Council of Europe Conferences of Ministers of Justice

31st Council of Europe Conference of Ministers of Justice
19 – 21 September 2012
Hofburg Congress Centre, Vienna, Austria

- Juveniles as perpetrators and victims
- Organised groups and their new ways of communicating



Located in the heart of Vienna, the historic Hofburg Congress Centre transforms the city into a meeting place. The Habsburg’s former imperial residence is Europe's first address.

Hofburg Congress Center
Heldenplatz, P.O. Box 113
1014 Vienna, Austria
Tel: +43 1 5873666
Fax: +43 1 5356426 


On the evening of 19 September 2012, in the Museum of Art History in Vienna, an informal “fireside chat” meeting, for Ministers only, was an opportunity for a free discussion on combating corruption. The exchanges continued during the dinner hosted by the Minister of Justice of Austria following the “fireside chat”.

The main language were English, but whispered interpretation was be provided into French, German, Italian and Russian where required. Ministers/State Secretaries could be accompanied by their own personal interpreter, at their own cost, if none of the languages for which interpretation was provided was sufficient.


Simultaneous interpretation into English, French, German  Italian, Russian and Spanish was provided. However, interpretation in other languages was made possible upon request and at the cost of the country concerned.



SPACE (Council of Europe Annual Penal Statistics)

Useful links

Past related event:
Multilateral seminar on the police response to urban violence, Strasbourg, 21-22 June 2012


During the Conference, a Ceremony, open to the Press, was organised for Council of Europe member states wishing to sign or ratify Council of Europe Conventions. Further details were to be found in this explanatory note. All general information on Council of Europe Conventions are available on the Council of Europe Treaty Office website.


The European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) officially presented its evaluation report of European judicial systems. The event took place at 3 pm in the Foum in the Hofburg Congress Centre. After an opening by Council of Europe representatives, general remarks were made by the Minister of Justice of Austria, the Minister of Justice of Azerbaijan and France. For further information, you are invited to consult the (CEPEJ) website or contact Mr Georg Stawa in the Ministry of Justice of Austria.


This Conference was open only to Ministers of Justice of Council of Europe member and observer states and their national delegations, as well as to certain international organisations. Further details on Conferences of Specialised Ministers can be found on this link.


Registration was done online.

Contact persons:

Ms Helga Eismair
Austropa Interconvention
Verkehrsbüro Kongress Management GmbH
Tel.: +43 1 588 00 517
Ms Dominique Wulfran
Assistant, Action Against Crime Department, DGI
Council of Europe Secretariat
Tel: +33 (0) 3 90 21 50 35


For security reasons, participants were invited to book - via the registration form online only -  in one of the Hotels below, where prices have been negotiated especially for the Conference.

Hôtel Hilton Vienna Plaza - Extérieur de l’hôtel

Vienna Hilton Plaza
Schottenring 11, Vienna
1010 Austria


Vienna Hilton Stadtpark
Am Stadtpark 1, Vienna
1030 Austria


Transport was provided from 18 to 21 September for all delegations and accompanying persons on their arrival and departure. This only concerned participants staying at the Hilton Stadtpark, Hilton Plaza and Steigenberger hotels. Nevertheless, participants were invited to consult the Vienna subway map on this link.


The conference was open to the press and was webcast live by the host country. A link for the webcast, free of charge, was available: (real time player).
Journalists could follow the discussions from the press room.
 However, please note that "The interpretation of the seminars, conferences and other events serves to facilitate communication and does not constitute an authentic record of the proceedings. Only the original speech is authentic. No liability shall be incurred by the interpreter in the exercise of his/her function".

A press conference was held on
21 September, at 11h30, in the Forum

Accreditation was done by the Austrian Federal Press Service via the following link: - Contacts persons in Austria were Mr Roman Kasses and Ms Irene Kaufmann

Mr Christian Wigand was in charge of content matters.

Ms was the press officer in charge in the Council of Europe.

Cultural Programme for accompanying persons

Schatzkammer – Kahlenberg – Klosterneuburg
Day Tour, 20 September 2012
Pick up at the Hilton hotels at 9.00
Return to the hotels at 16.30

This tour takes you to the Viennese Treasury, the famous “Schatzkammer”.  The Secular Treasury offers you a unique panorama covering over a millennium of European history. It is the home of the most important collection of medieval royal objects: the insignia and jewels of the Holy Roman Empire, including the Imperial Crown and the Holy Lance.
Your tour continues via the Höhenstrasse road to the Kahlenberg. From this vantage point you have a marvellous view over the whole city and its surroundings. After lunch the excursion then leads to Klosterneuburg, the first Babenberger residence in the Viennese area. The most impressive place of interest in the vicinity is the Augustinian Monastery, which was founded even before 1108. The Monastery’s focal point is the renowned Verdun Altar, dated 1181, a unique work of art that is made of enamel.
From Klosterneuburg you then return to Vienna.


Mr Thomas Haid
Ministry of Justice, Austria
Tel: +43 1 52 1 52 2139
Ms Dominique Wulfran
Council of Europe Secretariat
Tel: +33 (0) 3 90 21 50 35