France takes over the Presidency of the Committee of Ministers

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

Committee of ministers 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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Ministers for Foreign Affairs to discuss role of Council of Europe as the Organisation turns 70

Committee of Ministers 7 May 2019 Strasbourg

The Ministers for Foreign Affairs of the Council of Europe’s 47 member States will hold their annual meeting on 16 and 17 May 2019 in Helsinki (Finland). On this occasion, the Ministers will be invited to take key decisions for the future of the Organisation which is currently facing a number of...

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Tackling information pollution – high-level conference in San Marino

Committee of Ministers 15 May 2019 San Marino

How do we begin to address the challenge information pollution? Since the results of the ‘Brexit’ vote in the UK, Donald Trump’s victory in the US and Kenya’s recent decision to nullify its national election result, there has been much discussion of how information disorder is influencing...

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Meeting of the Ministers' Deputies on 10, 13-14 May 2019

Strasbourg

At their 1346th meeting, on 10, 13 and 14 May, the Ministers’ Deputies continued the preparation of the 129th Session of the Committee of Ministers, which will take place, on 16-17 May, in Helsinki (Finland). The other items examined by the Deputies appear in the Agenda and the decisions adopted...

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Statement by Timo Soini, Chair of the Committee of Ministers, on the use of sign languages in Europe

Presidency of the Committee of Ministers 14 May 2019 Strasbourg

“I welcome the support expressed today by the Committee of Ministers to the promotion and protection of sign languages in Europe”, stated Timo Soini, Chair of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland on 14 May. In a reply to the Parliamentary...

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2019 Theme: Media for Democracy: Journalism and Elections in Times of Disinformation

World Press Freedom Day – 3 May 2019

Presidency of the Committee of Ministers 3 May 2019 Strasbourg

Statement by Timo Soini, Chair of the Committee of Ministers

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Meeting of the Ministers' Deputies on 2 May 2019

Strasbourg

At their 1345th meeting, on 2 May, the Ministers’ Deputies adopted a series of decisions on the conflict in Georgia. They continued the preparation of the 129th Session of the Committee of Ministers, which will take place, on 16-17 May, in Helsinki (Finland). They also endorsed the Principles on...

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Meeting of the Ministers' Deputies on 24 April 2019

Strasbourg

At their 1344th meeting, on 24 April, the Ministers’ Deputies adopted a recommendation to member States on supporting young refugees in transition to adulthood, aimed notably at ensuring that young refugees receive additional temporary support after the age of 18 to enable them to access their...

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Addressing the Council of Europe crisis requires constructiveness from all parties, says Timo Soini

Parliamentary Assembly Session 8 April 2019 Strasbourg

“Finding a solution to the current political and institutional crisis would require close co-operation with all member States and both statutory bodies – the Parliamentary Assembly and the Committee of Ministers. It is time to start consolidating the different views into one,” said Timo Soini,...

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International Roma Day (8 April 2019)

Presidency of the Committee of Ministers 8 April 2019 Strasbourg

Statement by Timo Soini, President of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland

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Meeting of the Ministers' Deputies on 4 April 2019

Strasbourg

The Ministers’ Deputies held their 1343rd meeting on 4 April 2019. During the meeting, the Deputies adopted a recommendation of the Committee of Ministers to member States on the supervision of local authorities’ actions. They also approved priorities for co-operation with Kazakhstan for the...

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Protection of health-related data: new guidelines

Committee of Ministers 28 March 2019 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe has issued a set of guidelines to its 47 member states urging them to ensure, in law and practice, that the processing of health-related data is done in full respect of human rights, notably the right to privacy and data protection. With the development of new technological...

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

Committee of Ministers 28 March 2019 Strasbourg

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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Election of the Secretary General: the Committee of Ministers submits candidatures to the Parliamentary Assembly

Committee of Ministers 27 March 2019 Strasbourg

The Committee of Ministers today decided to submit to the Parliamentary Assembly, for appointment to the post of Secretary General of the Council of Europe, with effect from 1 October 2019, the following candidatures in alphabetic order: - Marija Pejčinović Burić (Croatia) (Curriculum vitae) -...

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Meeting of the Ministers' Deputies on 27 March 2019

Strasbourg

The Ministers’ Deputies held their 1342nd meeting on 27 March 2019. They decided to submit to the Parliamentary Assembly, for appointment to the post of Secretary General of the Council of Europe, with effect from 1 October 2019, the following candidatures in alphabetic order: Ms Marija...

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Meeting of the Ministers' Deputies on 20 March 2019

Strasbourg

During their 1341st meeting, on 20 March, the Ministers’ Deputies interviewed the four candidates to the post of Secretary General: (in alphabetical order) Ms Dora Bakoyannis, Mr Andrius Kubilius, Ms Marija Pejčinović Burić and Mr Didier Reynders. The other items examined by the Deputies appear...

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5th anniversary of annexation of Crimea

Presidency of the Committee of Ministers 21 March 2019 Strasbourg

Statement by Timo Soini, Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland

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Implementing ECHR judgments: Latest decisions from the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers

Committee of Ministers 15 March 2019 Strasbourg

The latest case-by-case decisions on the implementation of judgments and decisions from the European Court of Human Rights have been published by the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers. The committee adopted 30 decisions concerning 16 member states at the end of its quarterly human rights...

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