Unrelenting rise in xenophobic populism, resentment, hate speech in Europe in 2017

European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) 22 June 2018 Strasbourg

Xenophobic populism and hate speech have continued to be on the rise in 2017, with high levels of migration and challenges of integration, religious extremism, terrorist attacks and the austerity-driven socio-economic climate observed all over Europe, says the annual report of the European...

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The UK ratifies the Lanzarote Convention to protect children against sexual violence

Council of Europe 20 June 2018 Strasbourg

The United Kingdom has formally ratified the Council of Europe Convention on Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse, known as the Lanzarote Convention. The convention is a legally-binding treaty which obliges countries to take a wide range of steps to help prevent...

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Human trafficking: Spain achieved progress, but further action needed against trafficking for labour exploitation

Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) 20 June 2018 Strasbourg

Spain has made progress in developing the legislative, institutional and policy framework against trafficking in human beings. However, improvements are needed in a number of areas, in particular more efforts are required to tackle trafficking for labour exploitation, says the Council of Europe’s...

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Croatian Chairmanship underlines the importance of dialogue with national minority representatives and the competent institutions in advancing national minority rights

Council of Europe 19 June 2018 Strasbourg

Chair of the Committee of Ministers, Marija Pejčinović Burić, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Croatia and Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe opened a conference entitled “Minorities and Minority Languages in a Changing Europe” in...

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Conference “National Minorities and Minority Languages in a changing Europe” in Strasbourg next week

Council of Europe 14 June 2018 Strasbourg

A high-level conference “Minorities and Minority Languages in a Changing Europe” will be held in Strasbourg on 18-19 June on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the entry into force of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities and the European Charter for Regional or...

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Norway ratifies Council of Europe Convention to protect children against sexual violence

Council of Europe 13 June 2018 Strasbourg

Today Norway became the 43rd state of the Council of Europe to have ratified the Convention on Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse (Lanzarote Convention). The Convention will enter into force in Norway on 1 October 2018. Council of Europe Secretary General...

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Sweden: progress made in combating human trafficking, but need to address all forms of trafficking

Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) 8 June 2018 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s expert group against human trafficking (GRETA) publishes today its second evaluation report on Sweden. The report assesses developments since the publication of GRETA’s first evaluation report on Sweden in May 2014 as regards the implementation of the Council of Europe’s...

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Call for volunteers – CoE at the Strasbourg Pride!

05.06.18 Strasbourg

On Saturday 9 June, the Council of Europe is joining the Strasbourg Pride festivities. The SOGI Unit will be holding a stand at the Village Associatif from 11:00 until 18:00 and will march behind the CoE flag in the pride march (On Saturday 9 June, the Council of Europe is joining the Strasbourg...

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20th anniversary of the European Institute of Cultural Routes in Luxembourg

Cultural Routes 1 June 2018 Luxembourg City

The Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe Programme (www.coe.int/routes), strong of 32 members Parties to the Enlarged Partial Agreement (EPA) and 33 certified Cultural Routes, celebrated the 20th Anniversary of the European Institute of Cultural Routes (EICR), in presence of the Director...

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New Council of Europe project to be launched on Monday in Tbilisi

Fight against discrimination, hate crime, hate speech in Georgia

31 May 2018 Tbilisi, Georgia

Strasbourg/Tbilisi, 31 May 2018 – A new project on fighting discrimination, hate crime and hate speech in Georgia will be launched by the Council of Europe and Georgian authorities in Tbilisi on Monday, 4 June. The project will look at the ways to combine legislative, capacity-building and...

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Council of Europe and UEFA sign Memorandum of Understanding

Council of Europe 30 May 2018 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland and UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin have signed today at Palais de l’Europe a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen their co-operation and implement common strategies in areas of shared interest. This landmark agreement focuses on four...

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International Conference "Cross-Border Cooperation In Europe: Decentralisation, legal frameworks, and practice"

25 May 2018 Dubrovnik, Croatia

The Croatian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe (18 May - 21 November 2018) has set support to decentralisation as one of its key priorities. In this context, and in cooperation with the Centre of Expertise for local government reform, the Croatian Government...

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Albania should step up protection of children and inclusion of persons with disabilities

Commissioner for Human Rights 25 May 2018 Tirana

Today the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, concluded her five-day visit to Albania which focused on children’s rights, the rights of persons with disabilities, and access to free legal aid. Concerning children’s rights, the Commissioner welcomes the authorities’...

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Five additional members joining GREVIO

Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO) 24 May 2018 Strasbourg

Today, in Strasbourg, in accordance with Resolution CM/Res(2014)43 on rules on the election procedure of the members of the Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO), adopted by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on 19 November 2014,...

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Five additional members joining GREVIO

24/05/2018 Strasbourg

Today, in Strasbourg, in accordance with Resolution CM/Res(2014)43 on rules on the election procedure of the members of the Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO), adopted by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on 19 November 2014,...

