Georgia is assisting the Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association in organisation of the Moot Court Competition on International Court of Human Rights, where the main accent will be drawn on cases of the European Court of Human Rights and...(>>>)
The Information Office is publishing the Georgian web-page on Council of Europe 3rd Summit
13.04.05 - Tbilisi,
The Council of Europe Information Office in Georgia has published on its web-page the Georgian version of the special site dedicated to the Organisation’s 3rd Summit of the Heads of State and Government (Warsaw, 16-17 May 2005). This electronic data consists of detailed information...(>>>)
European Conference on Police and Human Rights
13.04.05 - Strasbourg,
The Council of Europe is to launch a network of police and human rights coordinators at a conference on 14 and 15 April in Strasbourg. (>>>)
Maud de Boer-Buquicchio to open Romanian School of politics seminar in Strasbourg
12.04.05 - Strasbourg,
The Deputy Secretary General will address participants at the opening ceremony in Strasbourg on 13 April. Electronic governance, public service ethics, European integration, Romania's accession to the EU, the challenges of European defence, European identity and human rights...(>>>)
Council of Europe Justice ministers adopt five new resolutions in Helsinki
11.04.05 - Helsinki,
Justice ministers from the 46 Council of Europe member states today finalised two days of work by adopting five resolutions on debt problems, restorative justice, combating terrorism, judicial co-operation and the conditions of people detained in prison.(>>>)
Council of Europe leaders to attend funeral of Pope John Paul II in Rome
08.04.05 - Strasbourg,
Senior representatives of the 46-nation Council of Europe will attend the funeral of Pope John Paul II, in Rome, on Friday 8 April.(>>>)
Meeting of the Directors of the Schools of Political Studies: sharing information
08.04.05 - Strasbourg,
The meeting of the Directors of 9 Schools of Political Studies, to be held in Strasbourg on 8 April, will be opened by Klaus Schumann, Director General of Political Affairs. These meetings, organised 2-3 times a year, ensure the exchange of feedback between the Schools and the...(>>>)
Terry Davis: “Our societies and economies should become more child- and family-friendly”
07.04.05 - Strasbourg,
European States should “redouble their efforts” to cope with the “unprecedented demographic challenges” of lower fertility rates and an ageing population in the 21st century, according to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, addressing 300 participants as he opened...(>>>)
Helsinki: Maud de Boer-Buquicchio called on member states to sign and ratify the European treaties
07.04.05 - Strasbourg,
The Deputy Secretary General opened the ''Conference of European Ministers of Justice on the social aspects of justice' '' in Helsinki on Thursday 7 April. In particular, she declared, ''I firmly believe that the Council of Europe is the most appropriate forum in which to discuss...(>>>)
Council of Europe – Demographic challenges for social cohesion
07.04.05 - Strasbourg,
A conference on “Demographic challenges for social cohesion”, organised by Council of Europe’s European Population Committee together with the organisation’s Parliamentary Assembly and its Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, will take place in Strasbourg on 7 and 8 April....(>>>)
Council of Europe Secretary General saddened by the death of Prince Rainier III of Monaco
06.04.05 - Strasbourg,
The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Terry Davis, has expressed his profound sadness at the death of Prince Rainier III of Monaco.(>>>)
“The creation of an Asian Parliamentary Assembly will be a catalyst for political integration in Asia”, says PACE President
05.04.05 - Strasbourg,
“Asia made history today”, announced Philippine Congress Speaker Jose de Venecia following the proposal made by the Association of Asian Parliaments for Peace (AAPP) Senior Advisory Council in Manila, to create, within the next five years, an Asian Parliamentary Assembly on the...(>>>)
Intensive programme for the Congress culture and education committee
05.04.05 - Strasbourg,
Three major reports are on the agenda of the Congress Committee on Culture and Education in Strasbourg on 7 and 8 April 2005: (>>>)
European Justice Ministers discuss social aspects of justice at Council of Europe conference in Helsinki
05.04.05 - Strasbourg,
Justice Ministers from Council of Europe member states are to meet in Helsinki on 7 and 8 April, for a conference to discuss the social aspects of law). The conference will be held at the Grand Marina Congress Centre, Katajanokanlaituri 6, Helsinki.(>>>)
The Council of Europe leaders pay tribute to John Paul II
04.04.05 - Strasbourg,
The Chairman of the Committee of Ministers, Polish Foreign Affairs Minister Adam Rotfeld, expressed his deep sadness after the death of the Holy Father, ''a tireless supporter of peace and dialogue - including dialogue between different religions''. He underlined that his loss...(>>>)
Poitiers University wins 21st René Cassin European Human Rights Competition
04.04.05 - Strasbourg,
A team of students from the Poitiers University has won the 21st René Cassin European Human Rights Competition, beating the team representing the University of Paris Dauphine in today's final, which was held in the Hearing Room of the European Court of Human Rights.(>>>)
Two French teams in the final round of the 21st René Cassin Competition
01.04.05 - Strasbourg,
The student teams from the University of Paris Dauphine and the University of Poitiers are the finalists of the Council of Europe's 21st ''René Cassin'' Human Rights Competition (see our press release of 25 March). The final will begin at 2.30 pm on 1 April in the courtroom of...(>>>)
Human Rights Court decision in the case of Gongadze v. Ukraine
01.04.05 - Strasbourg,
The European Court of Human Rights has declared admissible the application lodged in the case of Gongadze v. Ukraine (application no. 34056/02). (>>>)