On 13 December 2011, during a high-level conference of the Pompidou Group, two jurors are launching the 5th European Drug Prevention Prize in Ljubljana.
We herewith are calling for projects to apply to the Prize 2012 which will be awarded at the end of the year 2012, during the Pompidou Group's mid-term conference.
In this edition, we are not only inviting projects from all 47 Council of Europe member states to participate, we have also opened the possibility to apply to projects from Morocco, which has become a member state of the Pompidou Group, as well as from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Tunisia, which are members of the group's Mediterranean network for co-operation on drugs and addictions (MedNET).
Council of Europe Secretary General condemns persistent discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender population in many parts of Europe
Strasbourg, 09.12.2011 - Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland today warned that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Europeans continue to face discrimination in many parts of the continent.
“Homosexuality has been decriminalised all over Europe, but prejudice and hypocrisy still exist towards LGBT persons in Europe. Recently, discriminatory laws have been proposed or even adopted, in member states such as in Lithuania, Ukraine and in some regions of the Russian Federation. This is a violation of basic human rights and a set back to the progress we have achieved in promoting and protecting human dignity,” he said.
“European governments as well as political and moral leaders know that the European Convention on Human Rights does not allow for persecution on the grounds of sexual identity. My message on this year’s International Human Rights Day is to always remember this, and to bear in mind that human rights are for all or they are for none.”
Training seminars on human rights for civil servants from local public authorities
Chisinau, 29 November 2011 - The Joint Programme between the Council of Europe and the European Union “Democracy Support Programme in Moldova” in co-operation with the Centre for Human Rights of Moldova (Moldovan Ombudsman Institution) is organising a series of training seminars for civil servants from local public authorities.
Following the publication of the “Manual on human rights for civil servants”, a series of training seminars on human rights for civil servants from local public authorities in 5 cities from different regions of the country is being organised. The first seminars have been held in Balti and Edinet. The trainers, co-authors of the manual have delivered presentations on several chapters of this publication, regarded by them as most important for representatives of the local public authorities. The participants have also discussed different aspects of their activity, pointing out the most problematic ones, such as shortages in the social assistance field, rights of people with disabilities, petitioning system, etc. Other training seminars will be organised in Cahul, Comrat and Chisinau in late November and first half of December. Copies of the publication shall be disseminated among civil servants and other beneficiaries during the trainings and a number of them will be donated to Moldovan Ombudsman Institution.
Election of the Moldovan President : 'high time for the parliament to deliver'
Strasbourg, 05.12.2011 – Returning from their fact-finding visit to Moldova (28 November-1st December 2011), PACE co-rapporteurs Lise Christoffersen (Norway, SOC) and Piotr Wach (Poland, EPP/CD) welcomed the decision of the Moldovan parliament to set the date of the election of the President on 16 December 2011.
"The Moldovan parliament has the power to put an end to a political deadlock lasting for more than 800 days. We urge leaders of all political parties to reach a compromise, find the required qualified majority and elect the President of the Republic. This election is needed to comply with the Constitution, secure the separation of powers, speed up a much-needed reform process, promote an inclusive, multicultural society and attract foreign investors. Political responsibility and accountability is today required to meet the needs of the Moldovan citizens, face Moldova's many challenges, and ensure that democratic reforms be effectively implemented to the benefit of the population", said the PACE co-rapporteurs.
Request for Quotations for publishing 2500 copies of the Strategy for Justice Sector Reform in the Republic of Moldova
The CoE/EU Joint Programme hereby invites you to submit a quotation for publishing 2500 copies of the Strategy for Justice Sector Reform in the Republic of Moldova (2000 copies in Romanian and 500 copies in Russian versions.