PACE co-rapporteurs to make monitoring visit to Georgia

13.09.2019 Strasbourg, France

Titus Corlatean (Romania, SOC) and Claude Kern (France, ADLE), co-rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) for the monitoring of obligations and commitments by Georgia, will make a fact-finding visit to the country from 17 to 18 September 2019. Discussions will...

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National minorities’ rights in Georgia: legislation strengthened, but data collection, religious minorities rights protection, and minority languages teaching must be improved

05 September, 2019

Over the past three years, Georgia has strengthened its legislative framework for promotion of rights of national minorities and made visible efforts to promote diversity. However, more effective data collection is necessary, the efforts to promote use of minority languages in education and in...

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PACE monitors react to so-called ‘elections’ in the Georgian region of Abkhazia

26.08.2019 Strasbourg, France

The co-rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) for the monitoring of Georgia, Titus Corlățean (Romania, SOC) and Claude Kern (France, ALDE), have made the following statement regarding the so-called ‘presidential elections’ in the Georgian region of Abkhazia: “We...

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Call for tenders: local consultancy in the Eastern Partnership countries on an anti-discrimination project

The Council of Europe is currently implementing until 31 December 2021, a project on strengthening access to justice through non-judicial redress for victims of discrimination, hate crime and hate speech in the Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of...

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Council of Europe anti-corruption body publishes a report on Georgia

The Council of Europe’s anti-corruption group (GRECO) published its compliance report on Georgia as adopted on 22 March 2019 in plenary session. Link to the report

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Opportunity to coordinate child participation at the next Council of Europe Children’s Rights conference

26 June 2019 Strasbourg, France

The Council of Europe is holding a call for applications from international NGOs / international consultants to prepare, coordinate and implement child participation at its upcoming Children’s Rights conference. The conference will mark the mid-term evaluation of the Council of Europe Strategy...

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Call for Consultants for a Review of training strategies and materials for Law Enforcement, Judges and Prosecutors and development of a pilot training module

27 June 2019 Strasbourg, France

While the exact number of Online Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (OCSEA) victims is unknown, reports show that tens of thousands of children, of all ages, fall victim to OCSEA each year. This crime is often transnational in nature and ever evolving. To ensure effective investigation and...

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Marija Pejčinović Burić elected Secretary General of the Council of Europe

headline 26 June 2019 Strasbourg, France

The Assembly today elected Marija Pejčinović Burić (Croatia) Secretary General of the Council of Europe for a five-year term beginning on 18 September 2019. In the first round of the election Marija Pejčinović Burić obtained 159 votes, an absolute majority, and Didier Reynders (Belgium) 105...

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Georgia monitors welcome ruling majority’s offer to introduce fully proportional vote by 2020

headline 25 June 2019

The co-rapporteurs for the monitoring of Georgia, Titus Corlatean (Romania, SOC) and Claude Kern (France, ALDE), have today welcomed the offer by the ruling majority in Georgia to introduce fully proportional voting with a zero per cent threshold by 2020. “The introduction of a fully proportional...

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Public perceptions of low corruption levels may be misleading

25 June 2019 Strasbourg, France

The Council of Europe’s anti-corruption body (GRECO) today warned that public perceptions of low levels of corruption in certain countries may lead to underestimating the need for measures to combat corrupt practices. GRECO also expressed concern about the overall slow progress in implementing...

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Georgian authorities must protect participants in the upcoming Pride march in Tbilisi

20 June 2019 Strasbourg, France

“All Georgians have the same human rights and they should enjoy them free from discrimination. This means that everyone, including LGBTI people, must be protected from violence and hate speech, be able to exercise freedom of expression, and to conduct peaceful demonstrations,” said the...

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Monitoring rapporteurs react to so-called elections in the Georgian region of South Ossetia

12 June 2019

The co-rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) for the monitoring of Georgia, Titus Corlatean (Romania, SOC) and Claude Kern (France, ALDE), have made the following statement regarding the so-called elections in the Georgian region of South Ossetia: “We reiterate...

