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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 are expected to adopt – 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 expected...

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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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Committee of Ministers adopts recommendation on Revised European Sports Charter

Committee of Ministers 13 October 2021 Strasbourg

The Committee of Ministers has adopted a recommendation on the Revised European Sports Charter submitted by the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS). The revised version concludes a process initiated by the 15th Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for sport in Tbilisi in...

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Secretary General at Malmö International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism

Secretary General 13 October 2021 Strasbourg

Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić is taking part in the Malmö International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism on 13 October 2021. She is making a speech and is taking part in the panel entitled “Countering contemporary antisemitism and other forms of racism online...

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Slovenia: first report on implementation of the Istanbul Convention notes many positive measures

GREVIO 12 October 2021 Strasbourg

The first evaluation report of Slovenia’s implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (“the Istanbul Convention”) has been published together with the comments by Slovenian authorities. The report highlights numerous...

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European and World Day against the Death Penalty: Joint declaration

Secretary General 8 October 2021 Strasbourg

Ahead of the European and World Day against the Death Penalty on 10 October, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić, and the European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, have issued a joint declaration reaffirming the...

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2021 Nobel Peace Prize: Statement by the Council of Europe Secretary General

Secretary General 8 October 2021 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the 47-nation Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić, today made the following statement: "I am delighted that the Nobel Committee has decided to award the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize to journalists Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov for their efforts to safeguard freedom of...

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Fundamental Rights Forum 2021: social rights, data protection and artificial intelligence among Council of Europe sessions

Fundamental Rights Forum 2021 7 October 2021 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe will host a series of sessions at the hybrid Fundamental Rights Forum 2021 on 11 and 12 October. Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić will take part in the opening session of the multi-location event from 13h30 Central European Summer Time (CEST) on...

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Secretary General opens conference on women’s access to justice and full ratification of the Istanbul Convention

Secretary General 7 October 2021 Strasbourg

To mark the 10th anniversary of the Istanbul Convention – the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence – the Council of Europe is holding an international conference on 7-8 October 2021 to promote full ratification and implementation of...

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Implementing ECHR judgments: new factsheet on freedom of assembly and association

Department for the Execution of Judgments of the European Court of Human Rights 7 October 2021 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s Department for the Execution of Judgments of the European Court of Human Rights has published a new thematic factsheet on cases related to freedom of assembly and association. The factsheet summarises measures reported by 17 member states to protect and further strengthen...

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Czech Republic should intensify efforts to combat stereotypes and hate speech against national minorities

Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (FCNM) 6 October 2021 Strasbourg

In its latest Opinion on the Czech Republic the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (FCNM), whilst acknowledging some progress in combatting discrimination, urges the authorities to intensify their efforts to combat stereotypes and prejudice...

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Secretary General exchanges views with Italian Undersecretary Della Vedova

Secretary General 6 October 2021 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić has had an exchange of views with Benedetto Della Vedova, Undersecretary of State of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation of Italy. The meeting focused on the priorities of the up-coming Italian Presidency of...

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Commission against racism and intolerance publishes conclusions on Russia and Latvia

Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) 5 October 2021 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) has published its conclusions on the implementation of its priority recommendations made in 2019, by Russia and by Latvia. In its conclusions ECRI expresses its concern about the non-implementation by Russia of the priority...

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Digital technology and artificial intelligence on the agenda of justice ministers’ conference

Committee of Ministers Presidency 5 October 2021 Strasbourg

Council of Europe ministers of justice are meeting in Gödöllő (Hungary) today for a conference held under the Hungarian Presidency of the Committee of Ministers on Digital Technology and Artificial Intelligence – New Challenges for Justice in Europe. The conference is being opened by Hungarian...

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2 October vote: a missed opportunity for local democracy in Georgia, says Head of Congress delegation

Congress 4 October 2021 Strasbourg

The Congress concluded its mission to observe the local elections held on 2 October in Georgia. David ERAY (Switzerland, EPP/CCE, R), Head of the delegation, underlined the extremely polarized political environment in the country as well as an increase in verbal aggression, hate speech and fake...

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Statement by the Secretary General of the Council of Europe concerning the reported liquidation of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee

Secretary General 01 October 2021 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the 47-nation Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić, has today made the following statement: “I am very concerned by reports that the Supreme Court of Belarus has this week liquidated the Belarusian Helsinki Committee, one of the oldest NGOs defending human rights in...

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French Ministry of Justice wins the Council of Europe Crystal Scales of Justice Prize

European Crystal Scales of Justice Prize 1 October 2021 Strasbourg

The 2021 European "Crystal Scales of Justice" prize, organised by the Council of Europe and rewarding innovative judicial practices within European judicial institutions, was awarded to the French Ministry of Justice on 1st October 2021 in Ljubljana (Slovenia) for a project "Simplified filing of...

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A warm welcome at the Council of Europe for Little Amal

Parliamentary Assembly session 30 September 2021 Strasbourg

There was a warm welcome today at the Council of Europe for Little Amal, a 3.5m-tall animated puppet of a nine-year-old refugee from Syria, the latest stop on her 8,000-kilometre journey across the continent to raise awareness of the situation of child refugees. “The Walk” is Amal’s epic voyage...

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