On 19 September, the Special Adviser held a working meeting with the Director of the State Bureau of Investigation Roman Truba

19 September, 2018 Strasbourg

On 19 September, the Special Adviser held a working meeting with the Director of the State Bureau of Investigation Roman Truba. The Director General of Human Rights and the Rule of Law, Christos Giakoumopoulos, the Director of Human Rights, Christophe Poirel, and the DGI and Permanent...

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SASG participated in the Conference «The first year of operation of the Qualification and Disciplinary Commission of Prosecutors and Council of Prosecutors of Ukraine: achievements, challenges, prospects»

18 July 2018 Strasbourg

On July 11, Régis Brillat participated in the Conference dedicated to the First year anniversary of the Qualification and Disciplinary Commission of Prosecutors and the Council of Public Prosecutors of Ukraine. This event was organised by the Council of Europe Project “Continued Support of the...

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SASG participated in the second Ukraine Reform Conference

17 July 2018 Strasbourg

On June 27, the Special Adviser of the Secretary General for Ukraine Regis Brillat participated in the second Ukraine Reform Conference: “A Driver for Change”, which took place in Copenhagen. The Conference provided a platform to bring Foreign Ministers from EU, G7 and NATO countries as well as...

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SASG participated in the second Ukraine Reform Conference

17 July 2018 Strasbourg

On June 27, the Special Adviser of the Secretary General for Ukraine Regis Brillat participated in the second Ukraine Reform Conference: “A Driver for Change”, which took place in Copenhagen. The Conference provided a platform to bring Foreign Ministers from EU, G7 and NATO countries as well as...

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Adoption by the Verkhovna Rada of the Law on the High Anti-corruption Court - Statement by the President of the Venice Commission Mr. Gianni Buquicchio

08 June 2018 Strasbourg, France

The statement by the President of the Venice Commission Mr. Gianni Buquicchio is available on the website of the Venice Commission.

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SASG: Interview on the judicial reform in Ukraine

08 June 2018 Strasbourg, France

On 6 June, the Special Adviser of the Secretary General for Ukraine Regis Brillat had an interview on the judicial reform in Ukraine for Interfax Ukraine. The interview is available on the website of Interfax Ukraine.

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SASG participated in Conference Judicial Reform in Ukraine: Achievements and Further Steps

06 June 2018 Strasbourg, France

On 1 June, the Special Adviser of the Secretary General for Ukraine Regis Brillat participated in the Conference Judicial Reform in Ukraine: Achievements and Further Steps, which was organised by the Council of Europe in co-operation with the Judicial Reform Council and the Supreme Court of...

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SASG mission to Ukraine on 22-23 May

29 May 2018 Strasbourg, France

On 22-23 May, the Special Adviser of the Secretary General for Ukraine Regis Brillat carried out an official mission to Kyiv. Council of Europe's Gender Equality Strategy for 2018-2023 The SASG participated in the Presentation of the Council of Europe's Gender Equality Strategy for 2018-2023,...

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Publication of a video on key achievements of the Council of Europe media project in Ukraine

04 April 2018 Kyiv, Ukraine

On April 2, the Council of Europe Project “Strengthening freedom of the media and establishing a Public broadcasting system in Ukraine” published a video on key achievements, which include the introduction of important legislative changes in the sphere of media, expert analysis of the important...

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On February 21-23, the Special Adviser of the Secretary General for Ukraine, Régis Brillat, carried out an official mission to Ukraine

02 March 2018 Kyiv, Ukraine

The SASG had a working meeting with the Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine Ms. Liliya Hrynevych, the Minister of Justice Mr. Pavlo Petrenko, Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration Mr. Oleksiy Filatov, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr. Sergiy Kyslytsya, President's...

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Special Adviser for Ukraine met with the delegation of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine

02 March 2018 Kyiv, Ukraine

On January 25-26, the delegation of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine paid a visit to the Council of Europe with assistance of Special Adviser to the Council of Europe's Secretary General for Ukraine Regis Brillat. In the framework of the visit, the CCU’s delegation held meetings with the...

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SASG met with the Head of the Supreme Court of Ukraine

2 March 2018 Kyiv, Ukraine

On January 25, the Special Adviser of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe for Ukraine Regis Brillat held a working meeting with the Head of the Supreme Court Valentina Danishevskaya. The issues of the reform of the judicial system and the beginning of the work of the Supreme Court were...

