Amélie de Montchalin: ‘We must preserve the pan-European dimension of the Council of Europe’

Parliamentary Assembly session 24 June 2019 Strasbourg

“As we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Council of Europe, we can measure the progress made since 1949 and the fact that this organisation is more essential than ever to promote our common values and foster economic and social progress on our continent,” said Amélie de Montchalin, French...

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Death penalty in Belarus : execution condemned

Committee of Ministers 19 June 2019 Strasbourg

The Committee of Ministers deeply deplores the execution of Mr Alyaksandr Zhylnikau, announced on 13 June 2019. It calls on the Belarussian authorities not to carry out the execution of Mr Vyachaslau Sukharko, condemned for the same crime as Mr Alyakasandr Zhylnikau. The Committee of Ministers...

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Protecting victims of terrorism

Council of Europe 19 June 2019 Strasbourg

A workshop on the protection of victims of terrorist acts will be organised on Thursday 20 June in Strasbourg by the Council of Europe’s Steering Committee for Human Rights. Its aim is to raise awareness of the Council of Europe Guidelines (2017) on the protection of victims of terrorism and to...

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Meeting of the Ministers' Deputies on 19 June 2019

Strasbourg

At their 1350th meeting, on 19 June, the Ministers’ Deputies adopted a declaration on the execution of Mr Alyaksandr Zhylnikau in Belarus, which was announced on 13 June 2019. They held exchanges of views with: Ms Dunja Mijatović, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights; Mr Wojciech...

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Meeting of the Ministers' Deputies on 12 June 2019

Strasbourg

At their 1349th meeting, on 12 June, the Ministers’ Deputies held their annual exchanges of views with: Mr Gianni Buquicchio, President of the European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission), following his presentation of the 2018 report of activities; Mr Petr Válek, Chair of...

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Implementing ECHR judgments: Latest decisions from the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers

Committee of Ministers 7 June 2019 Strasbourg

The latest case-by-case decisions on the implementation of judgments and decisions from the European Court of Human Rights have been published by the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers. The committee adopted 32 decisions concerning 16 member states at the end of its quarterly human rights...

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Implementing European Court of Human Rights judgments

Committee of Ministers 4 June 2019 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers is holding its quarterly meeting to oversee the execution of judgments and decisions from the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg from 4 to 6 June. Information on the cases to be examined during the meeting is available here. Decisions taken...

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Meeting of the Ministers' Deputies on 29 May 2019

Strasbourg

At their 1347th meeting, on 29 May, the Ministers’ Deputies took a series of decisions on the follow-up to be given to the 129th Session of the Committee of Ministers, which took place on 16-17 May 2019, in Helsinki. They also adopted the following texts: a resolution on the financial...

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France takes over the Presidency of the Committee of Ministers

Presidency of the Committee of Ministers 17 May 2019 Helsinki

The Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe passed today from Finland to France, after a meeting attended by 30 foreign affairs ministers from the Organisation’s member countries. Addressing the Committee of Ministers, the outgoing Chairman, Timo Soini, Minister for...

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Foreign Ministers : rights, obligations and action priorities of Member States

Committee of ministers 17 May 2019 Helsinki

As the Council of Europe is celebrating its 70th anniversary, over 30 Foreign Affairs Ministers from the 47 member states reaffirmed the importance of the Organisation as a unique platform for dialogue and co-operation. Meeting in Helsinki for their annual session, the Ministers declared that:...

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Ministers for Foreign Affairs to discuss role of Council of Europe as the Organisation turns 70

Committee of Ministers 7 May 2019 Strasbourg

The Ministers for Foreign Affairs of the Council of Europe’s 47 member States will hold their annual meeting on 16 and 17 May 2019 in Helsinki (Finland). On this occasion, the Ministers will be invited to take key decisions for the future of the Organisation which is currently facing a number of...

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Tackling information pollution – high-level conference in San Marino

Committee of Ministers 15 May 2019 San Marino

How do we begin to address the challenge information pollution? Since the results of the ‘Brexit’ vote in the UK, Donald Trump’s victory in the US and Kenya’s recent decision to nullify its national election result, there has been much discussion of how information disorder is influencing...

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Meeting of the Ministers' Deputies on 10, 13-14 May 2019

Strasbourg

At their 1346th meeting, on 10, 13 and 14 May, the Ministers’ Deputies continued the preparation of the 129th Session of the Committee of Ministers, which will take place, on 16-17 May, in Helsinki (Finland). The other items examined by the Deputies appear in the Agenda and the decisions adopted...

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Statement by Timo Soini, Chair of the Committee of Ministers, on the use of sign languages in Europe

Presidency of the Committee of Ministers 14 May 2019 Strasbourg

“I welcome the support expressed today by the Committee of Ministers to the promotion and protection of sign languages in Europe”, stated Timo Soini, Chair of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland on 14 May. In a reply to the Parliamentary...

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2019 Theme: Media for Democracy: Journalism and Elections in Times of Disinformation

World Press Freedom Day – 3 May 2019

Presidency of the Committee of Ministers 3 May 2019 Strasbourg

Statement by Timo Soini, Chair of the Committee of Ministers

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Meeting of the Ministers' Deputies on 2 May 2019

Strasbourg

At their 1345th meeting, on 2 May, the Ministers’ Deputies adopted a series of decisions on the conflict in Georgia. They continued the preparation of the 129th Session of the Committee of Ministers, which will take place, on 16-17 May, in Helsinki (Finland). They also endorsed the Principles on...

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Meeting of the Ministers' Deputies on 24 April 2019

Strasbourg

At their 1344th meeting, on 24 April, the Ministers’ Deputies adopted a recommendation to member States on supporting young refugees in transition to adulthood, aimed notably at ensuring that young refugees receive additional temporary support after the age of 18 to enable them to access their...

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Addressing the Council of Europe crisis requires constructiveness from all parties, says Timo Soini

Parliamentary Assembly Session 8 April 2019 Strasbourg

“Finding a solution to the current political and institutional crisis would require close co-operation with all member States and both statutory bodies – the Parliamentary Assembly and the Committee of Ministers. It is time to start consolidating the different views into one,” said Timo Soini,...

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International Roma Day (8 April 2019)

Presidency of the Committee of Ministers 8 April 2019 Strasbourg

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

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