The chairs of the youth sector statutory bodies in dialogue with the Council of Europe’s decision-makers

5 OCTOBER 2022 Strasbourg

Miriam Teuma, chair of the Joint Council on Youth (CMJ), and Spyros Papadatos, chair of the Advisory Council on Youth (CCJ), travelled to the Council of Europe headquarters in Strasbourg on 4 October to meet with the Organisation’s decision-making body and Secretary General. On the invitation...

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35 years of Cultural Routes: Safeguarding European Values, Heritage, and Dialogue

Cultural Routes 4 October 2022 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe Cultural Routes’ programme is celebrating its 35th anniversary at the 11th Advisory Forum which is taking place in Chania, Crete (Greece) from 5-7 October, including a special event to highlight the relevance of Cultural Routes for the promotion of cultural diversity,...

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Dublin conference discusses rights and the best interests of the child in parental separation and care proceedings

3 OCTOBER 2022 DUBLIN (HYBRID)

Considering the voice of children and young people in determining their best interests in family courts during parental separation and care proceedings is the focus of an international conference taking place in Dublin on 3 October under the Irish Presidency of the Council of Europe. The Minister...

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European ministers adopt “Dublin Declaration” on preventing violence through equality

Council of Europe 30 september 2022 Dublin

Thirty-eight member states have backed a “Dublin Declaration” pledging a series of steps to promote gender equality in order to help prevent domestic, sexual and gender-based violence. The declaration is inspired by the Council of Europe’s Istanbul Convention on violence against women, and...

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War in Ukraine, Covid-19 and climate change key challenges for national minorities

ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON THE FRAMEWORK CONVENTION FOR THE PROTECTION OF NATIONAL MINORITIES (FCNM) 27 september 2022 Strasbourg

National minorities in Europe faced multiple threats during the past two years, says a new report from the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. Russia’s aggression against Ukraine caused a humanitarian catastrophe, including for national...

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European Day of Languages 2022: “Let us value all languages in Europe” says Secretary General of the Council of Europe

26 September 2022

26 September 2022 marks the 21st anniversary of the European Day of Languages. On the occasion of the Day, the Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić stated that "The European Day of Languages is a celebration of the rich tapestry of languages which make our continent so...

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European Day of Languages

26 September 2022 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe and the European Commission celebrate the European Day of Languages on 26 September. This year it has been important to help refugees from Ukraine settle as much as possible into their host countries, both neighbouring and far away. A central part of this help is assisting...

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Webinar "A new Council of Europe Recommendation on language education: defining plurilingual and intercultural education"

23 September 2022 Online

In June this year the ECML launched a series of webinars on Recommendation R(2022)1 on the importance of plurilingual and intercultural education for democratic culture, adopted by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe in February 2022. The first webinar, which can be viewed here,...

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an event organised by Almasani Association, a member of the Faro Convention Network

International conference “Cultural Heritage: Participatory Approach”

21 September 2022 Novi Sad, Serbia

The Almasani Association, a member of the Faro Convention Network, organised the International Conference “Cultural Heritage: Participatory Approach” on 21 September, in Novi Sad, Serbia. The Faro Convention Secretariat took part in the event, acknowledging the great work of the Almasani...

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Two Strategy 21 dissemination events online

20-21 September 2022 San Millan de la Cogolla/ La Rioja, Spain

We are pleased to invite you to participate in two Strategy 21 dissemination events online, taking place from 20 to 21 September in Spain (San Millan de la Cogolla/ La Rioja).The events are co-organised by the Council of Europe and Fundación San Millán de la Cogolla (SPAIN). On 20 September we...

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Forum 2022: the online registration is now open!

19 September 2022 Strasbourg, France

The online registration to the World Forum for Democracy 2022 is now open! Register now! You can also discover the detailed programme. Have a look to the teaser 2022!!

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The new publication “The Faro Convention at work in Europe: selected examples”

19 September 2022 Strasbourg, France

The Council of Europe’s Culture and Cultural Heritage Division has, in the framework of its Joint project with the European Union: “The Faro Way: enhanced participation in cultural heritage”, produced a new publication entitled “The Faro Convention at work in Europe: selected examples”. This...