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On November 7-8, the Special Adviser of the Secretary General for Ukraine, Régis Brillat, carried out an official mission to Kyiv

23 November 2017 Kyiv, Ukraine

SASG mission to Kyiv Kyiv, Ukraine 7-8 November 2017 On November 7-8, the Special Adviser of the Secretary General for Ukraine, Régis Brillat, carried out an official mission to Kyiv. The SASG had a working meeting with the Head of the Law Enforcement Committee of the Verkhovna Rada, Andrii...

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Special Advisor took part in the opening of the Round table “Protection of the human rights of internally displaced persons: towards durable solutions on housing issues”

02 October 2017 Strasbourg, France

On September 21, the Special Adviser took part in the opening of the Round table “Protection of the human rights of internally displaced persons: towards durable solutions on housing issues”. On the same day, he also had a working meeting with with the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on...

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SASG met with NGOs' representatives on the reform of the Judiciary in Ukraine

02 October 2017 Strasbourg, France

On Wednesday 30 August, the Special Adviser of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe for Ukraine held exchanges of views with NGOs' representatives on the reform of the Judiciary in Ukraine, in particular on the selection procedure for the appointment of judges to the New Supreme Court...

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SASG participation in the 35th session of the UN Human Rights Council

23 June 2017 Kyiv, Ukraine

On June 21, the SASG participated in the Interactive dialogue on the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights periodic report on Ukraine. The meeting took place in the framework of the 35th session of the UN Human Rights Council. The Special Adviser informed members of the...

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SASG mission to Kyiv on 12-13 June

23 June 2017 Kyiv, Ukraine

On the occasion of the Steering Committee Meeting of the Council of Europe Action Plan for Ukraine 2015 – 2017 on June 12, the Special Adviser of the Secretary General for Ukraine Regis Brillat carried out an official mission to Kyiv. The aim of the Steering Committee was to assess the results...

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Publication of the Council of Europe Opinion “On the rules of procedure of the Public Council of Integrity of Ukraine”

09 June 2017 Kyiv, Ukraine

The Public Council of Integrity (PCI) is established with the purpose to assist the High Qualification Commission of Judges of Ukraine and its status and functions are further developed in its Rules of Procedure. The recommendations and comments listed in the CoE Opinion aim to bring the PCI’s...

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SASG mission to Kyiv on 17-18 May

30 May 2017 Strasbourg, France

On May 17-18, the Special Adviser of the Secretary General for Ukraine Regis Brillat carried out an official mission to Kyiv. He had meetings with Representative of the President in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Chairman of the High Qualification Commission of Judges of Ukraine, Vice Minister of...

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Ukraine: Secretary General Jagland voices concern over blocking social networks and websites

30 May 2017 Strasbourg, France

http://www.coe.int/en/web/secretary-general/-/secretary-general-voices-concern-over-blocking-social-networks-websites-in-ukraine

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SASG participation in the meeting of the Constitutional Commission of Ukraine

30 May 2017 Strasbourg, France

On May 11, the Special Adviser of the Secretary General for Ukraine participated in the meeting of the Constitutional Commission of Ukraine. On this occasion, he had an exchange of views with Mr Filatov, Deputy Head of the Presidential administration on the reform process, in particular the...

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SASG mission to Kyiv on 28 February 2017

27 March 2017 Strasbourg, France

On the occasion of the exchange of views “On the European standards on guarantees of fundamental social and economic rights by Governments” in the Constitutional Court of Ukraine on February 28, the Special Adviser of the Secretary General for Ukraine Regis Brillat carried out an official mission...

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Independence of the Supervisory Board of the public broadcaster is of crucial importance for the reform of public broadcasting - statement of the Special Advisor to Council of Europe's Secretary General for Ukraine

15 March 2017 Strasbourg

"The Council of Europe supports Ukraine in the public broadcasting reform and welcomes the progress achieved. The process for selecting the head and members of the Management Board of the National Public Broadcasting Unit (NBPU) should be transparent and free of political interference. The...

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SASG meeting with the Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee on Freedom of Expression and Information Policy

09 March 2017 Strasbourg

On March 3, the Special Adviser of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe for Ukraine Regis Brillat met with Viktoria Siumar, Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee on Freedom of Expression and Information Policy. Ms Siumar explained the reforms introduced in recent years in the...

