European Day of Languages 2014: challenging mindsets and embracing diversity

26-Sep-2014

To mark the European Day of Languages, Secretary General Jagland made the following statement:

“On 26 September we celebrate Europe’s rich linguistic diversity. Let us take a moment to remember the words of Antoine de Saint-Exupery – that language is often the source of misunderstandings. Language can be used as a weapon, as an excuse to discriminate and humiliate.

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Match-fixing: fifteen countries pave the way for implementation of the new Council of Europe Convention

24-Sep-2014

The Council of Europe Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions ( CETS no. 215) was opened for signature on 18 September at a ceremony held during the Conference of European Ministers of Sport, who are meeting in Macolin/Magglingen (Switzerland) to decide on measures to promote integrity in sport and combat corruption in the governance of sport.

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Call for expression of interest

08-Sep-2014

The Council of Europe is organising a  Call for expression of interest for the role of short-term consultants for the Project “Support to the judiciary in Serbia in the implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights” . Project is funded by the Kingdom of Norway and aims at supporting the Serbian judiciary in implementing the European Convention at the national level.

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First Steering Committee meeting of the Joint EU/CoE project “Promoting Human Rights and Minority Protection in South East Europe”

29-Aug-2014

The First Steering Committee meeting of the Regional Joint Programme funded by the European Union and Implemented by the Council of Europe “Promoting Human Rights and Minority Protection in South East Europe” was held in Belgrade, Serbia on 26th August 2014. The Steering Committee members praised the Project for its focus and expressed their opinion that it can provide “direct impact to the lives of citizens in the region”.

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Call for expression of interest

12-Aug-2014

The joint European Union and Council of Europe Project “Promoting Human Rights and Minority Protection in South East Europe” has an overall objective to improve access to rights for minorities at various levels of government in South East Europe based upon Council of Europe standards in this field and in particular on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (FCNM) and the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages (ECRML).

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Thorbjørn Jagland re-elected Secretary General of the Council of Europe

25-Jun-2014

The Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) yesterday re-elected Thorbjørn Jagland (Norway) Secretary General of the Council of Europe for a five-year term.

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Youth human rights at risk during the crisis

04-Jun-2014

http://bit.ly/1tDIGgf

Strasbourg, 03/06/2014 – “Young people have been one of the groups hardest hit by the economic crisis in Europe, with youth unemployment being the most common pathology of many countries implementing austerity measures. However, it is not only the social and economic rights of young people that are being undermined, but also their right to equal treatment, their right to participation, and their place in society, and more broadly, in Europe. Due to chronic unemployment, many young people are losing hope in the future of their countries, their faith in the political elite, and their belief in Europe. A rights-based approach should replace the current neglect of young people in discussions about the crisis”, says Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, in his latest Human Rights Comment published today.

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CALL FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST: INTERPRETATION SERVICES IN SERBIA

27-May-2014

CALL FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST:

INTERPRETATION SERVICES

IN SERBIA

2014AO28

The Council of Europe is organising a Call for Tenders with a view to awarding a contract/contracts for the provision of interpretation services in Serbia.

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CALL FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST: TRANSLATION SERVICES IN SERBIA

27-May-2014

CALL FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST:

TRANSLATION SERVICES

IN SERBIA

2014AO27

The Council of Europe is organising a Call for Tenders with a view to awarding a contract/contracts for the provision of translation services in Serbia.

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Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjorn Jagland expressed condolences to the President of Serbia Tomislav Nikolić

21-May-2014

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Mr Thorbjorn Jagland, expressed condolences to the President of Serbia, Mr Tomislav Nikolić, for the loss of lives caused by the terrible floods.

In the letter sent to the President of Serbia, the Secretary General praised the work of the emergency services for their invaluable efforts in dealing with the aftermath of flooding.

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Message on the occasion of devastating floods in the Balkans

20-May-2014

We express our deep sympathy to those who have lost loved ones, their homes and their existence through the devastating floods that struck Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia.

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Vacancy Notice N° o10/2014

15-Apr-2014

 

Project Assistant (Grade B2)
Directorate General of Democracy (DG II)
Directorate of Democratic Citizenship and Participation


Closing Date: 30 April 2014
Location : Belgrade

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New cooperation agreement between the Commission and Council of Europe on human rights, democracy and rule of law

03-Apr-2014

The European Union and the 47-nation Council of Europe have today signed a “Statement of Intent” putting in place a new framework for cooperation in the EU Enlargement and Neighbourhood Regions for the period 2014-2020.

The agreement will enable the two organisations to work together in a more strategic and result-focused manner to help promote human rights, democracy and the rule of law in the EU Enlargement and Neighbourhood Regions based on the Council of Europe’s binding international conventions, monitoring bodies and assistance programmes.

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Early parliamentary elections in Serbia offered voters a genuine choice and respected fundamental freedoms, say international observers

17-Mar-2014

BELGRADE, 17 March 2014 – The 16 March 2014 early parliamentary elections offered voters a genuine choice, were conducted on a sound legal basis, and fundamental freedoms were respected throughout the campaign, international election observers said in a statement issued today. The observers also highlighted the need for some further legal reform and increased media pluralism.

“Serbia conducted truly democratic elections, with a wide range of options for voters and effective procedures. The inclusive and transparent manner in which this vote was conducted is praiseworthy,” said Roberto Battelli, the Special Co-ordinator who led the short-term OSCE observer mission. “Voters and representatives of political parties, alike, expressed a high degree of trust in the electoral process – something all citizens can be proud of.”
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PACE to observe the early parliamentary elections in Serbia

12-Mar-2014

A 18-member delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), headed by Pedro Agramunt (Spain, EPP/CD) will be present in Serbia from 14 to 17 March to observe the early parliamentary elections alongside observers from the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly and the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR).
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International Women’s Day

07-Mar-2014

“Women are suffering more than men from austerity policies: Gender Equality is at stake and it should be strengthened during these turbulent times. The right to fair remuneration, recognising the concept of equal pay for work of equal value, enshrined in article 4 of the European Social Charter (Revised), should be implemented and not just considered a principle. The gender dimension is key to fostering equal opportunities, fighting stereotypes and avoiding discrimination that might also lead to violence against women”, said Ms. Gabriella Battaini Dragoni, Council of Europe Deputy Secretary General marking the International Women’s Day.

