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Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers Strasbourg 5 May 2017
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Ioannis Kasoulides

Ioannis Kasoulides

In 1964, the Committee of Ministers took the decision to celebrate the Day of Europe, that is the establishment of the Council of Europe, on May 5th.  The Council of Europe was created in the aftermath of the Second World War, in the context of a new European structure, contemplated to bring peace and prosperity on the European continent and avoid repetition of the disasters brought about by two annihilating wars since the beginning of the century.

In holding the Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on this year’s Day of Europe, it provides me the opportunity to extend a message of the necessity to highlight our collective achievements these past 68 years, in strengthening democracy and the rule of law in our member States and in guaranteeing all people present on the European continent their fundamental rights and freedoms.  In dealing with the challenges currently before Europe, we need to strengthen our democratic security, by investing in more democracy, more freedom, open, tolerant and pluralistic societies, and by making full use of the tools and the mechanisms afforded by the Council of Europe. 

In full recognition of the significant work of the Organisation, I would like to pay tribute to the Secretary General, the officials and the staff of the Organisation, as well as to the member States, for their tireless efforts in advancing our common values and principles.

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Celebrate the Council of Europe Day alongside Bulgaria

Dance throughout Europe with Bulgaria: an outdoor performance of traditional Bulgarian dancing
Performances at 12 noon at Lieu d’Europe (8 rue Boecklin) and at 4 pm at the Place de la Cathédrale

A cross- cultural performance: experience Bulgarian choreography and music
Performance at 5 pm at the Cité de la musique et de la danse (Auditorium - 1 Place Dauphine)

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Council of Europe Strasbourg 7 May 2015
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Council of Europe to commemorate end of Second World War in Europe on 9 May

On Saturday 9 May at 11.00 a.m., a ceremony to mark Europe Day and to commemorate the end of the Second World War and liberation of Europe will be held at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Anne Brasseur, and the Chair of the Ministers’ Deputies of the Council of Europe, Ambassador Dirk van Eeckhout will deliver speeches and lay flowers in memory of those who lost their lives in the fight against Nazism.

Media representatives are invited to cover the event scheduled to start at 11.00 a.m. on Saturday 9 May on the forecourt of the Palais de l’Europe (Avenue de l’Europe) in Strasbourg.

The ceremony is open to the public.

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Council of Europe Program - European Youth Event (9th - 11th May 2014)

This year, which sees the European elections, the Council of Europe participated with the European Parliament and the City of Strasbourg in the EYE 2014 (European Youth Event), which brought together 5,000 young Europeans in Strasbourg on 9, 10 and 11 May 2014.

 

Council of Europe booth at the Yo! Village 

 - Living Library bringing together around 25 "live" books, all people who suffer from everyday prejudices because of whom they are.

Date: 9 May 13h00-18h00 & 10 May 10h00-18h00 in the Yofest! Marquee

- Two exhibitions:

  • "Culture : Heart and Soul of Democracy"created on the occasion of the 60th Anniversary of the European Cultural Convention
  • "Public Health, medicines, Europe" created on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines and HealthCare.

 

Council of Europe participation in the core programme of the European Youth Event

- Under topic V European Values: panel to discuss ‘Human Rights on the Internet' - starting point: the « No Hate Speech Movement », a Council of Europe youth campaign led by young people for equality, dignity, human rights and diversity on the Internet.

Date: 9 or 10 May (date, time and room tbc)

- Workshops "The Youth Campaign for Human Rights Online" to be run on 9 and 10 May with the following objectives:

  • To introduce the Council of Europe's No Hate Speech Movement and discuss the realities of hate speech online and how they impact on the human rights and dignity of young people
  • To associate the participants with the campaign at the national and European levels.

 

In Paris:

Information stand and presentation of the exhibition entitled "Culture: Heart and Soul of Democracy, Paris - Place de l'Hôtel de Ville, 9-10 May 2014

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