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Special Advisor of the Council of Europe Secretary General for Ukraine, Regis BRILLAT, participated at the extended meeting organised by Verkhovna Rada Committee on State Building, Regional Policy and Local Self-Government

8 February 2017 Kyiv

On February 8, the Special Advisor of the Council of Europe Secretary General for Ukraine, Regis BRILLAT, participated at the meeting organised by the Verkhovna Rada Committee on State Building, Regional Policy and Local Self-Government concerning the draft “Law on the temporarily occupied...

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SASG meeting with the Working Group on Improving National Legislation on the Human Rights Protection of Internally Displaced Persons in Ukraine

31 January 2017 Strasbourg

On January 13, the Special Adviser of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe for Ukraine Regis Brillat met with the Working Group on Improving National Legislation on the Human Rights Protection of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Ukraine that made a study visit to Strasbourg....

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SASG mission to Kyiv 12-13 December

16 December 2016 Kyiv

On the occasion of a Workshop on the European Social Charter, which took place at the Ministry of Social Affairs in Kyiv on 13 December, the Special Adviser of the Secretary General for Ukraine Regis Brillat carried out an official mission to Kyiv. He had meetings with Uliana Suprun, Minister of...

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SASG mission to Kyiv 24-25 November

16 December 2016 Kyiv

On November 24-25, the Special Adviser of the Secretary General for Ukraine Regis Brillat carried out an official mission to Kyiv. He had meetings with representatives of Presidential Administration, Acting Head of the Verkhovna Rada Secretariat, Head of the Red Cross Mission in Ukraine,...

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SASG meeting with the Alain Aeschlimann, Head of International Committee of the Red Cross Delegation in Ukraine

12 December 2016 Strasbourg

Following the meeting in Strasbourg with Peter Maurer, the President of the ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross), the SASG met with the Head of the Red Cross Mission in Ukraine on November 25. They exchanged views on the humanitarian situation in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions and on...

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Expert consultations on the Ukrainian draft legislation on misdemeanors organised by the CoE

17 Novmeber 2016 Kyiv

Expert consultations on the draft legislation of Ukraine on misdemeanors were organised in the Council of Europe Headquarters in Strasbourg on 9 November 2016. The consultations were led by the Special Advisor to the CoE Secretary General for Ukraine. The purpose of the consultations was to...

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Meetings with the Director of NABU

4 October 2016 Strasbourg

On October 4, as a continuation of the Day of Ukrainian Reforms the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland met with the Director of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau Artem Sytnyk who was accompanied by his Deputy Mr Guizo Uglava. The Special Adviser of the Secretary...

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Special Adviser of the Secretary General for Ukraine participated in the Day of Ukrainian reforms

3 October 2016 Strasbourg

On October 3, the Day of Ukrainian reforms was organized by the Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the Council of Europe in cooperation with the Council of Europe and the Estonian Presidency of the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers. The event was aimed to showcase the achievements of the...

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Special Adviser had a meeting with the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights of IDPs

30 September 2016 Strasbourg

On 30 September, the Special Adviser of the Secretary General for Ukraine Regis Brillat met in Strasbourg with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons Dr. Chaloka Beyani. The issues of social protection of Internally displaced persons in...

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SASG mission to Kyiv on 21-22 September

21-22 September 2016 Strasbourg

On September 21-22, the Special Adviser of the Secretary General for Ukraine Regis Brillat carried out an official mission to Kyiv. He had meetings with senior Ukrainian officials, members of Parliament and Ombudsperson . The Special Adviser met with: Mr.Sergiy Kyslytsya Deputy Minister of...

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SASG met with the Ukrainian delegation participated at the Study visit on inter-municipal co-operation

14 September 2016 Strasbourg

On September 14, the Special Adviser of the Secretary General for Ukraine met with the Deputy Minister of regional development of Ukraine and members of the Verkhovna Rada who participated at the Study visit on inter-municipal co-operation and legal framework of prefect institution. The visit...

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Special Advisor of the Council of Europe Secretary General for Ukraine, Regis BRILLAT, participated at the extended meeting organised by Verkhovna Rada Committee on Human Rights

8 July 2016 Kyiv

On 6 July the Special Advisor of the Council of Europe Secretary General for Ukraine, Regis BRILLAT, participated at the extended meeting organised by Verkhovna Rada Committee on Human Rights on "Hearing information from representatives of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, responsible...

