Santiago de Compostela hosts celebration to mark 50 years of the Europe Prize
30.06.05 - Strasbourg,
The mayors of around 30 European towns will gather in Santiago de Compostela (Spain) from 1 to 3 July to mark the 50th anniversary of the Europe Prize and the 20th anniversary of the award of the Prize to Santiago de Compostela. (>>>)
Congress President Giovanni Di Stasi stresses importance of cross-border regional cooperation
30.06.05 - Strasbourg,
At the Dubrovnik Conference on Cross-border Co-operation in the Southern Adriatic (29-30 June 2005), Giovanni Di Stasi, President of the Council of Europe Congress, stressed that local and regional authorities were “crucial to the promotion of peace and stability” by helping...(>>>)
Terry Davis: ''The value of the Pharmacopoeia is recognised well beyond the boundaries of Europe''
28.06.05 - Strasbourg,
Your work is a very valuable aspect of the protection of human rights,'' declared the Secretary General at the 122nd Session of the European Pharmacopoeia Commission, underlining that the Pharmacopoeia was one of the ''examples of excellence within the Council of Europe, not...(>>>)
Congress President visits Ukraine
28.06.05 - Strasbourg,
Giovanni Di Stasi, President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, made an official visit to Ukraine on 26 and 27 June. The visit included meetings with Roman Bezsmertniy, Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine, and Anatoliy Zaets, First Deputy...(>>>)
Expert Roundtable Meeting on the Provision of Free Legal Aid in Georgia
28.06.05 - Tbilisi,
The meeting on “the free legal aid in Georgia” is held at the Marriot Tbilisi on 28-29 June. The meeting within the framework of the European Commission and the Council of Europe Joint Programme is organised by the Ministry of Justice of Georgia in co-operation with the Directorate...(>>>)
Council of Europe video shows work of Anti-Torture Committee for the first time
27.06.05 - Strasbourg,
To mark the International Day in support of Victims of Torture on Sunday 26 June 2005, the Council of Europe has released video pictures that show what can happen to detainees. They are based on the field experience of the organisation’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture...(>>>)
Training of Trainers for the Prison Staff
27.06.05 - Tbilisi,
Training of Trainers for the prison staff is held on 27 June – 2 July in Tbilisi. The training course is organised by the Directorate General of Legal Affairs of the Council of Europe in co-operation with the Ministry of Justice of Georgia.(>>>)
Jaap de Hoop Scheffer: Democracy is key to both our organisations
23.06.05 - Strasbourg,
‘‘NATO and the Council of Europe have no elaborate formal relationship, but these two organisations aspire to consolidate Europe as a common space that is both free and secure,'' declared Jaap de Hoop Scheffer before the Parliamentary Assembly this afternoon. The NATO Secretary...(>>>)
Terry Davis: The Warsaw Summit, a new chapter in the life of the Council of Europe
23.06.05 - Strasbourg,
''The Heads of State and Government urged us to relate all our activities to the task of translating Democracy, Human Rights and the Rule of Law into reality throughout Europe” declared the Secretary General today before the Parliamentary Assembly. ''We have reviewed all our...(>>>)
The World Artists Against the Human Trafficking
23.06.05 - Tbilisi,
The Council of Europe Information Office in Georgia along with the International Organisation for Migration is among the partners of the NGO Taggis Art World Cultural Integration, which is the organiser of the action-concert of World Artists Against the Human Trafficking. The...(>>>)
Council of Europe parliamentarians urge Russia to improve its democracy
23.06.05 - Strasbourg,
The Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) today urged Russia to improve its democracy, calling for more power for the Russian parliament, pluralist and impartial broadcasting and normal conditions for civil society. (>>>)
Proceeds of trafficking in human beings: Moneyval publishes a report
23.06.05 - Strasbourg,
The MONEYVAL committee has just published the report on ''Proceeds of trafficking in human beings and illegal migration/human smuggling'', which was prepared by MONEYVAL in collaboration with the FATF (Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering) following the typologies...(>>>)
Today's highlights of the session
22.06.05 - Strasbourg,
