The Conference of Directors of Prison and Probation Services calls for agreed European standards regarding recruitment, training and development of prison and probation staff

21/06/2017 Lillestrøm (Norway)

Jan Kleijssen, Director, Information Society and Action against Crime Directorate, Council of Europe, Vivian Geiran, Chair of the Council for Penological Co-operation (PC-CP), Jörg Jesse, Vice-Chair of the PC-CP and Mykola Gnatovsky, President of the European Committee for the Prevention of...

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Committee of Ministers: Presentation of the 2016 annual report of activities of the Venice Commission

21/06/2017 Strasbourg

The President of the European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission), Mr Gianni Buquicchio, presented the annual report of activities of the Commission in 2016. The presentation was followed by an exchange of views with the Ambassadors of the Member States of the Council of...

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Council of Europe anti-corruption body GRECO issues critical assessment of the Parliamentary Assembly integrity framework

21/06/2017 Strasbourg

The Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) today published an assessment of the Code of Conduct for Members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe(PACE) in which it identifies significant shortcomings and points out the need for a number of improvements. The President of...

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International Workshop on Cybercrime Training Strategies for Law Enforcement Agencies

15/06/2017 Brussels

The first in a series of workshops was held in Brussels on 15 and 16 June, which brought together 37 representatives of cybercrime units and police training academies from 20 countries to familiarize them with the ECTEG course materials and discuss national law enforcement training strategies and...

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Ukraine: Anti-torture Committee concerned about police ill-treatment and poor conditions of detention of remand and life-sentenced prisoners

19/06/2017 Strasbourg

In the report on its November 2016 visit to Ukraine, published today, the Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) expresses serious concern about the frequency of allegations of ill-treatment by police officers (such as...

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HELP Annual Network Conference

19/06/2017 Strasbourg

The HELP Network is the only pan-European peer-to-peer Human Rights Training Network, made up of representatives of national training institutions for legal professionals from all 47 member states of the Council of Europe. Other international organisations, as well as some NGOs, are partners of...

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111th Plenary Session of the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe

16/06/2017 Venice

The European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission) adopted opinions on constitutional matters, including a joint opinion with the OSCE on a draft law in the Republic of Moldova, related to the electoral system for the election of parliament. It also adopted an opinion on a...

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Council of Europe International Colloquium: The role of media actors in confronting terrorism

19/06/2017 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe is organising a “Colloquium on the role of media actors in confronting terrorism” and brings together media actors and other relevant stakeholders, such as audio-visual regulatory bodies, media self-regulatory bodies, government representatives, civil society representatives...

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WSIS Forum 2017: Challenges and opportunities for journalism online

23/05/2017 Geneva

The Council of Europe is organising a thematic workshop “Challenges and opportunities for journalism online” which takes place during the forthcoming WSIS forum on the 16th June in Geneva. The workshop will focus primarily on the challenges and opportunities currently faced by news media and...

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Visit to the Council of Europe by Stavros Kontonis, Minister of Justice of Greece

14/06/2017 Strasbourg

On 1 June 2017, His Excellency Minister of Justice of Greece, Mr Stavros Kontonis visited the Council of Europe and held talks with Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland and representatives of the Directorate General Human Rights and Rule of Law. Minister Kontonis outlined his priorities for the...

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High-Level Seminar on Human Rights and Business

09/06/2017 Strasbourg

The purpose of the High-Level Seminar on Human Rights and Business was to raise awareness about Recommendation CM/Rec(2016)3 of the Committee of Ministers to member States on human rights and business, illustrating its specific added value while encouraging an efficient implementation process:...

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Cybercrime: towards a Protocol on evidence in the cloud

08/06/2017 Strasbourg

The Parties to the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime agreed today to launch the preparation of a protocol to this treaty to help law enforcement secure evidence on servers in foreign, multiple or unknown jurisdictions. Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe,...

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Council of Europe urges states to step up their action to prevent corruption

07/06/2017 Brussels and Strasbourg

The Group of States against Corruption of the Council of Europe (GRECO) has called on European governments, parliaments and judicial governing bodies to step up their efforts to create more effective preventive mechanisms against corruption. In its annual report, published today, GRECO provides a...

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Airports meeting addressing drug challenges

06/06/2017 Strasbourg

Seventy-six experts from 34 countries and 9 international organisations will participate in the 32 annual meeting of the Airports Group organised by the Pompidou Group on 6-8 June 2017. A great variety of airport and drugs related subjects will be addressed during the event. RILO will open the...

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Statement by the Secretary General on the London attack

04/06/2017 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland made the following statement today following the attack in London last night that left several people dead and dozens wounded: "This was another cruel attack on our common values and freedoms. We stand united with our member state UK in the...

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Venice Commission on Hungarian law on foreign-funded NGOs: legitimate aims, but excessive obligations, disproportionate sanctions

02/06/2017 Strasbourg

The European Commission for Democracy through Law (the Venice Commission) has published today its preliminary opinion on the Draft Law on the Transparency of Organisations Receiving Support from Abroad of Hungary. The Venice Commission acknowledges that the draft law pursues the legitimate aim of...

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Conference “Reversing perspective: social rights as a remedy for European crises”

02/06/2017 Strasbourg

The consequences of the economic and financial crisis and the austerity measures carried out in several member States of the eurozone call into question the protection of the social rights of European citizens. Two recent major events involve putting the social question back on the agenda: on the...

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European Dialogue on Internet Governance

02/06/2017 Tallinn

Why have “fake news”, hate speech and propaganda become widespread on the Internet? What can users do to face disinformation? How can freedom of expression and privacy be further protected in the online environment? What should be done to secure criminal evidence online to fight cybercrime more...

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