Halvdan Skard: ''Our Congress has consolidated itself as one of the main pillars within the Council of Europe''
31.05.07 - Strasbourg,
''We can proudly say that the Congress has become the truly pan-European watchdog of and spokesman for territorial democracy, in partnership with national governments, which recognised this role of the Congress by adopting its revised Charter at the beginning of this month,''...(>>>)
Congress Session: Cooperation on local democracy beyond Europe's borders
31.05.07 - Strasbourg,
The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe will be in plenary session from 30 May to 1 June 2007 in Strasbourg (France). Cooperation on local democracy beyond Europe's borders, in particular with Japan and Mexico, is one of the focal points of the...(>>>)
50 years on – and the towns and regions are helping to build Europe
31.05.07 - Strasbourg,
On the occasion of the round-table on ''50 years of local democracy in Europe'', the participants recalled the role of the Congress in developing and promoting local self-government in Europe. They underlined the importance of the Charter of local self-government and the principal...(>>>)
New leaflet of the Congress
31.05.07 - Strasbourg,
A new leaflet presenting the Congress activities has just been published. It is available in French and in English at the Congress Communication Unit. (>>>)
CEPEJ supports Dubrovnik inter-university project
31.05.07 - Strasbourg,
The European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ), is supporting a training course entitled ''Public and Private justice – Dispute Resolution In Modern Societies,'' which takes place in Dubrovnik from 28 May until 1 June. (>>>)
Human Rights Commissioner voices concern over methods of terrorist profiling
31.05.07 - Strasbourg,
In an opinion article available copyright-free, the Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights voices concern that new forms of terrorist profiling have led to unacceptable discrimination against Muslims and people who appear to be of Middle-Eastern origin. Thomas Hammarberg...(>>>)
Venice Commission examines democratic control of security services and video surveillance during its 71st plenary session
29.05.07 - Strasbourg,
The Council of Europe’s European Commission for Democracy through Law (the “Venice Commission”) will be meeting in Venice on 1 and 2 June (Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista).(>>>)
GRECO holds 33rd plenary meeting in Strasbourg from 29 May to 1 June 2007
25.05.07 - Strasbourg,
The 33rd plenary meeting of the Council of Europe Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) will be devoted to a training workshop on incriminations within the Third Evaluation Round (29 May) and the examination of reports in the framework of the First and Second Evaluation...(>>>)
The issue of missing persons in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia is humanitarian, not political
24.05.07 - Strasbourg,
The PACE Standing Committee, meeting in Belgrade today, deplored that, twelve years since the end of hostilities, the issue of the missing persons in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia remained unsolved. According to a report by Leo Platvoet (Netherlands, UEL), the number of missing...(>>>)
Intercultural Learning and Social Inclusion
24.05.07 - Tbilisi,
The Council of Europe Information Office in Georgia and the Non Formal Education Centre “Sunny House” are organising the training course on intercultural learning and social inclusion for young people of different nationalities who work on intercultural learning issues or are...(>>>)
New Publication
24.05.07 - Tbilisi,
The Council of Europe Information Office in cooperation with Non Formal Education Center “Sunny House” has published an Intercultural Learning Manual - T-Kit 4, to be used as the learning tool for the training courses on intercultural learning and social inclusion for 60 young...(>>>)
The Council of Europe and the European Union sign an agreement to foster mutual cooperation
24.05.07 - Strasbourg,
The Memorandum of Understanding, signed today on behalf of the European Union by Gunter Gloser (the German Minister of State for Europe) and Benita Ferrero-Waldner (the Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy) creates an institutional framework to...(>>>)
National Ethic Committees from all over Europe meet in Berlin
23.05.07 - Strasbourg,
The 9th European Conference of National Ethic Committees (COMETH) is taking place today in Berlin (Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften (BBAW), Leibniz-Hall, Markgrafenstrasse 38, 10117 Berlin-Mitte) at the invitation of the German National Ethic Committee.(>>>)
Local democracy beyond Europe’s borders and the celebration of 50 years of local democracy in Europe on Congress plenary session agenda
23.05.07 - Strasbourg,
The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe will be holding its next plenary session from 30 May to 1 June 2007 in Strasbourg (France).(>>>)
European conference on Mediation in Vilnius
23.05.07 - Strasbourg,
A European Conference on Mediation will take place from 24 to 25 May 2007 in Vilnius (Lithuania). Concrete examples of the procedures in mediation, drawn from the practice of several countries of Europe, in particular in the family, civil or medical field will illustrate the...(>>>)
