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Izmir Declaration on the Future of the European Court of Human Rights

Following the last Ministerial conference held in Interlaken (Switzerland) in February 2010, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe convened in Izmir (Turkey) to continue their reflections on the effectiveness of the Convention mechanism. Under the Turkish chairmanship of the Council of Europe, the Ministers adopted the Izmir Declaration on the Future of the European Court of Human Rights.


The Izmir Conference on the ECtHR. Statement by the President of the Conference of INGOs of the CoE

We are aware of the great success enjoyed by the European Convention on Human Rights since its entry into force and the European Court of Human Rights since its inception. They have had a major influence on rights and freedoms in the 47 member states. And, as you are also aware, the European Union made the right decision in providing, under the Treaty of Lisbon, for its accession to the European Convention.


The Izmir Conference on the ECtHR. Statement by the PACE President

National parliaments must play a key role in stemming the flood of applications submerging the European Court of Human Rights, PACE President Mevlüt Çavusoglu has said, speaking at the opening of the High-Level Conference on the future of the Court in Izmir (26-27 April 2011), Turkey.


REPAC Seminar on Regional Security in Central Africa

Members of the Central African Network of Parliamentarians (REPAC) have met in the Cameroonian city of Douala for a two-day seminar from 1 to 2 December 2010. REPAC is the Assembly of the people of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS). Although decided in 2002 through the adoption by the Member States of the Protocol on the establishment of REPAC, the set up of the network is still not entirely accomplished yet. 


Reform of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR)

European Court of Human Rights Court room

On 1 June 2010 Protocol No.14 to the European Convention on Human Rights entered into force, six years after its adoption by the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers. Its aim is to amend the control system of the Convention so as to improve the efficiency of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR).


EU: citizen-friendly consensus on ECI regulation getting closer

On 9th November, the European Parliament’s Constitutional Affairs (AFCO) and Petitions (PETI) committees both discussed the draft regulation for implementing the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) — with the participation of Commission and Council representatives.

UN Day - 24 October 2010

United Nations, New York, 24 October 2010 - The anniversary of the entry into force of the United Nations Charter on 24 October 1945 has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948. It has traditionally been marked throughout the world by meetings, discussions and exhibits on the achievements and goals of the Organization.


Buenos Aires: Declaration calls for a UN Parliament

On 4th October 2010 an international meeting of the Campaign for the Establishment of a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly in the Senate of Argentina in Buenos Aires has called on the United Nations and its member states to initiate a “preparatory process towards an intergovernmental conference for the purpose of establishing a Parliamentary Assembly at the United Nations.“


Inauguration of the CEMAC Parliament in Malabo

On 15 April 2010, the Regional Parliament of the Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa (CEMAC) has formally been inaugurated in the capital of Equatorial Guinea, Malabo.


France Aligns Its Criminal Code With ICC

On July 13th 2010 the French Parliament adopted the law of adaptation to the International Criminal Court, a legal text which has been several times amended, and subject of many debates since Paris ratified the ICC statute in 2000.


World Parliament on Climate Change proposed

At a conference in Canberra organized by the Australian National University, experts have suggested the establishment of a world parliament on global climate policy. The new body, initially composed of around 550 delegates from national parliaments, could be set up as a consultative body to the Conference of State Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, UNFCCC.


EAC states prepare for single currency

David Muwanga (Busiweek)- East African Community (EAC) member states are getting prepared for the establishment of a monetary union that is aimed at introducing a single currency across the five states. The monetary union is expected to be operational by 2012.


Finance ministers locked EU crisis talks

With markets gripped by fear of Greece’s economic woes spreading across the eurozone, EU finance ministers are meeting in Brussels to thrash out how they can prevent a run on the single currency.

European Council seen as winner under Lisbon Treaty

EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - Honor Mahony. 27.05.2010.

Not quite six months in place, the EU's Lisbon Treaty has already led to a significant shift in the Brussels power landscape, with many of its main actors still trying to find their feet in the new order.

The new rulebook, in force since December 2009 after many years of negotiation and then ratification, greatly increases MEPs' co-legislating powers and creates a beefed up foreign policy post and a president of the EU council.

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