Halvdan Skard elected President of the Council of Europe Congress
30.05.06 - Strasbourg,
At the opening of its plenary session today, the Council of Europe Congress of Local and Regional Authorities unanimously elected Halvdan Skard (Norway, SOC) as its President for a two-year term. He has been the President of the Congress’ Chamber of Local Authorities since 2002....(>>>)
Secretary General: ''Criticism over Russian chairmanship does not hold water''
29.05.06 - Strasbourg,
In an opinion article published on 25 May in the International Herald Tribune, Terry Davis defended the Russian Federation's right to take over the chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers. The Secretary General underlined the benefits that Council of Europe membership has...(>>>)
Human trafficking: Euronews produces an 8 minute film
29.05.06 - Strasbourg,
Euronews has produced an 8 minute report on human trafficking in cooperation with the Council of Europe' s Directorate of Communication. This report features a 30 second spot made by the Council's in-house production unit on human trafficking, an interview with the Deputy Secretary...(>>>)
European Court of Human Rights launches press release internet site
29.05.06 - Strasbourg,
The European Court of Human Rights has launched an internet site for press releases (see www.echr.coe.int and click on “press”). (>>>)
PACE: parliamentary summit in Tallinn looks at legislators’ growing role in diplomacy
25.05.06 - Strasbourg,
Some 40 Speakers and presidents of parliament from the 46 Council of Europe member states, as well as the heads of the European Parliament, the Nordic Council, the WEU Assembly and Benelux, will gather in Tallinn from 30 to 31 May 2006 for a parliamentary summit on the twin themes...(>>>)
Training Seminar on the European Convention on Human Rights
23.05.06 - Tbilisi,
The Council of Europe Information Office in Georgia is organising the third Training Seminar on the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) for the representatives of NGOs, young lawyers, public officials and lecturers of high educational institutions. (>>>)
116th Session of the Committee of Ministers - Conclusions of the Chair
22.05.06 - Strasbourg,
The main theme of the 116th Session of the Committee of Ministers, chaired by Mr Mihai-Razvan Ungureanu, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Romania, was the follow-up to the Third Council of Europe Summit, one year on from Warsaw.(>>>)
116th Session of the Committee of Ministers - Communiqué
22.05.06 - Strasbourg,
The 116th Session of the Committee of Ministers, chaired by Mr Mihai-Razvan Ungureanu, the Romanian Minister for Foreign Affairs, was an important step in the implementation of the decisions taken at the Council of Europe’s Third Summit, one year on. The Committee of Ministers...(>>>)
European partnership at the heart of meeting between Vladimir Putin and PACE President
22.05.06 - Strasbourg,
Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) President René van der Linden today welcomed the Russian chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe as a unique opportunity for Europe to build up a sustainable partnership based on mutual respect and trust....(>>>)
Chairmanship of Committee of Ministers: Russian Federation presents its priorities
22.05.06 - Strasbourg,
Sergey Lavrov, Russia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, today presented in Strasbourg the programme of the Russian chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers. He underlined his country’s approach to the Council of Europe as an important European cooperation mechanism aimed at building...(>>>)
Human Rights and Cooperation between the Council of Europe and the European Union on the Foreign Ministers Agenda
19.05.06 - Strasbourg,
The Committee of Foreign Ministers from the 46 member states of the Council of Europe will hold its 116th session on Thursday 18 and Friday 19 May in Strasbourg. This meeting will mark the end of the current Romanian presidency, which will be succeeded by that of the Russian...(>>>)
Russia and Europe the subject of a ''Council of Europe Debate''
19.05.06 - Strasbourg,
Alexander Orlov, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the Council of Europe, is to be the guest at the 12th ''Council of Europe Debate'', which will run from 6.30 to 8.00 pm on Monday 22 May in the Strasbourg Hôtel de Ville weddings room (''Salle des mariages'')....(>>>)
''La Nuit des musées'' has the Secretary General’s patronage
19.05.06 - Strasbourg,
The second edition of ''La Nuit des musées'' will take place on Saturday 20 May, and will be simultaneously observed in France and in some thirty other European countries signatories to the European Cultural Convention. Held under the distinguished patronage of the Secretary...(>>>)
Culinary cultures of Europe, published by the Council of Europe, wins world award
18.05.06 - Strasbourg,
At a Gourmand World Media Awards ceremony in Kuala Lumpur on 20 May Culinary cultures of Europe (*) is to receive the title of world's best culinary history book. The trophy will be officially presented to Mr Alexander Kartchava, Russian ambassador to Malaysia, as representative...(>>>)
For a friendly-family policy against population decline: 46 Council of Europe Family Ministers adopt political declaration
