The Macolin Convention in operation at the KCOOS+ Regional Seminar for GUAM Countries

14-15 February 2019 Kyïv, Ukraine

The Council of Europe’s operational project of the Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions, CETS 215, Keep Crime Out of Sport Plus 2018-2020, organised a regional seminar focusing on the GUAM countries’ co-operation on 14-15 February in Kyïv (Ukraine), hosted at the GUAM...

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Call for consultants: Baseline Mapping: End Online Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse @Europe

13 February 2019 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe Project End Online Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse @ Europe supports member States to prevent and combat online child sexual exploitation and abuse. The project, which is implemented in the framework of the Council of Europe Strategy for the Rights of the Child...

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Safety of Journalists' Platform report: media freedom conditions worsen

Council of Europe 12 February 2019 Strasbourg

The environment for media freedom has worsened significantly in the Council of Europe area, according to a report published today by the partner organisations to the Council of Europe Platform for the Protection of Journalism and Safety of Journalists. The report “Democracy at Risk: threats and...

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“Discrimination, Artificial Intelligence and Algorithmic Decision-Making”

7 February 2019 Strasbourg, France

Artificial intelligence (AI) has a huge impact on our personal lives and also on our democratic society as a whole. While AI offers vast opportunities for the benefit of people, its potential to embed and perpetuate bias and discrimination remains one of the most pressing challenges deriving from...

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Participatory status for international NGOs with the Council of Europe

6 February 2019 Strasbourg

Are you an international NGO which defends the values of and principles of the Council of Europe? Do you have working relations with the Council of Europe and can participate actively in the Organisation's activities? Do you have members in at least five member States? If yes, we would like to...

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Supporting Safer Internet Day 2019: Together for a better Internet

5 February 2019 Global

For the 5th consecutive year, the Council of Europe is supporting the Safer Internet Day Campaign. Safer Internet Day (SID) is organised by the joint Insafe/INHOPE network, with the support of the European Commission, each February to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology,...

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GRETA’s first evaluation visit to Monaco

04/02/2019 Strasbourg

A delegation of the Council of Europe's Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) carried out an evaluation visit to Monaco from 28 to 31 January 2019. The visit provided an opportunity to assess the implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against...

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National Minorities in Azerbaijan: new report published

Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (FCNM) 4 February 2019 Strasbourg

Azerbaijani multiculturalism welcomes expressions of cultural identity, but increased restrictions on democracy, absence of legislation, inflammatory language prevent national minorities from fully exercising their rights Society in Azerbaijan is broadly characterised by a climate of...

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Talking with the Ministers’ Deputies about democracy

The Council of Europe really makes a change in young people’s lives!

1 February 2019 Strasbourg, France

In her speech to the Group of Rapporteurs on Education, Culture, Sport, Youth and Environment of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers (GR-C), Anja Olin Pape, Chair of the Joint Council on Youth (CMJ) praised the mutually beneficial relationship between young people and the Council of...

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Joint project launched in the Russian Federation

Implementing the 2017–2022 National Action Strategy for Women

01/02/2019 Strasbourg

On 29 January 2019 the project “Co-operation on the implementation of the Russian Federation National Action Strategy for Women (2017–2022)” was launched. The project will be implemented by the Council of Europe and the Russian Federation’s Ministry of Labour and Social Protection, High...

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Council of Europe meets the Australian National Platform against the manipulation of competitions

31 January 2019 Sydney, Australia

On 31 January 2019 the Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Ms Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni and Director General of Democracy Ms Snežana Markovic met in Sydney the representatives of Australian National Platform responsible for co-ordinating the fight against sports manipulations. Mr...

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Australia signs the Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions

Deputy Secretary General 1 February 2019 Sydney (Australia)

In the framework of Sports Diplomacy 2030 high-level event, the Minister for Regional Services, Sport, Local Government and Decentralisation of Australia Bridget McKenzie signed in a ceremony (Spotless Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park) with Deputy Secretary General Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni the...

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Germany: Teaching and promotion of regional and minority languages needs to be improved says group of experts

Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages 31 January 2019 Strasbourg

In its sixth report on Germany, the Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages praises steps taken to protect and promote regional or minority languages (Danish, Lower Sorbian, Upper Sorbian, North Frisian, Sater Frisian, Low German and Romani), including...