At 10 am, the Parliamentary Assembly will hold a debate on Russia’s honouring of its obligations and commitments. At 1 pm the co-rapporteurs Rudolf Bindig and David Atkinson gave a press conference in room 1 of the Palais de l’Europe. Also on the Assembly’s agenda was a statement...(>>>)
PACE President warns that ‘Europe could soon be on the road back to egocentric nationalism’
22.06.05 - Strasbourg,
Addressing the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) at its summer session in Strasbourg (20–24 June), PACE President René van der Linden stressed that after the referenda which took place in France and the Netherlands on the European Treaty, Europe finds itself in...(>>>)
Media coverage of terrorist acts: PACE calls for a code of conduct for journalists
21.06.05 - Strasbourg,
“Terrorists have learned how to use information technologies in order to disseminate their own audiovisual recordings, electronic messages or web sites on the Internet, which compels states and the media to react accordingly”, today warned the Council of Europe Parliamentary...(>>>)
Evaluation Conference on Local Government Leadership Training Project and Training of Trainers Project
21.06.05 - Tbilisi,
In the framework of the Council of Europe and the European Commission Joint Programme the Evaluation conference on “Local Government Leadership Training Project” and “Training of Trainers Project” is being held on 21 June in Tbilisi.(>>>)
European Anthem: Council of Europe CD features new classical recording
21.06.05 - Strasbourg,
Council of Europe CD features a new classical recording of the European anthem, based on Beethoven’s “the Ode to Joy”. The CD is being released in Strasbourg yesterday, at the start of the June session of the organisation’s Parliamentary Assembly. The new recording was made by...(>>>)
Council of Europe parliamentarians debate monitoring of Russia as well as media and terrorism at their summer session
20.06.05 - Strasbourg,
An assessment of Russia’s honouring of its Council of Europe obligations and commitments and a report on the media and terrorism which calls on journalists to refrain from disseminating shocking terrorist images are among highlights of the summer session of the Parliamentary...(>>>)
Conference on National Anti-corruption Strategy of Georgia
20.06.05 - Chakvi,
The Conference on National Anti-corruption Strategy of Georgia will be held on 21-22 June in Chakvi, Adjara. The conference within the framework of the European Commission and the Council of Europe Joint Programme is organised by the National Security Council of Georgia in...(>>>)
Training Seminar on the European Convention on Human Rights
20.06.05 - Kutaisi,
The training seminar dedicated to the European Convention on Human Rights is being held in Kutaisi (Imereti region, Western Georgia) on 20-21 June 2005. The event is organised by the Council of Europe Information Office in Georgia in co-operation with the Georgian Young Lawyers...(>>>)
Summer session of INGO
20.06.05 - Strasbourg,
International Non Governmental Organisations (INGO) hold their summer session from 20 to 22 June in Strasbourg. A special meeting on the follow-up to the 3rd Summit of Heads of State and Government (Warsaw 16-17 May) with the participation of the Secretary General will take place...(>>>)
Council of Europe and European Commission joining efforts on Citizenship Education
17.06.05 - Strasbourg,
At the occasion of the conference on “Teacher Training on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights”, a study on “Citizenship Education at School in Europe” was launched in Strasbourg, with participation of Ms. Ana Magraner from the European Commission. This comparative...(>>>)
Expert Meeting on the Draft Law of the National School for Judges of Georgia
17.06.05 - Tbilisi,
The follow-up expert meeting on the draft law of the National School for Judges of Georgia is held on 17 June in Tbilisi Marriot Hotel. (>>>)
Protection of Property and the Right to a Fair Trial in Accordance to the European Convention on Human Rights and the National Legislation
16.06.05 - Tbilisi,
16-17 June 2005 - A conference on “Protection of Property and the Right to a Fair Trial in Accordance with the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms and National Legislation” is held on 16-17 June at Tbilisi Marriott Hotel. (>>>)
Terry Davis opens the 60th meeting of the CDDH
16.06.05 - Strasbourg,
The Secretary General opened this morning the 60th meeting of the Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH). He paid tribute to the high quality of the work produced by the CDDH, notably its ''contribution to helping with the reform of the European Court of Human Rights''. The...(>>>)