Migrants, actors and vectors of intercultural dialogue
21.05.07 - Strasbourg,
Bringing the migrants' perspective to the White Paper of the Council of Europe on Intercultural Dialogue is the main objective of the Consultation on "Migrants: actors and vectors of Intercultural Dialogue" which will take place on 21 and 22 May in Lisbon (Centro Ismaeli, Avenida...(>>>)
Council of Europe supports third “Night of the Museums”: Saturday 19 May
18.05.07 - Strasbourg,
The Council of Europe is offering its patronage for the third year running to a Europe-wide initiative to encourage more young people to visit museums. More than two thousand museums in 39 countries will open their doors free of charge from sunset on Saturday 19 May until one...(>>>)
Council of Europe takes part in Bologna Process ministerial meeting in London
16.05.07 - Strasbourg,
Education ministers from 46* European countries will meet in London on 17 and 18 May as part of the ongoing Bologna Process, aimed at establishing a European Higher Education Area by 2010. The Council of Europe is one of the key contributors to the Bologna Process, in particular...(>>>)
117th Session of the Committee of Ministers (Strasbourg, 10-11 May 2007) Communiqué
14.05.07 - Strasbourg,
Two years after the Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Council of Europe member States held in Warsaw in May 2005, the 117th Session of the Committee of Ministers, chaired by Mr Fiorenzo Stolfi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of San Marino, reviewed the implementation...(>>>)
117th Session of the Committee of Ministers, Conclusions of the Chair
14.05.07 - Strasbourg,
Under the Chairmanship of the Minister for Foreign Affairs of San Marino, Mr Fiorenzo Stolfi, the 117th Committee of Ministers session, two years on from the Third Summit of Heads of State of Government of the Council of Europe (Warsaw, May 2005), had follow-up to the Summit...(>>>)
Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe: Serbia presents its priorities
14.05.07 - Strasbourg,
Vuk Draskovic, Serbia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs presented the programme of the Serbian chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers for the six next months in Strasbourg.(>>>)
The Republic of Montenegro becomes 47th Council of Europe member State
10.05.07 - Strasbourg,
On Friday 11 May, the Republic of Montenegro will join the Council of Europe as its 47th member. The accession ceremony will take place in Strasbourg, just before the 117th session of the Organisation’s Committee of Ministers. (>>>)
Follow-up to the Warsaw Summit on the agenda of the Council of Europe Ministers
08.05.07 - Strasbourg,
The Council of Europe Committee of (Foreign) Ministers will hold its 117th session on Friday 11 May in Strasbourg. Just before the session, they will have welcomed the 47th member State of the Organisation: the accession ceremony of the Republic of Montenegro will take place...(>>>)
Men combating domestic violence: Council of Europe seminar in Croatia to include high-level human rights and United Nations representatives
07.05.07 - Strasbourg,
The terrible plight of domestic violence victims is documented and frequent: one-fifth to one-quarter of all women have experienced physical violence at least once during their adult lives and more than one-tenth have suffered sexual violence involving the use of force. (>>>)
How can education help integrate people into society? 22nd Conference of European Ministers of Education
04.05.07 - Strasbourg,
Education ministers from the 49 signatory states of the European Cultural Convention of the Council of Europe are gathering in Istanbul (Turkey) on 4 and 5 May 2007 to map out education policies that allow everyone, from the earliest age, to become better integrated into society,...(>>>)
Press Freedom Day: Human Rights Commissioner replies to questions by journalists
03.05.07 - Strasbourg,
The Council of Europe marked World Press Freedom Day on 3 May by taking online questions and comments from journalists on the subject: ''Media professionals in times of crisis.'' The Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg, has replied to questions relating mainly to...(>>>)
New Web-Publication
02.05.07 - Tbilisi,
The Information Office has recently published on its web-site (right column) the updated Georgian version of material dedicated to the Council of Europe Youth Campaign for Diversity, Human Rights and Participation - “All Different, All Equal”. This electronic data represents...(>>>)
World Press Freedom Day: Council of Europe to publish online journalist comments on crisis reporting
02.05.07 - Strasbourg,
Terrorism, war and threats to stability – even natural catastrophes – lead to tightened security and greater surveillance worldwide. But are journalists reporting as freely as they should? (>>>)
Council of Europe and OSCE hold 17th high-level meeting in Madrid
02.05.07 - Strasbourg,
Senior representatives of the Council of Europe and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) will hold joint talks in Madrid on Thursday 3 May. The Council of Europe will be represented by the Chairman of the Committee of Ministers, the San Marino Foreign...(>>>)