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On April 27, 2021, under the co-chairmanship of N.S. Kobrinets, Director of the Department of Pan-European Cooperation of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and V. Taylor, Director of the Directorate General for Programs of the Council of Europe (CE), a regular meeting of the Steering Committee for Russia-Council of Europe Cooperation Programs ( Rukkom).

The event timed to coincide with the 25th anniversary of Russia’s membership in the Council of Europe (February 28, 1996) was attended by representatives of Russian federal authorities, research, educational and public organizations, heads of departments of the Council of Europe Secretariat and the Council of Europe Program Office in Moscow.

The results of the implementation of the Russia-CE sectoral programs and proposals for the development of interaction with an emphasis on the most notable projects were considered: “HELP” (advanced training on the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms – ECHR), the implementation of the National Action Strategy for Women, the Framework Program between the Ministry of Education and Science of Russia and the Council of Europe in the field of youth policy, as well as a project being developed to protect the rights of the most vulnerable groups in the penitentiary system.

It was decided to extend for a year, until the end of 2022, the validity of the framework document “Priority areas of cooperation between the Council of Europe and the Russian Federation for 2019-2021” approved in December 2020. Mutual disposition to continue project cooperation between Russia and the Council of Europe was reaffirmed. They emphasized the importance of preserving its depoliticized and pragmatic character, and the compliance of its parameters with the requests of interested Russian departments and organizations.

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