18.05.06 - Lisbon,
The 46 Council of Europe Ministers for family affairs yesterday unaminously adopted a political declaration at the end of the two-day conference “Changes in Parenting: Children Today, Parents Tomorrow” in Lisbon. They expressed their satisfaction with the decision of the Council...(>>>)
Prince Albert of Monaco to present a gift to the Council of Europe
17.05.06 - Strasbourg,
His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco will be in Strasbourg on Wednesday 17 May to present a gift to the Council of Europe by the Principality of Monaco, 46th member state of the Organisation. The gift consists of a set of twelve bronze sculptures entitled “Allée des...(>>>)
Council of Europe Conference of European Ministers Responsible for Family Affairs: Building a family-friendly Europe for children
15.05.06 - Strasbourg,
A conference on “Changes in Parenting: Children Today, Parents Tomorrow” will take place at European ministerial level in Lisbon on Tuesday 16 and Wednesday 17 May. The discussions will focus on new family patterns in a changing European society, positive parenting (1) and non-violent...(>>>)
Council of Europe Secretary General: Human Rights are an asset in fighting crime
15.05.06 - Strasbourg,
“The idea that human rights are a threat to public safety is false and dangerous” said Terry Davis in reaction to reports that the government of the United Kingdom is going to review its human rights legislation. (>>>)
Cultural heritage education: a new book to be presented in Rome
15.05.06 - Strasbourg,
The book ''Cultural Heritage Education for Europe'', published in Italian, will be presented in Rome on Monday 15 May at a conference organised jointly by the Council of Europe, the Italian Ministry of Culture and the Istituto Nazionale per la Valutazione del Sistema educativo...(>>>)
Setting up of a Council of Europe centre in St. Petersburg among the highlights of the Congress session
12.05.06 - Strasbourg,
The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe will hold its plenary session from 30 May to 1 June in Strasbourg. (>>>)
PACE hearing on the Stability Pact for the South Caucasus
10.05.06 - Strasbourg,
A parliamentary hearing on the Stability Pact for the South Caucasus will take place on Friday 12 May in Brussels, organised by the Political Affairs Committee of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE). (>>>)
23rd General Assembly of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions
10.05.06 - Strasbourg,
Congress President Giovanni Di Stasi and Yavuz Mildon, President of the Congress Chamber of Regions, will take part in the 23rd General Assembly of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions in Innsbruck (Austria) from 10 to 12 May(>>>)
Statement on Europe Day by Terry Davis, Secretary General of the Council of Europe
06.05.06 - Strasbourg,
“European cooperation is a political concept, not a religion” said Terry Davis on the occasion of Europe Day, which marks the 57th anniversary of the creation of the Council of Europe on 5 May 1949. “As with every other political initiative, European cooperation must be exposed...(>>>)
Anti-money laundering and terrorist financing: visit to Georgia by Moneyval Committee
06.05.06 - Strasbourg,
A delegation of the Committee responsible for the evaluation of anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing measures (Moneyval), visited Georgia from 23 to 29 April in order to assess compliance of the country with the international standards. Organised in the framework...(>>>)
Working Meeting on the Draft Law of Georgia concerning Repatriation of Persons Deported by the Soviet Regime
04.05.06 - Tbilisi,
The working meeting on the Draft Law of Georgia concerning Repatriation of Persons Deported by the Soviet Regime, organised by the Council of Europe Directorate General I of Legal Affairs and the Council of Europe Information Office in co-operation with the Office of the State...(>>>)
Revised Social Charter is 10 years old
03.05.06 - Strasbourg,
''When Governments adopted the Revised Charter in 1996, they added to the legal arsenal of the Council of Europe a treaty which has the capacity to advance social justice even in times of economic change. It is of course an understatement to say that the member countries of the...(>>>)
Council of Europe Director General of Political Affairs visits Georgia
02.05.06 - Tbilisi,
Mr. Jean-Louis Laurens, Director General of Political Affairs of the Council of Europe is paying an official visit to Georgia from 2 to 4 May 2006.(>>>)
Decriminalise libel, says Council of Europe Secretary General on the occasion of the 2006 World Press Freedom Day
02.05.06 - Strasbourg,
“No one can suppress the truth for ever, but some people never stop trying. It is journalists who pay the price“said Terry Davis on the occasion of the 2006 World Press Freedom Day.(>>>)
Revised Social Charter is 10 years
01.05.06 - Strasbourg,
A seminar to consider the future of the revised social charter will take place on 3 May at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg to mark the 10th anniversary of this major treaty in the field of human rights. It will provide an opportunity to discuss the major issues for fundamental...(>>>)