Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to address PACE’s Autumn plenary session

PACE 3 October 2022

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is due to address the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) by videoconference (date and time to be confirmed) during its Autumn plenary session in Strasbourg from 10 to 14 October 2022. There will also be addresses by the President of...

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European ministers adopt “Dublin Declaration” on preventing violence through equality

Council of Europe 30 September 2022 Dublin

Thirty-eight member states have backed a “Dublin Declaration” pledging a series of steps to promote gender equality in order to help prevent domestic, sexual and gender-based violence. The declaration is inspired by the Council of Europe’s Istanbul Convention on violence against women, and...

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Council of Europe leaders condemn the illegal annexation of occupied territories of Ukraine


Ireland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Chair of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers, Simon Coveney, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Tiny Kox, and the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić, have made the following...

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Putting children at the centre – Council of Europe and EU synergies in protecting children’s rights

Council of Europe 27 September 2022 STRASBOURG

The Council of Europe’s Strategy for the Rights of the Child 2022-2027 (the Rome Strategy) and the EU Strategy for the Rights of the Child share a common vision and objectives, focusing on the participation of children, integrated systems for child protection and child-friendly justice, said the...

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War in Ukraine, Covid-19 and climate change key challenges for national minorities


National minorities in Europe faced multiple threats during the past two years, says a new report from the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. Russia’s aggression against Ukraine caused a humanitarian catastrophe, including for national...

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Romania makes a voluntary contribution

27 September 2022 Kyiv, Ukraine

The Government of Romania has granted a voluntary contribution of € 32 000 for the implementation of the Council of Europe Action Plan for Armenia 2019-2022, the Council of Europe Action Plan for Azerbaijan 2022-2025, the Council of Europe Action Plan for Georgia 2020-2023, the Council of Europe...

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President of the Congress, Leendert Verbeek: "So-called referendums organised in the occupied territories of Ukraine are a denial of the rule of law, human rights and democracy"


On the occasion its meeting on 23 September 2022, in Lelystad, the Netherlands, the Bureau of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, endorsed the President of the Congress’ statements of 31 August and 5 September 2022 and issued the following statement: "The...

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Holding referendums during wars and military threats is against European standards

Venice Commission 21 September 2022

As the Secretary General of the Council of Europe has reminded in her statement of 15 September 2022, in 2014 the Venice Commission adopted an opinion on the organisation by the Autonomous Republic of Crimea in Ukraine of a referendum on becoming a constituent territory of the Russian Federation....

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PACE President condemns Russia’s attempt to annex Ukrainian territory, reiterates support for Ukraine

PACE President 21 September 2022 Strasbourg

Tiny Kox, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), has made the following statement: “I strongly condemn the decision to organise so-called ‘referendums’ in the areas of Ukraine illegally occupied by the Russian army. This is a clear attempt to annex part of...

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Council of Europe Secretary General rejects so-called ‘referenda’ in occupied Ukrainian territories

SECRETARY GENERAL 21 September 2022 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the 46-nation Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić, has today made the following statement: “The announced so-called ‘referenda’ in Ukrainian territories that are occupied by Russian forces is a further escalation of the conflict and the ongoing violation of...

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Promoting non-discrimination during wartime in Ukraine

31 August 2022 Ukraine

The joint project “Strengthening the access to justice through non-judiciary redress mechanisms for victims of discrimination, hate crime and hate speech in Eastern Partnership countries,” awarded two grants to civil society organisation in Ukraine in 2021. Their aim was to support victims of...

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HELP seminar for European legal professionals assisting Ukrainian refugees

14 September 2022 WARSAW/ONLINE

On 27 September 2022, the Council of Europe, European Union and the UNHCR, in cooperation with Warsaw bar Association, are organising together a seminar in Warsaw for Ukrainian legal professionals and Asylum/ Migration HELP e-Desk national managers on the European legal practices and procedures...

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No impunity for Russian aggression against Ukraine

COMMITTEE OF MINISTERS 15 September 2022 Strasbourg

The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe has adopted a decision today it which it stresses the urgent need to ensure a comprehensive system of accountability for serious violations of international law arising out of the Russian aggression against Ukraine to avoid impunity and to...

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Secretary General deplores Russian plans for a referendum to annex Ukrainian territories

SECRETARY GENERAL 15 September 2022 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the 46-nation Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić, has today made the following statement: “Plans to amend the law on admission to the Russian Federation, which are due to be considered by the Russian State Duma, and to hold a referendum to annex occupied Ukrainian...

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Secretary General meets First Lady of Ukraine

SECRETARY GENERAL 14 September 2022 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić met in Strasbourg with the First Lady of Ukraine, Olena Zelenska. They discussed the situation in Ukraine and the support the Council of Europe is providing.

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Hostilities around Armenian-Azerbaijan border: statement by Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić

SECRETARY GENERAL 13 September 2022 Strasbourg

“Reports of escalating armed hostilities around the Armenian-Azerbaijani border are very alarming. Disagreements between Council of Europe member States must be resolved peacefully through negotiations. Recent direct contacts between the highest authorities of both countries were promising and...

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CEB and Ukraine refugees

12 September 2022

Addressing displacements in Europe is the reason the Council of Europe Development Bank was founded after the WWII. For 65 years we have consistently supported timely and effective responses to relieve suffering and restore dignity to refugees and migrants. Millions of refugees fleeing Ukraine...

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Council of Europe statement on the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

8 September 2022 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the 46-nation Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić, has today made the following statement: “I am deeply saddened by the death of Europe’s longest reigning monarch, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. On behalf of the Council of Europe, I send my heartfelt condolences...

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European Heritage Days 2022 shine a spotlight on “Sustainable Heritage”

EUROPEAN HERITAGE DAYS 7 September 2022 Strasbourg

Sustainable Heritage is the theme for the 2022 European Heritage Days: a focus on the active role of communities building a more sustainable and resilient future for European heritage, in the context of environmental changes and related risks. The European Heritage Days, a joint initiative of the...

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Three candidates shortlisted for the 2022 Václav Havel Prize

VÁCLAV HAVEL HUMAN RIGHTS PRIZE 6 September 2022 Strasbourg

The selection panel of the Václav Havel Human Rights Prize, which rewards outstanding civil society action in defence of human rights in Europe and beyond, has announced the shortlist for the 2022 Award. Meeting in Prague the panel, made up of independent figures from the world of human rights...

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