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Anti-racism Commission launches updated standards for European equality bodies

European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) 24 May 2018 Strasbourg

Today, the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) of the Council of Europe has launched revised standards (General Policy Recommendation No.2) for the establishment and functioning of European equality bodies. These bodies should be established by constitutional or...

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The #NotAlone campaign

22 May 2018 Strasbourg, France

On the occasion of the International Day for Biological Diversity, the Bern Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats launches the social media campaign #NotAlone on the issue of urban heat waves. It is aimed at raising awareness on how biodiversity helps protecting...

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8 films supported by Eurimages rewarded in Cannes !

22 May 2018

The 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival which came to a close on 19 May 2018 rewarded a total of 8 films supported by Eurimages, four of which were in official competition : Ayka (DE, RU, KZ, PL) by Sergey Dvortsevoy with the Award for Best Actress for Samal Yeslyamova ; Dogman (IT, FR) by...

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Ten years of anti-human trafficking convention – special conference in Strasbourg

Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) 22 May 2018 Strasbourg

Over 150 experts from across Europe are taking part today in a conference to mark ten years since the Council of Europe convention against trafficking in human beings entered into force. Among representatives of various international organisations, national authorities and NGOs, participants will...

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Call for initiatives closed: Thank you for your participation!

Deadline: 30 May 2018 (23:59 CEST) CLOSED

The labs, which are the heart of the World Forum for Democracy, will this year focus on issues to resolve specific problems with regards to inequalities between women and men thanks to the critical analysis of tested initiatives. The World Forum for Democracy will take place on 19-21 November in...

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Successful launch of the Council of Europe Gender Equality Strategy 2018-2023

09/05/2018 Strasbourg

On 3 and 4 May, in Copenhagen, the Council of Europe Gender Equality Strategy 2018-2023, was launched at the international conference “Gender Equality: Paving the Way”, organised in the framework of the Danish Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. The conference...

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20th Council of Europe Meeting of the Workshops for the implementation of the European Landscape Convention

Council of Europe Landscape Award Forum of National Selections - 5th Session

19-21 June 2018 Daugavpils, Latvia

The 20th Council of Europe Meeting of the Workshops for the implementation of the European Landscape Convention on “Council of Europe Landscape Award Forum of National Selections - 5th Session 2016-2017”, is being organised in Daugavpils (Latvia) on 19-21 June 2018, by the Council of Europe –...

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Official launch of the Reference Framework of Competences for Democratic Culture (RFCDC)

23-24 April 2018 Copenhagen

The Reference Framework of Competences for Democratic Culture (RFCDC) was officially launched in Copenhagen on 23-24 April during the conference “Democratic Culture – from words to action”. The conference organised by the Education Policy Division in the context of the Danish Chairmanship of the...

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Putting children's wellbeing on the agenda

24 April 2018 Strasbourg

An event on children’s mental health and child-friendly justice was organised by the PACE Committee on Social Affairs on 24 April. The event built on the conclusions of the seminar organised in London in November 2017 by the Parliament of the United Kingdom in co-operation with the Sub-Committee...

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European Heritage Days 2018: Call for European Heritage Stories and launch of the European Heritage Makers Week

20 April 2018

The European Heritage Days (EHDs), a joint initiative of the Council of Europe and the European Commission, are the most widely celebrated participatory cultural events shared by the citizens of Europe. The pan-European nature of the events contributes to bringing citizens together and...

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Council of Europe contributes to EU Roma Week 2018

13 april 2018 Strasbourg

On 10 April, upon invitation by Benedek Javor MEP, Thorsten Afflerbach, Head of Division for the Roma and Travellers Team, addressed the participants of the event “From quality education to decent employment”. In the Panel “Access to decent employment”, moderated by Terry Reintke MEP, he...

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Good governance in Polish sports associations: a new code

12 april 2018 warsaw, poland

Snežana Samardžić-Marković, Director General for Democracy, participated in a conference organised by the Ministry of Sport and Tourism of Poland where the new Good Governance Code for Polish Sport Associations was revealed and disseminated. The event brought together representatives from Polish...

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No Hate Speech Movement: first broad international initiative that helped recognise hate speech as human right abuse

No Hate Speech Movement 10 April 2018 Strasbourg

Hate speech continues to poison public debate, and the urgency to counter it has not diminished over the past years. The youth campaign No Hate Speech Movement (NHSM) conducted by the Council of Europe in 2012-2017 as the first broad international initiative in this field has contributed to...

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Project on recognition of refugees’ qualifications widens scope and brings new countries on board

Launch of new phase of Project “European Qualifications Passport for Refugees”

6 April 2018 Athens

How can we support better integration of refugees in our societies? On 28 March, the new phase (2018-2020) of the Project “European Qualifications Passport for Refugees” (EQPR) was launched in Athens at the Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs. It aims to develop the EQPR and its...

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New reports on protection of regional and minority languages in Austria, Cyprus and Romania

Committee of Ministers 6 April 2018 Strasbourg

The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on 4 April 2018 examined the implementation of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages and provided recommendations to Austria, Cyprus and Romania, based on the country-specific reports of the Committee of Experts under the...

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