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CORE discusses co-operation between the OSCE and the Council of Europe in Strasbourg

On 13 – 16 November 2017, Frank Evers and Esther Somfalvy met with high-ranking representatives of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. These meetings were conducted within the frame of a project that had been commissioned by the German Federal Foreign Office. Its intention is to look into topics for future co-operation between the OSCE and the Council of Europe that would further substantiate or complement the four priority areas of co-operation that are since years the standard matters of the joint OSCE/CoE agenda – fighting terrorism, combating human trafficking, promoting the rights of persons belonging to national minorities and promoting tolerance and non-discrimination. It should also examine possible co-operation formats between the central institutions and other bodies of the two organizations, ways to co-operate at the level of field operations and approaches to consider the specific interests of the organizations’ respective key participating and Member States.