Fostering effective dialogue between national, regional and local authorities in Ukraine

17 December 2019 Kyiv, Ukraine

During the meeting of the Community of practice on local democracy in Ukraine held in Kyiv on 12 December 2019, Andreas Kiefer, Secretary General of the Congress underlined the vital contribution that national associations of local and regional authorities can make representing local interests in...

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The Association of Ukrainian Cities’ new strategy to better defend the interests of the communities

17 December 2019 Kyiv, Ukraine

“The Association of Ukrainian Cities should base its advocacy before national authorities on a participatory process and by developing strong internal structures and consensual strategic approaches with its members”, stressed Andreas Kiefer, Secretary General of the Congress, on the occasion of...

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High-level Regional International Conference “Protection of Human Rights through Judicial Education: Best Practices and Improvement of Standards”

17 December 2019 Kyiv, Ukraine

On 9-10 December 2019, a two-day high-level regional international conference “Protection of Human Rights through Judicial Education: Best Practices and Improvement of Standards” took place. The National School of Judges of Ukraine has initiated the Conference in cooperation with the Supreme...

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13 municipalities to implement ethical, innovative and inclusive policies and practices at local level in Ukraine

17 December 2019 Kyiv, Ukraine

The Congress has signed joint agreements with 13 Ukrainian local authorities on 12 December 2019 to implement local initiatives on ethical, transparent and participatory decision-making; engagement of under-represented groups; and equal opportunities for women and men to participate in local...

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Steering Committee Meeting of the Project “Internal Displacement in Ukraine: Building Solutions”

12 December 2019 Kyiv

On December 12 2019, the regular Steering Committee Meeting of the Council of Europe Project “Internal Displacement in Ukraine: Building Solutions” took place in Kyiv. The Project is being implemented under the framework of the Council of Europe Action Plan for Ukraine 2018-2021 and it is aimed...

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Gudrun Mösler-Törnström: “Making gender equality a reality at local level is about ensuring democratic sustainability”

12 December 2019 Kyiv, Ukraine

“Gender equality is at the very heart of human rights and the Council of Europe values, and, in this regard, local and regional authorities have a key role to play,” stated Gudrun Mosler-Törnström (Austria, SOC/G/PD) at the Third Ukrainian Women’s Congress on 10 December 2019 in Kyiv, Ukraine....

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First National Forum on Migration and Prevention of Human Trafficking

10 December Kyiv

On December 10, the Council of Europe Project “Internal Displacement in Ukraine: Building Solutions” supported First National Forum on Migration and Prevention of Human Trafficking. The event consisted of the following panel discussions: - National legislative framework on human rights...

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Contest of local government best practices in Ukraine 2019: results

11 December 2019 Kyiv, Ukraine

Contest of local government best practices in Ukraine 2019: results Ukraine continues the tradition of organising the Contest of local government best practices based on the Council of Europe methodology. This annual initiative has been implemented in Ukraine for eight years already, since...

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REGIONAL MEDIA CONTESTS: Award Ceremony of the Third Regional Media Contest on Decentralisation in Donetsk oblast

11 December 2019 Kyiv, Ukraine

On10 December 2019 the Award Ceremony of the Third Donetsk Regional Media Contest on local self-government reform, decentralisation and best local practices was held by Donetsk Oblast State Administration in the framework of Local Self-Government Day celebration. The Media Contest was launched...

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Let’s Sound Together – Concert which unites

10 December 2019 Kyiv, Ukraine

On 4 December 2019, the First Channel of the Ukrainian Radio and the Council of Europe Department of the European Social Charter organized a unique event – an inclusive concert which unites young performers. This initiative with the involvement of children with disabilities proves that there are...

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Human Rights Day: Council of Europe leaders highlight 70 years of the European Convention on Human Rights

09 December 2019 Strasbourg, France

To mark Human Rights Day (10 December), the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić, and the President of the Organisation’s Parliamentary Assembly, Liliane Maury Pasquier, have issued a joint statement looking forward to the 70th anniversary of the European Convention...

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Open Space – Forum which unites

2 December 2019 Kyiv, Ukraine

On 2 December 2019, the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine and the Council of Europe Project “Promoting Social Human Rights as a Key Factor of Sustainable Democracy in Ukraine” organised a Forum “Open Space” ahead of the International Day of People with Disabilities. About 120 participants of...

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Venice Commission says recent legal amendments on judiciary in Ukraine threaten stability and independence of the system

06 December 2019 Venice, Italy

Venice, 6 December 2019 – The Council of Europe’s constitutional legal experts body, the Venice Commission, has adopted an opinion today on the amendments to the legal framework of Ukraine with respect to the Supreme Court and judicial governance bodies, which introduce a number of radical...

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State Language Law of Ukraine fails to strike balance between strengthening Ukrainian and safeguarding minorities’ linguistic rights, says Venice Commission

06 December 2019 Venice, Italy

Venice, 6 December 2019 – To avoid the language issue becoming a source of inter-ethnic tensions within Ukraine, it is of crucial importance to achieve an appropriate balance in its language policy. The authorities have so far failed to do so, also in the recent State Language Law. This is the...

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Searching for answers to current questions during the forum “Efficient local government as a background of democratic and rule-of-law state”

Next local election: risks or new opportunities?

06 December 2019 Kyiv, Ukraine

“In the new administrative and territorial structure, the focus should be placed on the territorial community,” said Yuriy Kliuchkovsky, the Council of Europe expert, member of the working group for the improvement of electoral legislation on local elections under the Ministry of Regional...

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REGIONAL MEDIA CONTESTS: Award Ceremony of the Second Regional Media Contest on Decentralisation in Chernihiv oblast

5 December 2019 Kyiv, Ukraine

On 5 December 2019 the Award Ceremony of the Second Chernihiv Regional Media Contest on local self-government reform, decentralisation and best local practices was held by Chernihiv Oblast Council in the framework of Local Self-Government Day celebration. The Media Contest was launched based on...

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IV Local Government Forum in Kramatorsk

03 December 2019 Kyiv, Ukraine

On 28-29 November 2019 in Kramatorsk (Donetsk oblast) the Forum “Efficient local government as a background of democratic and rule-of-law state” took place. This year more than 240 persons participated in the event, including members of the Parliament of Ukraine, representatives of central and...

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HRM School Launched by Council of Europe Program “Decentralisation and Local Government Reform in Ukraine”

29 November 2019 Kyiv, Ukraine

“It is necessary to have experienced professionals in municipalities who are able to perform their tasks effectively. People should be motivated and interested in working for local governments. Appropriate conditions should be created for this - this is a provision of the European Charter of...

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The Council of Europe assists in developing a Prosecutorial Training Centre in Ukraine

28 November 2019 Kyiv, Ukraine

A workshop on developing a new Prosecutorial Training Centre in Ukraine was held in Kyiv on November 28th. Representatives of the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine (PGO), the National Academy of Public Prosecutor's Office of Ukraine (NAPU), the international experts of the Council of Europe,...

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