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Compliance with democratic norms and values under serious threat in many parts of Europe, 23 January 2012

 

In his State of the Council of Europe speech to the Parliamentary Assembly today, Secretary General pointed to key achievements in 2011 and challenges facing the Organisation in 2012 and beyond. He said that reforms have made the Council of Europe flexible and reactive, able to offer assistance where and when it is needed, and that its convention based and non-politicised approach is the only way to help member states move forward.

Speaking about Hungary, Jagland said that he had received a positive reply from Foreign Minister Martonyi to his offer of dialogue with the Council of Europe, and he pointed to the close partnership that has been built with the EU.  With bilateral co-operation priorities in place with Morocco and Tunisia, consultations have begun with Jordan, and Jagland said he saw potential to use Council of Europe instruments to build confidence between Israel and Palestine. (more...)
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Secretary General Jagland and Commissioner Füle sign the Programme for strengthening democratic reform in the Southern Mediterranean, 17 January 2012


Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland and European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy ┼átefan Füle today signed a € 4.8 million joint programme to strengthen democratic reform in the Southern Mediterranean countries. The joint programme will support democratic reforms and, the independence and efficiency of the judiciary, whilst promoting good governance.

It will also target corruption and human trafficking and aim to promote human rights and democratic values, working through government officials, future leaders, youth and civil society. It will be rolled out initially in Morocco and Tunisia, and some initiatives will be implemented over three years throughout the region. “The partnership with the European Union, enables us to combine our strengths in this important mission, and will benefit the neighbourhood countries with the expertise of the Council of Europe in supporting political and democratic transformation,” said Secretary General Jagland. (more...)

 

Jagland: Council of Europe ready to support Russia's democratic reforms, 23 December 2011

Jagland: Council of Europe ready to support Russia's democratic reforms, 23 December 2011
 

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, welcomes the democratic reforms announced by President Medvedev and offers assistance with their implementation. "The measures announced by President Medvedev are important steps towards strengthening Russian democracy. The proposals to simplify rules to register political parties and reintroduce direct elections of regional leaders correspond to the commitments Russia made when joining the Council of Europe," he said. (more...)


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