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International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Council of Europe 22 November 2019 Strasbourg

Council of Europe leaders note success of Istanbul Convention, but warn of challenges ahead

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Marija Pejčinović Burić: The Budapest Convention will remain the most relevant international standard on cybercrime

Secretary General 20 November 2019 Strasbourg

Speaking at the opening of the conference on cybercrime, Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić stressed the importance of the Budapest Convention, the only legally-binding international treaty, which is used on a daily basis by criminal justice authorities in national and international...

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Preventing torture in Europe: The CPT at thirty

21 november 2019 Strasbourg

In November 2019 the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment - or CPT for short - celebrates 30 years of work. Stopping torture and inhuman and degrading treatment is an essential ingredient in human rights protection. When people are...

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Conference on cybercrime: evidence in cyberspace, fake news and election interference

Council of Europe 13 November 2019 Strasbourg

From 20 to 22 November, ministers, other senior government officials, legal experts in criminal matters, and representatives of the internet industry, civil society and data protection organisations from all over the world will be meeting at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg with a view to...

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Shaping future visions of Europe: European citizenship education is key

Council of Europe 19 November 2019 Strasbourg

The concept of European Citizenship is a dynamic and complex idea deeply connected with the ideals of democracy, participation and human rights in Europe. Formal and non-formal education play a key role in promoting it to young people, engaging them in discussions about European topics,...

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Violence against women in France: need to better protect victims and their children

GREVIO 19 November 2019 Strasbourg

In its first report on implementation by France of the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (the Istanbul Convention”) the Group of Experts (GREVIO) welcomes the authorities’ commitment and efforts in this field. It also underlines...

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Secretary General: urgent measures needed to fight anti-Semitism and online hate speech

Secretary General 18 November 2019 Strasbourg

In a live television interview on German broadcaster Deutsche Welle, Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić has highlighted the key role of the Council of Europe in countering a rising trend of anti-Semitism and online hate speech in Europe and further afield. Speaking after an official...

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Artificial intelligence: is a legal framework feasible?

Ad hoc Committee on Artificial Intelligence (CAHAI) 15 November 2019 Strasbourg

The Ad hoc Committee on Artificial Intelligence (CAHAI), an intergovernmental committee set up by Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe to examine the feasibility of a legal framework for the development, design and application of artificial intelligence based on the organisation´s...

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French launch for “Start to Talk” campaign against child sexual abuse in sports

Council of Europe 14 November 2019 Strasbourg

Roxana Maracineanu, Minister of Sports of France, and Adrien Taquet, French Secretary of State on Child Protection, have announced today the launch of the Council of Europe’s campaign “Start to Talk” in France. “Start to Talk” is a Council of Europe campaign against the abuse of children in...

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GRECO calls for an overall anticorruption strategy and effective implementation of laws in Spain

Group of States against Corruption 13 November 2019 Strasbourg

In an evaluation report published today, the Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) calls on Spain to develop a comprehensive anticorruption strategy, and to improve its legal framework to prevent corruption in top governmental functions and law enforcement agencies. This...

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Do European states do enough to protect the rights of the child?

Presidency of the Committee of Ministers 13 November 2019 Strasbourg

A two-day international conference on children’s rights has started in Strasbourg today in the framework of the French Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. It looks at what European states are doing to promote children’s rights protection and what challenges remain....

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Inauguration of the new secondary site of the EDQM: resilience and business continuity

European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines & HealthCare 12 November 2019 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe will open and inaugurate on 15 November the new secondary site of the European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines & HealthCare (EDQM) in Ars-Laquenexy, close to Metz in eastern France. It will enable the safe storage of contingency stocks of European Pharmacopoeia...

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Secretary General in Georgia: high-level meetings, new Action Plan launch

Secretary General 12 November 2019 Strasbourg

Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić, has concluded on 11 November 2019 her official two-day visit to Georgia ahead of the Chairmanship in the Council of Europe that Georgia will assume on the 27th of November 2019. The agenda of the Secretary General’s visit...

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International conference on children’s rights

Presidency of the Committee of Ministers 6 November 2019 Strasbourg

Challenging social norms, attitudes and behaviours that hinder effective protection of children’s rights: conference in Strasbourg next week

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Statement of Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić on the 30th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Secretary General 9 November 2019 Strasbourg

Statement of Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić on the 30th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall “All Europeans have a reason to celebrate the fall of the Berlin Wall. People won freedom and democracy through peaceful revolution - and by efforts in the east and...

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“Follow The Money” Initiative in Nigeria wins Council of Europe’s Democracy Innovation Award

World Forum for Democracy 8 November 2019 Strasbourg

At today’s closing session of the 2019 World Forum for Democracy, the Council of Europe announced that the winner of its Democracy Innovation Award was the initiative “Follow The Money”, a network of grassroots citizens in Nigeria dedicated to tracking government and international aid spending....

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New guidelines for recruitment and training of prison and probation staff

Council of Europe 6 November 2019 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe issued today a new set of Guidelines aimed at assisting its 47 Member States in improving the recruitment, education, training and professional development of prison and probation staff. The guidelines have been developed as a way to share best practices taking into account...

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World Forum for Democracy

World Forum for Democracy 22 October 2019 Strasbourg

“Is democracy in danger in the information age?”

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Raoul Wallenberg Prize 2020: deadline for candidates extended to 30 November

Raoul Wallenberg Prize 5 November 2019 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe Raoul Wallenberg Prize has been awarded every two years since 2014 in recognition of extraordinary humanitarian achievements by a single individual, a group of individuals or an organisation. The prize, which was established by the Committee of Ministers in 2012, derives...

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Secretary General calls on member states to recognise, protect and promote Romani language

Secretary General 4 November 2019 Strasbourg

On the occasion of the World Day of Romani Language, Ms Marija Pejčinović Burić, Council of Europe Secretary General, calls on the Organisation’s member states to recognise, protect, and promote the Romani language, which forms an integral part of our common European cultural heritage. Romani is...

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