Report on professional policing in Greece

10/07/2019 strasbourg

The Council of Europe published today a report on professional policing in Greece and how to prevent torture and other forms of ill-treatment at the hands of law enforcement officials. The report is the product of a round-table discussion between prosecutors, police, coast guard officials and...

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The Anti-torture Committe (CPT) publishes report on Bulgaria

11/07/2019 strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) has published today the report on its December 2018 ad hoc visit to Bulgaria, together with the response of the Bulgarian Government.The objective of the visit was to examine the...

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European Union becomes observer to the Council of Europe anti-corruption body GRECO

10/07/2019 strasbourg

The Committee of Ministers representing the 47 member states of the Council of Europe today adopted a decision accepting a request by the European Union to become an observer with the Group of States against Corruption (GRECO). Welcoming this decision, the Secretary General of the Council of...

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GRECO regrets lack of progress in Romania on measures to combat corruption

09/07/2019 strasbourg

Romania has made very little progress to put in place measures to prevent corruption among parliamentarians, judges and prosecutors and to address the concerns raised by its controversial judicial reform, says the Council of Europe’s anti-corruption body (GRECO) in two reports published today....

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Prosecuting malicious cyber interference with elections: Guidance Note adopted on the tools of the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime

08/07/2019 strasbourg

The Cybercrime Convention Committee, representing the Parties to the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime, today adopted a Guidance Note to facilitate criminal justice action against election interference using computers. Interference with elections through malicious cyber activities against...

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2019 HELP Annual Network Conference

05/07/2019 strasbourg

On 4-5 July 2019, the Council of Europe Programme on Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals (HELP) held its annual Network Conference in Strasbourg, France. The Conference, which is the biggest plenary meeting of the Council of Europe HELP Network, gathered around 200 representatives of...

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Workshop on “Driving cyberjustice reforms in Spain through change management”

04/07/2019 madrid

The President of the European Commission of Efficiency of Justice of the Council of Europe (CEPEJ), Mr Ramin Gurbanov, and the Secretary General for the Administration of Justice of the Ministry of Justice of the Kingdom of Spain, Mr Antonio Viejo Llorente, presided together the workshop “Driving...

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Ivory Coast signed the MEDICRIME Convention

03/07/2019 strasbourg

Ivory Coast signed the MEDICRIME Convention. In total, there are 15 Parties to the Convention. An another 16 are signatories and 2 have been invited to accede. Ivory Coast is the 5th African country having joined the MEDICRIME Convention.

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The CEPEJ provides institutional support to the Tunisian High Judicial Council

28/06/2019 paris

As part of the technical assistance provided to the CSM to consolidate the governance of the judicial power, the CEPEJ organised on 28 June 2019 in Paris, a peer working meeting devoted to the preparation of the institution's annual report. This first meeting was an opportunity to answer the...

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GRECO: North Macedonia should increase government transparency and de-politicise police force

27/06/2019 strasbourg

In its report on corruption prevention in respect of top executive functions and law enforcement agencies in North Macedonia, Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) calls on the Government to increase transparency of its work and to de-politicise the country’s police...

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Marija Pejčinović Burić elected Secretary General of the Council of Europe

26/06/2019 strasbourg

The Assembly today elected Marija Pejčinović Burić (Croatia) Secretary General of the Council of Europe for a five-year term beginning on 18 September 2019. In the first round of the election Marija Pejčinović Burić obtained 159 votes, an absolute majority, and Didier Reynders (Belgium) 105...

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Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa: ‘The Council of Europe's pan-European heritage must be preserved’

26/06/2019 strasbourg

“Portugal has owed the Council of Europe a permanent inspiration since 1976, on which our democratic consensus has largely been based, which requires a long-term commitment, a permanent requirement of institutions and citizens,” said Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, President of Portugal, speaking today...

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Council of Europe anti-corruption body report warns: public perceptions of low levels of corruption may be misleading

25/06/2019 strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s anti-corruption body (GRECO) today warned that public perceptions of low levels of corruption in certain countries may lead to underestimating the need for measures to combat corrupt practices. GRECO also expressed concern about the overall slow progress in implementing...

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United Nations and Council of Europe torture prevention bodies work on more effective concerted action

24/06/2019 strasbourg

The main objective of these consultations was to identify practical means of reinforcing complementarity and subsidiarity to reflect the SPT’s and CPT’s respective strengths and added values in the Council of Europe area, avoiding duplication and increasing synergies in accordance with the...

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MONEYVAL welcomes Serbia´s removal from FATF's "grey list"

24/06/2019 strasbourg

Strasbourg 24.06.2019 – The Council of Europe´s anti money laundering and counter terrorist financing body MONEYVAL today welcomed that the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) decided at its plenary meeting held in Orlando (USA) from 16 to 21 June that Serbia will no longer be subject to the...

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Parliamentary Assembly Summer Session

24-28/06/2019 strasbourg

A debate on the decision-making process of the Assembly concerning credentials and voting will be a highlight of the Summer session of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE), which takes place in Strasbourg from 24 to 28 June. During the session, which marks the 70th anniversary of...

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Closing conference to present the results of the Council of Europe Project "Gender equality and media freedom in Azerbaijan"

19/06/2019 baku

The Council of Europe organised a closing conference / round table on “Gender equality and media” to present the results of its project “Gender equality and media freedom in Azerbaijan” to the national stakeholders on 18 June 2019 in Baku. Ambassador Zoltan Hernyes, Head of the Council of Europe...

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Anti-corruption body GRECO will carry out urgent evaluations of Greece and Slovenia

During its plenary meeting, held from 17 to 21 June, the Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) decided to carry out ad hoc urgent evaluations of legislation reforming the Criminal Code in Greece and in relation to the separation of powers between the legislature and the...

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Moldova: dissolution of parliament did not meet required conditions

21/06/2019 venice

In an opinion adopted today, the Council of Europe’s constitutional law experts, the Venice Commission, found that the conditions for the dissolution of parliament clearly did not exist in the Republic of Moldova on 7 or 8 June 2019. The Venice Commission considers that the Constitutional Court...

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Launching conference on the Project “Strengthening the institutional capacity of the Court of Cassation“

20-21/06/2019 ankara

A conference and a workshop to launch the project “Strengthening the Institutional Capacity of the Court of Cassation” took place in Ankara on 20 and 21 June 2019. The project, jointly funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe, is envisaged to last three years. Its main aim is to...

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