5th anniversary of annexation of Crimea

Presidency of the Committee of Ministers 21 March 2019 Strasbourg

Statement by Timo Soini, Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland

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March 19 - Day of Equality in Finland

Presidency of the Committee of Ministers 19 March 2019 Strasbourg

Statement by the Chair of the Ministers' Deputies

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International Women’s Day (8 March)

Presidency of the Committee of Ministers 8 March 2019 Strasbourg

Statement by Timo Soini, Chairman of the Committee of Ministers, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland

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Artificial Intelligence: Helsinki conference conclusions

Council of Europe 27 February 2019 Helsinki

AI should be developed in a human-centric manner to produce benefits for individuals and for societies

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Helsinki Conference on Artificial Intelligence

Council of Europe 26 February 2019 Helsinki

A two-day High-Level Conference “Governing the Game Changer – Impacts of artificial intelligence development on human rights, democracy and the rule of law” opened in Helsinki today. ”New technology, the collection of massive amounts of data, and the use of information, has already changed the...

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Council of Europe Secretary General, Finnish Foreign Minister and French Justice Minister to open Helsinki AI Conference

Council of Europe 21 February 2019 Strasbourg

Council of Europe's Secretary General, Thorbjørn Jagland, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland Timo Soini and the Minister of Justice of France Nicole Belloubet will open the High-Level Conference: “Governing the Game Changer – Impacts of artificial intelligence development on human...

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Committee of Ministers Presidency of Finland boosts Education and Training Paths of Youth Workers

Youth Department 21 February 2019 Helsinki

“When high-quality youth work supports young people, civil society grows stronger and active citizenship is promoted. An active civil society is essential in building democracy”, stated Sampo Terho, Minister for European Affairs, Culture and Sports of Finland. Snežana Samardžić-Marković, Council...

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Human rights should be incorporated into the development of artificial intelligence

Presidency of the Committee of Ministers 18 February 2019 Strasbourg

Artificial intelligence can be harnessed for good purposes as well as discrimination. There is still time to influence the direction of development.

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Protecting Rule of Law in Europe

Presidency of the Committee of Ministers 18 February 2019 Strasbourg

A Conference on “How can we protect the rule of law in Europe” was held at the University of Tampere on 5th February as a part of Finland’s presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. The event gathered together hundreds of participants to discuss about the ways of...

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Data Protection Day

Council of Europe 28 January 2019 Strasbourg

New guidelines on artificial intelligence

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International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust

Presidency of the Committee of Ministers 25 January 2019 Strasbourg

Statement by the Finnish Presidency of the Committee of Ministers

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"Peace is the most important contribution we can make to human rights", says Sauli Niinistö

Parliamentary Assembly Session 23 January 2019 Strasbourg

“Human rights, democracy and the rule of law – the values the Council of Europe stands for – can only thrive in a state of peace. Maintaining the absence of war must be our highest priority. At the end of the day, peace is the most important contribution we can make to human rights. Everything...

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Holocaust memorial ceremony

Parliamentary Assembly Session 23 January 2019 Strasbourg

The President of Finland Sauli Niinistö has attended a ceremony in front of the Council of Europe’s headquarters in Strasbourg, to mark the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust. In his address Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland underlined the importance of...

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Timo Soini: “a multilateral co-operation to prevent instability and conflict”

Parliamentary Assembly Session 22 January 2019 Strasbourg

“We need effective rules-based multilateral co-operation to prevent instability and conflicts, and the Council of Europe is an important forum in this context,” said Timo Soini, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland and Chair of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, addressing...

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The state of human rights in Europe: forward and back?

Commissioner for Human Rights 21 January 2019 Strasbourg

All four Commissioners for Human Rights, Álvaro Gil-Robles, Thomas Hammarberg, Nils Muižnieks and the current Commissioner Dunja Mijatović will come together in Strasbourg on Tuesday 22 January to reflect on the evolution of human rights since the office was created, twenty years ago. They’ll...

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Election of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe: Candidatures received

Presidency of the Committee of Ministers 11 January 2019 Strasbourg

At the expiry of the deadline for member States to propose candidates for the election of the next Secretary General of the Council of Europe, the following candidatures have been received by the Chair of the Committee of Ministers: Mr Didier REYNDERS, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign...

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Shooting at the Strasbourg Christmas Market

Presidency of the Committee of Ministers 12 December 2018 Strasbourg

Statement by Timo Soini, Chair of the Committee of Ministers and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland

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Human Rights Day 10 December 2018

Presidency of the Committee of Ministers 10 December 2018 Strasbourg

Statement by Timo Soini, Chair of the Committee of Ministers and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland

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Statement by Timo Soini, Chair of the Committee of Ministers on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Presidency of the Committee of Ministers 3 December 2018 Strasbourg

“The Council of Europe strives to protect and promote human rights of all, including people with disabilities of which there are an estimated 80 million in Europe,” Mr Timo Soini, Chair of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland pointed out...

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Statement by Timo Soini, Chair of the Committee of Ministers, on death penalty in Belarus

Presidency of the Committee of Ministers 29 November 2018 Strasbourg

“I deeply regret the reported executions of Mr Syamyon Berazhny and Mr Ihar Hershankow in Belarus, which were carried out despite the strong call made by the Committee of Ministers in October 2018 to the authorities of Belarus to establish a formal moratorium on executions as a first step towards...

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