Local elections in Moldova: Council of Europe Congress carries out a pre-electoral visit in Chisinau
Date: 18 - 19 May 2011
A delegation of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, headed by Britt-Marie Lövgren, Sweden (ILDG), will carry out a pre-electoral mission to Moldova, in view of the upcoming local elections scheduled for 5 June 2011.
The delegation will meet notably: Mr. Marcel Raducan, Minister of Regional Development and Construction; Mr. Pavel Filip, Minister of Information Technologies and Communications, Mrs. Victoria Cujba of the State Chancellery as well as the inter-parliamentary working group on amendments to the Electoral Code. Meetings with Mr Iurie Ciocan, Chairman of the Central Election Commission and Mr. Dorin Chirtoaca, Mayor of Chisinau municipality are also scheduled.
In addition, the pre-election delegation will meet representatives of political parties, members of the Moldovan delegation to the Congress as well as representatives of international organisations, NGOs and media.
Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers – Ukraine presents its priorities
Istanbul, 11.05.2011– Ukraine has just taken over the chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe for the next six months.
Ukraine considers the Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers as an opportunity to contribute to the developments of modern European processes in which the Council of Europe plays a significant role. It will ensure that the goals and priorities of the Council of Europe will continue to be pursued, in particular the strengthening of democracy, respect for the rule of law and protection of human rights. Ukraine intends to initiate practical steps in order to advance in the implementation of the main priorities of the Council of Europe and strengthen the Organisation’s political role.
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.
“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.
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).