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Conference of the Cultural Routes Programme at the International Tourism Fair in Belgrade

25-Feb-2014

The Cultural Routes programme was launched by the Council of Europe in 1987. Its objective was to demonstrate, by means of a journey through space and time, how the heritage of the different countries and cultures of Europe contributes to a shared cultural heritage. The Cultural Routes put into practice the fundamental principles of the Council of Europe: human rights, cultural democracy, cultural diversity and identity, dialogue, mutual exchange and enrichment across boundaries and centuries.

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Statement of the pre-electoral mission of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

20-Feb-2014

Belgrade, 20.02.2014 – A pre-electoral delegation from the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) visited Belgrade to assess the election campaign and the preparation of the early parliamentary elections of 16 March 2014.

The PACE delegation noted the smooth preparation of the elections while pointing out that these early parliamentary elections, convoked less than two years after the previous ones, might have an impact on important democratisation reforms launched by the authorities. According to some of the pre-election delegation interlocutors, many political parties and entities are conducting passive campaign due to financial difficulties. The delegation noted that, for most of the political parties, the pre-election campaign focuses mainly on economic and social issues, on fighting against corruption and European integration.
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GRETA publishes first report on Serbia

17-Jan-2014

The Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) has published today its first evaluation report on Serbia.
 
In its report, GRETA welcomes the important steps taken to prevent and combat trafficking in human beings in Serbia. These measures have included the adoption of legislation criminalising trafficking in human beings and providing for the rights of victims of trafficking, and the setting up of the Centre for the Protection of Victims of Trafficking and structures to co-ordinate the efforts of relevant actors.
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Council of Europe LGBT Project presents a video featuring developments and outcomes of the project

09-Jan-2014

The Project on Combating discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity, better known as the Council of Europe LGBT Project [1] , published a video presenting latest developments and outcomes of the project.



[1] The Council of Europe – through its standards and mechanisms – aims to promote and ensure respect for the human rights and dignity of every individual, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons (LGBT persons) and to combat discrimination and violence against them in the 47 member states. For this purpose, the Committee of Ministers adopted Recommendation CM/Rec(2010)5 on Measures to combat discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity. The Council of Europe LGBT-Project contributes to the implementation of CM/Rec(2010)5 as well as to other key legal instruments and the work of the Commissioner for Human Rights .

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Serbia should end degrading reception conditions for asylum seekers

12-Dec-2013

Strasbourg, 12/12/2013 – “Serbia needs to strengthen its asylum system and reception capacities in order to cope with the ever increasing number of arrivals, in particular from war-torn Syria. I could witness signs of the current strains on the Serbian asylum system during my November visit in the reception centre of Bogovadja, one of the two asylum centres in the country. Additional efforts are needed in order to ensure that the human rights of every person in need of international protection are fully respected and protected” said today Nis Muižnieks, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, releasing a letter addressed to Prime Minister Dačić.

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Combating corruption within national parliaments

02-Dec-2013

The PACE Committee on Rules of Procedure, Immunities and Institutional Affairs held a seminar today in Belgrade, in co-operation with the PACE Parliamentary Project Support Division, on the mechanisms available to national parliaments to counter corruption.

This international seminar, which is the first edition, involved parliamentarians of nine countries (Croatia, France, Italy, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) and was held in the Serbian National Assembly. It followed the adoption in June 2013 of PACE Resolution 1943 (2013) on “Corruption as a threat to the rule of law”.

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The Project “Support to the Judiciary in Serbia in the Implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights” launched on 22 November in Belgrade

25-Nov-2013

The Council of Europe launched a new project aimed at ensuring a harmonised implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights in Serbian courts. The numerous project partners attended the Launching ceremony of t he Project “Support to the Judiciary in Serbia in the Implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights” on 22 November 2013, in the Palace of Serbia in Belgrade.
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Vacancy Notice N° o38/2013

05-Nov-2013

Project Officer (Grade B4)
Directorate General of Democracy (DG II)

Council of Europe Office in Belgrade
Closing Date: 18 November 2013
Location : Belgrade

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Ministerial conference in Belgrade to discuss how to further protect freedom of expression and Internet freedom in Europe

04-Nov-2013

The conference will address violence and intimidation against journalists and the rights and responsibilities of journalists, bloggers and whistleblowers

Strasbourg, 01.11.2013 – Ministers responsible for Media and Information Society from the 47 Council of Europe member states will meet in Belgrade on 7 and 8 November to discuss how to improve the protection of freedom of expression in Europe.

The conference “Freedom of expression and democracy in the digital age: opportunities, rights, responsibilities” is organised by the Council of Europe in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia.

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Living Library opens its doors to readers at the Belgrade Book Fair

22-Oct-2013

Belgrade, Education Fair “Bell”, 25 and 26 October 2013

from 11h00 to 17h00, hall 2

Thanks to the Belgrade Fair of Education “Bell”, the Living Library will be staged on 25 and 26 October at the Belgrade Book Fair. Our Books are people, and with our books you can talk and find out more about a life of a person who has experienced prejudice, stereotyping or discrimination.

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Awareness-raising video clip - 13-year-old Lisa, victim of sexual abuse

11-Oct-2013

Strasbourg, 11.10.2013 – The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) today presented in Nicosia, Cyprus, its new video clip to raise awareness of sexual violence against children.

In the wood, 13-year-old Lisa is crying. A man touches her cheek with his hand. 

She turns away. The man takes her in his arms, consoles her.  She grits her teeth.

The man says “Don’t say anything to your mother … especially not to her”.

