Protecting rights of migrant, refugee and asylum-seeking women and girls: Council of Europe recommendation adopted

Committee of Ministers 20 May 2022 Turin, Italie

The Committee of Ministers, meeting in Turin, has adopted a new recommendation to protect the rights of migrant, refugee and asylum-seeking women and girls provides measures to better respond to needs and challenges that they face. Drawing on Council of Europe treaties including the Istanbul...

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Council of Europe proposes a comprehensive legal and policy framework to combat hate speech

Committee of Ministers 20 May 2022 Strasbourg, France

The Council of Europe has issued a set of guidelines to its 46 member states aimed at preventing and combating hate speech, both online and offline. In a Recommendation adopted during its annual session held in Turin, the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers calls on governments to develop...

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IDAHOT: LGBTI persons fleeing war face specific risks and need protection

Council of Europe 16 May 2022 Strasbourg

European states should pay attention to the specific challenges faced by LGBTI asylum seekers fleeing war, declared Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić, the current President of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers, the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and...

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Civil society and the Council of Europe – strengthening our ties

13 May 2022

As part of the Secretary General’s proposals to follow-up to the Helsinki decisions on civil society, a resource for civil society that gives easy access to the Civil Society Handbook has been published online. This site available in both English and French provides everything that civil...

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Advancing gender equality and fighting stereotypes

13/05/2022 Strasbourg

A meeting of the Council of Europe’s main body for supporting gender equality has examined a wide range of issues affecting women. The plenary meeting of the Gender Equality Commission, held from 11-13 May in Strasbourg, discussed progress in advancing gender equality in Europe. The participants...

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First Barnahus for child victims of sexual abuse launched in Slovenia

Barnahus Project 10 May 2022 Strasbourg

The first Barnahus (Children’s House) of Slovenia for child victims of sexual abuse has been launched in Ljubljana with the active support of the EU Reform – Council of Europe joint project “Support the implementation of Barnahus in Slovenia - phase II” and the Norway Grants. Barnahus is a...

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Conference of INGOs Civil Society Committee on the Rights of the Child (CSC-RC)

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

3 May 2022 Strasbourg

Join us for this CINGO Civil Society Committee on the Rights of the Child free webinar session with experts and thought leaders across Europe and the opportunity for live online discussion to take place on Tuesday 21 June (9:30-12:30 CET). The webinar will be in English. The following questions...

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GRETA issues Guidance Note on addressing the risks of trafficking in human beings related to the war in Ukraine and the ensuing humanitarian crisis

4 May 2022 Strasbourg

With the unprecedented movement of people forced to flee Ukraine since the start of the war, 90% of whom are women and children, NGOs and media have sounded the alarm over suspected cases of human trafficking. Presumed victims have been detected, and investigations are reportedly ongoing. A new...

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HISTOLAB new joint project of the EU and Council of Europe to support cooperation in history education

Joint Project 1 May 2022 Strasbourg, France

It was during OHTE’s 1st Annual Conference that the EU Commission Vice-President Margaritis Schinas first announced European Commission support for the work of the Observatory and the allocation of €1 000 000 for a new joint project that would support cooperation in the field of history...

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Anti-doping: Committee of Ministers adopts recommendation on fair proceedings in sport

Committee of Ministers 25 April 2022 Strasbourg

The fight against doping in sport requires fair proceedings while respecting the need to protect an athlete’s private life including reputation and health-related information. The Committee of Ministers has adopted a Recommendation to Member States aimed at reinforcing the human rights principles...

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New ECML website offering dedicated support for the (linguistic) integration of refugees from Ukraine

21 April 2022 Graz

Photo: Mirek Pruchnicki CC BY-SA 2.0 Are you a decision-maker, headteacher or teacher looking for guidance and resources to welcome young Ukrainian refugees who have recently joined your educational institution? Are you an employer or recruitment agency supporting Ukrainian refugees to access...

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25th anniversary of the Lisbon Recognition Convention

21 April 2022 Strasbourg

12 April 2022 marked the 25th anniversary of the Lisbon Recognition Convention. This date coincided with the 80th Bologna Follow Up Group meeting, which took place at the Council of Europe headquarters. At the reception organised to mark the occasion, Villano Qiriazi, the Head of the Education...