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SASG visit to Kyiv on 2-3 June

23 June 2016 Strasbourg

On 2-3 June Regis BRILLAT, Special Advisor of the Secretary General (SASG) carried out his official visit to Ukraine. Regis BRILLAT, Christos GIAKOUMOPOULOS, former SASG and Мårten EHNBERG, Head of Council of Europe Office in Kyiv met together with relevant Ukrainian authorities to discuss...

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Jagland: Ukraine’s Constitutional amendments a major step towards European standards

3 June 2016 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland today welcomed the adoption by Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada of the amendments to the Constitution regarding the Judiciary: “I welcome the adoption today by the Verkhovna Rada of amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine related to the...

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Statement by the Secretary General on reforms in Ukraine

26 May 2016 Strasbourg

Secretary General Jagland reiterates that the Council of Europe is on the side of Ukraine and its people, as the country take steps to put in place a fully independent, efficient and professional judicial system. ”As we reach the midterm of the Council of Europe Action Plan for Ukraine, I take...

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The Council of Europe Welcomes the Establishment of a new Ministry on the Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons

20 April 2016 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe welcomes the establishment of the Ministry of Ukraine on Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons. This development responds to multiple calls made by the Council of Europe and other members of the international community for the creation of a...

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The Ukrainian legal procedures for recovery of proceeds of crime shall respect the European Convention on Human Rights

7 April 2016 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe transmitted to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine an expert Opinion concerning the Draft Law of Ukraine No.4057. The Council of Europe acknowledges the significance of the measures aimed at the improvement of the asset recovery legislation of Ukraine and commends the efforts...

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THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE TRUSTS THAT THE UKRAINIAN LEADERSHIP WILL USE THE CURRENT MOMENTUM TO ACHIEVING A BROAD PUBLIC CONSENSUS AND REAL PROGRESS IN THE PROSECUTION SERVICE REFORM

5 April 2016 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe continues to follow the developments of the long-due reform of the prosecution service in Ukraine, one of the key reforms in the justice sector. “Following the recent dismissal of the Prosecutor General, the Council of Europe welcomes President Poroshenko’s recent statement...

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Ukrainian leadership should use the current momentum to reaffirm a solid political commitment to achieving a broad public consensus and real progress in the reform of the prosecution service

30 March 2016 Strasbourg

More than twenty years have elapsed since Ukraine joined the Council of Europe and committed to reform the prosecution service. This reform is a key precondition for the effective administration of justice, protection of human rights and observance of the rule of law. In 2014-2015, the Ukrainian...

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The SASG is highly alarmed by the murder of the defense lawyer Yuri Grabovski and the threat this attack poses to the independence of the profession

30 March 2016 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe has taken note of the concerns expressed by Amnesty International regarding the intimidation, disappearance and murder of the lawyer Yuri Grabovkski being connected to his defence of one of the persons accused of terrorism. The discovery of Yuri Grabovski’s body with gunshot...

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The Council of Europe welcomes the Ukrainian authorities’ commitment to reform rapidly and efficiently the General Prosecutor’s Office

17 February 2016 Strasbourg

The Special Advisor of the Secretary General (SASG) welcomes the address by the President of Ukraine on 16 February 2016 stressing the need for rapid implementation of the Public Prosecution Service reform. “This is a solid encouragement for speedy and meaningful action to fulfil one of the...

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Unimpeded, speedy and resolute implementation of the public prosecution reform is crucial for the success of the overall justice sector reform in Ukraine

17 February 2016 Strasbourg

The unimpeded, speedy and resolute implementation of a long-awaited reform of the public prosecution service is a crucial factor for the success of the overall justice sector reform in Ukraine. The Council of Europe encourages this reform to happen rapidly and meaningfully so that Ukraine...

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High level consultations on the reform of the public prosecutor's office of Ukraine

8 February 2016 Strasbourg

On 3 February the high-level consultations with the leadership of the General Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine on issues pertaining to the reform of the Public Prosecution Service (PPS) of Ukraine were organised in the Council of Europe’s Headquarters. The consultations were aimed at discussing the...

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Visit of the management of the Coordination Center for Legal Aid Providing and the lawyers of the free legal aid system of Ukraine to the Council of Europe

15 January 2016 Strasbourg

On 15 January a delegation from the Ukrainian Free Legal Aid System, a structure within the Ukrainian Ministry of Justice, visited the Council of Europe’s Headquarters. The main objective of the visit was to discuss with the Council of Europe partners the state of play and specific areas of...