This is the start of the script by the young director Roland Edzard: two minutes to pass the message on to adolescents who are victims of sexual abuse of how important it is to talk about their experience if the situation is to improve.  The clip shows the secret pact between the abuser and the minor, a pact which the latter needs to break. Talking about it to someone else is difficult, but is vitally important.


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European Day against the Death Penalty: joint Council of Europe/EU declaration

10-Oct-2013

Joint Declaration by Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, and Catherine Ashton, European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, on the European and World Day against the Death Penalty, 10 October 2013

Today, on the occasion of the European and World Day against the Death Penalty, the Council of Europe and the European Union reiterate their strong opposition to the use of capital punishment. They continue to underline, whenever and wherever possible, the inhumane and cruel nature of this unnecessary punishment and its failure to prevent crime. Although we are encouraged by the growing momentum towards abolition of the death penalty worldwide, the resumption of executions and breaches of decades of moratoria in different parts of the world clearly mark the necessity to pursue our long-standing action against the death penalty, in Europe and worldwide. Voices in favour of the death penalty within some parts of society, including in our continent, show that there is a continuous need to spell out why the death penalty runs contrary to the right to life and to human dignity.

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Vacancy Notice N° o25/2013

04-Oct-2013

Project Officer (Grade B4)

Directorate General of Democracy (DG II)


Closing Date: 14 October 2013
Location : Belgrade
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Responding to the ban of the Belgrade Pride 2013 event, Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland issued the following statement:

28-Sep-2013

“I am very disappointed by the Serbian Government’s decision to ban the Belgrade Pride once again. The fundamental rights of the Europeans to freedom of assembly and freedom of expression must be effectively guaranteed. LGBT minorities must not be discriminated in the exercise of their fundamental rights. The case law of the European Court of Human Rights is clear in this regard.”

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European Day of Languages - Conference on Multilingualism

25-Sep-2013

The European Day of Languages has been celebrated jointly by the Council of Europe and the European Union on 26 September every year since 2001. The celebration has been initiated by the Council of Europe and some 800 million Europeans in the Council of Europe’s 47 member states are encouraged to learn more languages, at any age, in and out of school.

This year, the Council of Europe will join European Union National Institutes for Culture ( EUNIC Cluster Belgrade ) in the celebration of the European Day of Languages, in partnership with the Faculty of Philology in Belgrade and in collaboration with the Delegation of the European Union. The conference dedicated to multilingualism and the importance of learning languages will be opened by p rominent guest speakers who will pay a particular attention to idiomatic expressions and the specificities of their languages in that area.

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MESSAGE IN SUPPORT OF THE BELGRADE PRIDE PARADE 2013

04-Sep-2013

We are witnessing renewed efforts to silence the voices of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people in Europe. Sexual orientation and gender identity are used as grounds to restrict the exercise of fundamental freedoms through laws b anning “propaganda” or “promotion of homosexuality and non-traditional sexual relations ”. Several Pride events have been banned or interrupted.

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Call for tender – Organisation of Events in Serbia

10-Jul-2013

The Council of Europe (CoE) is an intergovernmental organisation with 47 member countries and has its headquarters in Strasbourg (France). Founded on 5 May 1949, the CoE seeks to develop throughout Europe common and democratic principles based on the European Convention on Human Rights and other reference texts on the protection of individuals. Further information is available at: http://www.coe.int/en/web/portal/call-for-tenders .

The Council of Europe is seeking a partner for the organisation of events in different locations throughout Serbia and study visits abroad (generally in EU Member States) by delegations from Serbia.

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Call for Expression of Interest for Schools

04-Jun-2013

The EU/CoE Joint Project “Regional Support for Inclusive Education” has launched a Call for Expression of Interest for primary and secondary schools in the South East Europe willing to participate in the project. A network of 49 Pilot Schools will be established. During the project implementation, this “Inclusive SchoolNet” will be provided by technical and financial support for mutual learning and exchange of experience and will be supported by a relevant web-platform. The final selection will be decided by the Evaluation Committee composed of representatives from Ministries of Education, the European Commission and the Council of Europe.

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Milestone reached in negotiations on accession of EU to the European Convention on Human Rights

08-Apr-2013

Strasbourg, 05.04.2013 – Negotiators for the 47 Council of Europe Member States and the European Union have finalised the draft accession agreement of the European Union to the European Convention on Human rights. The EU Court of Justice in Luxembourg will now be asked to give its opinion on the text.
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Living Library in the National Library of Serbia – with premiere screening of the Living Library short film and launch of publication

27-Mar-2013

After the huge success at the Belgrade Book Fair, the Living Library [i] is back to Belgrade on Wednesday, 3 April from 15h00 to 19h00 at the National Library of Serbia at Skerliceva 1. You are kindly invited to come to the Living Library, where the books can speak!

 

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PACE President to make official visit to Serbia

08-Mar-2013

Jean-Claude Mignon, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), is to make an official visit to Serbia on 11 and 13 March.

On Tuesday 12 March he will meet the Speaker of the Serbian National Assembly Nebojša Stefanović and will address a special session of the National Assembly.
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GRECO published report on the corruption in Serbia

07-Mar-2013

The Council of Europe Anti Corruption Group (GRECO) published a report on the criminalisation of corruption and the transparency of political funding in Serbia.

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1st Anniversary of the “1 in 5” campaign in Serbia

26-Feb-2013

The Incest Trauma Center – Belgrade, the official partner of the Council of Europe campaign against sexual abuse of children “1 in 5” in Serbia, in cooperation with the Council of Europe and the European Union Delegation in Serbia will mark the first anniversary of the campaign with two events on 27 and 28 February in Belgrade.

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Project against Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing in Serbia organises Mock Trial Workshop

19-Feb-2013

MOLI-Serbia Project will organise a Mock Trial Workshop, which will take place from 18 - 22 February 2013, in Hotel Srbija in Vršac, Serbia. The mock trial will be based on a real-life case and will provide participants with insight into the overall process, from initiating the investigation to reaching the verdict for money laundering.
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The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe dedicates the European Local Democracy Week in 2013 to “ Active citizenship - voting, sharing, participating"

12-Feb-2013

 

Municipalities and associations are invited to take part ! Register now!


