Deputy Secretary General at EU Sport Forum 2022 in Lille

16 June 2022 Lille

“We are clear about the need for the protection of human rights and respect for the rule of law, particularly the fight against corruption. About the importance of striving for major advances in the promotion of values-driven sports. And about reaffirming the Council of Europe as a key partner in...

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Reassembling the Building Blocks of Democracy

Deputy Secretary General 5 May 2022 Kristiansand, Norway

Europe should respond to violent nationalism by “reassembling the core building blocks of democracy” to “construct something that is stronger and more resilient than ever before” Deputy Secretary General Bjorn Berge told delegates at the third annual European Conference on Democracy and Human...

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Support for “Strasbourg Principles” in inter-religious dialogue on religion and peace, religion and human rights

Presidency of the Committee of Ministers 2 May 2022 Strasbourg

An international conference took place today within the framework of the Italian Presidency of the Committee of Ministers on the subject of “Inter-religious dialogue on religion and peace, religion and human rights”. The aim of the event was to relaunch within the Council of Europe a dialogue...

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Switzerland makes a voluntary contribution

26 April 2022 Strasbourg

Switzerland has made a voluntary contribution of €2 273 000 to support the Council of Europe's Action Plan for Georgia 2020-2023, including support for the project “Democracy Starts in Schools - Supporting Student Participation in Decision Making Processes in Schools in Georgia”. Ambassador...

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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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Links between Artificial Intelligence and human rights at the heart of high-level event in Rome

Presidency of the Committee of Ministers 4 April 2022 Strasbourg

The impact of Artificial Intelligence on human rights, democracy and the Rule of Law in building a person-friendly future is the theme of a high-level event at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in Rome. Co-organised by the Italian Presidency of the Committee of...

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Italy makes a voluntary contribution

Council of Europe 30 MARCH 2022 STRASBOURG

In the framework of their Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers, the Government of Italy made a voluntary contribution of €400,000 towards Council of Europe projects which support the priorities of the Italian Chairmanship. The agreement was signed on 30 March 2022 by Ambassador Michele...

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Democracy Here | Democracy Now - reaching out to young people, including in times of crisis

Council of Europe 21 March 2022 Strasbourg

A campaign to revitalise democracy through youth participation Democracy Here | Democracy Now has been launched today at an event organised by the Council of Europe’s Youth Sector, with the support of the Italian Presidency of the Committee of Ministers. Council of Europe Deputy Secretary General...

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Italian Presidency: high-level event in Rome to promote equality and combat discrimination

Presidency of the Committee of Ministers 14 March 2022 Strasbourg

The promotion of equality, the fight against discrimination and the protection of vulnerable groups are the focus of a high-level event of the Italian Presidency of the Committee of Ministers (Rome, March 17th European Parliament Liaison Office & online), in the framework of the 5th meeting of...

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Deputy Secretary General meets WADA President Bańka

8 March 2022 Strasbourg

Deputy Secretary General Bjørn Berge exchanged views with WADA (World Antidoping Agency) President Witold Bańka at Palais de l’Europe. The meeting focused on the partnership between the two institutions and on the common goal of reinforcing the fight against doping at global level. Deputy...

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