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France takes over the Presidency of the Committee of Ministers

17 May 2019 Helsinki

The Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe passed today from Finland to France, after a meeting attended by 30 foreign affairs ministers from the Organisation’s member countries. Addressing the Committee of Ministers, the outgoing Chairman, Timo Soini, Minister for...

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Foreign Ministers : rights, obligations and action priorities of Member States

17 May 2019 Helsinki

As the Council of Europe is celebrating its 70th anniversary, over 30 Foreign Affairs Ministers from the 47 member states reaffirmed the importance of the Organisation as a unique platform for dialogue and co-operation. Meeting in Helsinki for their annual session, the Ministers declared that:...

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Ground-breaking international treaty on match-fixing to enter into force in September

16 May 2019 Strasbourg/Helsinki

The Council of Europe Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions, also known as the Macolin Convention, will enter into force on 1 September. Switzerland today became the fifth Council of Europe member state to ratify the convention – following Norway, Portugal, the Republic of Moldova...

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All lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex persons must be protected from discrimination in law and practice, says Secretary General

15 May 2019 Strasbourg, France

Ahead of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia marked on the 17th of May, Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland urged for justice and full protection against discrimination for all persons, irrespective of their sexual orientation, gender identity and...

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Cultural Routes: Carlos V European Award ceremony

9 May 2019

The European and Ibero-American Academy of Yuste Foundation delivered today, on the occasion of Europe Day, the "Carlos V European Award" to the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe programme. His Majesty the King of Spain presented the prize to the Council of Europe´s Secretary General...

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Georgia: anti-torture committee commends authorities for combatting ill-treatment, urges to address informal prisoner hierarchy and lack of out-of-cell activities, improve mental health care

10 May 2019 Strasbourg, France

In the report on Georgia published today, the Council of Europe anti-torture Committee welcomed the absence of allegations of ill-treatment in the institutions visited, commended the efforts to address overcrowding, improve access to healthcare and living conditions. However, the committee urged...

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On the occasion of the Council of Europe’s 70th anniversary on 5 May 2019

The Council of Europe at 70: Milestones and achievements

2 May 2019 Strasbourg, France

The Council of Europe has created a common legal space and a death-penalty free zone for 830 million people across 47 countries; since 1998, everyone in Europe has had an ultimate right to directly appeal to the European Court of Human Rights to uphold their basic human rights. The Strasbourg...

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Joint statement by Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland, President of the Parliamentary Assembly Liliane Maury Pasquier and Chairman of the Committee of Ministers Timo Soini

70th Anniversary of the Council of Europe

3 May 2019

70 years after its foundation, the Council of Europe is our continent’s leading human rights organisation. 47 member States have come together to agree common standards on human rights, democracy and the rule of law. All 830 million people living in this common legal space have an ultimate right...

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PACE President, addressing parliament, congratulates Georgia on 20 years of solid progress

Speaking at the solemn ceremony to mark Georgia’s 20 years as a member of the Council of Europe, Liliane Maury Pasquier, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), congratulated the country for having progressed far along the path of democracy, human rights and the...

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Georgia: Venice Commission publishes urgent opinion on the nomination of Supreme Court judges

16 April 2019 Strasbourg, France

The Venice Commission, under its new Protocol on the preparation of urgent opinions, has issued an Urgent Opinion for Georgia on the selection and appointment of Supreme Court judges. The request for this urgent opinion was made on 11 March 2019 by the Chairperson of the Parliament of Georgia. ...

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Ready for future challenges: Thorbjørn Jagland urges member states to reinforce the Council of Europe

5 April 2019 Strasbourg, France

In his last annual report after ten years as Secretary General, Thorbjørn Jagland has urged the Council of Europe’s 47 member states to reinforce the organisation, to make sure that it is properly financed and to develop new legal standards on emerging challenges to human rights and democracy....

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Implementing ECHR judgments: 10-year reform process brings clear results

4 April 2019 Strasbourg, France

Reforms to ensure the long-term effectiveness of the European Convention on Human Rights have clearly improved the implementation of judgments from the European court in Strasbourg, according to the latest annual report from the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers. The report states that...

