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Tolerant and inclusive societies in Western Balkans: conference in Montenegro

Council of Europe 14 November 2018 Podgorica (Montenegro)

A Regional Conference taking place on 14 and 15 November in Podgorica, the capital of Montenegro, is discussing standard setting, monitoring and co-operation in anti-discrimination work, combating hate speech and protecting minority rights. The event, entitled “Tolerant and Inclusive Societies in...

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International Day of Tolerance, 16 November

Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers 15 November 2018 Strasbourg

Statement by Marija Pejčinović Burić, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign and European Affairs of Croatia, Chair of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe

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Launch of New Education Campaign in Oslo

Council of Europe 13 November 2018 Strasbourg

A new Council of Europe education campaign is being launched this week (14-16 November) in Oslo, Norway. Free to Speak, Safe to Learn – Democratic Schools for All is aimed at creating ‘safe spaces’ in schools, where controversial subjects can be openly and safely debated, to prevent ideas that...

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Secretary General participates in Paris Armistice centenary commemoration

Secretary General 10 November 2018 Strasbourg

At the invitation of France’s President Emmanuel Macron, Council of Europe Secretary General Jagland is taking part in the ceremonies to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War on 11 November in Paris. Together with other heads of state, government and international...

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Pompidou Group workshops in Ukraine: Deputy Minister of Justice of Ukraine calls for health reforms in prisons

Pompidou Group 9 November 2018 Strasbourg

“This workshop is an opportunity for us to learn from international experiences and use these to improve our penitentiary system, leading to a more secure society”, said Denys Chernyshov, Deputy Minister of Justice of Ukraine, when addressing executives of the State Penitentiary Service of...

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Secretary General Jagland meets Finnish Foreign Minister, President and Parliament speaker

Secretary General 8 November 2018 Helsinki

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland is on an official visit to Helsinki, in preparation for Finland’s upcoming presidency of the Committee of Ministers, which will run from 21 November 2018 until 17 May 2019. He said ”Finland will take up the presidency of the Council of Europe Committee of...

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Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers: “The European Charter of Local-Self-Government is a major achievement of the Council of Europe”

Congress Session 7 November 2018 Strasbourg

“These are, undoubtedly, difficult times. At the European level, at the national and local level and also at an institutional level. Pan-European challenges are more present than ever,” said Marija Pejčinović Burić, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign and European Affairs of Croatia,...

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Council of Europe to take part in Internet Governance Forum in Paris

Council of Europe 7 November 2018 Strasbourg

A Council of Europe delegation will take part in discussions to be held at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) at UNESCO headquarters in Paris from 12 to 14 November, under the heading of “Internet of Trust”. Throughout the Forum, which will bring together representatives of governments,...

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Anders Knape elected new president of the Congress

35th Session of the Congress 6 November 2018 Strasbourg

Meeting at their 35th session in Strasbourg (France), Congress members have elected Anders Knape (Sweden, EPP/CCE) president of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities for a two-year term. “Our Congress is a political body tasked with protecting local democracy. We represent not...

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Luxembourg must improve the identification of victims of trafficking in human beings

Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) 6 November 2018 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) has published today its second evaluation report on Luxembourg as regards the implementation of the Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings. The report assesses developments since the...

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HIV prevention and drug treatment in European prisons: training in Ukraine

Pompidou Group 6 November 2018 Kyiv

The Council of Europe's Pompidou Group drug policy experts are holding a workshop and an executive training on drug treatment and HIV prevention in prisons in Kyiv Oblast from 5 to 9 November. Ukraine’s 40% increase in annual new HIV infections from 9,500 in 2010 to 15,680 in 2017 is especially...

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Greece should safeguard social rights for all and improve the reception and integration of migrants

Commissioner for Human Rights 6 November 2018 Strasbourg

“Greece should take urgent steps and adopt long-term policies to improve the reception and integration of migrants and to reverse the adverse effects of austerity measures on access to health care and education”, says Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, publishing...

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Secretary General Jagland meets German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas

Secretary General 6 November 2018 Berlin

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland will meet German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Tuesday 6 November in Berlin. The meeting will focus on challenges to human rights in Europe and the current situation at the Council of Europe. A press briefing is scheduled at 11:45 in the...

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Tackling hate speech in the media: Zagreb conference

Council of Europe 5 November 2018 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe and the Croatian Agency for Electronic Media are organising a conference on 6 and 7 November in Zagreb (Croatia) to discuss the different ways European states have regulated hate speech, and specifically the measures to tackle it taken by national regulatory authorities, the...

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World Forum for Democracy - “Gender Equality: Whose Battle?”

Council of Europe 5 November 2018 Strasbourg

A year after the #MeToo movement first started, the World Forum for Democracy 2018, from 19 to 21 November, will focus on gender equality and women’s rights, in particular, women’s public, political and economic participation, and on combating violence against women. Dolores Delgado Garcia,...

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Secretary General Jagland on official visit to Finland

Secretary General 5 November 2018 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland is making an official visit to Finland on 8 November 2018. The Secretary General is going to hold meetings in Helsinki with President Sauli Niinistö, Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini and Speaker of the Parliament Paula Risikko. The...

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World Day of Romani Language

Secretary General 5 November 2018 Strasbourg

Secretary General statement

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Brain drain or brain gain? Seminar in Zagreb

Council of Europe 30 October 2018 Zagreb (Croatia)

A two-day seminar with this title is taking place in Zagreb, Croatia, to look at the phenomena of “brain drain” (the emigration of educated young people) and “brain gain” (the influx of qualified people who are either immigrating or returning home). It will also examine the possible role of the...

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Secretary General Jagland on official visit to Liechtenstein

Secretary General 30 October 2018 Liechtenstein

On official visit in Liechtenstein on 29 October, Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland held meetings with Prime Minister Adrian Hasler, Speaker of Parliament Albert Frick and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Justice and Culture Aurelia Frick, as well as with the delegation to the...

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Tirana: international conference on transparency of beneficial ownership

Council of Europe 30 October 2018 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe is organising an international conference under the theme “Transparency of beneficial ownership” on 30 and 31 October in Tirana, Albania, in the framework of its work to strengthen capacities in member states to fight money laundering and the financing of terrorism. The...

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