Strasbourg , 7 February 2013. – Motivating citizens to take part in decision-making processes at the grassroots level will be at the centre of the new edition of the European Local Democracy Week (ELDW) which will be organised, this year, from 14 to 20 October in Europe and beyond. The leading theme of this event in 2013  is  “Active citizenship: voting, sharing, participating”.  

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Venice Commission visit to Serbia - forthcoming opinions on judiciary

01-Feb-2013

Belgrade - A delegation of the Venice Commission is visiting Belgrade on 31 January and 1 February 2013 to meet with representatives from the Ministry of Justice and Public Administration, Speaker of the Parliament, several working groups, the Judges’ Association of Serbia, the Prosecutors’ Association of Serbia and the Parliamentary Committee on the Judiciary, Public Administration and Local Self-government.

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Vacancy Notice N° o29/2012 Project Officer (Grade B4) Directorate General of Democracy (DG II)

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The Council of Europe Office in Belgrade marks the International Human Rights Day in Kragujevac

10-Dec-2012

Human Rights Day presents an opportunity, every year, to celebrate human rights, highlight a specific issue, and advocate for the full enjoyment of all human rights by everyone everywhere.

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The normalisation of relations between Belgrade and Pristina should go hand in hand with the implementation of European human rights and rule of law standards, says PACE rapporteur

21-Nov-2012

Strasbourg, 16.11.2012 – “I listened to the concerns of the Serbian authorities and I reminded them of the need to ensure respect for human rights and the rule of law for all people of Kosovo*, also through the activities and the programmes of the Council of Europe” said Björn von Sydow (Sweden, SOC), rapporteur of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on the situation in Kosovo, at the end of his two-day visit to Belgrade on 15-16 November.

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Situation in Kosovo: PACE rapporteur makes fact-finding visit to Belgrade

14-Nov-2012

Strasbourg, 13.11.2012 – Björn von Sydow (Sweden, SOC), rapporteur of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on the situation in Kosovo*, will make a fact-finding visit to Belgrade on 15-16 November 2012, in the framework of the preparation of his report.

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Living Library at the Pančevo Public Library

08-Nov-2012

Don ’t judge a book by its cover!

The residents of Pančevo will have an opportunity to borrow a living book at the Living Library which will be hosted by the Pančevo Public Library on 10 November.

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Living Library at the Belgrade Book Fair

23-Oct-2012

 

Don’t judge a book by it ’s cover!

The Council of Europe Office in Belgrade is delighted to invite you to visit the Living Library at the Belgrade Book Fair and borrow a living book!

The Living Library is an innovative awareness-raising methodology and part of the Council of Europe’s work to promote human rights values to a wider public in Serbia.  

 

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Secretary General Jagland "surprised and disappointed" about ban of "Belgrade Pride"

04-Oct-2012

Strasbourg, 03.10.2012 - Responding to the ban of the Belgrade Pride 2012 event, Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland issued the following statement:

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Visit of the President of the European Court of Human rights, Sir Nicolas Bratza, to Serbia

01-Oct-2012

On 27 and 28 September 2012, Sir Nicolas Bratza, President of the Court, paid an official visit to Serbia. During the visit, he was received by Nata Mesarovic, President of the Supreme Court of Cassation. He met Nebojsa Stefanovic, President of the National Assembly; Nikola Selakovic, Minister of Justice; judges of the Supreme Court of Cassation and Nenad Vujic, Director of Judicial Academy.

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Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, sent a letter of support to organisers of the Belgrade Pride Parade 2012

28-Sep-2012

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26 September is the European Day of Languages – Talk to me!

20-Sep-2012

Initiated by the Council of Europe, the European Day of Languages has been celebrated jointly with the European Union every year since 2001.

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Call for participants Youth Peace Camp in Albania

12-Jul-2012

Albania is chairing the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. Its ministry of tourism, culture, youth and sports will host a Regional Youth Peace Camp from 9 to 16 September, co-organised with the Youth Department of the Council of Europe.

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Don’t judge a book by its cover! Council of Europe launches Living Library Project in Serbia

26-Jun-2012

With the Living Library in Smederevo, the Council of Europe Office in Belgrade presents its project of young people promoting diversity and human rights to a wider public in Serbia.  

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes report on Serbia

14-Jun-2012

Strasbourg, 14.06.2012 – The Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) published today the report on its visit to Serbia in February 2011 together with the response of the Serbian authorities.

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Serbia’s elections open and highly competitive, additional transparency needed

07-May-2012

Strasbourg , 07.05.2012 – Serbia’s parliamentary and early presidential elections on 6 May 2012 took place in an open and competitive environment but additional efforts are needed to improve the transparency of the election process and the functioning of the media, international observers said in a statement issued today.

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Congress welcomes improvements for local democracy in Serbia despite the predominance of Presidential elections on 6 May

07-May-2012

Belgrade , 7 May 2012 - Today, a delegation from the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe has concluded its mission to observe the local and provincial part of the elections carried out in Serbia on 6 May 2012.  For the first time, three elections – at presidential, parliamentary and grassroots level – were held concurrently throughout the country. “This has led to organisational challenges for the election administration in over 8000 polling stations and to the fact that local elections were largely overshadowed by the national vote,” stated Nigel Mermagen (United Kingdom, ILDG), Head of the Congress delegation, at a press conference in Belgrade. He also referred to improvements in the legal framework and the electoral system of Serbia which had positive effects on the identification of local leadership in Serbia. Matters of concern from Congress perspective remain the infringement of the secrecy of the vote, the lack of transparency of media ownership and the situation of the Roma minority who seems to be particularly vulnerable to possible electoral malpractices.

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Council of Europe Congress observes local elections in Serbia

04-May-2012

27/04/2012 - A delegation from the Congress headed by Nigel Mermagen (United Kingdom, ILDG) will observe the local elections in Serbia on 6 May 2012.

