Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić expresses condolences to Turkey after deadly earthquake

25/01/2020 Strasbourg

Statement by the Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić: I am deeply saddened by the news of so many people killed and injured in the severe earthquake in Eastern Turkey last night. My thoughts are also with all those helping in the rescue operation. On behalf of the Council of Europe I...

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MONEYVAL: new follow-up reports assess measures against money laundering and terrorist financing in six countries

Committee of Experts on the Evaluation of Anti-Money Laundering Measures and the Financing of Terrorism 24 January 2020 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing body MONEYVAL has published this week follow-up reports assessing progress by Albania, Andorra, Hungary, Latvia, Serbia and Slovenia in measures to tackle money laundering and terrorist financing. All these states –...

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Parliamentary Assembly Winter Session

Parliamentary Assembly Session 24 January 2020 Strasbourg

At its winter session in Strasbourg (27-31 January 2020), the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) will elect its new President. The Presidents of Georgia and the Republic of Moldova, as well as the Georgian Foreign Minister and President of the Committee of Ministers and the...

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The right to affordable housing: Europe’s neglected duty

Commissioner for Human Rights 23 January 2020 Strasbourg

“Increasingly making the headlines, the scarcity of affordable housing in Europe is a serious and growing problem that pushes an ever-larger number of people into housing insecurity and homelessness.”, says Dunja Mijatović, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, in her Human Rights...

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Poland: improvements in Roma integration, but increased intolerance against national minorities

Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities 23 January 2020 Strasbourg

A new report on the protection of national minorities in Poland published today, praises improvements in the integration of Roma in education, but points to a persistent climate of intolerance, racism and xenophobia in the country (see also the Polish version of the report). Among the positive...

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New youth sector strategy 2030: strengthening democracy through youth engagement

Committee of Ministers 22 January 2020 Strasbourg

Today the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe adopted the new Youth sector strategy 2030 which will provide policy guidance to the 50 States Parties to the European Cultural Convention for the ten years to come. Young people’s creativity, dynamism, social commitment and competences...

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Committee of Ministers adopts new action plan for Roma and Traveller Inclusion

Committee of Ministers 22 January 2020 Strasbourg

The Committee of Ministers today adopted the Strategic Action Plan for Roma and Traveller Inclusion 2020-2025 to combat anti-Gypsyism and discrimination and to support equality. The plan will also foster democratic participation, promote public trust and accountability and support access to...

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Belgium must strengthen rules on integrity of government members and outside activities by police officers

Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) 23 January 2020 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s Group of States against corruption (GRECO) today published its 5th round evaluation report on Belgium. This cycle focuses on preventing corruption and promoting integrity in central governments (top executive functions) and law enforcement authorities. (See the Dutch...

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Serbia: government’s efforts to fight violence against women are commendable, but more is needed

Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO) 22 January 2020 Strasbourg

In its first report on the implementation by Serbia of the Istanbul Convention, the expert body GREVIO welcomes the policy commitment of the authorities to eliminate gender-based violence and the significant progress made in law and in practice. However, there are still problems requiring an...

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Statement by Marija Pejčinović Burić on judicial reform in the Republic of Moldova

Secretary General 22 January 2020 Strasbourg

In December 2019, I met with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova, Ion Chicu. We agreed that Council of Europe experts would visit Chisinau with a view to offering our assistance towards reforms needed to create an independent, accountable, efficient and professional judiciary for the...

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Deputy Secretary General at Ministerial Conference ‘International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA)’

Deputy Secretary General 19 January 2020 Brussels (Belgium)

Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni participated in a Ministerial Conference convened by the Minister for Foreign and European Affairs of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Jean Asselborn, presently Chairing the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA). Ministers for Foreign Affairs of several...

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CPT assesses isolation measures and cases of violence in Italian prisons

Anti-torture Committee (CPT) 21 January 2020 Strasbourg

In a new report on Italy, the anti-torture Committee (CPT) has recommended ending the court-imposed measure of solitary confinement (“isolamento diurno”) for prisoners serving life sentences. The CPT also calls on the authorities to provide inmates with a minimum range of purposeful activities as...

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Violence against women and domestic violence in the Netherlands: a stronger gender perspective is needed

Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO) 20 January 2020 Strasbourg

In its first report on implementation by the Netherlands of the Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (widely known as the “Istanbul Convention”), the Council of Europe’s Group of Experts (GREVIO) stresses the country’s long history of addressing...

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Venice Commission: New reform in Poland further undermines judicial independence

Venice Commission 16 January 2020 Strasbourg

In an urgent Opinion issued today, the Council of Europe’s Venice Commission, together with the organisation’s Directorate General of Human Rights and Rule of Law, concludes that the amendments to laws on the judiciary passed by the lower house of the Polish parliament (Sejm) on 20 December 2019...

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Syrian doctor who ran underground children’s hospital receives Wallenberg prize

Raoul Wallenberg Prize 15 January 2020 Strasbourg

Dr. Amani Ballour, a paediatrician from Syria who ran an underground hospital in Eastern Ghouta in 2012-2018 and is now a refugee in Turkey, has been awarded the Council of Europe’s Raoul Wallenberg Prize for her personal courage, bravery and commitment in saving hundreds of lives during the...

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Psycho-neurological institutions in Ukraine: CPT report recommends more care in the community

European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) 14 January 2020 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s anti-torture committee (CPT) has made a series of recommendations after visiting three psycho-neurological centres (“internats”) in two regions of Ukraine in April 2019. The committee calls on the Ukrainian authorities to accelerate the closing of such large-capacity...

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Secretary General meets Croatian PM Plenković

Secretary General 13 January 2020 Strasbourg

Croatia’s Prime Minister Andrej Plenković and Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić met today in Strasbourg. They agreed to maximise synergies between the European Union and the Council of Europe and to boost cooperation between the two organisations, in the interest of Europe's citizens.

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Kazakhstan becomes GRECO´s 50th member state

Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) 13 January 2020 Strasbourg

On 1 January 2020, Kazakhstan became GRECO’s 50th member state. As result, GRECO’s membership now spans over three continents - Europe, America and Asia-, covering a population close to 1,2 billion people. As a consequence, a delegation of Kazakhstan will participate in GRECO´s dynamic process of...

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Italy: more measures needed to protect women from violence

Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO) 13 January 2020 Strasbourg

A new report from GREVIO, the Council of Europe’s expert group on violence against women, has urged the Italian authorities to enact more measures to protect women from violence. While welcoming some innovative new laws, notably regarding stalking, providing paid leave for victims of violence and...

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Fight against corruption: France must do better

GRECO 9 January 2020 Strasbourg

In a report published today, GRECO, the Council of Europe’s anti-corruption body, calls on France to improve the effectiveness and practical application of measures to prevent corruption within the executive (President of the Republic, ministers, private office members and senior civil servants)...

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