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On 27-28 November the Special Adviser for Ukraine Christos GIAKOUMOPOULOS participated at the Tenth Anniversary of the Ukrainian School of Political Studies. This Scholl is a joint project of the “Laboratory of legislative initiatives” and the Council of Europe, which was founded in 2005 on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Ukraine's accession to the Council of Europe

7 December 2015 Strasbourg

Dear colleagues, Since November 1995 when Ukraine became a Member of the Council of Europe this Organization supports your country in fulfilling its statutory and specific obligations before the CoE. From the beginning of the proses of the internal political changes, annexation of Crimea and the...

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OFFICIAL LAUNCHING CONFERENCE PROJECT “CONTINUED SUPPORT TO THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM IN UKRAINE”

Opening Speech by Mr Christos GIAKOUMOPOULOS, Director of Human Rights Directorate General Human Rights and Rule of Law Special Advisor of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe on Ukraine

25 November 2015 Strasbourg

Mr Minister, Your Excellencies, Esteemed Partners, Ladies and gentlemen, I am delighted and honoured to greet you on behalf of the Council of Europe on the occasion of the official launch of the project “Continued support to the criminal justice reform in Ukraine”. The project is part of the...

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Press statement on the execution of the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights in the case of Agrokompleks v. Ukraine

12 November 2015 Strasbourg

I welcome that Ukraine paid the first instalment of the just satisfaction awarded in the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights in the case of Agrokompleks v. Ukraine. The payment of just satisfaction awarded by the European Court is an unconditional obligation of Ukraine. By fulfilling...

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SASG Christos Giakoumopoulos discussed in Kyiv the Justice sector reforms

12 November 2015 Strasbourg

Mr Giakoumopoulos held a meeting with First Deputy Minister of Justice Ms Natalia Sevostianova to discuss further cooperation between the Council of Europe and the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine. The meeting followed the official presentation of the “European Union and Council of Europe the...

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Special Advisor to the Council of Europe Secretary General for Ukraine urges the adoption of the Draft Law No. 2166

2 November 2015 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe has followed closely the developments concerning the situation of Internally Displaced Persons in Ukraine, including since the adoption of the Law on Ensuring the Rights and Freedoms of Internally Displaced Persons (Law on IDPs) on 20 October 2014, and welcomes the fact that...

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One year since the adoption of the "Law on Ensuring the Rights and Freedoms of Internally Displaced Persons" Ukraine's government should do more to strengthen the legal framework on the human rights protection of Internally Displaced Persons in Ukraine

21 October 2015 Kyiv

Taking stock of the one year since the adoption of the IDP law, the SASG recognizes that steps forward have been taken by the Ukrainian authorities in responding to the internal displacement which has reached an estimated 1.5 million persons as of October 2015. A first such step was to lay the...

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The Council of Europe delegation participated at the Human Rights Council Inter-active dialogue on Ukraine

06 October 2015 Strasbourg

On 29 September the Council of Europe delegation participated at the Human Rights Council Inter-active dialogue on Ukraine. Statements of H.E Ivan Simonovic, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights and H.E. Murat Adali Ambassador, Permanent Observer on behalf of the Council of Europe are...

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SASG participated at the round table “National Strategy for Human Rights and the National Action Plan for Ukraine"

25 September 2015 Strasbourg

On 21 September the Special Advisor of the Council of Europe Secretary General for Ukraine, Ch. Giakoumopoulos, participated at the round table “National Strategy for Human Rights and the National Action Plan for Ukraine". The event was organized by the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of...

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Council of Europe postpones the organization of the Forum “Protection of Human Rights in Criminal Proceedings: Proof and Evidence”

24 September 2015 Strasbourg

Originally scheduled to take place on September 28-29, 2015 in Kyiv, the Forum is organised by the National Bar Association of Ukraine with the support of the Council of Europe. While the SASG considers this event to be an important contribution to a better implementation of human rights...

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The Council of Europe welcomes the signature by the President of Ukraine on 10 September 2015 of the Law on transparency of media ownership adopted by the Parliament of Ukraine on 3 September 2015

11 September, 2015 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe welcomes the signature by the President of Ukraine on 10 September 2015 of the Law on transparency of media ownership adopted by the Parliament of Ukraine on 3 September 2015. This is an important achievement of Ukraine in the implementation of the National Human Rights...