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Council of Europe adopts first-ever international legal instrument to stop sexism

28 March 2019 Strasbourg, France

States should step up their fight against sexism in all walks of life, according to a Recommendation just adopted by the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers. In response to the #MeToo and other recent movements that have heightened awareness of persistent sexism in society, the Council of...

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Spring session: addresses by the Prime Ministers of Armenia and Georgia

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) will hold its spring session in Strasbourg from 8 to 12 April 2019, with addresses expected by the Prime Ministers of Armenia and Georgia. The Assembly will hold joint debates on stopping hate speech and acts of hatred in sport -as well...

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“Tackling Gender Stereotypes and Sexism”: international conference in Helsinki

Gender stereotypes and sexism represent a serious limit to the achievement of substantive gender equality: equal rights for women and men in all spheres of public and private life. Gender stereotypes and sexism contribute to different forms of hate speech (on line and off-line) and discrimination...

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25 “Venice Principles” - Democratic ABCs for ombudsman institutions

19 March 2019

Today the Venice Commission published a set of guidelines to protect ombudsman institutions, following threats to these institutions in recent years. Ombudsman are important for democracy, their services are free, and are thus accessible to individuals who cannot afford to pursue their complaints...

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Statement by the President of the Venice Commission Mr G. BUQUICCHIO - Georgia

11 March 2019 Strasbourg, Council of Europe

The Venice Commission has received a request for an opinion from the Speaker of the Georgian Parliament regarding the appointment of Supreme Court judges. I welcome the willingness of the Georgian authorities to cooperate with us in order to establish clear and transparent criteria and procedures...

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Council of Europe’s Anti-racism Commission publishes conclusions on the implementation of priority recommendations by France, Georgia and Monaco

5 March, 2019

The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) today published conclusions on the implementation of a number of recommendations made to France, Georgia and Monaco in 2016. As part of the fifth round of ECRI’s monitoring work, a process of interim follow-up has been introduced with...

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The Council of Europe invites you to take part in our photo competition - capture what Europe means to you and upload your picture to Instagram!

Photo Competition - Europe and Europeans today

#MakingEurope2019 Capture what Europe means to you and upload your picture to Instagram. The six winners (including one overall winner) will win a diploma and be invited to the 70th anniversary commemorative event in October 2019. Also, a selection of the best photos and the winning photos will...

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Safety of Journalists' Platform report: media freedom conditions worsen

12 February 2019 Strasbourg, France

The environment for media freedom has worsened significantly in the Council of Europe area, according to a report published today by the partner organisations to the Council of Europe Platform for the Protection of Journalism and Safety of Journalists. The report “Democracy at Risk: threats and...

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Data Protection Day: new guidelines on artificial intelligence

headline 28 January 2019 Strasbourg

On the occasion of Data Protection Day on 28 January, the Committee of the Council of Europe´s data protection treaty “Convention 108” has published Guidelines on Artificial Intelligence and Data Protection. The guidelines aim to assist policy makers, artificial intelligence (AI) developers,...

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Statement by the Finnish Presidency of the Committee of Ministers

International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust

25 January 2019 Strasbourg

“The role of the commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust is to engrave on the minds of the younger generations the lessons learnt from these tragic events and to make sure that each of us remains vigilant to help prevent manifestations of intolerance and incitement to hatred that...

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European Court of Human Rights ended 2018 with a stable caseload level

By the end of 2018 the European Court of Human Rights had a caseload of 56,350 pending cases, virtually unchanged from the 56,250 applications pending at the end of the previous year, President Guido Raimondi reported at the Court’s annual press conference on 24 January 2019. The stable level of...

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Jagland and Timmermans call for European states to recommit to human rights standards

10 December - Human Rights Day

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland and First Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans have issued a joint statement calling for governments and opposition politicians across European states to recommit to promoting and maintaining human rights standards....

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Ten-year trends in European prisons: new Council of Europe report

4 December 2018

The Council of Europe today published two reports reflecting, firstly, the trends in European prisons from 2005 to 2015 and, secondly, the evolution of foreign offenders in prison and under probation from 2009 to 2015. The report “Prisons in Europe 2005-2015” shows that from 2005 to 2015 the...