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PACE delegation to observe parliamentary and presidential elections in Serbia

03-May-2012

Strasbourg, 27.04.2012 – A 20-member PACE delegation, led by Jean-Charles Gardetto (Monaco, EPP/CD), will visit Serbia from 4 to 7 May 2012 to observe the parliamentary and presidential elections alongside observers from the Parliamentary Assembly of the OSCE and the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) of the OSCE.

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Council of Europe Congress to observe local elections in Serbia

03-May-2012

Strasbourg 27 April 2012 - A delegation from the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe will observe the local elections in Serbia on 6 May 2012*.

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47 States and one Organisation ... the Council of Europe

27-Apr-2012

Teaching small children about complex and challenging issues such as human rights, democracy, and the structure of Europe today may seem like a daunting task. Help is at hand, however, in the form of the Council of Europe’s educational booklet: ’47 States and one Organisation…the Council of Europe’
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Call for tender - Contract for supply for complete solution for backup, disaster recovery, business intelligence and data warehouse in Serbia - Further questions/replies

23-Apr-2012

Deadline for submission of bids: 25 April 2012

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Serbia: statement of the PACE pre-electoral mission

20-Apr-2012

  Strasbourg , 19.04.2012 – A pre-electoral delegation from the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) visited Belgrade to assess the preparation of the elections and the election campaign on the eve of the parliamentary and early presidential elections of 6 May 2012.  

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PACE delegation makes pre-electoral visit to Serbia

17-Apr-2012

Strasbourg 13.04.2012 – A four-member delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), led by Jean-Charles Gardetto (Monaco, EPP/CD), will carry out a pre-electoral visit to Belgrade on 17-18 April 2012, ahead of the presidential and parliamentary elections in Serbia on 6 May 2012, to assess the electoral framework and campaign.

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Local elections in Serbia: Council of Europe Congress carries out a pre-electoral visit to Belgrade

17-Apr-2012

Strasbourg, 13 April 2012 - A delegation of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, headed by Nigel Mermagen , United Kingdom (ILDG), will carry out a pre-electoral mission to Serbia, in view of the upcoming local elections scheduled for 6 May 2012*.

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Incest Trauma Centre-Belgrade video on sexual violence against children /Evronet

10-Apr-2012
Video related to the Initiative of the Incest Trauma Center-Belgrade for the introduction of the topic of violence against children in the national school curriculum and relevant textbooks.
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Call for participants – Project ’Young people combating hate speech online’

05-Apr-2012

The Council of Europe Youth Department invites all young bloggers and online activists concerned by human rights violations, hate speech online, discrimination and racism to apply for the training course taking place between May and December 2012, comprising a residential seminar between 20-27 May 2012 in the European Youth Centre Budapest as a first stage in their involvement in a long term campaign against racism, xenophobia and discrimination.

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“The lasting impact of the serious human rights violations in the former Yugoslavia needs to be fully addressed”

19-Mar-2012

Sarajevo, 19/3/2012 – “Inter-ethnic reconciliation, social cohesion and durable peace in the region of the former Yugoslavia cannot be achieved without the states fully addressing the consequences of the serious human rights violations suffered by thousands of victims during the wars in the 1990s. The remaining challenges require wise vision and determined political leadership. Peace and stability in the region should be firmly grounded in the principles of human rights and the rule of law” said Thomas Hammarberg, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, presenting in Sarajevo a paper on post-war justice in the former Yugoslavia.

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Vacancy Notice N° o5/2012, Local Programme Manager (Grade B5)

16-Mar-2012

  Directorate General of Democracy (DG II)
Directorate of Democratic Governance, Culture and Diversity  

Closing Date: 29 March 2012
Location
Belgrade
Minimum Educational Requirements
Higher Education
Required Nationality
Any member state of the Council of Europe

Job Mission

Under the authority of the Programme Co-ordinator and the Head of Council of Europe Office in Belgrade, the Local Programme Manager ensures the effective implementation of the Programme on ’Strengthening local self-government in Serbia - Phase II’.

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Secretary General makes official visit to Serbia

12-Mar-2012



Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland today launched the Serbian version of the “Living Together” report in Belgrade during an official visit.

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Living together: Combining diversity and freedom in 21st century Europe – Council of Europe Secretary General presents the Serbian version

12-Mar-2012

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Mr Thorbjørn Jagland pays an official visit to Serbia on 12 March 2012. At this occasion, he will present the Serbian version of the report "Living Together”: Combining diversity and freedom in 21st-century Europe in the House of the National Assembly, Small Hall, on Monday, 12 March at 15 hrs. 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. “A belief in human values can’t be put on and off like a suit of clothes; when it is politically expedient. Real change comes about when attitudes change, and that change needs to be led by people who are willing to wear their heart on their sleeves, to stand up and say, we are doing this, because it is right.” says Mr Jagland.

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National Conference “Modern and effective Human Resources Management at local level”

08-Mar-2012


Tuesday 13 March 2012, Sava Centre, Belgrade

 

The Council of Europe and the European Commission, together with the Serbian Ministry of Human and Minority Rights, Public Administration and Local Self-Government and the Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities (SCTM), partners on the Joint CoE/EU funded Programme on “Strenghtening Local Self-Government in Serbia, Phase 2“, are organising a National Conference “Modern and effective Human Resources Management at local level” to be held in Belgrade Sava Center, on 13 March 2012, at 11.00 am.

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PACE rapporteurs congratulate Serbia on EU candidate status

02-Mar-2012

Strasbourg, 02.03.2012 – The co-rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Davit Harutyunyan (Armenia, EGD) and Indrek Saar (Estonia, SOC), has welcomed the decision of the European Council to grant Serbia the status of candidate country. "This decision acknowledges the significant progress made by Serbia in adopting European legal standards, co-operating with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and pursuing the dialogue with Pristina by diplomatic and peaceful means,” they said.