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Highlights of the 15th CDDG: Deliberative democracy and democratic governance

21-22 April 2022 Strasbourg / hybrid format

The 15th meeting of the European Committee on Democracy and Governance (CDDG) took place on 21-22 April 2022 in Strasbourg, in a hybrid format. In the current context of instability, hostility, and democratic backsliding in Europe, the current specific tasks of the CDDG to develop a...

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Upper Secondary School Examination in times of COVID-19

21 April 2022 Strasbourg

The ENIC and NARIC networks published the 2022 edition of Upper Secondary School Examinations - High School Diplomas in times of COVID-19": https://www.enic-naric.net/upper-secondary-school-examinations-high-school-diplomas-in-times-of-covid-19.aspx The document includes information from 37...

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New recommendation on passing on remembrance of the Holocaust and preventing crimes against humanity

13 April 2022 Strasbourg, France

After long debate, at the end of March 2022, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe adopted a Recommendation on passing on remembrance of the Holocaust and preventing crimes against humanity. It offers a framework for our Member States regarding the transmission of the history and...

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Council of Europe assesses measures taken by states to protect children on the move from sexual abuse and exploitation

13 April 2022 Strasbourg

With Europe facing the second major refugee crisis in less than a decade, the Council of Europe’s Lanzarote Committee has published ten compliance reports evaluating legislation, services and other measures in place for the protection of children affected by the refugee crisis from sexual...

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Work-life balance crucial for gender equality and empowering women

13 April 2022 Strasbourg, France

Gender and labour ministers from all regions of Europe took part at a high-level conference in Rome on 12 April to explore how to face the challenge of creating a better work-life balance for women, ensure that family responsibilities can be better shared, improve gender equality and prevent...

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European Label of Governance Excellence launched in Venice

12 April 2022 Strasbourg, France

A launch conference for the European Label of Governance Excellence (ELoGE) was held under the Italian Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe in Venice on 11 April. Good Democratic Governance is encapsulated in the 12 Principles which can be measured by applying the...

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Learning Equality, Dignity, Democracy: forum on citizenship and human rights education in Europe

11 April 2022 Turin, Italy

A Forum on the present and future of citizenship and human rights education in Europe has opened in Turin, Italy. It aims to strengthen the quality, recognition and outreach of young people’s education in the fields of democratic citizenship and human rights. The event, from 11 to 13 April has...

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Education in time of crisis

8 April 2022

As a result of the Russian Federation’s armed attack on Ukraine, millions of people fleeing Ukraine. In anticipation of the immediate and short-term impact of such inflow of refugees and, in particular, young adults and children, the Education Department of the Council of Europe, in close...

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Child self-generated sexual images and videos: new report provides guidance to governments

8 April 2022 Rome

Addressing challenges raised by the significant increase and exploitation of child self-generated sexual images and videos is the focus of the new monitoring report presented today by the Council of Europe’s Lanzarote Committee in Rome. The report covers 43 European states Parties (*) to the...

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“Local governments unite for welfare and peace”: online marathon exchanges between Ukrainian local leaders and international counterparts

7 April 2022 Online

Through its Centre of Expertise for Good Governance the Council of Europe has held a series of online conferences “Local governments unite for welfare and peace” from 18 March to 7 April 2022. Amid the ongoing aggression from the Russian Federation, local authorities in Ukraine continue to...

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Children’s rights in crisis and emergency situations: a new Council of Europe priority for 2022-2027

7 April 2022 Rome

With climate change, the Covid-19 pandemic and the Russian Federation’s ongoing aggression against Ukraine, securing and protecting children’s rights in crisis and emergency situations has been designated a new priority in the Council of Europe’s Strategy for the Rights of the Child for 2022-2027...

