News archive [2013]


Council of Europe Journal : What the Organisation is doing to fight corruption ?
[04/04/2013] Interviews with Wolgang Rau, Executive Secretary of the Group of States against Corruption (GRECO), Erkki Laukkanen, Head of Transparency International in Finland, and Björn Thorvaldsson, Head of Iceland’s delegation to GRECO

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Milestone reached in negotiations on accession of EU to the European Convention on Human Rights

[05/04/2013] Negotiators of the 47 Council of Europe member states and the European Union have finalised the draft accession agreement of the European Union to the European Convention on Human rights. The EU Court of Justice in Luxembourg will now be asked to give its opinion on the text. Accession of the EU to the ECHR will strengthen the protection of human rights in Europe, by ultimately submitting the EU and its legal acts to the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights. Thorbjørn Jagland, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, welcomed the agreement reached by the negotiators. (Read more)

New reports adopted by GRECO on Finland and Iceland

Finland encouraged to further sharpen its tools to prevent corruption
Finland has an effective system for preventing corruption among members of parliament, judges and prosecutors. However, there is still room for improvement – particularly with regard to conflicts of interest among parliamentarians. These are the main findings of an evaluation report published today by the Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO). (more ...)
  Iceland urged to further strengthen anti-corruption measures
[28/03/2013] Due to its unique circumstances, Iceland faces particular challenges in preventing corruption among its key institutions. Significant improvements have been made recently, notably since the collapse of the banking system, but there is still work to be done. (more ...)

Multilateral meeting on prison management
The meeting was held in the Council of Europe in Strasbourg on 25-26 April 2013, within the multilateral co operation activities of the Organisation in the penitentiary field for participants from a number of member States which are currently in the process of developing their policies regarding prison management, focusing on sentence planning and prison regime. The aim was to bring together representatives of countries with different experiences regarding policies for improving prison management to share good practices and to identify ways of introducing new approaches in their systems, in line with the standards of the Council of Europe and the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT). The Secretariat provided updated information about the Council of Europe’s work in the penitentiary field.
For more information about the meeting : Concept Paper 
First evaluation visit of the Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) in Serbia
[22/04/2013] A delegation of GRETA carried out an evaluation visit to Serbia from 15 to 19 April 2013. The visit was organised in the context of the first round of evaluation of the implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings. The delegation visited the Centre for the Protection of Victims of Human Trafficking in Belgrade and two social care establishments, in Belgrade and Novi Sad, providing accommodation and assistance to children victims of human trafficking. It also visited an NGO-run shelter for women victims of human trafficking. On the basis of the information gathered during the visit and the reply from the Serbian authorities to questionnaire, GRETA will prepare a draft report containing an analysis of the implementation of the Convention by Serbia and suggestions for further action. (Read more)

Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes two reports on Spain

[30/04/2013] The Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) has today published the report on its sixth periodic visit to Spain, which took place in May-June 2011. It has also published the report on its follow-up visit to Barcelona Prison for Men (La Modelo) carried out in June 2012. Both reports have been published at the request of the Spanish authorities, together with their responses.