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Education on democratic competencies discussed at a national congress in Tirana

11-13 September 2022 Tirana

A National Congress on "Challenges of quality and inclusive education towards European integration" took place in Tirana during 11-13 September and was attended by some 2000 educators from Albania and abroad. The Congress was addressed by Prime Minister of Albania Edi Rama and the Minister of...

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Supporting civil society organisations in raising awareness on the Istanbul Convention

14/09/2022 Online

On 14 September, the Council of Europe in co-operation with Women Against Violence Europe Network (WAVE) and UN Women launched a new methodology and toolkit to support civil society organisations (CSOs) in raising awareness on the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence...

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European Heritage Days 2022 shine a spotlight on “Sustainable Heritage”

European Heritage Days 7 September 2022 Strasbourg

Sustainable Heritage is the theme for the 2022 European Heritage Days: a focus on the active role of communities building a more sustainable and resilient future for European heritage, in the context of environmental changes and related risks. The European Heritage Days, a joint initiative of the...

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Save the date: 7-9 November 2022

World Forum for Democracy 2022 "Democracy: A New Hope ?"

29 August 2022 Strasbourg, France

Thirty years ago, many people believed that the spread of democracy was as inevitable as it was desirable. Those days are now far behind us. Instead, the public and policy-makers have watched as the spread of democracy has slowed and, by some measures, gone into reverse. Those who believe that...

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2022 Eurimages Co-production Development Awards

22 August 2022

The CineLink Co-Production Market wrapped up on Thursday evening with the presentation of the Eurimages Co-production Development Award to the project THE BOY WITH THE LIGHT-BLUE EYES to be directed by Thanassis Neofotistos and produced by Ioanna Bolomyti from the company Argonauts Productions...

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International Youth Day

Congress Spokesperson on Youth 12 August 2022 Strasbourg

“Creating stronger links between youth and other generations can help us find solutions to today’s challenges” says Congress Spokesperson

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European Heritage Days launched under the Irish Presidency of the Council of Europe

12 august 2022 Strasbourg, France

Ambassador Breifne O’Reilly, Permanent Representative of Ireland to the Council of Europe, has marked the start of the 2022 European Heritage Days season with a special video message from the beautiful surroundings of the historic Parc de l’Orangerie in Strasbourg. As one of Europe’s largest...

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The right to a healthy environment, a universal human right and an emergency for all levels of governance

Congress 9 August 2022 Strasbourg

Following the resolution just adopted by the United Nations General Assembly declaring access to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment as a universal human right, Congress spokesperson on human rights Harald Bergmann (Netherlands, ILDG), welcomed this historic decision. "This recognition...

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European Roma Holocaust Memorial Day

Secretary General 2 August 2022 Strasbourg, France

Today, we commemorate European Roma Holocaust Memorial Day and pay tribute to the thousands of victims. 78 years ago, on 2 August 1944, 3,000 Roma - mainly women and children - were brutally murdered in the dark of the night at Auschwitz-Birkenau. This terrible event is central to the story of...

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GRETA calls on states, civil society and tech companies to counter the use of technology to recruit and control victims of human trafficking

Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) 29 July 2022 Strasbourg

On the occasion of the World Day against Trafficking in Persons, held every year on 30 July, the Council of Europe Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) joins the Inter-Agency Coordination Group against Trafficking in Persons (ICAT) in calling on State Parties to...

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"Sport is a great leveller that can bring people together in a way that nothing else can”, Bjørn Berge tells Commonwealth Sports Ministers

Sport division 27 JULY 2022 BIRMINGHAM

“Sport is a great leveller that can bring people together in a way that nothing else can”, highlighted the Deputy Secretary General while addressing the 10th Commonwealth Sports Ministers Meeting in Birmingham. Bjørn Berge underlined how the Council of Europe’s four-year strategic priorities for...