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PACE rapporteur welcomes Belgrade-Pristina agreement on key issues

02-Mar-2012

Strasbourg, 24.02.2012 – Björn von Sydow (Sweden, SOC), Rapporteur of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on the situation in Kosovo,* has welcomed the agreement reached today in the EU-facilitated dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina on two key issues, namely Kosovo’s representation in regional forums and technical details of how Serbia and Kosovo will manage their joint borders.

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Cartoon on local democracy: Guaranteed to make you smile!

17-Feb-2012

The Centre of Expertise for Local Government Reform’s presents its cartoon for raising awareness of the importance of local democracy, produced as part of the programme to strengthen local government in Ukraine, and funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency - Sida.

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CALL FOR TENDERS

13-Feb-2012

Within the framework of the operation of the Council of Europe Office in Belgrade, the Council of Europe is organising a Call for Tenders with a view to awarding a contract for the supply of services for maintaining the information technology infrastructure and providing desktop support.

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Situation in Kosovo*: “Negotiated settlements always require the involvement and goodwill of all parties”, PACE rapporteur says

23-Jan-2012

Strasbourg, 20.01.2012 - “The whole region is facing decisions which call for considerable responsibility and risks which can be tackled only by courageous leadership. Pro-European leaders should demonstrate that they are prepared to take on responsibility”, Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) rapporteur on the situation in Kosovo*, Björn von Sydow (Sweden, SOC), said today at the end of a two day visit to Belgrade.

While thanking all authorities for “the warm welcome, openness and the respect and constructive attitude” shown, the rapporteur recommended that the Serbian authorities continue the EU-facilitated Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue with Pristina “based on a pragmatic approach focusing on the needs and security of the citizens” and, in this connection, facilitate participation by the representatives of Kosovo in the relevant international and regional bodies.

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PACE Rapporteur on the Situation in Kosovo* on visit to Belgrade

17-Jan-2012

Mr Björn von Sydow, Swedish member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) and Rapporteur on the situation in Kosovo, visits Belgrade from 18 to 20 January for a fact-finding visit in the framework of the preparation of his report . Mr von Sydow will have meetings with high representatives of government, members of the Serbian Delegation to PACE and with representatives of NGOs.

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10th anniversary of the CoE Office in Belgrade and 10 years of involvement of Parliamentarians of the Republic of Serbia in the PACE

15-Dec-2011

The Council of Europe Office in Belgrade and the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia will mark the 10th anniversary of the CoE Office in Belgrade and 10 years of involvement of Parliamentarians of the Republic of Serbia in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe with a common event on 16 December 2011.

On this occasion, a workshop „Towards a Culture of Human Rights: Vision for Serbia“is held in the parliament building. A short documentary film "What kind of society do we want to live in?" (Director: Irena Fabri, Dokukino) will be followed by an open debate moderated by Mr Aleksandar Miladinovic, Journalist at B 92 TV. 

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European Drug Prevention Prize 2012

14-Dec-2011 Call for application of projects

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.

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Council of Europe offers most far-reaching international legal text in the world as new hope in stopping violence against women

25-Nov-2011

Council of Europe Deputy Secretary General Maud de Boer-Buquicchio has urged governments to sign and ratify Europe’s first treaty aimed at combating violence against women and domestic violence. The Council of Europe’s new Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence had the potential to truly make a difference to the lives of millions of women.

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Council of Europe North-South Prize 2011 to Boris Tadić and Souhayr Belhassen

03-Nov-2011

Lisbon, 02.11.2011 - The Executive Committee of North-South Centre has agreed today to jointly award the Council of Europe North-South Prize 2011 to:

 

For the North, to Boris Tadić, President of the Republic of Serbia, in recognition of his political action  for the reconciliation of the Balkans and the integration of his country in the process of European construction. His support for international justice  has been a determining  factor in the arrest and transfer to The Hague,  of the last two criminals sought by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in 2011 (Ratko Mladić et Goran Hadžić); ...
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Only genuine justice can ensure durable peace in the Balkans

03-Nov-2011

Strasbourg, 03/11/2011 - European institutions failed to protect people in the former Yugoslavia from ethnic cleansing and other war atrocities in the 1990s. The return to normalcy has been slow and major obstacles still remain. However, there are now grounds for some hope – which gives Europe a second chance to offer constructive support, says Thomas Hammarberg, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, in his latest Human Rights Comment published today. ...
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Surčin municipality received the "3rd Dosta! - Congress Prize for Munipalities"

17-Oct-2011

Strasbourg, 14.10.2011 – The “ 3rd Dosta! - Congress Prize for Municipalities” has been awarded to four communities, as part of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities’ contribution to the Council of Europe’s Dosta! Campaign. The prize, established in 2007, rewards municipalities which are distinguished for their participatory and innovative work in combating anti-Gypsyism and promoting the inclusion of Roma in political and social life.

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Resolution on the political situation in the Balkans adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

07-Oct-2011

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) adopted a resolution on the political situation in the Balkans on 6 October 2011.

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes report on Kosovo

07-Oct-2011

Strasbourg, 06.10.2011 – The Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) today published a report on its most recent visit to Kosovo (8 to 15 June 2010), together with the response of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK). Both documents have been made public at the request of UNMIK.

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Secretary General asks Serbian President Tadic for reasons behind ban of Belgrade Pride, 3 October 2011

04-Oct-2011

In a letter to the Serbian President Boris Tadic, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, requests clarification on what measures the Serbian authorities are planning to undertake to guarantee the freedom of assembly and association for all groups of society.

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Concern over intolerant attitudes leading to ban of Belgrade Pride Parade

03-Oct-2011

Following the decision of the Serbian authorities to ban all public assemblies including the Belgrade Pride Parade planned for 2 October over security concerns, Ms Antje Rothemund, Head of the Council of Europe Office in Belgrade, made the following statement:


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Monitoring: Serbia remains on the right track, effective implementation of reforms now to be secured

28-Sep-2011

Strasbourg, 27.09.2011 – “We welcome Serbia’s recent achievements and the adoption of an impressive number of laws that bring Serbia closer to European standards,” said Davit Harutyunyan (Armenia, EDG) and Indrek Saar (Estonia, SOC), monitoring co-rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), at the end of a visit to Serbia from 19-22 September 2011.

