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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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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 the 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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CPT at 30: conference on safeguards during first hours of custody

European Committee for the Prevention of Torture 4 November 2019 Strasbourg

The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) is organising a conference in Strasbourg on 4 November to mark its 30th anniversary and to discuss the implementation of detention safeguards in the first hours of police custody, a time when the risk of ill-treatment is higher. The...

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Aegean islands: Greece should urgently transfer asylum seekers and improve their living conditions

Commissioner for Human Rights 31 October 2019 Strasbourg

“The situation of migrants, including asylum seekers, in the Greek Aegean islands has dramatically worsened over the past 12 months. Urgent measures are needed to address the desperate conditions in which thousands of human beings are living,” said today the Council of Europe Commissioner for...

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National minorities in Finland: rising intolerance needs tackling

Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (FCNM) 31 October 2019 Strasbourg

Finland has a long tradition of support for minority languages and cultures, through a well-developed legal framework that is generous towards persons belonging to minorities and affords extensive linguistic rights. However, as in other European countries, levels of intolerance and nationalism...

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Russian local elections: all candidates need equal access to electoral rights

Congress Session 30 October 2019 Strasbourg

In its report on the Russian Federation adopted today, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe noted with satisfaction the developments that have taken place since 2010: the principle of local self-government is now recognised both in the Constitution and in...

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Turkey: Congress adopts report on the observation of local elections and the Istanbul repeat mayoral election

Congress Session 30 October 2019 Strasbourg

Meeting in session on 30 October 2019, the members of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe adopted a report on the local elections in Turkey (31 March 2019) and the Istanbul repeat mayoral election (23 June 2019), following observation missions led by the...

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Liliane Maury Pasquier: "The Council of Europe needs the continuing commitment of the Assembly and the Congress"

Congress Session 29 October 2019 Strasbourg

"The Council of Europe has already strongly demonstrated its ability to adapt to the changing world. But the organisation needs our continued commitment and the Assembly and the Congress, as well as our national parliaments and local and regional authorities, have a fundamental role to play. It...

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Council of Europe Secretary General addresses Congress members

Congress Session 29 October 2019 Strasbourg

“We can take pride in having created a common legal area for 47 member states in which common legal standards are adopted, promoted and upheld,” said the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić, in an address to Congress members at their session in Strasbourg, France,...

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Anders Knape: "The Congress must have resources corresponding to its responsibilities within the Council of Europe"

Congress session 29 October 2019 Strasbourg

Speaking at the opening of the 37th Session in Strasbourg on 29 October 2019, Congress President Anders Knape recalled the role of the Council of Europe in guaranteeing in its 47 member States democracy, human rights and the rule of law. He stressed that the Congress, which plays a key role in...

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