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High-level Conference on the European Social Charter

Europe is perceived by its citizens as being remote from their everyday concerns. In order to regain its appeal Europe must focus on the fundamental values which are central to its mission to bring together states and their citizens and primarily on the European Social Charter, signed in Turin on 18 October 1961.
This treaty, a genuine social constitution for Europe,must be at the forefront so that Europe can once again count on the full support of citizens and the commitment of states based on the values of democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights.
Against this background, the Italian Government, the Council of Europe and the City of Turin are, in the context of the Italian Presidency of the European Union, organising a High-level Conference on the European Social Charter, to be held in Turin, at Teatro Regio, on 17 and 18 October 2014. (more...)



Entry into force of a new Convention

Strasbourg, 01.08.2014 - "Today the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (also known as the Istanbul Convention) enters into force for countries that have ratified it", says Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland. He calls on more member states to ratify the convention, which provides the first legally binding set of standards to combat all forms of violence against women on an international level. 

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