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“Sport is a great leveller that can bring people together in a way that nothing else can”, Bjørn Berge tells Commonwealth Sports Ministers

Deputy Secretary General 27 July 2022 Birmingham

“Sport is a great leveller that can bring people together in a way that nothing else can”, highlighted Deputy Secretary General while addressing the 10th Commonwealth Sports Ministers Meeting in Birmingham. Bjørn Berge underlined how the Council of Europe’s four-year strategic priorities for...

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How to find a Council of Europe resource on gender equality and women's rights

20/07/22 Strasbourg

The Gender Equality Division has developed a dedicated webpage on its website to showcase the wide range of resources (standards, publications, factsheets, brochures, audio-visual materials, etc.) offered by the Council of Europe to promote gender equality and women’s rights. With the help of...

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The United Kingdom ratifies the Istanbul Convention

21/07/2022 Strasbourg

Today, in Strasbourg, in the presence of the Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, H.E. Mr Sandy Moss, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the Council of Europe, deposited the instrument of ratification of the Council of...

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Ukraine ratifies the Istanbul Convention

18/07/2022 Strasbourg

Today, in Strasbourg, in the presence of the Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, H.E. Mr Borys Tarasyuk, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the Council of Europe, deposited the instrument of ratification of the Council of Europe...

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Trafficking in human beings: expert group GRETA releases its annual report

GRETA 13 July 2022 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) has published its annual report for 2021. During 2021 GRETA was able to achieve a number of milestones in spite of the negative impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, and continued to develop its cooperation...

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For a quality education free of fraud and corruption – a new Recommendation adopted by the Committee of Ministers

Committee of Ministers 13 July 2022 Strasbourg

The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe has adopted a Recommendation addressed to its 46 member states aimed at assisting them in combating fraud in the field of education. The recommendation follows four years of work in the framework of the ETINED platform of the Council of Europe...

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Workshop on Artistic Freedom in Europe Today

12 July 2022

Hosted by Bunker – the old Power Station in Ljubljana/Slovenia, the Council of Europe organised a workshop on Artistic Freedom in Europe Today – From the Personal to the Political on 5-6 July, involving some 20 artists from all disciplines and all over Europe. The event triggered an open exchange...

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Secretary General attends Srebrenica Commemoration: Remembrance and reconciliation are hard, but essential

Secretary General 11 July 2022

Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić has attended the Commemoration ceremony for the victims of the Srebrenica genocide. In her speech, she stressed the importance of remembrance and reconciliation. “We have gathered here today to pay tribute to the immense suffering of the victims, their...

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Srebrenica: the mothers’ fight for justice should inspire us all

Commissioner for Human Rights 11 July 2022 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović has taken part in the inauguration of the ‘Mother’s Scarf’ art installation initiated by the Mothers of Srebrenica, as part of the Srebrenica Heroines Initiative, and issued the following statement: “As we honour the memory of...

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Progress in legal gender recognition in Europe is slow, further progress is needed on civil, and human rights aspects

New Report on Legal Gender Recognition in Europe

7 July 2022 Strasbourg

A new Council of Europe report reviews the progress achieved in European countries in guaranteeing full legal gender recognition (LGR) in all areas of life. The report acknowledges advances in legislation, practices and public attitudes, but progress is slow and additional steps are needed, inter...

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Youth Action Week: young people call on European governments to step up action to revitalise democracy

Council of Europe 5 July 2022 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s Youth Action Week concluded on Friday 1 July 2022 with a presentation by the participants of a call for action directed to national governments to step up the actions and policies to revitalise democracy with the participation of young people. The 450 young people who took...

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APPLY NOW! Make your culture, nature or heritage initiative visible as a Strategy 21 Good practice!

1 July 2022 Strasbourg, France

You are invited to send us new inspirational best project examples/practices in the framework of our ST21 work. This year, special attention is being given to: projects, initiatives or practices that illustrate integrated approaches, showcasing one of the three main components of ST21; AI/digital...

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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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Let’s celebrate the 10th anniversary of the World Forum for Democracy !

29 June 2022 Strasbourg, France

Since 2012, the World Forum for Democracy has been debating solutions to key challenges for democracies worldwide and bringing together political decision-makers and activists in order to contribute to the evolution of more participatory and inclusive democracy. To celebrate the 10th anniversary...