European Heritage Days in Tatarstan
16.06.05 - Strasbourg,
As preparations continue for European Heritage Days (EHD) 2005, a major annual event staged throughout Europe, and to mark one thousand years of existence of the city of Kazan, a number of international meetings are to be held in Kazan between 22 and 24 June. (>>>)
European Drug Prevention Prize
16.06.05 - Strasbourg,
The Cooperation Group to combat Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in Drugs (Pompidou Group) will award, for the second time, in 2006, the European Prevention Prize to three active youth drug prevention projects that are currently functioning in Pompidou Group member states....(>>>)
European Audiovisual Observatory publishes new ''Iris Special'' legal report
16.06.05 - Strasbourg,
''Tomorrow's Delivery of Audiovisual Service: Legal Questions Raised by Digital Broadcasting and Mobile Reception'' is the main subject in the latest legal report ''Iris Special'' published by the European Audiovisual Observatory of the Council of Europe.(>>>)
GRECO presents its activity report to the Committee of Ministers
15.06.05 - Strasbourg,
This afternoon, the Committee of Ministers will hear a presentation by Drago Kos (Slovenia), President of the Group of States against Corruption, who will inform the Ministers' Deputies on the main points of the 5th activity report of this partial agreement. The Committee will...(>>>)
CEPEJ: 5th plenary meeting
15.06.05 - Strasbourg,
The European Commission for efficiency of justice(CEPEJ ) meets from 15 to 17 June in Strasbourg. The Commission will study the draft revised Scheme for evaluating judicial systems, in order to implement an exercise for evaluating European judicial systems on a regular basis....(>>>)
Conference on Teacher Training in Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights - Strasbourg 15-17 June 2005
15.06.05 - Strasbourg,
A Conference on Teacher Training in Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights, will take place in Strasbourg on 15-17 June 2005. (>>>)
Launching of the European Knowledge Centre for Youth Policy
15.06.05 - Strasbourg,
The European Knowledge Centre for Youth Policy will be launched at the European Union Luxemburg Presidency conference for a ‘Better Knowledge and Understanding of Youth’ 16-18 June in Luxembourg. The European Knowledge Centre was developed within the framework of the Youth Research...(>>>)
Secretary General Terry Davis delighted by the release of Florence Aubenas and Hussein Hanoun
13.06.05 - Strasbourg,
The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Terry Davis, has expressed his relief that French journalist Florence Aubenas and her assistant Hussein Hanoun are now free, after being held hostage in Iraq since 5 January. (>>>)
Human rights protection and the fight against terrorism
13.06.05 - Strasbourg,
The question of how to put human rights into the centre of the fight against terrorism will be the theme of a seminar organised by the Council of Europe on 13 and 14 June in Strasbourg.(>>>)
PACE President to discuss Council of Europe-EU relationship with Barroso
13.06.05 - Strasbourg,
PACE President René van der Linden will meet European Commission President José Manuel Barroso in Brussels on Monday to discuss how the Council of Europe can contribute to the EU’s neighbourhood policy, the remit of the new Fundamental Rights Agency and the so-called ''Juncker...(>>>)
ECRI’s Round Table in Istanbul
13.06.05 - Strasbourg,
In the framework of its Programme of Action on Relations with Civil Society, the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) of the Council of Europe will organise a round-table meeting in Istanbul on 14 June 2005. ECRI’s recent report on Turkey, the legislative...(>>>)
Giovanni Di Stasi: The new political role of local self-government
10.06.05 - Strasbourg,
President Giovanni Di Stasi presented the results of the Congress's 12th Session to the enlarged bureau of the Committee of Ministers. Highlighting ''the new political role that local self-government can play'' in Europe at a time when questions are being asked about our institutions,...(>>>)
Diary of Council of Europe Activities
10.06.05 - Strasbourg,
Calendar of Council of Europe events from June to September 2005 now available online. (>>>)
Venice Commission examines media freedom in Italy, constitutional reform in Armenia and electoral reform in Azerbaijan
