Council of Europe delegation visited Russia

24/02/2021 Moscow

On 15-19 February a Council of Europe's delegation visited Moscow to discuss with key Russian partners a wide range of current affairs and forthcoming cooperation activities. The delegation of the Council of Europe led by Christos Giakoumopoulos, Director General of Human Rights and Rule of Law,...

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Cyberviolence webinars series: Hate Speech and Restrictive Measures

19/02/2021 Strasbourg

The webinar "Hate Speech and Restrictive Measures", is organised in the framework of joint European Union and Council of Europe CyberEast project aiming to support cyber resilience of the Eastern Partnership countries, together with CybersecurityEast project, and will take place on Friday, 26...

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Now available: Video recordings of the webinars dedicated to 40th Anniversary of Convention 108

22/02/2021 Strasbourg

On the 28 January 2021, the Council of Europe has organised several events to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Data Protection Convention 108. The full recordings of these events are now available: Conference on "Transborder transfers - Challenges of international data transfer from the...

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Networking and Knowledge Depository Platform for lawyers from Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine now available

17/02/2021 Strasbourg

A new platform for networking, exchanging information and best practices, accessing key documents, including pieces of legislation and research is now accessible to lawyers, bar associations and legal professional in the Eastern Partnership Countries. The platform was presented at the second...

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Criminal justice system: conclusions of a three-year Council of Europe Programme

17/02/2021 Chisinau

A high level conference today concluded the 36 months’ Programme “Promoting a human rights compliant criminal justice system in the Republic of Moldova” (2018 -2021), which formed part of the Council of Europe Action Plan for the country (2017-2020), implemented by the Council of Europe and...

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The President of the Consultative Council of European Judges (CCJE) presents its work before the Committee of Ministers

15/02/2021 Strasbourg

Judge Nina Betetto, President of the Consultative Council of European Judges (CCJE), participated on 10th February 2021 at the 1395th meeting of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, to inform the latter of the CCJE’s results and activities to date as well as its planned work in...

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3rd Scientific Electoral Experts Debates - Accessibility of the electoral process

15/02/2021 Strasbourg

The Permanent Electoral Authority of Romania, in cooperation with the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe, is organising the 3rd Scientific Electoral Experts Debates on “Accessibility of the electoral process”. The event will take place on 16 February 2021, via Microsoft Teams, 14:00...

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New Council of Europe Project “Strengthening Media freedom, Internet governance and Personal data protection in Georgia” launched

15/02/2021 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe Project “Strengthening Media freedom, Internet governance and Personal data protection in Georgia” was launched on 1 February 2021 and will be implemented during 24 months. The Project is funded by the voluntarily contributions of donors in the framework of the Council of...

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Iceland ratified the Council of Europe’s Tromsø Convention

11/02/2021 Strasbourg

On 10 February 2021, Iceland ratified the Council of Europe Convention on Access to Official Documents (CETS No. 205), also known as the Tromsø Convention, bringing the number of ratifications to 11. The Convention will entry into force in respect of Iceland on 1 June 2021. This Convention is the...

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Vacancies: Project manager positions - Ankara, Turkey

10/02/2021 Strasbourg

The Legal Co-operation Division of the Council of Europe is currently seeking to recruit motivated project managers for projects being implemented in its Ankara office, Turkey. The projects cover the justice sector reforms, effectiveness of justice systems and access to justice to family law and...

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Children’s rights - New thematic factsheet

10/02/2021 Strasbourg

The Execution Department of the Council of Europe issued today a new thematic factsheet focusing on the execution of European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) judgments concerning the rights of the child. The European Court has underlined the children’s need for special protection due to their...

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8th negotiation meeting of the CDDH ad hoc negotiation group (“47+1 Group”) on the accession of the European Union to the European Convention on Human Rights

08/02/2021 Strasbourg

The Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH) ad hoc negotiation group (“47+1”) on the European Union's accession to the European Convention on Human Rights held its 8th meeting from 2-4 February 2021 via videoconference. The Group discussed in particular proposals related to the EU’s specific...

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Spain signs the Additional Protocol to the European Social Charter on collective complaints

04/02/2021 Strasbourg

Manuel Montobbio, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of Spain to the Council of Europe, signed today, in the presence of Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, the Additional Protocol of 1995 providing for a system of...

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Thematic factsheets available in several languages

04/02/2021 Strasbourg

Since May 2020, the Execution Department has published five thematic factsheets providing notably overviews of selected legislative and case-law developments in member States, following judgments and decisions of the European Court. Two of these thematic factsheets have been translated into...

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European alliance for sustainable and inclusive social housing in France: Video message by Christos Giakoumopoulos

03/02/2021 Strasbourg

"The right to housing is a fundamental human right protected by international law," stressed Christos Giakoumopoulos, Director General of Human Rights and Rule of Law of the Council of Europe in a video message, recorded on the occasion of a press conference of the European alliance for...

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Slovakia: GRECO publishes an Addendum to the Second Compliance Report of 4th Evaluation Round

03/02/2021 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) has published today its Second Addendum to the Second Compliance Report of Fourth Evaluation Round on the Slovak Republic (dealing with Corruption prevention in respect of members of parliament, judges and prosecutors), as adopted...

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Belgium: videoconference on the execution of ECtHR judgments

29/01/2021 Strasbourg

On 29 January, the Execution Department organised a first videoconference with the Belgian authorities, including the Office of the Government Agent to the ECtHR and representatives of the Ministry of Justice. Discussions focused on execution measures still awaited in the context of cases soon to...

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Spain ratifies Convention 108+ on data protection

28/01/2021 Strasbourg

The Ambassador of Spain, Mr. Manuel MONTOBBIO, has transmitted today to the Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe the instrument of ratification of the Protocol amending the Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data (CETS...

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Facial recognition: strict regulation is needed to prevent human rights violations

28/01/2021 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe has called for strict rules to avoid the significant risks to privacy and data protection posed by the increasing use of facial recognition technologies. Furthermore, certain applications of facial recognition should be banned altogether to avoid discrimination. In a new set...

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On the 40th Anniversary of Convention 108, the winners are…

28/01/2021 Strasbourg

The Winner of the Stefano Rodotà Award 2021, is Gabriel Kasper for his work on "People analytics in private-law employment relationships - Proposals for a more effective enforcement of data protection law”. The jury decided to also grant a Special mention to Ignacio Cofone for his article on...

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