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High-level Consultations on the draft legislation of Ukraine on the State Bureau of Investigation 8 September, 2015, Strasbourg, France

8 September, 2015 Strasbourg

On 8 September, the High-level Consultations aimed at discussing the draft legal framework on the State Bureau of Investigation of Ukraine (SBI) were held in the Council of Europe’s Headquarters. The consultations were organised upon the initiative of the Special Advisor of the CoE Secretary...

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SASG: the process of public broadcasting in Ukraine has begun

13 August 2015 Strasbourg

On 5 August 2015 the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted the Regulation required to formally launch the transition process from state to public broadcasting. This Cabinet of Ministers Regulation launches the implementation of the public broadcasting law as amended on April 2015. It therefore...

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The SASG for Ukraine welcomes the recent acceleration in the pace of reform of the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Ukraine

31 July 2015 Strasbourg

The Special Advisor of the Council of Europe Secretary General for Ukraine welcomes the recent acceleration in the pace of reform of the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Ukraine. The reform of the prosecution system is one of the most important elements of the justice sector reforms and is regarded...

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‎A Venice Commission delegation and the SG's Special advisor for Ukraine attend a plenary meeting of the Verkhovna Rada

16 July 2015 Kyiv

Kyiv, 16 July 2015 - ‎A Venice Commission delegation and the SG's Special advisor for Ukraine attend a plenary meeting of the Verkhovna Rada at which the constitutional reform is discussed.

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Visit to the Council of Europe of the Director of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau and Head of the Verkhovna Rada Committee for Preventing and Combating Corruption

03 July 2015 Strasbourg

22 June, a delegation headed by the Director of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau A.Sytnyk and Head of the Verkhovna Rada Committee for Preventing and Combating Corruption Y.Soboliev visited the Council of Europe and met with key Council of Europe partners. The visit was realized through the...

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Council of Europe Secretary Jagland has welcomed the amendments adopted yesterday by Ukraine's constitutional commission regarding decentralisation

27 June 2015 Strasbourg

"I welcome the constitutional amendments regarding decentralisation adopted yesterday by the constitutional commission of Ukraine. The amendments are in line with recommendations of the Council of Europe's constitutional experts, the Venice Commission. This is an important step in the reform...

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SASG Christos Giakoumopoulos discussed in Kyiv the functioning of the High Council of Justice of Ukraine

26 June 2015 Strasbourg

Mr Giakoumopoulos held a meeting with the newly elected Chairman of the High Council of Justice Mr Ihor Benedysiuk. The directions of further cooperation between the Council of Europe and the HCJ were discussed following the official opening of the CoE Project “Consolidation of Justice Sector...

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Project “Consolidation of Justice Sector Policy Development in Ukraine”: Kick-off Steering Committee meeting

24 June 2015 Kyiv

The Project partners and Ukrainian justice sector stakeholders met on June 19, 2015 in Kyiv to mark an official opening of the Project within the framework of its Kick-off Steering Committee meeting. Representatives of the Ukrainian judiciary, Ministry of Justice of Ukraine and other justice...

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The SASG spoke at the OECD “Ukraine Day”

18 June 2015 Strasbourg

On 16 June, the SASG attended the OECD “Ukraine Day”, a high-level consultation to discuss how the international community can support Ukraine in meeting its policy challenges and implementing ambitious structural and institutional reforms. The event was attended by a number of distinguished...

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The SASG expresses concern on the threat to the independence of the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights.

5 June 2015 Strasbourg

The SASG expresses concern on the threat to the independence of the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights. The SASG expressed concern over a recently registered draft resolution at the Verkhovna Rada which threatens to annul the appointment of the current mandate-holder of the...

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The SASG Attended the plenary meeting of the Constitutional Commission of Ukraine

20 May 2015 Strasbourg

The SASG attended the plenary meeting of the Constitutional Commission of Ukraine on 15 May. He also participated in the Constitutional Commission’s working groups concerning decentralization of power and the constitutional aspects of the functioning and independence of the judicial system. In...

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SASG Christos Giakoumopoulos in Kyiv to discuss various reforms and the functioning of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau

5-8 May 2015 Strasbourg

Mr Giakoumopoulos held meetings with the Minister of Interior, Arsen Avakov, the Vice Minister of Interior, Ms Eka Zguladze Glucksmann, the Head of the newly established National Anti-Corruption Bureau, Mr Artem Sytnik, the Vice Chairperson of the Verkhovna Rada, Ms Oksana Syroid and the Head of...