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The Council of Europe carries out a fact-finding visit for Qatar Football World Cup 2022

31/01/2019 Doha, QATAR

Between 21 and 23 January, a delegation of the Sport Conventions Division of the Council of Europe, including FIFA observers, carried out a fact-finding visit to Doha (Qatar), within the framework of its project on technical assistance for Qatar FIFA World Cup 2022 (project “Qatar 22”). This...

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European Lesbian* Conference launches a survey on Lesbians in Europe and Central Asia

30/01/19 Strasbourg

The European Lesbian* Conference (EL*C) launches a survey to gather data directly from lesbians* based in Europe and Central Asia. On the one hand, the questions asked in the survey will help grasp lesbians*’ experiences in different regions and on different aspects, such as: violence, health,...

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GRETA publishes second report on Italy

25/01/2019 Strasbourg

Italy has taken additional measures to combat trafficking in human beings, according to a new report published today by the Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA), but a number of issues continue to give rise to concern. The report assesses...

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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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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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Seventy years of the Council of Europe – a website to explore our European story

Council of Europe 18 January 2019 Strasbourg

Today the Council of Europe is launching its 70th anniversary website – a place to explore our history, understand our mission and learn how our work is as important now as it ever was. Initally in English, a French version will follow soon. Join us every month for a new video to see how the...

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GREVIO publishes its reports on Portugal and Sweden

21/01/2019 Strasbourg

Today, the Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO) published its evaluation reports on Portugal and Sweden. The reports contain an overall analysis of the implementation of the provisions of the Istanbul Convention. They...

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Russia boasts rich diversity of national minorities, but education policies, restrictive legislation undermine the exercise of their rights

Council of Europe 15 January 2019 Strasbourg

Society in Russia is characterised by a climate of appreciation for ethnic diversity; the immense variety of ethnic groups, languages and religions is perceived as an asset; progress has been observed in residency registration and in the field of minority media. However, the official rhetoric...

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Lithuania should improve legislation, prevent discrimination at school and promote the social inclusion of Roma

Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities 8 January 2019 Strasbourg

The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities today urged the Lithuanian authorities to adopt a comprehensive legal framework, prevent discrimination against students from minority language schools and address negative stereotypes against Roma. In...

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Eurimages Lab Project Awards 2018

19 December 2018 Les Arcs

Monday evening, in the framework of Les Arcs Film Festival, the Eurimages Lab Project Award of €50 000 went to the project White on White by Theo Court. The jury was composed by Gaia Furrer (Head of Programing for Venice Film Festival's Giornate degli Autori), Trevor Groth (30West) and Alex...

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Council of Europe launches Handbook on child-friendly information for children in migration

18 December 2018 Strasbourg

Children in migration have the right to be informed about their rights and the procedures affecting them. Such information is crucial uphold the child’s right to be heard and to participate in procedures affecting them. Children in migration face additional barriers in access to information that...

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International Migrants Day

Intercultural Cities programme (ICC) 18 December 2018 Strasbourg

Mayors of intercultural cities programme join voices for inclusion and diversity

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European states must respond to school violence based on sexual orientation - new CoE/UNESCO report

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity 13 December 2018 Strasbourg

Violence at schools based on sexual orientation, gender identity or expression or sex characteristics occurs everywhere in Europe and is acutely underreported. The efforts of the European education authorities to address the problem must be stepped up in order to create safe environment for...

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Roundtable on “Delivering real change: effectively protecting refugee and migrant children’s rights”

13-14 December 2018 Strasbourg

Because they are one of the most vulnerable groups of people in Europe, refugee and migrant children are a particular concern for the Council of Europe when it comes to defending children’s rights. In association with the Special Representative, the Children’s rights division has therefore...

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First Regional Seminar of the European Commission/Council of Europe joint programme “The Faro Way”

13-14 December 2018 Madrid, Spain

As part of the European Year of Cultural Heritage and in co-operation with the Spanish Ministry of Culture and Sports, a first seminar of the joint project “The Faro Way: enhanced participation in cultural heritage” brought together in Madrid on 13-14 December 2018 representatives from seven...

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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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KCOOS+ project goes global with tackling manipulations of sports competitions

12-13 December 2018 Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia

The Keep Crime Out of Sport Plus Project (KCOOS+) will be organizing its first regional seminar on the South American continent, in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, from 12-13 December 2018. The Seminar, co-organised with the Spanish High Council for Sport of the Ministry for Sport, in framework...

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