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The Council of Europe has launched a network of police and human rights coordinators. ...
The Council of Europe has launched a network of police and human rights coordinators.

The network will be a forum for work throughout the council's 46 member countries on police and human rights, helping to boost cooperation and share good practice. Forty countries have so far nominated coordinators.

The conference will bring together police officers, experts and NGOs. It will look at what has been done so far to promote human rights amongst police services in Europe, and focus on action for the future. The coordinators will examine, in particular, European good practices in policing and human rights, setting up a database of European police curricula with a view to possible recommendations on standardisation in the area of policing and human rights and creating a pool of European police and human rights trainers.

For more information on the 'Police and Human Rights Programme' visit here.

Congress cooperation agreement with the Committee of Regions of the European Union

A co-operation agreement between the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe and the Committee of Regions of the European Union has been announced.

The protocol, the first such agreement between a body of the Council of Europe and a body of the EU, was signed by the CoR president Peter Straub and by the congress president, Giovanni Di Stasi, who said it would enable the two assemblies to work together in promoting support for decentralisation and respect for the principle of subsidiarity.

Mr Di Stasi added that he would present the cooperation agreement to the Council of Europe's summit of heads of state and government in Warsaw next month. Mr Straub said he hoped to sign an updated cooperation agreement between the CoR and the European Commission in October.

The text of the agreement is available here.

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