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Municipalities from Portugal, Greece and the United Kingdom win the Congress Dosta! Prize

Session of the Congress 28 October 2021 Strasbourg

Municipalities of Torres Vedras in Portugal, Argostoli in Greece and Salford in the United Kingdom have been awarded the Dosta! Prize by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe during its 41st Session, for their initiatives promoting the integration of Roma and...

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Migration: Developing long term solutions with local and regional authorities

Session of the Congress 26 October 2021 Strasbourg

The Congress examined the challenges posed by migration for cities and regions in a debate held on 26 October with the participation of Ambassador Drahoslav Štefánek, Special Representative of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe on Migration and Refugees, and Erini Dourou (Greece,...

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Pompidou Group marks 50th anniversary in Paris against backdrop of increasing drug use in Europe

Pompidou Group 26 October 2021 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s International Co-operation Group on Drugs and Addictions (Pompidou Group) will mark its 50th anniversary in Paris (Pompidou Centre) on 28 October at an event that will look back over its history and successes, while also highlighting the importance of placing human rights...

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Secretary General welcomes Congress priorities for 2021-26

Secretary General 25 October 2021 Strasbourg

On the eve of the 41st Session, the Bureau of the Congress held an exchange of views with the Council of Europe Secretary General, Marija Pejčinović Burić, on 25 October 2021. The Secretary General welcomed the Congress' priorities for 2021-2026, which correspond to those of the Organisation....

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Post-Covid Recovery and Migration on the agenda of 41st Congress session

Congress 25 October 2021 Strasbourg

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities will hold its 41st session, from 26 to 28 October 2021, for the first time in person in Strasbourg since the Covid-19 pandemic. Within the context of the sanitary crisis, the Congress will hold a debate on the different levers of the "Post-Covid...

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Challenges to coordinate policies on AI regulation: international conference

Presidency of the Committee of Ministers 25 October 2021 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe and the Hungarian presidency of its Committee of Ministers are holding an online international conference on 26 October to discuss the challenges governments face to regulate artificial intelligence (AI) in a coordinated manner. Under the theme “Current and Future Challenges...

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Join the European Day of Justice!

Council of Europe 22 October 2021 Strasbourg

Since 2004, the Council of Europe and European Union have celebrated the European Day of Justice around 25 October throughout Europe, for the benefit of European citizens, students and justice professionals. Free information and advice days will be organised by lawyers and notaries, in...

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“In the 1970s, it was a very hostile environment”: New film marks 40 years of progress on LGBTI rights

Council of Europe 22 October 2021 Strasbourg

On the 40th anniversary of the landmark Dudgeon v. the United Kingdom judgment from the European Court of Human Rights, the 47-nation Council of Europe has published a set of videos on the case and its widespread impact on the rights of LGBTI people. “In 1981, for the first time ever, the...

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Online course offers best techniques for heritage

Council of Europe 21 October 2021 Strasbourg

A newly launched course is giving academics, professionals, activists and hobbyists a way to learn the best techniques for facing challenges in their work. The e-learning platform ST21Mooc is an e-learning heritage management tool which takes learners though the European Heritage Strategy 2021 in...

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Speakers of parliament - an unparalleled responsibility

Council of Europe 21 October 2021 Athens

The functioning and work of parliaments, as well as the legislative texts they produce must enable human rights, democracy, and the rule of law to exist and flourish. This was a central message of Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić’s address today, as she opened the European Conference of...

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European states must stand up against pushbacks and the attempt to legalise them

Commissioner for Human Rights 21 October 2021 Strasbourg

“Member states must take a stand against pushbacks at borders and clearly oppose attempts to legalise this illegal practice”, said today the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović. Human rights violations against refugees, asylum seekers and migrants at the borders of...

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Managing persons accused or convicted of a sexual offence: Council of Europe issues new guidelines

Committee of Ministers 20 October 2021 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe today issued a Recommendation to its 47 members states containing new guidelines regarding the assessment, management and reintegration of persons accused or convicted of a sexual offence. Adopted by the Committee of Ministers, the Recommendation aims to guide national...

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Council of Europe recommends measures to protect children against radicalisation

Committee of Ministers 20 October 2021 Strasbourg

As some children may be particularly vulnerable to messaging by terrorist associations and groups, including via social media, the Council of Europe has recommended a set of measures to help its 47 member states better protect children against radicalisation for the purpose of terrorism. Prepared...

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Human trafficking: UK urged to better identify and assist victims

Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) 20 October 2021 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s expert group on human trafficking has urged the United Kingdom to take further steps to improve the identification of trafficking victims, to make sure victims receive legal and psychological assistance and to ensure that more traffickers are convicted. These are among the...

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Secretary General highlights poverty and trafficking as human rights violations

Secretary General 19 October 2021 Strasbourg

How many more people will be cast into poverty? How many more people will find themselves trafficked as a result? Speaking at a ceremony to mark the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty and European Anti-Trafficking Day 2021, Marija Pejčinović Burić called for essential coordination...

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European Social Charter 60th anniversary: Committee of Ministers Declaration

Committee of Ministers 18 October 2021 Strasbourg

Adopted on 13 October 2021 at the Ministers’ Deputies’ 1414th meeting

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Congress President: “The European Social Charter now needs to develop an effective local anchorage”

President of the Congress 15 October 2021 Strasbourg

60 years after the adoption of the European Social Charter, a multitude of challenges remain, especially regarding the local anchorage, underlined President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities Leendert Verbeek, ahead of the Charter’s anniversary on October 18, 2021. When the Social...

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Tackling human rights in the digital sphere: international seminar

Council of Europe 15 October 2021 Strasbourg

An international seminar to be held on 18 October on the theme of “Human Rights in the digital sphere” will bring together experts from different legal systems and jurisdictions, judges of the European Court of Human Rights and governmental representatives from Europe and beyond to examine the...

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Venice Commission holds hybrid plenary session

Venice Commission 15 October 2021 Strasbourg

Meeting on Friday 15 and Saturday 16 October in Venice, the Council of Europe’s constitutional experts adopted – among other texts – an opinion on draft constitutional amendments in Serbia and an opinion on the legal protection of citizens in the Netherlands. Other opinions adopted concern the...

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Social Charter 60th anniversary: the Social Constitution of Europe

European Social Charter 14 October 2021 Strasbourg

Employment, housing, health, education, social protection and welfare rights: the European Social Charter - often referred to as the Social Constitution of Europe – is celebrating its 60th anniversary as a guardian of fundamental social and economic rights. The Charter, together with the European...

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27 October 2021 Strasbourg (9 a.m.-10 a.m., Lieu d’Europe, 8 Rue Boecklin)

Presentation to the press of the World Forum for Democracy 2021

28 October 2021 Paris (Centre Pompidou) and online

50th anniversary of the Pompidou Group

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