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Congress Bureau greenlights report on remote election observation procedure concerning Ukraine

Congress 27 NOVEMBER 2020 Strasbourg

The Bureau of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe adopted, on 26 November, an information report on the remote observation procedure regarding the local elections held in Ukraine on 25 October 2020. "This report acknowledges the extraordinary circumstances in...

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Council of Europe adopts new Action Plan for the Republic of Moldova

Committee of Ministers 26 November 2020 Strasbourg

The Committee of Ministers, representing the 47 Council of Europe member states, has adopted the Action Plan for the Republic of Moldova for the years 2021-2024, which aims to bring the country’s legislation, institutions and practice further in line with European standards in the areas of human...

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Backsliding on minority rights weakens democracy

Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minoritie 25 November 2020 Strasbourg

“Where divisions are constructed between different ethnic, cultural, linguistic or religious groups, democracy is weakened. The backsliding on minority rights is a cause for real concern as it may threaten the inclusive nature of European societies,” says the Advisory Committee on the Framework...

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Polish Supreme Court delegation holds online discussion with Council of Europe

Council of Europe 25 November 2020 Strabourg (online)

On 24 November 2020 a delegation of the Supreme Court of Poland, upon its initiative, held a virtual exchange of views with a delegation of the Council of Europe. The meeting took place against the background of previous findings by the Council of Europe’s Venice Commission, Group of States...

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Spain - Action against violence against women and domestic violence

Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO) 25 November 2020 Strasbourg

In its first report evaluating the implementation by Spain of the Council of Europe’s “Istanbul Convention”, the Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO) acknowledges the commitment of the Spanish authorities to combat violence against women and the...

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“We cannot allow the home to become a place of fear, again”

Secretary General 24 November 2020 Strasbourg

Statement by Marija Pejčinović Burić, Secretary General of the Council of Europe

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Venice Commission on the draft new Constitution of Bulgaria: welcome amendments introduced, but further changes and clarifications needed

Venice Commission 23 November 2020 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s body of constitutional legal experts, the Venice Commission, has adopted on Friday its urgent interim opinion on the draft new Constitution of Bulgaria prepared upon the request of the President of the National Assembly of Bulgaria. The opinion focuses on the reform of the...

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Violence against women and domestic violence in Malta: GREVIO calls for a stronger gender perspective

Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO) 23 November 2020 Strasbourg

In its first baseline evaluation report published today on implementation by Malta of the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence, known as the “Istanbul Convention”, the Group of Experts (GREVIO) emphasises a number of positive legal...

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New video for migrant children explaining their rights in age assessment procedures

Council of Europe 20 November 2020 Strasbourg

On World’s Children’s Day the Council of Europe and the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) have launched an animated video on age assessment of migrant children and adolescents. Age assessment is a process carried out by authorities to estimate a person’s age and determine whether he/she is an...

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LGBTI policies in Europe: progress achieved, but more needs to be done

Secretary General 19 November 2020 Strasbourg

Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić today highlighted substantial progress in the legal and social recognition of LGBTI people: more countries are offering civil unions and equal marriage, there are positive developments in ensuring freedom of assembly and association, in tackling bullying,...

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Anti-torture Committee calls on Greece to reform its immigration detention system and stop pushbacks

 European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) 19 November 2020 Strasbourg

In a report on a rapid reaction ad hoc visit to Greece in March 2020, the Council of Europe's anti-torture committee (CPT) once again urges the Greek authorities to change their approach towards immigration detention and to ensure that migrants deprived of their liberty are treated both with...

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Germany takes over the Presidency of the Committee of Ministers

Committee of Ministers 18 november 2020 Strasbourg

Germany has taken over the Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe from Greece during a video-conference meeting with representatives of the Organisation’s 47 member States. Greece’s Alternate Minister for Foreign Affairs Miltiadis Varvitsiotis gave an overview of his...

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Secretary General warns about the risks associated with sexual images and videos self-generated by children

Secretary General 18 November 2020 Strasbourg

Report from HINA (Croatian News Agency) published on European Day on Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Abuse The Secretary-General of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić, on Wednesday warned about the risks associated with sexual images and videos self-generated by...

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6th European Day on Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse

Council of Europe 18 November 2020 Strasbourg

On the occasion of the 6th European Day on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse (18 November 2020), the following joint statement was made by: The Greek Alternate Minister for Foreign Affairs, Miltiadis Varvitsiotis, outgoing Chair of the Council of Europe’s...

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Cyprus: Judicial Code of Ethics praiseworthy, but Parliament needs Code of Conduct to better fight corruption

Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) 17 November 2020 Strasbourg

A new report on Cyprus by the Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) stresses the need for a Code of Conduct for Members of Parliament to be adopted to prevent various forms of corruption, and to address issues such as conflicts of interest and lobbying. MPs’ asset...

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Managing elections, including during pandemics: Venice Commission draws conclusions

Venice Commission 16 November 2020 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s Venice Commission has published conclusions to an online international conference it held last week on electoral management, addressing electoral law and electoral administration in Europe. Conference participants focused on two main issues: Holding elections during...

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How associations of judges support judicial independence: new Opinion

Consultative Council of European Judges (CCJE) 16 November 2020 Strasbourg

In a new Opinion on “The role of associations of judges in supporting judicial independence”, the Council of Europe’s Consultative Council of European Judges (CCJE) calls upon member States to provide a framework within which the right of judges to associate can be effectively exercised, and to...

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World Forum for Democracy 2020/2021 – “Can Democracy Save the Environment?”

World Forum for Democracy 16 November 2020 Strasbourg

Officially launching on 18 November, the next World Forum for Democracy will bring together intellectuals, politicians, activists, experts and young people from around the world to discuss responses to the environmental crisis over a whole year leading up to the live Forum event to be held in...

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Manifesto on Freedom of Expression of Arts and Culture in Digital Era

Council of Europe 13 November 2020 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe has launched a Manifesto on the Freedom of Expression of Arts and Culture in the Digital Era as well as the concept for a digital @exhibition « Free to Create, Create to be Free”. The Manifesto sums up the importance of artistic creation and cultural industry for our...

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Anti-torture committee urges Portugal to tackle police ill-treatment and police impunity

European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) 13 November 2020 Strasbourg

In a new report on Portugal the Council of Europe’s anti-torture committee (CPT) once again urges the Portuguese authorities to take determined action to prevent police ill-treatment and ensure that cases of alleged ill-treatment are investigated effectively. It also proposes a series of measures...

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