The up-coming 10-year anniversary between the Council of Europe and the European Union
An opening ceremony was held in the European Parliament in Strasbourg in the 23th November in 2016 to celebrate a Memorandum of Understanding which was signed by the Council of Europe and the European Union in 2007.
Exchange on the religious dimension of intercultural dialogue 2016
The Council of Europe organized the exchange on the religious dimension of intercultural dialogue for the 9th time on 9th and 10th of November 2016. The main focus of the dialogue was on education of democratic citizenship as a means to prevent radicalisation. The Ambassador of Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue Processes at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland held an address at the conference.
The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities held its 31th session
The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities held its 31th session on 19-21 October 2016. The main objective of the Congress is to improve self governance at the local and regional level among the member states of the Council of Europe. The Vice President of the City Council of Rovaniemi, Liina Ansala, was elected as the 2nd Vice President of the Chamber of Local Authorities of the Congress.
Jukka Salovaara's visit to Strasbourg
Jukka Salovaara, Director General of the Political Department of the MFA of Finland, visited Strasbourg on 13th and 14th of October. During his visit, Mr. Salovaara had a meeting with the Deputy Secretary General Ms. Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni and other representatives of the Council of Europe's institutions.
The human rights situation of Turkey was discussed in the Committee of Ministers meeting in 7.9.2016
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey participated in the Committee of Ministers meeting held on 7th September 2016 to discuss Turkey's human rights situation after the attempted coup d'état in Turkey on 15th July. The meeting was opened by Chair of the Committee of Ministers, Marina Kaljurand, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia.
Maria Lohela held an address at the European Conference of Presidents of Parliaments
Presidents and Speakers of Parliaments from the Council of Europe member states held a conference on the 15th and 16th of September in 2016 to discuss recent European challenges in the field of human rights, democracy and rule of law.
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