10.06.05 - Strasbourg,
The Council of Europe Commission for Democracy through Law (“Venice Commission”), which this year marks its 15th anniversary, will hold its 63rd plenary session in Venice on 10 and 11 June (Scuola Grande di San-Giovanni Evangelista). (>>>)
Secretary General meets Georgian Justice Minister
10.06.05 - Strasbourg,
On Thursday 9 June, Secretary General Terry Davis met Georgian Justice Minister Konstantin Kemularia. They discussed the fulfilment by Georgia of its commitments as a Council of Europe member state, in particular the ratification of the Framework Convention for the Protection...(>>>)
New web-publication
08.06.05 - Tbilisi,
The Council of Europe Information Office in Georgia has translated and published on its web-site the “Revised European Charter on the Participation of Young People in Local and Regional Life” /Charter without the status of a convention Adopted by the Congress of Local and Regional...(>>>)
Regional event on CoE and UN Conventions against Corruption (Durrёs, Albania 10-11 June 2005)
08.06.05 - Strasbourg,
The Council of Europe, the Stability Pact Anti-corruption Initiative (SPAI) and the Albanian authorities are organising a regional event on the application of Council of Europe and United Nations Conventions against corruption in countries of south east Europe. (>>>)
Closing seminars of Tbilisi and Skopje political studies schools
07.06.05 - Strasbourg,
The main topics at the seminars – to be held in Strasbourg and Achern for the Tbilissi school and Strasbourg and Klingenthal for the Skopje one (8 June-10 June) – will be electronic governance, public service ethics, European integration, democracy and good governance and human...(>>>)
Giorgi Baramidze: “Georgia has carried out significant steps for the purpose of enhancing local democracy”
06.06.05 - Strasbourg,
“Transformation of the governance, decentralization, establishment and further development of local and regional self-governance in Georgia is a key direction in the ongoing process of establishing democratic institutions,” said the State Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic...(>>>)
Giorgi Baramidze: “Georgia has carried out significant steps for the purpose of enhancing local democracy”
02.06.05 - Strasbourg,
“Transformation of the governance, decentralization, establishment and further development of local and regional self-governance in Georgia is a key direction in the ongoing process of establishing democratic institutions,” said the State Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic...(>>>)
Thursday 2 June: Congress Session highlights
02.06.05 - Strasbourg,
The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe is holding its plenary session. Thursday morning’s debates will focus on ''the Third Summit and the priorities of the Council of Europe and the Congress''. Terry Davis, Secretary General of the Council of...(>>>)
Congress President Giovanni Di Stasi calls for strong local democracy
01.06.05 - Strasbourg,
Council of Europe Congress President Giovanni Di Stasi today called for local democracy to be strengthened throughout Europe. Speaking at the start of a round table discussion on the European Charter of Local Self Government – which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year –...(>>>)
A conference on the protection of children organised in Lisbon by the Portuguese Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers
01.06.05 - Strasbourg,
A two-day conference on ''The protection of the rights of the child, in particular against trafficking and violence'' organised by the Portuguese Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Office of the Prosecutor General of Portugal, was today launched in Lisbon. It was opened by...(>>>)
The President of the Chamber of Local Authorities presents his report
01.06.05 - Strasbourg,
Halvdan Skard presented his report at the Congress Session. ''The objectives of the Chamber remain the reinforcement of local democracy; the exchange of good practice on the responsibilities of local government, which certainly vary from country to country; and thirdly, the need...(>>>)
Information Day on South East Europe
01.06.05 - Strasbourg,
On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Dayton Agreement and in memory of the massacre of Srebenica, the Association of the Local Democracy Agencies (ALDA), a French NGO based at the Council of Europe, organised an information day to analyse the democratisation process...(>>>)