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Roma in Ukraine and throughout Europe in 2022

Secretary General 7 April 2022 Strasbourg

Statement by Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić on International Roma Day

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Council of Europe bank issues a new social inclusion bond to bolster its response to Ukraine refugee crisis

Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) 7 April 2022 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) issued a new € 1 billion seven-year Social Inclusion Bond (SIB) to bolster its response to the social crisis unfolding due to the war in Ukraine and help its member states assist millions of refugees seeking safety. The proceeds of the new bond could...

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

7-9 November 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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The Committee of Ministers adopts a landmark legal standard on multilevel policies and governance for intercultural integration

6 April 2022 Strasbourg, France

The Council of Europe Committee of Ministers adopted by consensus Recommendation CM/Rec(2022)10 on multilevel policies and governance for intercultural integration. This is the second international standard in this field following the adoption back in 2015 of CM/Rec(2015)1 on intercultural...

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Portugal joins the European Qualifications Passport for Refugees (EQPR)

5 April 2022 Portugal

On 5 April, Portugal joined the European Qualifications Passport for Refugees, becoming the 14th partner country to promote the European Qualifications Passport for Refugees as a practical tool for better and faster integration of refugees in their new societies. EQPR is a tool that was developed...

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Children’s rights: a new strategy to be launched in Rome

6 April 2022 Strasbourg

The new Strategy to guide the 46 member States of the Council of Europe in protecting and promoting the rights of the child in 2022-2027 will be officially launched on 7-8 April at a high-level conference in Rome. Benedetto Della Vedova, Undersecretary of State for Foreign Affairs and...

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2022 Eurimages Co-production Development Awards

4 April 2022

On 31 March 2022, the €20,000 Eurimages Co-production Development Award dedicated to documentaries went to the project THE LAST NOMADS which was presented in the framework of the 19th edition of CPH:FORUM in Copenhagen. This exemplary co-production between Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, Belgium and...

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“Creating our future: creativity and cultural heritage as strategic resources for a diverse and democratic Europe”

1 April 2022 Strasbourg/online

The Steering Committee for Culture, Heritage and Landscape (CDCPP) and the Italian Ministry of Culture are organising a Conference of Ministers of Culture in the framework of the Italian Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. The event will take place in hybrid format...

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1st meeting of the Bureau of the Bern Convention in 2022

6-7 April 2022 (online meeting)

The Bureau to the Standing Committee of the Bern Convention held its first meeting of 2022 on 6-7 April by video-conference. The Bureau assessed progress in the implementation of the Convention’s Programme of Activities for 2022/2023 and the state of preparation of the thematic expert group...

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Resources supporting Ukrainian children’s right to education

22 March 2022 Ukraine

The Office of the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights has prepared an information guide for parents, children and teachers on current web resources and portals that provide Ukrainian children with the opportunity to continue the educational process even if they have been displaced...

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Call from the Lanzarote Committee

Urgent need to protect Ukrainian children in migration from the risk of exposure to sexual abuse

18 March 2022 Strasbourg

During its 36th plenary meeting, the Lanzarote Committee solemnly reaffirmed in a Statement on protecting children from sexual exploitation and sexual abuse resulting from the military aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine, that the 48 Parties to the Council of Europe Convention on...

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European governments must ensure Holocaust Remembrance and education to combat anti-semitism

Committee of Ministers 17 March 2022 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Recommendation aims to prevent future crimes against humanity

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Steering Committee for Education (CDEDU): Statement on the educational consequences of the Russian Federation’s aggression against Ukraine

17 March 2022 Strasbourg

In its Statement on the educational consequences of the Russian Federation’s aggression against Ukraine, the Steering Committee for Education (CDEDU) called on Council of Europe member and observer States to provide support to the Ukrainian people and all displaced and refugee persons by this...

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Ensuring non-discrimination in responding to violence against women: new publication on Article 4, paragraph 3 of the Istanbul Convention

17/03/2022 Strasbourg

Today, a new publication is being released, explaining ways to ensure the non-discriminatory implementation of measures addressing violence against women and domestic violence on the basis of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence...

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CSW online side event: STEM education as a stepping-stone towards gender transformative climate change policies

10/03/2022 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe organised an online side event with Italy on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education as a stepping-stone towards gender transformative climate change policies. The event was co-sponsored by Austria, the United Kingdom and the United Nations...

