Press release - DC064(2011)

Council of Europe launches Action Plan for Ukraine 2011-2014

Strasbourg, 12.09.2011 – The Council of Europe will launch a three-year action plan on 16 September in Kyiv to support Ukraine’s European agenda for reform in the areas of human rights, the rule of law and democracy.

The Council of Europe Secretary General, Thorbjørn Jagland, and the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Kostyantyn Gryshchenko, will open the launch conference. “The positive results of ambitious reforms will ultimately benefit the citizens of Ukraine, the country’s institutions, and the society as a whole,” they said ahead of the launch.

The new plan will cost € 22 million to implement. It will focus action on the reform of the judiciary, the fight against corruption and money laundering, freedom of expression, local democracy, free and fair elections and on strengthening social security.

Background:

Ukraine joined the Council of Europe in 1995 and is chairing the Committee of Ministers from May to November 2011.

Practical information:

The launch conference will take place from 3 pm to 5 pm on Friday 16 September at the Diplomatic Academy of Ukraine (Velyka Zhytomyrska Str. 2). A press conference is scheduled at 3.40 pm.

Press contact: Estelle Steiner, Media Officer, Council of Europe

tel. +33 3 88 41 33 35 ; mobile +33 6 08 46 01 57 ; estelle.steiner@coe.int

Council of Europe Directorate of Communication
Tel: +33 (0)3 88 41 25 60
Fax:+33 (0)3 88 41 39 11

pressunit@coe.int

www.coe.int



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