“The recent adoption of the laws on the election of parliamentarians and funding of political activities, full co-operation with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and the consolidation of the independent regulatory bodies are all important steps towards Serbia’s fulfillment of its obligations and commitments to the Council of Europe,” the co-rapporteurs said.

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Report "Discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity" published

26-Sep-2011

Despite progress in many areas over the last decades, people in Europe are still stigmatised because of their actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. Many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) persons cannot fully enjoy their universal human rights. They run a risk of becoming victims of hate crime and may not receive protection when attacked in the street by fellow citizens.

Some LGBT organisations are denied registration or are banned from organising peaceful meetings and demonstrations in Europe. Many LGBT persons have fled to Council of Europe member states from countries where their human rights are not protected and they may even risk being tortured or executed because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

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Serbia: “Further progress needed to foster reconciliation and social inclusion”

22-Sep-2011

Strasbourg, 22/9/2011 – “Important steps have been taken to overcome the legacy of the violent past. Sustained efforts are however necessary in order to achieve post-war justice and reconciliation, eradicate discrimination and enhance freedom of the media” said the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg, releasing today a report following his visit to Serbia from 12 to 15 June 2011.

“Greater determination is needed to effectively investigate and prosecute war-related crimes and all remaining obstacles to effective inter-state co-operation in this context should be removed. It is also necessary to provide adequate reparation to all victims for the gross human rights violations they suffered during the war time.” The Commissioner urges Serbia to improve the witness protection system and to promptly investigate and prosecute any threats and intimidation of witnesses.

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PACE monitoring co-rapporteurs visit Serbia

16-Sep-2011

Strasbourg, 16.09.2011 - Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) co-rapporteurs for the monitoring of Serbia, Davit Harutyunyan (Armenia, EDG) and Indrek Saar (Estonia, SOC), are to visit Belgrade from 19 to 22 September 2011 to assess different aspects of Serbia’s fulfilment of its obligations and commitments to the Council of Europe.

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Secretary General deplores violence in Kosovo

01-Aug-2011

In his reaction to the recent events in Kosovo, Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland said: "I deplore the violent events in the north of Kosovo and casualties they provoked.
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‘A good day for justice and for Serbia’, says PACE President following Hadzic’s arrest

20-Jul-2011

Strasbourg, 20.07.2011 – Following the arrest today of Goran Hadzic, the President of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu made the following statement:

 

“The arrest of Goran Hadzic is excellent news, and I congratulate the Serbian authorities on this important step

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Secretary General Jagland welcomes arrest of Goran Hadžić

20-Jul-2011 Strasbourg, 20.07.2011 - The arrest of Goran Hadžić, the last remaining fugitive indicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, following the arrest and extradition of Ratko Mladic last May, is a  highly symbolic moment for the history of Serbia and for the whole region. ...
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Call for Participants to attend the Roma Youth Conference in the European Youth Centre in Strasbourg, from the 26 to 30 September 2011

15-Jul-2011 The Conference aims at preparing a Roma youth action plan for the Council of Europe with the active participation and input of Roma youth representatives.
The event will gather some 50 representatives and active leaders of Roma youth organisations and young Roma active in other organisations and projects from all Council of Europe member states, as well as relevant stakeholders from the youth sector at European level. ...
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Serbia has a key role to play in ensuring transitional justice and social cohesion in the Western Balkans

17-Jun-2011

Strasbourg, 16/06/2011: “Serbia is going through a transitional period, striving to overcome the legacy of the violent past, and to enhance social cohesion. More sustained and concerted efforts are necessary to redress the gross human rights violations of the war, eliminate discrimination and enhance media freedom” said the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg concluding his four-day visit to the country.

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Council of Europe Forum for the Future of Democracy

06-Jun-2011

Call for applications for the 2011 Forum which will take place in Nicosia, Cyprus, from 13 to 14 October

The Council of Europe is calling for applications for the annual session of its Forum for the Future of Democracy, the main theme of which is " The Interdependence of Democracy and Social Cohesion:
strengthening representation and democratic participation through
social dialogue and civic engagement "

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Council of Europe’s Anti-Racism Commission publishes new report on Serbia

01-Jun-2011

Strasbourg, 31.05.2011 – The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) today published a new report on Serbia. ECRI’s Chair, Nils Muiznieks, said that, while there have been improvements, some issues of concern remain, for example  the Law on Churches and Religious Communities and courts’ practice relating to racist crime.

The Serbian authorities have adopted a law against discrimination and created a Commissioner for the Protection of Equality entrusted with monitoring compliance. A Strategy for the Improvement of the Status of Roma, which includes measures in the areas of education, employment, displaced persons, personal documents, social insurance and social care, as well as healthcare, was adopted in 2009.

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Arrest of Mladic opens the way for true reconciliation and dialogue in the region

26-May-2011

Hopes rise to see the remaining fugitive Goran Hadzic arrested soon




Statement by
Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, President of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE)

Statement by Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe


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Serbia: PACE co-rapporteur welcomes progress made in implementing Council of Europe standards

30-May-2011

Strasbourg, 27.05.2011 – The Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) co-rapporteur on the honouring of obligations and commitments by Serbia, Davit Harutyunyan (Armenia, EDG), pays tribute to the steps taken by the Serbian parliament to align its legislation with Council of Europe standards. He particularly welcomes progress made in implementing PACE Resolution 1661 (2009) by abolishing blank resignations, amending the system of allocation of seats in parliament - which should better respect the will of the citizens - and ensuring a better access of women to elected positions in parliament.

