Congress of Local and Regional Authorities elects Gudrun Mosler-Törnström as new president

Mosler- Törnström is the first woman to be elected to the presidency of the Congress.

New assessment report on European judicial systems

Today, The European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) outlines the main trends observed in 45 European countries and Israel in its latest annual survey. It also launches a new interactive database accessible to the public.

Venice Commission legal experts raise alarm over draft modifications to Azerbaijan’s constitution

A preliminary opinion by the Council of Europe’s constitutional law experts criticizes draft modifications to Azerbaijan’s constitution. These changes will be put to a national referendum on Monday 26 September.

Council of Europe launches new action plan to strengthen judicial independence and impartiality

The plan was agreed by justice ministers from 47 member states, together with representatives of the judiciary, at a conference held in Sofia.

Council of Europe and EU announce new three-year cooperation agreement for the Western Balkans and Turkey

In a joint statement, Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland and the European Union’s Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy & Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn, declared: “We are happy to announce the launching [of] a joint initiative to assist partners in the Western Balkans and Turkey in addressing challenges in the areas of rule of law and human rights.”