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New youth sector strategy 2030: strengthening democracy through youth engagement

Committee of Ministers 22 January 2020 Strasbourg

Today the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe adopted the new Youth sector strategy 2030 which will provide policy guidance to the 50 States Parties to the European Cultural Convention for the ten years to come. Young people’s creativity, dynamism, social commitment and competences...

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Committee of Ministers adopts new action plan for Roma and Traveller Inclusion

Committee of Ministers 22 January 2020 Strasbourg

The Committee of Ministers today adopted the Strategic Action Plan for Roma and Traveller Inclusion 2020-2025 to combat anti-Gypsyism and discrimination and to support equality. The plan will also foster democratic participation, promote public trust and accountability and support access to...

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Statement by Marija Pejčinović Burić on judicial reform in the Republic of Moldova

Secretary General 22 January 2020 Strasbourg

In December 2019, I met with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova, Ion Chicu. We agreed that Council of Europe experts would visit Chisinau with a view to offering our assistance towards reforms needed to create an independent, accountable, efficient and professional judiciary for the...

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Serbia: government’s efforts to fight violence against women are commendable, but more is needed

Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO) 22 January 2020 Strasbourg

In its first report on the implementation by Serbia of the Istanbul Convention, the expert body GREVIO welcomes the policy commitment of the authorities to eliminate gender-based violence and the significant progress made in law and in practice. However, there are still problems requiring an...

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Deputy Secretary General at Ministerial Conference ‘International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA)’

Deputy Secretary General 19 January 2020 Brussels (Belgium)

Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni participated in a Ministerial Conference convened by the Minister for Foreign and European Affairs of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Jean Asselborn, presently Chairing the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA). Ministers for Foreign Affairs of several...

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CPT assesses isolation measures and cases of violence in Italian prisons

Anti-torture Committee (CPT) 21 January 2020 Strasbourg

In a new report on Italy, the anti-torture Committee (CPT) has recommended ending the court-imposed measure of solitary confinement (“isolamento diurno”) for prisoners serving life sentences. The CPT also calls on the authorities to provide inmates with a minimum range of purposeful activities as...

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Violence against women and domestic violence in the Netherlands: a stronger gender perspective is needed

Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO) 20 January 2020 Strasbourg

In its first report on implementation by the Netherlands of the Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (widely known as the “Istanbul Convention”), the Council of Europe’s Group of Experts (GREVIO) stresses the country’s long history of addressing...

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Venice Commission: New reform in Poland further undermines judicial independence

Venice Commission 16 January 2020 Strasbourg

In an urgent Opinion issued today, the Council of Europe’s Venice Commission, together with the organisation’s Directorate General of Human Rights and Rule of Law, concludes that the amendments to laws on the judiciary passed by the lower house of the Polish parliament (Sejm) on 20 December 2019...

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Syrian doctor who ran underground children’s hospital receives Wallenberg prize

Raoul Wallenberg Prize 15 January 2020 Strasbourg

Dr. Amani Ballour, a paediatrician from Syria who ran an underground hospital in Eastern Ghouta in 2012-2018 and is now a refugee in Turkey, has been awarded the Council of Europe’s Raoul Wallenberg Prize for her personal courage, bravery and commitment in saving hundreds of lives during the...

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Psycho-neurological institutions in Ukraine: CPT report recommends more care in the community

European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) 14 January 2020 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s anti-torture committee (CPT) has made a series of recommendations after visiting three psycho-neurological centres (“internats”) in two regions of Ukraine in April 2019. The committee calls on the Ukrainian authorities to accelerate the closing of such large-capacity...

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Secretary General meets Croatian PM Plenković

Secretary General 13 January 2020 Strasbourg

Croatia’s Prime Minister Andrej Plenković and Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić met today in Strasbourg. They agreed to maximise synergies between the European Union and the Council of Europe and to boost cooperation between the two organisations, in the interest of Europe's citizens.

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Kazakhstan becomes GRECO´s 50th member state

Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) 13 January 2020 Strasbourg

On 1 January 2020, Kazakhstan became GRECO’s 50th member state. As result, GRECO’s membership now spans over three continents - Europe, America and Asia-, covering a population close to 1,2 billion people. As a consequence, a delegation of Kazakhstan will participate in GRECO´s dynamic process of...

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Italy: more measures needed to protect women from violence

Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO) 13 January 2020 Strasbourg

A new report from GREVIO, the Council of Europe’s expert group on violence against women, has urged the Italian authorities to enact more measures to protect women from violence. While welcoming some innovative new laws, notably regarding stalking, providing paid leave for victims of violence and...

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Fight against corruption: France must do better

GRECO 9 January 2020 Strasbourg

In a report published today, GRECO, the Council of Europe’s anti-corruption body, calls on France to improve the effectiveness and practical application of measures to prevent corruption within the executive (President of the Republic, ministers, private office members and senior civil servants)...

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Armenia joins the Council of Europe’s drug policy expert body, Pompidou Group

Co-operation Group to Combat Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in Drugs 8 January 2020 Strasbourg

Armenia has become the 40th member of the Council of Europe’s Co-operation Group to Combat Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in Drugs (Pompidou Group). The Government’s decision takes effect from 1 January 2020. Paruyr Hovhannisyan, Permanent Representative of Armenia to the Council of Europe,...

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Marija Pejčinović Burić meets the Holy See’s Monsignor Paul Richard Gallagher

Secretary General 7 January 2020 Strasbourg

Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić met with Monsignor Paul Richard Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States of the Holy See, to pay tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Holy See’s observer status at the Council of Europe. She welcomed the Holy See’s long standing commitment to the...

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Denmark needs to improve conditions in migration detention centres

Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) 7 January 2020 Strasbourg

A report from the Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) has called on Denmark to improve conditions in two centres where migrants are detained. It also recommended improvements in two prisons, as well as better procedures for prolonged restraint of psychiatric patients, and more access to...

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