News archive [2013]


US intends to join Council of Europe constitutional expert body
[30/01/2013] Secretary General Jagland welcomed the announcement of the US State Department at the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers today to seek full membership of the European Commission for Democracy through Law, known as the “Venice Commission”. “This announcement by the State Department is good news for Europe and good for the United States. It will enable the US and Europe to share expertise and co-operate more closely in promoting human rights, the rule of law and democracy, both in Council of Europe member states and in our neighbourhood”, Mr Jagland said. The US already has observer status with the Venice Commission. (more ...)

Call for expression of interest for short-term consultants
The Action against Crime Department is looking for candidates for short-term consultants for cooperation activities the Council of Europe implements or will be implementing in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, “The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”, Ukraine and other countries member of the Council of Europe. Position description :
Short-term consultant in the penitentiary field
Short-term consultant in the police field 

Conclusions 2012 of the European Committee of Social Rights are public
[29/01/2013] It is now possible to consult Conclusions 2012 and Conclusions XX-1 (2012) by State Party. These conclusions contain the assessments of the European Committee of Social Rights on the application of the Charter covering Charter rights pertaining to "employment, training and equal opportunities". Conclusions were adopted for the first time with respect to Montenegro, the Russian Federation and Serbia. (more information)
European Social Charter website

Poland should strengthen its tools to fight corruption
[25/01/2013] Prevention of corruption of members of parliament, judges and prosecutors is the focus of the evaluation report on Poland published today by the Council of Europe’s anti-corruption group (GRECO). 16 recommendations are addressed to Poland. Their implementation will be assessed by GRECO in the second half of 2014. Poland established a solid legal framework for preventing conflicts of interest, and ultimately corruption: quite strict regulations on, inter alia, incompatibilities of posts and functions, accessory activities and mandatory asset declarations are already in place.
GRECO website

GRETA publishes report on Malta
The Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) has published today its first evaluation report on Malta. In the report, GRETA notes the progress made by the Maltese authorities to develop the institutional and legal framework for combating trafficking in human beings, including the adoption of the first national action plan on combating trafficking in persons in October 2011 and the setting up of the Human Trafficking Monitoring Committee and a Stakeholder Task Force against human trafficking. (more ...)
Website Action against Trafficking in Human Beings

Council of Europe Secretary General welcomes publication of anti-torture Committee report on the Russian Federation - Report makes critical assessment of treatment of detained persons in Northern Caucasus
“I welcome the decision of the Russian Government to request the publication of this report as a sign of openness which I trust will continue in the future,” said Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland. “ I am confident that this is the beginning of a new policy of the Russian Federation which will increase the impact of the Committee’s work in Russia, to everyone’s benefit,” added CPT President Lətif Hüseynov.
CPT website

Regional Conference on the prevention and combat of violence against women and domestic violence
[09/01/2013] The Conference is organised by the Council of Europe in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Finnish Parliament, and is taking place in Helsinki on 17 and 18 January 2013. The objectives of this regional Conference is to encourage Council of Europe member states to sign and ratify the Convention; to raise awareness of its existence among members of parliament, NGOs, the media and professionals working in the field; to discuss the benefits and challenges of ratifying the Convention;to exchange experiences, know-how and networking. (more ...)
Speech by Mr Philippe Boillat, Director General of Human Rights and Rule of Law of the Council of Europe

Estonia urged to sharpen corruption prevention policy
[08/01/2013] The Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) has called on Estonia to make a number of improvements to its corruption prevention policy in respect of members of Parliament, judges and prosecutors. In a report published today, GRECO acknowledges that Estonia remains one of the least corrupt countries in today’s Europe. Its legislative framework in the field under review is found to be satisfactory and would potentially become more focused following the entry into force in April 2013 of the revised Anti-Corruption Act.