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Candidates campaigned freely in competitive Georgia run-off, though one side enjoyed undue advantage and negative character of campaign undermined process, international observers say

29.11. 2018

The second round of Georgia’s presidential election was competitive and candidates were able to campaign freely, however one side enjoyed an undue advantage and the negative character of the campaign on both sides undermined the process, the international observers concluded in a preliminary...

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Monitoring rapporteurs condemn ongoing ‘borderisation’ in Georgia

26/11/2018

PACE co-rapporteurs for the monitoring of Georgia, Kerstin Lundgren (Sweden, ALDE) and Titus Corlatean (Romania, SOC), have condemned the ongoing “borderisation” of the administrative boundary line with South Ossetia by the Russian Federation. “These illegal actions by the Russian Federation...

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PACE to observe the 2nd round of the presidential election in Georgia

26.11.2018

Andrej Hunko (Germany, UEL) and Reina de Bruijn-Wezeman (Netherlands, ALDE), members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), will travel to Georgia from 27 to 29 November to observe the conduct of the second round of the presidential election, alongside observers from the...

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Council of Europe Development Bank approves 5 million EUR loan to Georgia

16 November 2018

At a meeting in Paris the Administrative Council of the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) approved eleven loans worth almost € 1.1 billion, including: Georgia: a € 5 million loan to JSC Credo Bank to finance the productive investments of small businesses throughout the country. The aim is...

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Local and regional democracy in Georgia

07 November 2018 Strasbourg, France

Substantial progress has been achieved in the field of local and regional democracy in Georgia over the past 15 years, but lack of clarity in competences distribution, difficulties faced by opposition members in access to the information held by municipal administrations, and risks of...

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Voters had a genuine choice and candidates campaigned freely, but on an unlevel playing field, international observers say

29.10.2018

Georgia’s 28 October presidential election was competitive and professionally administered. Candidates were able to campaign freely and voters had a genuine choice, although there were instances of the misuse of state resources, and the involvement of senior state officials from the ruling party...

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PACE to observe the Presidential election in Georgia

23.10.2018

A 25-member delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), headed by Andrej Hunko (Germany, UEL), will travel to Georgia from 26 to 29 October to observe the conduct of the presidential election alongside observers from the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, European...

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Protecting Human Rights and Fighting Corruption at Council of Europe Sport Ministers’ Conference in Tbilisi

15 October 2018

Which steps could be taken by public authorities to address human rights’ violations in the context of sport? How to support sport movement to protect and promote human rights? What are the obstacles to leading a more effective fight against corruption in the field of sport? Taking stock of...

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10 October: European Day against the Death Penalty

9 October 2018

The 47-nation Council of Europe and the 28-member European Union have published a joint declaration to mark the European and World Day against the Death Penalty on 10 October. The declaration underlines the two organisations’ strong opposition to capital punishment in all circumstances. “The...

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Council of Europe and FIFA sign Memorandum of Understanding

5 October 2018

Council of Europe Secretary General Thørbjorn Jagland and FIFA President Gianni Infantino have signed today at the Palais de l’Europe in Strasbourg a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen the co-operation between the two institutions and further develop synergies and partnerships in areas of...

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Efficiency and quality of justice: Council of Europe publishes its 2018 report

4 October 2018 Paris, France

The European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) of the Council of Europe today sets out the main trends observed in this field in 45 European countries (*) in a report and a publicly accessible interactive database. The evaluation report - the 7th since the CEPEJ was set up in 2002...

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Progress made in actions protecting refugee and migrant children in Europe

27 September 2018

Council of Europe is presenting progress in actions taken to ensure the safety and the proper treatment of children entering Europe, according to the report “Refugee and migrant children in Europe” - Progress in implementation of the Action Plan (2017–2019), published today. “I am pleased that...

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A delegation of the Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) carried out a periodic visit to Georgia from 10 to 21 September 2018

Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits Georgia

25 September 2018

During the visit, the delegation assessed progress made in the implementation of the recommendations made by the CPT following the previous visit in 2014. In this context, the delegation paid particular attention to the treatment of persons in police custody and the situation of prisoners in...

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