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European conference on Internet Governance in Belgrade

26-May-2011

Belgrade, 25.05.2011 – The fourth European Dialogue on Internet Governance - EuroDIG 2011 - will take place on 30 and 31 May in Belgrade, following the editions in Strasbourg, Geneva and Madrid.

Over 400 participants from Europe are expected to participate in the meeting: the competent ministries of European countries, the Council of Europe, regulatory agencies, the European Internet Services Providers Associations, telecommunication carriers, Internet companies (Google, Microsoft), vendors (Cisco, Ericsson), registries of Internet addresses, media associations, academic institutions, non-governmental organisations and networks, as well as Internet communities (ISOC, ICANN).

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Vacancy Notice N° o29/2012 Project Officer (Grade B4) Directorate General of Democracy (DG II)

11.01.2013 Vacancy Notice N° o29/2012Project Officer (Grade B4)Directorate General of Democracy (DG II) Closing Date: 17 January 2013Location : BelgradeMinimum Educational Requirements : Higher EducationRequired Nationality : Any member state of the Council of Europe Job Mission Under the authority of the Head of the Council of Europe O...
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Roundtable “Labour Relations in Local Self-Government Units” in Belgrade, Nov 28

26.11.2008Serbian Ministry of Pubic Administration and Local Self-Government and the Council  of Europe Office in Belgrade are organising a roundtable discussion on the “Labour Relations in Local Self-Government Units” on Thursday, Nov 28 in Belgrade’s Centre Sava (Milentija Popovica 9, New Belgrade). Opening speeches will be held by Serbian Minister ...
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CoE – Spain takes over from Sweden as Chair of the Committee of Ministers

26.11.2008Strasbourg, 25.11.2008 – Spain will take over from Sweden as Chair of the Committee of Ministers at a meeting on Thursday 27 November in Strasbourg. Under the joint chairmanship of Carl Bildt, Mini...
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2008 Prize of the Regions: Vojvodina among seven European regions selected as winners

06.11.2008Strasbourg, 06.11.2008 – Seven European regions have been selected as winners of the first edition of the Prize of the Regions of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, which was launched during the plenary session in May 2008 in partnership with Dexia. The theme chosen for 2008 was “Promoting Social Cohesion t...
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Terry Davis looks forward to a strong Spanish chairmanship of the Council of Europe

21.11.2008[19/11/2008 14:00:00] On 19 November in Madrid, Secretary General Terry Davis met with Spain’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Miguel Angel Moratinos, to discuss the country’s forthcoming chairmanshi...
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Combating violence against women: now is the time for a CoE convention

25.11.2008[25/11/2008 10:30:00] ’’Too many women in Europe are battered and killed by their partners or former partners, simply because they are women’’ Parliamentary Assembly President ...
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Terry Davis: ’’We are not doing enough for women victims of violence’’

25.11.2008[24/11/2008 15:30:00] ’’Our responsibility does not stop at adopting laws. We need to create minimum standards for services to support women victims of violence,’’ the Secretar...
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Launch of PACE Human Rights Prize: call for nominations

31.10.2008Strasbourg, 29.10.2008 - The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) today called for nominations for an annual Human Rights Prize, which will reward "outstanding civil society act...
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Call for applications for the European Crystal Scales of Justice Prize for innovative practices contributing to the quality of criminal justice

31.10.2008Strasbourg, 29.10.2008 - After the third successful edition of the Crystal Scales of Justice Prize in the civil justice field in 2008, the Council of Europe and the European Commission decided to esta...
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Anti-torture Committee: visits in 2009

25.11.2008[25/11/2008 10:00:00] In 2009, as part of its programme of ’’periodic’’ visits, the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punis...
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Ten years of the ’’new’’ European Court of Human Rights

31.10.2008[31/10/2008 09:30:00] Ten years after the setting up of a full-time European Court of Human Rights guaranteeing a right of individual petition to over 800 million Europeans, the President of the Court...
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ECHR–Selected Judgements, Vol 3 in Serbian

26.08.2008 The CoE Office in Belgrade has published the 3rd volume of the book “European Court of Human Rights – Selected judgements”. The publication is a collection of the relevant Strasbourg case law,...
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New verdict by the ECHR against Serbia - Vrenčev v. Serbia (no. 2361/05)

03.10.2008 The applicant, Ljubiša Vrenčev, is a Serbian national who was born in 1968 and lives in Pančevo (Serbia). Detained on 6 July 2004 on suspicion of illicit possession of narcotics, Mr Vrenč...
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UN General Assembly: unanimous adoption of a resolution on cooperation with the Council of Europe

07.11.2008[03/11/2008 12:30:00] ’’Recession and terrorism are two very different things, but they both cause insecurity and fear. It is at times like these that there is an even greater need for the values ...
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Effective implementation of human rights standards is crucial, says Commissioner Hammarberg after a high-level official visit to Serbia

17.10.2008Belgrade/Strasbourg – “Despite some steps in the right direction, obstacles to the effective implementation of human rights standards remain in Serbia”, says the Council of Europe Commissioner f...
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Serbia must complete its programme of reforms, says PACE Monitoring Committee

16.09.2008An urgent debate on the consequences of the war between Georgia and Russia will be the main focus of the session. The debate will be in two parts: it starts on the morning of Tuesday 30 September and ...
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Euronews features Council of Europe children’s rights campaign

04.08.2008Euronews More information File ’Corporal punishment’ ...
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Terry Davis: The abolition of the death penalty is unfinished business

10.10.2008One day, in the not too distant future, the death penalty will be eradicated throughout the world. It may take time, but it will happen. It is an inevitable consequence of the slow but steady evolutio...
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New Social Charter internet site

23.09.2008 [19/09/2008 14:00:00] The new site contains up to date case-law pertaining to social rights in States party to the Charter as well as information explaining the functioning of the Social Charter...
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Council of Europe launches its ’’podcasts’’

23.09.2008 [22/09/2008 17:00:00] On 22 September, the Council of Europe launched a series of podcasts aimed at explaining its work to the public. The audio files can be downloaded and take the form of shor...
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