“Living together": Council of Europe Eminent Persons' report
Istanbul, 11.05.2011 - On behalf of the Council of Europe Group of Eminent Persons, Javier Solana Madariaga presented the report "Living Together”: Combining diversity and freedom in 21st-century Europe to the Committee of Ministers session meeting in Istanbul. Taking stock of the challenges arising from the resurgence of intolerance and discrimination in Europe, the report analyses "the threat" and proposes "the response" for "living together" in open European societies.
Referring to the principles of the European Convention on Human Rights, the Group highlights eight specific risks to traditional Council of Europe values: widespread intolerance; growing discrimination (especially against Roma and immigrants); rising support for xenophobic and populist parties; parallel societies; Islamic extremism; loss of democratic freedoms; presence of a population without rights; and potential clash between "religious freedom" and freedom of expression.
Eastern Partnership: Council of Europe and the EU launch €4m cooperation projects
Strasbourg, 06.05.2011 - The Council of Europe and the European Union have today officially started work on a series of projects, worth €4 million over 30 months, to promote democracy, good governance and stability in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.
The aim of the cooperation projects, which will be run by the Council of Europe as part of the EU’s Eastern Partnership initiative, is to provide support to reform processes in the six countries involved and to help them move closer towards Council of Europe and EU standards in areas such as electoral standards and judicial reform, as well as fighting cybercrime and corruption.
EU funded project contributes to the finalisation of TV “Moldova 1” virtual studio’s setting up process
Chisinau, 14 April 2011 – The Joint Programme between the European Union and the Council of Europe “Democracy Support Programme in Moldova” donated to the public broadcaster “Teleradio-Moldova” the specialised software and equipment for the virtual studio of TV “Moldova 1”.
The donated equipment and software – 3Designer Software (intuitive authoring software for creating real-time 3D&2D graphics and animations), 3D Max Software, video control monitors, LCD monitors, video distribution amplifiers, SDI distribution amplifiers etc. – complete the existing devices for the virtual studio, contributing to the finalisation of virtual studio’s setting up process, which started in 2009 and stopped the following year due to the lack of the financial resources. The total cost of donated software and equipment is around 52.000 Euros.
Annual Report 2010 on the execution of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights
Strasbourg, 19.04.2011 – The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe has today issued its fourth annual report on the supervision of the execution of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights.
2010 was marked by a series of important events for the European Convention on Human Rights, including the Interlaken High Level Conference on the future of the European Court of Human Rights and the entry into force of Protocol No. 14. The year also witnessed the highest number of new cases transmitted to the Committee of Ministers for execution supervision since it started its supervision function - 1 710 new cases. The number of closed cases nevertheless reached 455 (240 in 2009), and the total number of pending cases was 9 325 (7 880 in 2009) by the end of the year. The compensations awarded to the victims of violations in the new cases in 2010 reach almost 64 million euros (54 million in 2009).
Council of Europe releases annual report on 2010 activities
The Council of Europe, the continent's human rights watchdog, released its Annual Report 2010 today. The 140-page publication details the work carried out over the past year by the various bodies and sectors of activity of the Council of Europe. It also describes the major events for the Organisation during 2010. The new edition of the Organisation’s yearly activity report is only available in electronic format.