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Member States hold informal exchange of views with representatives of civil society

Committee of Ministers 1 July 2022 Strasbourg

At an informal meeting on 1 July 2022, delegations from the Council of Europe’s 46 member States held an exchange of views with representatives of youth civil society organisations. They discussed how to overcome the obstacles to inviting young people and youth organisations to the policy-making...

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Ukraine: Statement by Congress President condemning the abduction of the Mayor of Kherson

Congress 1 July 2022 Strasbourg

I strongly condemn the continued abduction of local officials in Ukraine, most recently of the mayor of Kherson, Ihor Kolykhayev, and call for his immediate release. The pressure and continuous offenses that the local elected representatives are suffering in the illegally occupied territories of...

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PACE delegation, ending Kyiv visit: ‘The worst crime of all is the war itself'

Parliamentary Assembly 30 June 2022 Strasbourg

A cross-party delegation of 10 members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE),* ending a visit to Kyiv on Ukraine’s Constitution Day (28 June 2022), has expressed shock at the level of evidence of war crimes and crimes against humanity it saw, denounced the war in the...

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HELP Network conference focuses on Council of Europe response to the war in Ukraine

Council of Europe 30 june 2022 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe HELP Programme (Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals) is holding its 2022 Annual Network Conference in Strasbourg and online from 30 June - 1 July 2022. This year, the Council of Europe’s response to the war in Ukraine is one of the key themes of the conference....

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Council of Europe Digital Partnership: two new partners

Secretary General 28 June 2022 Strasbourg

The International Chamber of Commerce and The LEGO Group have joined the Council of Europe’s Digital Partnership, an initiative aimed at fostering cooperation with companies and their business associations to promote respect for human rights, democracy and the rule of law on the internet. During...

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Council of Europe statement on missile attack in Kremenchuk

Secretary General 28 June 2022 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the 46-nation Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić, has today made the following statement: “Yesterday’s missile attack carried out by the Russian Federation on a shopping centre in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, was utterly barbaric. Such senseless killing of civilians shows...

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Young people should stand up against populism, nationalism and extremism that risk silencing their voices, says Secretary General

Secretary General 28 June 2022 Strasbourg

Opening the major event in Strasbourg, Youth Action Week which marks the 50th anniversary of the Council of Europe’s youth sector, Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić called on young people to remain engaged in revitalising democracy and in addressing the emerging threats...

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New thematic factsheet on Protection of Property

Council of Europe 27 June 2022 Strasbourg

The Execution Department issued today a new thematic factsheet on Protection of Property. The European Convention on Human Rights enunciates the principle of the peaceful enjoyment of one’s property and subjects its deprivation to conditions, protecting a person against unjustified interference...

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MONEYVAL calls on Bulgaria to improve use of financial intelligence, investigation and prosecution and the confiscations regime

MONEYVAL 27 June 2022 Strasbourg

In a new report the Council of Europe’s anti-money laundering body MONEYVAL draws up a comprehensive assessment of the country’s level of compliance with the Recommendations by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) as at the date of the onsite visit in September 2021. It calls on Bulgaria’s...

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Council of Europe marks 20 years of action for the proper functioning of justice

European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) 24 June 2022 Strasbourg

The European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice of the Council of Europe (CEPEJ) is marking its 20th anniversary on 27 June in La Valletta (Malta) at an event devoted to challenges of a digitised judicial system and the way to improve the work of the CEPEJ in the future. Known mainly for...

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Ireland supports Action Plans and joins Human Rights Trust Fund

Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers 24 June 2022 Strasbourg

In the framework of their Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers, the Government of Ireland has made a voluntary contribution of €665 616 towards Council of Europe Action Plans and projects that support the priorities of the Irish Chairmanship. Ireland’s contribution will support the Council...

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Flight MH17 shot down by a Russian-supplied Buk missile ‘most convincing scenario by far’, says PACE

PACE session 23 June 2022 Strasbourg

PACE has said that, based on the evidence made available to its rapporteur by Ukrainian and Dutch authorities, it considers “as the most convincing scenario by far” that flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine in 2014 by a Buk missile made available to military units controlled by the Russian...

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“Brute force and misuse of power can never be allowed to have the last word” King of The Netherlands tells PACE

PACE Session 23 June 2022 Strasbourg

“Brute force and misuse of power can never be allowed to have the last word. That conviction is what inspired the Kingdom of the Netherlands to join with nine other countries in 1949 to establish the Council of Europe”, highlighted His Majesty King Willem-Alexander while addressing PACE. ‘It must...

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Greek President calls for a strengthened Council of Europe to face Russian aggression and other challenges

Parliamentary Assembly Session 22 June 2022 Strasbourg

In an address to the Parliamentary Assembly today, Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou called for a stronger Council of Europe and greater multilateralism to tackle the many challenges facing Europe today – ranging from the war in Ukraine to climate change and economic and social upheaval....

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Simon Coveney at PACE: It’s time for Council of Europe Heads of State and Government to reconvene

Parliamentary Assembly session 21 June 2021 Strasbourg

In the wake of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, Ireland’s Foreign Minister Simon Coveney has called for a fourth summit of Heads of State and Government of the 46-nation Council of Europe. Speaking to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe as chair of the organisation’s Committee...

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Marija Pejčinović Burić: upholding the principles of democratic security requires political will

Secretary General 21 June 2022 Strasbourg

“The time has come for a fourth Summit of Heads of State and Government” to agree on how we best fit in the newly shaped geopolitical architecture of Europe and how to put democratic security on a firmer footing for the years to come, said Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović...

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Sanctions and measures without deprivation of liberty in Europe: annual statistics for 2021

SPACE 21 June 2022 Strasbourg

The number of persons subject to sanctions and measures which keep offenders in the community remained relatively stable from January 2020 to January 2021, after several years of regular growth, in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the 2021 SPACE II annual survey, carried out for...

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Türkiye: Reducing threshold for parliamentary elections is welcome but other amendments could hamper inclusive democracy and impartiality of elections

Venice Commission 21 June 2022 Strasbourg

Despite some positive aspects, a recent law amending parliamentary election procedures in Türkiye (Law No. 7393) could impede the participation of newer (and smaller) parties, according to an opinion by the Council of Europe’s Venice Commission of legal and constitutional experts. Jointly drafted...

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PACE President urges members not to get used to the war in Ukraine

Parliamentary Assembly Session 20 June 2022 Strasbourg

In his opening speech of the PACE summer session, President Tiny Kox invited members to hold a minute of silence for all the victims of the war in Ukraine, urging them to help end the suffering of the Ukrainian people and to continue showing solidarity. “This horrible war should never become a...

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Azerbaijan media law: overregulation in an already restrictive environment

Venice Commission 20 June 2022 Strasbourg

In the context of an already extremely confined space for independent journalism and media in Azerbaijan, the new media Law in Azerbaijan will have a “chilling effect”, said the Council of Europe’s body of constitutional legal experts, the Venice Commission, in its joint opinion together with the...

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