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Justice Reform in Ukraine

Council of Europe launches joint project with EU for consolidation of justice sector reform

Kyiv, 21-22 April 2015, Deputy SASG Markus Jaeger visited Kyiv to meet key partners and stakeholders of the new joint European Union/Council of Europe Project “Consolidation of Justice Sector Policy Development in Ukraine” and to introduce the Project team headed by Project coordinator Maria...

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Statement of SASG during the press-conference of the International Advisory Panel to present report on its review of the Maidan investigations

31 March 2015 Strasbourg

“On behalf of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, I would like to thank the International Advisory Panel (IAP) for this report and for their thorough work. The IAP was established by the Council of Europe with the support of all Council of Europe Member States. I would like to thank...

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The Council of Europe and the SASG continue to actively support the work of the Justice Reform Council in Ukraine

18 March 2015 Kyiv

On 17 March 2015, Council of Europe representatives Andrii Kavakin and Ketevan Tskhomelidze took part in the Justice Reform Council’s discussions and contributed comments to the draft Justice Sector Reform Strategy and the proposed Action Plan. The Council of Europe's active participation in the...

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Visit of the Secretary General

SASG visits Kyiv with Thorbjørn Jagland for the launch of the Council of Europe Action Plan for Ukraine 2015-2017

16 March 2015 Kyiv

SASG Christos Giakoumopoulos is accompanying the Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland on his visit to Kyiv, March 17-18 for the launch of the Council of Europe Action Plan for Ukraine 2015-2017. Through this action plan, the Council of Europe is to assist Ukraine in its...

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IDPs in Ukraine

SASG sends mission to explore ways to help with the effective implementation of IDP legislation

10-13 March 2015 Kyiv

SASG Christos Giakoumopoulos has asked a delegation to visit Kyiv and Dnipropetrovsk to meet with IDPs as well as with a wide range of national authorities and NGOs and international bodies that assist them in order to find out how the Council of Europe can contribute to ensure that IDPs’ rights...

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Human Rights Strategy

SASG on Ukraine’s National Human Rights Strategy: “A good document ready for adoption after inclusion of LGBT rights”

4 March 2015 Kyiv

At a hearing on the National Human Rights Strategy, organized by the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Human Rights, National Minorities and Interethnic Relation, Deputy SASG Markus Jaeger commended “the chair and members of the Working Group and all those who have otherwise contributed to the draft...

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Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine

Round Table "Modernisation of the public prosecutor’s office of Ukraine in line with European standards"

20 February 2015 Kyiv

In view of the entering into force of the Law on the Public Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine in April 2015, the Council of Europe organised, in cooperation with the General Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine, the National Academy of Prosecutors of Ukraine and the European Union Project “Support to...

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Council of Europe gives opinion on new Law reforming the prosecution service of Ukraine

13 February 2015 Strasbourg

In the framework of the project “Support to the Criminal Justice Reform in Ukraine”, the Directorate of Human Rights of the Council of Europe conducted an assessment of the Law of Ukraine “On the Public Prosecution Service” that was adopted by Verkhovna Rada on 14 October 2014 and promulgated on...

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SASG Christos Giakoumopoulos participated in the work of the Justice Reform Council on 18 December

18 December 2014 Kyiv

I have participated on behalf of the Council of Europe in the work of the Justice Reform Council concerning the draft Law on the Judiciary and the status of Judges. We consider it of paramount importance that the problems that have occurred in the functioning of the judiciary in Ukraine were...

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Promoting participation of civil society in democratic decision-making: presentation of draft strategic priorities

15/10/2014 Kyiv

Kyiv, 8 December: To present the result of its intensive joint work with major Ukrainian civil society organisations and the Presidential Administration, the Administration of Parliament, the Cabinet of Ministers, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Justice and the contribution of...

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Human Rights Strategy: SASG contributes to the debate

25 November 2014 Strasbourg

Deputy SASG Markus Jaeger participated in a meeting of the Working Group on the Human Rights Strategy and Action Plan that was held on 24 November in Kyiv at the Ministry of Justice. He expressed the strong support of the Council of Europe for the idea to formulate a Human Rights Strategy and...

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Laws of Ukraine related to the activity of law enforcement in the region of anti-terrorist operation have been assessed by the Council of Europe in view of ensuring a proper protection of human rights

19 November 2014 Strasbourg

In the framework of the project “Support to the Criminal Justice Reform in Ukraine”, the Directorate of Human Rights of the Council of Europe conducted an assessment of the following legislative acts adopted by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine: 1) Law of Ukraine № 1633-VII, of 12...