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Preventing violence against women through education – new publication on Article 14 of the Istanbul Convention

10/03/2022 Strasbourg

Just days after International Women's Day, a new publication has been made available on the role of formal and informal education in preventing violence against women and domestic violence. This publication belongs to a series of in-depth analyses of articles of the Convention on preventing and...

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"Advancing Human rights, democracy and the rule of law in and through sport":  discover the Council of Europe’s priorities for Sport for 2022-2025

Sport Division 25 February 2022 Strasbourg, France

The Council of Europe has set its priorities in the field of sport for the next four years (2022-2025), in accordance with the strategic framework of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe and the decisions taken at the Hamburg Ministerial Session (May 2021). In the light of the evolving...

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Discover “Your Faro Way” - the new Faro Convention role-playing game

9 March 2022 Strasbourg, France

The Faro Convention role-playing game “Your Faro Way” was developed as one of the outcomes in the framework of the Council of Europe-European Union Joint project “The Faro Way: enhanced participation in cultural heritage”. It seeks to promote the Faro Convention on the value of cultural heritage...

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Focus on women in sport on 8 March

IWD 8 March 2022 Online

On the occasion of International Women's Day celebrated on 8 March each year, the Sport Division is organising an online breakfast roundtable with a focus on women in sport. This will open with presentations from international keynote speakers who have carried out innovative work in the area of...

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Russia’s aggression against Ukraine: ECRI's Chair praises the exceptional efforts of other countries to welcome people fleeing from the conflict and warns all sides against the use of any ultra-nationalistic or racist hate speech

4 March 2022 Strasbourg

Maria Daniella Marouda, Chair of ECRI, made the following comments in relation to the ongoing war in Ukraine: "On behalf of ECRI’s Bureau, I would like to express our deepest sympathy and solidarity with the Ukrainian people and all other persons and families affected by the aggression of the...

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Council of Europe’s anti-racism commission published conclusions on Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Romania and Slovenia

3 March 2022 Strasbourg

The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) published today its conclusions on the implementation of its priority recommendations addressed to Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Romania and Slovenia in 2019. As regards Finland, ECRI concluded that the authorities had not...

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Sustainable Heritage will be explored during this year's European Heritage Days events

2 March 2022

In 2022 European Heritage Days will be celebrating Sustainable Heritage. The shared theme in the context of environmental change, Europe’s diverse cultural heritage and the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, will be looking at both people and places; continuity and learnings from...

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The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) issues a new General Policy Recommendation to Council of Europe member states

1 March 2022 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s expert body on racism and intolerance (ECRI) has published today a revised General Policy Recommendation on preventing and combating anti-Muslim racism and discrimination to help prevent and counter increasing public manifestations of anti-Muslim racism and discrimination...

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Developing Principles of Good Democratic Governance

24-25 February 2022 Strasbourg, France

How governments, at all levels, conduct their affairs has an impact on the trust the public puts into public institutions as well as on the functioning of the public sector. Currently, member States face challenges to public trust and delivery of services, as evidenced by democratic backsliding...

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The new Strategy for the Rights of the Child (2022-2027) adopted by the Committee of Ministers

headline 24 February 2022 Strasbourg

On 23 February 2022, the Committee of Ministers adopted the new Strategy for the Rights of the Child (2022-2027) “Children’s Rights in Action: from continuous implementation to joint innovation” which will guide the work of the Council of Europe over the next six years. The new Strategy is the...

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France should improve the identification, protection and compensation of victims of trafficking in human beings

Group of Experts on Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) 18 February 2022 Strasbourg

In a new report the Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) calls on the French authorities to take additional steps to facilitate and guarantee access to justice for all trafficking victims and set up a national victim identification and referral mechanism....

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Yet another Golden Bear for Eurimages !

17 February 2022

Last night, the jury of the 72nd edition of the Berlinale awarded the Golden Bear to the co-production ALCARRÀS (ES, IT) by Carla Simón, supported by Eurimages and winner of the Eurimages Co-production Development Award at the Berlinale Co-Production Market in 2019. Eurimages is proud of this 4th...

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