Meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies on 30 November 2022

Strasbourg

At their 1450th meeting, on 30 November, the Ministers’ Deputies held an exchange of views with Mr Paul Mahoney, Chair of the Advisory Panel of Experts on Candidates for Election as Judge to the European Court of Human Rights (see Activity Report). The Deputies agreed upon the agenda for the...

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Statement by Committee of Ministers Chair, Þórdís Kolbrún Reykfjörð Gylfadóttir, Icelandic Minister for Foreign Affairs

Presidency of the Committee of Ministers 24 November 2022 Strasbourg

“On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, I reaffirm Iceland’s steadfast commitment to gender equality and the protection of the hard-earned progress concerning the human rights of women and girls. Together, we must combat all forms of violence against women and...

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Meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies on 23 November 2022

Strasbourg

At their 1449th meeting, on 23 November, the Ministers’ Deputies adopted the terms of reference of a committee of experts (PC-ENV) which will draft a new Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of the Environment through Criminal Law [more information …]. They also took note of Opinion No....

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Barnahus model helps children who suffered sexual abuse from feeling like victims for a second time, say Council of Europe leaders

Council of Europe 17 November 2022 Strasbourg

Ahead of the European Day on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse marked on 18 November, Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić and Iceland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Chair of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe,...

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Conflict in Georgia: Secretary General’s Consolidated Report says human rights challenges persist in conflict-affected areas

Secretary General 16 November 2022 Strasbourg

Concerns persist regarding the human rights situation in the areas affected by the armed conflict between the Russian Federation and Georgia in August 2008, according to a report by Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić presented to the Committee of Ministers. The bi-annual report (covering...

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Meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies on 16 November 2022

Strasbourg

At their 1448th meeting, on 16 November, the Ministers’ Deputies adopted the adjustments to the 2023 budget which constitutes the second of a three-step approach on the budgetary and financial implications of the cessation of membership of the Russian Federation in the Council of Europe. The...

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Iceland takes over Chairmanship of Committee of Ministers

Committee of Ministers 9 November 2022 Strasbourg

Iceland has taken over the rotating Chairmanship of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers from Ireland during a meeting with representatives of the Organisation’s 46 member states. The incoming Chair – Iceland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Þórdís Kolbrún Reykfjörð Gylfadóttir –...

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Taking stock of Ireland’s Presidency

Committee of Ministers 8 November 2022 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe has published a summary of Ireland’s six-month Presidency of the Committee of Ministers, which comes to an end on 9 November 2022. Ireland took over the Presidency on 20 May, a critical time in the Council of Europe’s history as the organisation sought to respond to the war...

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Summit in Reykjavik to renew ‘the Conscience of Europe’

Council of Europe 7 November 2022 Strasbourg

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ireland Simon Coveney, Prime Minister of Iceland Katrín Jakobsdóttir and Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić have all welcomed the Committee of Ministers’ decision to hold a Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Council of Europe on 16-17 May 2023...

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Meetings of the Ministers’ Deputies on 7 and 9 November 2022

Strasbourg

At their 1447bis meeting, on 7 November, the Ministers’ Deputies welcomed the invitation of the Icelandic authorities and agreed that a 4th Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Council of Europe would be held under the Icelandic Presidency of the Committee of Ministers in Reykjavik,...

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Meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies on 3 November 2022

Strasbourg

At their 1447th meeting, on 3 November, the Ministers’ Deputies approved a decision on the organisation of a 4th Council of Europe Summit and agreed to transmit it to their high-level meeting on 7 November 2022 for adoption [more information ...]. They also approved an Action Plan designed to...

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Meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies on 19 & 20 October 2022

Strasbourg

At their 1446th meeting, on 19 and 20 October, the Ministers’ Deputies adopted the text of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Council of Europe and the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and authorised the Secretary General to sign it [more information ...]. They also approved the...

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Ireland’s Europe minister calls for Council of Europe summit in Reykjavik

Parliamentary Assembly session 12 October 2022 Strasbourg

Ireland’s Minister of State for European Affairs, Thomas Byrne, has given his backing to a fourth summit of Council of Europe Heads of State and Government to take place in Reykjavik as part of Iceland’s forthcoming presidency of the organisation’s Committee of Ministers. Addressing the...

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Ireland’s President Higgins: We need a longer-term vision of the Council of Europe’s role in a post-conflict Europe

Parliamentary Assembly session 11 October 2022 Strasbourg

Ireland’s President Michael D. Higgins has called for a longer-term vision of the Council of Europe’s role in a post-conflict Europe, and how that might fit within the wider multilateral architecture, in order to effectively uphold human rights, the rule of law and democracy whilst ensuring there...

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Council of Europe leaders condemn Russian air strikes against towns and cities in Ukraine

Council of Europe 10 October 2022 Strasbourg

Ireland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Chair of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers, Simon Coveney, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Tiny Kox, and the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić, have made the following...

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“Addressing disinformation and propaganda with a human rights framework”: informal exchange of views with civil society representatives

Committee of Ministers 7 October 2022 Strasbourg

At an informal meeting on 6 October delegations from the Council of Europe’s 46 member states held an exchange of views with representatives of international civil society organisations active in the media field. They discussed the challenges of disinformation and propaganda which undermine...

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Irish Presidency welcomes publication of report on the future of the Council of Europe

Presidency of the Committee of Ministers 5 October 2022 Strasbourg

Ireland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney, and Minister for European Affairs, Thomas Byrne, have joined Council of Europe leaders today in welcoming the publication of a report on the future of the Council of Europe by a High-Level Reflection Group chaired by Ireland’s former...

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Meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies on 5 October 2022

Strasbourg

At their 1445th meeting, on 5 October, the Ministers’ Deputies took several decisions following their six-monthly review of the situation with regard to the abolition of the death penalty. They held an exchange of views with Ms Iris Luarasi, President of the Group of Experts on Action against...

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Council of Europe leaders condemn the illegal annexation of occupied territories of Ukraine

Council of Europe 30 September 2022 Strasbourg

Ireland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Chair of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers, Simon Coveney, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Tiny Kox, and the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić, have made the following...

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Committee of Ministers calls on member states to recognise the right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment as a human right

Committee of Ministers 27 september 2022 Strasbourg

In a Recommendation on human rights and the protection of the environment adopted today, the Council of Europe calls on its 46 member states to actively consider recognising, at national level, the right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment, as a human right. Considering that measures...

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