International seminar on refugees and drugs: estimating needs, support practice, preventing risks

24-25/04/2018 Athens, Greece

Governmental representatives, NGOs and academics will share examples of good practices at the Pompidou Group’s International seminar on refugees and drugs, focusing on identifying the needs of refugees with drug problems or at risk of substance abuse, on preventive measures to protect them from...

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Improving the relations between the administration and the citizens – 7th UniDem Med Seminar

23-26/04/2018 Rabat, Morocco

The Venice Commission is organising in cooperation with the Ministry of the Reform of the Administration and the Civil Service of the Kingdom of Morocco, the 7th UniDem Med Regional Seminar, which will take place in Rabat, Morocco, from 23 to 26 of April 2018. The seminar is entitled "Improving...

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JUFREX’s Regional Conference at the Council of Europe

17-18/04/2018 Strasbourg

JUFREX’s Regional Conference took place on 17-18 April in Strasbourg. In total, about 60 participants, including judges, prosecutors and lawyers and certified trainers on art. 10 ECHR from the beneficiaries of the programme – namely, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, “the...

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Belgium: GRECO issues report on the prevention of corruption in respect of MPs, judges and prosecutors


The Council of Europe’s anti-corruption group (GRECO) today made public an Interim Compliance Report on Belgium concerning corruption prevention in respect of members of parliament, judges and prosecutors. GRECO concludes that Belgium has satisfactorily implemented one of the fifteen...

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Constitutional justice - Union of Arab Constitutional Courts and Councils

23/04/2018 Cairo, Egypt

The President of the Venice Commission participated in the Symposium of the Union of Arab Constitutional Courts and Councils on “Latest developments in Arab world: experiences of the Arab constitutional judiciary in the field of the right to Equality, religious and cultural freedom” that was held...

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137th meeting of the Governmental Committee

23-27/04/2018 Strasbourg

The Governmental Committee* of the European Social Charter and the European Code of Social Security (‘Governmental Committee’) will hold its 137th meeting from 23 to 27 April 2018 in Strasbourg. In respect of the Code of social security, the Governmental Committee will examine International...

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Abolition of death penalty discussed in Minsk

18/04/2018 Minsk, Belarus

On 18 April 2018 a Round Table on “Legal Aspects of the Abolition of Death Penalty” was organized in Minsk by the Council of Europe in co-operation with the Working Group of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus on the Study of Death Penalty as a Measure of Punishment Applied in the...

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PACE Spring session: states of emergency, hybrid war, editorial integrity, corruption

23/04/2018 Strasbourg

This week, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) holds its spring session. The agenda includes items on the states of emergency, hybridwar, editorial integrity, corruption and more. Agendas, documents and more information Live webcast

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iPROCEEDS: Cybercrime Simulation Exercise: Investigating cybercrime and its financial gain

16-19/04/2018 TIRANA, ALBANIA

Cybercrime is a lucrative business and often vast amounts of crime proceeds are generated – and often laundered – on the Internet and through the use of information and communication technologies. Prosecution service, law enforcement agencies and Financial Intelligence Unit need to work together...

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"Security in Elections" is the theme of the 15th European Conference of Electoral Management Bodies

19-2/04/2018 Oslo

In recent years, with the increasing use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in electoral processes as well as the crucial role of social media in electoral campaigns, a number of European and non-European countries have faced actions aimed at destabilising their electoral...

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27th Annual Report of the Anti-torture Committee just published

19/04/2018 Strasbourg

European states should ensure that persons deprived of their liberty have access to effective complaints mechanisms in prisons, police stations, immigration detention centres, psychiatric institutions and other places of detention. This is a fundamental safeguard against torture and inhuman or...

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Cyprus: GRECO Addendum to Second Compliance Report of Third Evaluation Round

18/04/2018 STRASBOURG

GRECO has published today its Addendum to the Second Compliance Report of the Third Evaluation Round on Cyprus, dealing with Incriminations (ETS 173 and 191, GPC 2) and Transparency of Party Funding, after authorisation given by the Cypriot authorities. This Addendum was adopted by GRECO at its...

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New project on support to legal aid system launched

17/04/2018 Skopje

On 17 April, we launched a new project “Support to legal aid reforms” aimed at ensuring more effective implementation of the reform in the country, in line with European standards, at the Stone Bridge Hotel, 9.30 a.m. Oliver Ristovski, Deputy Minister of Justice; Nicola Bertolini, Head of...

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Legal clinic on strategic litigation with focus on privacy and right to access public documents in Pristina (JUFREX)

29-30/03/2018 Pristina, Kosovo

The legal clinic on strategic litigation focusing on local and international standards on privacy and access to public documents took place on 29-30 March 2018 in Pristina. Around 13 young male and female lawyers participated in the training. The legal clinic was delivered by Council of Europe...

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The right to freedom of expression: Training on national and international standards on privacy and access to public documents in Pristina (JUFREX)

27-28/03/2018 PRISTINA, Kosovo

The training on national and international standards on privacy and access to public documents took place on 27-28 March in Pristina. In total, about 15 participants including, judges, prosecutors and trainers participated in the training. The first day of the training was dedicated to privacy....

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Copenhagen Declaration on the reform of the European Convention on Human Rights system

13/04/2018 Copenhague

The Copenhagen Declaration has been formally adopted by all 47 member states of the Council of Europe following a high-level conference in Copenhagen attended by more than 20 Ministers of Justice. Full declaration Statement by Danish Justice Minister Søren Pape Poulsen Speech by Secretary General...

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Conference on the right to a fair trial within reasonable time

10/04/2018 BELGRADE, Serbia

On 3 April 2018, the Council of Europe, in-cooperation with the Supreme Court of Cassation of the Republic of Serbia, organised a conference ‘Right to a Fair Trial within Reasonable Time and the Compensation for the Violation of the Right: Jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights and...

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