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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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The Council of Europe contributes to the work of the Transforming Education Pre-Summit

28-30 June 2022 Paris, France

On the first day of the Transforming Education Pre-Summit, Matjaz Gruden, Director of Democratic Participation, attended a meeting of the High Level Steering Committee Leaders Group (HLSC). The HLSC approved today an urgent call to action to be addressed to Heads of State and Government at the...

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Secretary General welcomes Ukrainian Parliament’s approval of Istanbul Convention

Secretary General 20 June 2022 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General, Marija Pejčinović Burić, has made the following statement today: “As women and girls are particularly vulnerable during the conflict, I warmly welcome the approval by the Ukrainian Parliament of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating...

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Refugees share their experiences of using the European Qualifications Passport for Refugees

20 June 2022

On the occasion of the World Refugee Day 2022, the Council of Europe launched a new video to present the European Qualifications Passport for Refugees (EQPR) and stories of refugees who obtained and used the EQPR. The EQPR enables refugees to have their qualifications assessed even in the...

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Continued use of the situation of Russian as a minority language as a pretext for aggression against Ukraine unacceptable

Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages 17 June 2022 Strasbourg

The Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages in the statement adopted at the latest plenary session condemned in the strongest possible terms the aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine and expressed its solidarity with all people of Ukraine....

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2022 Global Forum on Higher Education Leadership for Democracy, Sustainability and Social Justice

16 June 2022 Dublin, Ireland

The 2022 Global Forum "Higher Education Leadership for Democracy, Sustainability and Social Justice" organised by the Council of Europe in co-operation with the International Association of Universities, International Consortium for Higher Education, Civic Responsibility and Democracy,...

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Romania has improved protection of women from domestic violence, but progress needed on definition of rape

GREVIO 16 June 2022 Strasbourg

In its first report on Romania, the Council of Europe’s GREVIO – the independent expert group that monitors implementation of the Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (Istanbul Convention) – acknowledges the steps taken by the country to comply with...

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Domestic violence: Countries should improve child custody safety and victim protection

GREVIO 14 June 2022 Strasbourg, France

The Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO) finds that many countries lack enough protection for children and domestic violence victims. GREVIO, which monitors implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and...

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Living Together: Theme of the 1st Forum for secondary school pupils

13 June 2022 from 10.30 Strasbourg, France

On Monday 13 June 2022, the World Forum for Democracy, in partnership with the association THEMIS: Association d'accès au droit pour les enfants et les jeunes (Association for access to the law for children and young people), is organising a forum involving young adolescents in the democratic...

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Ukraine: a Roadmap for the Recovery after the war

7 June 2022 online

In April 2022, the President of Ukraine established a National Council for recovery of Ukraine after the war, with the aim of developing a comprehensive Roadmap for the reconstruction once the conflict is over. The Centre of Expertise for Good Governance of the Council of Europe is currently...

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Webinar: Determining and Evaluating the Best Interests and Rights of Children in Parental Separation and Care Proceedings: exploring perspectives and best practices across Europe

21 June 2022 Strasbourg

The CINGO Civil Society Committee on the Rights of the Child organised a free Webinar on Determining and Evaluating the Best Interests and Rights of Children in Parental Separation and Care Proceedings: exploring perspectives and best practices across Europe in English with experts and thought...

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Ecology: Theme of the 5th Children's Forum

3 June 2022 Strasbourg, France

For this 5th edition of the Children's Forum, on Friday 3 June 2022, 1,500 children from 66 primary school classes from the European Collectivity of Alsace came together in a plenary session in the Council of Europe hemicycle to defend some twenty selected projects on the theme of ecology. During...

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Adverse impact of Covid-19 on vulnerable groups, racism in policing, intimidation of LGBTI people: main trends in ECRI's annual report

Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) 2 Junes 2022 Strasbourg, France

The continuing Covid-19 pandemic that has further marginalised vulnerable groups, the ongoing problem of racism in police forces and the rise of anti-LGBTI public discourse were the main trends in 2021, said the Council of Europe’s Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) in its annual...

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