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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‘General environment appropriate for democratic elections, still with room for improvement’ says delegation to Georgia

20.09.2018

A delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) was in Tbilisi on 19 and 20 September 2018 to assess the pre-electoral climate of the presidential election in Georgia scheduled for 28 October. The delegation,* led by Andrej Hunko (Germany, UEL), felt that the general...

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PACE delegation makes pre-electoral visit to Georgia

A five-member delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), headed by Andrej Hunko (Germany, UEL), will make a pre-electoral visit to Georgia from 19 to 20 September 2018 to assess the election campaign and political climate ahead of the 28 October Presidential...

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10th anniversary of the conflict in Georgia

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

7 August 2018

Marija Pejčinović Burić, Chair of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, today made the following statement: “This year marks the 10th anniversary of the conflict in Georgia, which is unfortunately still unresolved. In my capacity as Chair of the Committee of Ministers of the...

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Entry into force of Protocol No. 16 to the European Convention on Human Rights

On 1 August 2018 Protocol No. 16 to the European Convention on Human Rights came into force in respect of the 10 member States that have signed and ratified it: Albania, Armenia, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Lithuania, San Marino, Slovenia and Ukraine. Protocol No. 16 enables the highest...

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Council of Europe gives recommendations to member States on children’s rights in the digital environment

4 July 2018

How to better respect, protect and fulfil the rights of the child in the digital environment is at the core of the new Recommendation adopted today by the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers. Building on international and European legal instruments, the text provides comprehensive...

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The Council of Europe adopts a new counter-terrorism strategy for 2018-2022

04 July 2018

In response to the acute terrorist threat in Europe, the Council of Europe today adopted a new strategy based on prevention, prosecution and protection, including assistance to victims. “We must improve the ability of our member states to prevent and combat terrorism, in full compliance with...

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Council of Europe launches new information resource

Impact of the European Convention on Human Rights

14 June 2018

The Council of Europe has launched a new interactive website highlighting the positive impact of the European Convention on Human Rights across the continent. The site illustrates how judgments from the European Court of Human Rights, and their implementation by national authorities, have...

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Monitors strongly condemn recognition by Syria of Georgian regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia

The co-rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) for the monitoring of Georgia, Kerstin Lundgren (Sweden, ALDE) and Titus Corlatean (Romania, SOC), strongly condemned the recognition by the Syrian authorities of the Georgian regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia....

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Council of Europe at the European Dialogue on Internet Governance

1 June 2018

A Council of Europe delegation will contribute to the discussions of the European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG) to be held on 5 and 6 June in Tbilisi (Georgia). Under the theme “Innovative strategies for our digital future”, the EuroDIG 2018 will bring together representatives of...

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Council of Europe and UEFA sign Memorandum of Understanding

30 May 2018

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland and UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin have signed today at Palais de l’Europe a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen their co-operation and implement common strategies in areas of shared interest. This landmark agreement focuses on four...

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Five additional members joining GREVIO

24 May 2018

Today, in Strasbourg, in accordance with Resolution CM/Res(2014)43 on rules on the election procedure of the members of the Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO), adopted by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on 19 November 2014,...

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Enhancing data protection globally: Council of Europe updates its landmark convention

18 May 2018 Elsinore (Danemark)

Aiming to strengthen personal data protection at global scale, the Council of Europe today adopted an amending Protocol which updates its data protection convention, known as “Convention 108”. The modernisation of the Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic...

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Secretary General 2018 Report: Role of Institutions, Threats to Institutions

14 May 2018 Strasbourg

Human rights, democracy and the rule of law depend on the institutions that give them form. But for populists, who invoke the proclaimed “will of the people”, these institutional checks and balances on power are often seen as an obstacle that should be subverted. The 5th annual report of the...

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Statement by Anders Samuelsen, Chair of the Committee of Ministers and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Denmark on Europe Day

5 May: Europe Day

5 May 2018 Strasbourg

“Today we celebrate Europe Day. Being the Chair of the Committee Ministers on Europe Day in 2018 affords me two opportunities: first, to congratulate and express my support for all those who work every day to champion and take forward fundamental rights, democracy and the rule of law in Europe...

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Monitoring visit by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities to Georgia

16 April 2018

A delegation from the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe will carry out a monitoring visit to Georgia from 17 to 18 April 2018. The delegation will examine the situation of local and regional democracy in the light of the provisions of the European Charter of...

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