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Council of Europe leaders condemn terrorist attack in Nice

Council of Europe 30 October 2020 Strasbourg

We are deeply shocked and saddened by the barbaric and cowardly terrorist act in Nice on Thursday. We condemn in the most vigorous way this heinous attack and we express our deepest condolences and our sympathy to the families of the victims. We also express our full and unconditional support and...

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Conference of Ministers of Education: response to pandemic crisis

Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers 29 October 2020

The Conference of Ministers of Education of the Council of Europe, organised in the framework of the Greek Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers, has endorsed a Political Declaration on the education response to COVID-19. The Declaration is accompanied by a Roadmap for Action on the Council...

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Slovakia should prosecute money laundering with more determination

Committee of Experts on the Evaluation of Anti-Money Laundering Measures (MONEYVAL) 29 October 2020 Strasbourg

A new report by the Council of Europe’s anti-money laundering body MONEYVAL urges the authorities of the Slovak Republic to systematically pursue illicit funds generated by crimes, through effective seizure and confiscation, and to systemically tackle money laundering and terrorist financing...

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Ukraine: Congress concludes remote observation procedure regarding local elections

Congress 28 October 2020 Strasbourg

Welcoming the fact that, for the first time, Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) were allowed to vote in local elections in Ukraine, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe concluded its remote election observation procedure which was introduced as a temporary and...

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Poland: Poor legal and medical access for people in police custody among concerns raised in Anti-Torture Committee report

European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) 28 October 2020 Strasbourg

In its latest report on police detention facilities, the Council of Europe’s European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) stresses that Poland has failed to implement previous recommendations for proper legal and medical access, and that...

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Poland: Congress conducts remote fact-finding mission on situation of LGBTI+

Congress 27 October 2020 Strasbourg

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe will conduct a remote fact-finding mission on 2 and 3 November 2020 on the situation of LGBTI+ people in Poland. This mission follows a request from members of the Polish parliament regarding the increasing attacks and...

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Responding to COVID-19 crisis: Ministers of Education conference

Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers 26 October 2020 Strasbourg

The COVID-19 pandemic is challenging our education systems and institutions, which need to innovate the ways in which we learn, teach and assess qualifications. The risk of increased exclusion and inequality in access to education is another effect of the sanitary crisis. In order to respond to...

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Bosnia and Herzegovina - Congress conducts remote observation procedure for local elections on 15 November

Congress 26 October 2020 Strasbourg

In response to an invitation from the authorities in Bosnia-Herzegovina the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities will carry out a remote observation procedure on 29 and 30 October, for local elections set for 15 November. This new remote format has been introduced as a temporary procedure...

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Efficiency and quality of justice in Europe: 2020 report

European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) 22 October 2020 Strasbourg

A new report has identified a number of broad trends across judicial systems in 45 European countries. Among the findings of the eighth evaluation report drawn up by the Council of Europe’s European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ): European states spend an average of €72 per...

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Polish authorities should ensure continuity, independence and effectiveness of Ombudsman institution

Commissioner for Human Rights 22 October 2020 Strasbourg

In a letter addressed to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland, made public today, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović raises her concerns about risks to the continuity and the effective functioning of the Polish Ombudsman institution. A constitutional...

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Setting up a European network of police forces

Council of Europe 21 October 2020 Strasbourg

At a conference on the role of the police in a democratic society attended by high-level representatives of European Ministers of the Interior on 20 and 21 October, the Council of Europe proposed to set up its own permanent high-level network of the police forces of the 47 member states. Some 90...

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New factsheet on the execution of ECHR judgments concerning environment

Council of Europe 20 October 2020 Strasbourg

Although the European Convention on Human Rights does not contain an explicit right to a clean and quiet environment, the Court has developed its case-law and established that where an individual is directly and seriously affected by noise or other pollution, an issue may arise under the...

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Ukraine: Congress conducts remote observation of local elections on 25 October

Congress 19 October 2020 Strasbourg

After receiving an invitation from the Ukrainian authorities, from 19 to 20 October the Congress will carry out a remote observation procedure for the local elections that will take place on 25 October. This new remote format has been introduced as a temporary procedure in exceptional situations,...

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Secretary General condemns terrorist attack in France

Secretary General 17 October 2020 Strasbourg

We deplore the horrific terrorist attack against a teacher yesterday at Conflans-Sainte-Honorine and express our solidarity with those close to the victim, with the French people and with President Macron. We will not allow our rights and freedoms to be threatened by extremists of any kind. See...

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European Anti-trafficking Day: Human trafficking will not be tolerated

GRETA 16 october 2020 STRASBOURG

In a statement to mark Anti-Trafficking Day, the Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) has called for full respect for the rights of victims of trafficking in human beings during the restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the face of...

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Secretary General on working visit to Moscow

Secretary General 16 October 2020 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić in Moscow on 19 and 20 October for meetings on key issues facing the Organisation. The Secretary General met with Sergey Lavrov, Minister for Foreign Affairs; Valentina Matviyenko, Chairperson of the Federation Council and Konstantin...

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Daphne Caruana Galizia’s final interview released on third anniversary of her death

Council of Europe 16 october 2020 Strasbourg

The last interview ever given by Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia has been released today to mark the third anniversary of her assassination on 16 October 2017. The interview, carried out on 6 October 2017, was one of 20 with journalists from across Council of Europe member...

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Protection of national minorities in Spain: Progress regarding Roma, but anti-discrimination laws needed

Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (FCNM) 15 October 2020 Strasbourg

In an Opinion evaluating Spain’s level of compliance with its commitments towards the Spanish Roma under the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities, the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention acknowledges the progress made by the country in providing social...

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New study: journalists speak out on undue pressure

Council of Europe 14 October 2020 Strasbourg

A new study has made an in-depth analysis of undue pressure exerted against journalists to prevent them from reporting freely and of the strategies they use to overcome fear and continue to perform their public watchdog mission. “A Mission to Inform: Journalists at Risk Speak Out”, authored by...

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Anders Knape: “The Congress Charter has a key role for promoting local democracy and Europe’s pluralist society model”

Congress 14 October 2020 Strasbourg

To mark the 35th anniversary of the opening for signature of the European Charter of Local Self-Government, the President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, Anders Knape, made the following statement: “The European Charter of Local Self-Government was opened for signature on 15...

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