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SASG Christos Giakoumopoulos in Kyiv from 3 to 7 November to discuss justice reform, the law on bar associations and the preparation of a national human rights strategy

7 November 2014 Strasbourg

The Special Adviser to the Secretary General for Ukraine, Christos Giakoumopoulos, holds meetings with high officials of the Presidential Administration, the Ministry of Justice, the National Association of Ukrainian Lawyers, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as with several Ambassadors....

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Discision of the CoE Committee of Ministers

Situation in Ukraine

24 October 2014 Strasbourg

1210th meeting – 22 and 24 October 2014 Item 1.6 Situation in Ukraine (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1209/1.6, DD(2014)1130, DD(2014)1193 and DD(2014)1278) Decisions The Deputies, Recalling their decision of 17 September 2014 as well as their previous decisions on the subject: remained deeply concerned by...

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Law on IDPs adopted in Ukraine welcome development, good basis for addressing their needs, says Council of Europe’s Secretary General

20 October 2014 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland made a statement on today’s adoption by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine of the Law on ensuring the rights and freedoms of internally displaced persons in Ukraine: “This is a welcome development,” Jagland said. “The law is a good basis for...

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The CoE believes the adoption of the law on IDPs is a human rights priority

16 October, 2014 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe considers that the adoption and entry into force of the draft law on the rights of Internally Displaced Persons in Ukraine should be seen as a human rights priority. The Council of Europe has already presented its Opinion on the draft law on the “On ensuring of rights and...

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Secretary General Jagland welcomes adoption of reforms in Ukraine; regrets law on IDPs was not adopted

14 October 2014 Strasbourg

Following today’s vote in Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, made this statement: “I welcome today’s adoption by the Verkhovna Rada of the package of laws related to the reform of prosecution, the fight against corruption and the creation...

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The Council of Europe urges the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine to adopt the law on “On ensuring of rights and freedoms of internally displaced persons"

13 October 2014 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe presented on 10 October, 2014 its Opinion on the draft law on the “On ensuring of rights and freedoms of internally displaced persons” that will soon be considered by the Verkhovna Rada. The conclusions of the Opinion are clear: the draft law provides the necessary basis...

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SASG statement

The Council of Europe considers that the adoption of the new Law of Ukraine on the Office of the Public Prosecutor in line with European standards should be a high priority for the authorities of Ukraine

10 October 2014

The Special Advisor of the Secretary General for Ukraine Christos Giakoumopoulos recalls that the adoption of the new Law of Ukraine on the Office of the Public Prosecutor is a clear priority, among other justice sector reforms. He underlines the importance of ensuring the compliance of this new...

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Markus Jaeger, Deputy to the SASG, will pay a visit to Kyiv from 8 to 9 October 2014

3 October 2014 Strasbourg

Markus Jaeger, Deputy to the SASG, will pay a visit to Kyiv from 8 to 9 October 2014 to discuss with relevant authorities, NGOs and international partners the adoption and subsequent implementation of a law on internally displaced persons as a priority concern of the Council of Europe. The aim...

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The Special Advisor of the Secretary General for Ukraine Christos Giakoumopoulos welcomes the election of the members of the High Council of Justice

26 September 2014

The Special Advisor of the Secretary General for Ukraine Christos Giakoumopoulos welcomes the election of the members of the High Council of Justice, at the XII meeting of the Congress of Judges of Ukraine on 25-26 September 2014 in Kyiv. The Council of Europe considers this election as a very...

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SASG statement

The effective functioning of the High Council of Justice in Ukraine Is crucial for the Council of Europe

23 September 2014 Strasbourg

The effective functioning of the High Council of Justice is crucial for the meaningful involvement of the legal professionals in all the key aspects of the work of the justice system in Ukraine. The Council of Europe has been observing the situation with the election and appointment of new...

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18-19/9/2014: Special Advisor to the Council of Europe’s Secretary General for Ukraine in Kyiv to discuss reform issues

The Council of Europe’s Director for Human Rights, Mr Christos Giakoumopoulos, will be visiting Ukraine on 18 and 19 September 2014 in his capacity as Special Advisor to the Secretary General (SASG) for Ukraine. He will discuss a wide range of issues pertaining to the reform efforts of this...

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