The fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989 brought about the collapse of communist regimes and extended the field of democracy across the European continent. This peaceful revolution, which spread at a speed one could not imagine, caused a number of dramatic humanitarian situations. One of the most striking examples was, without doubt, Albania in the years 1991 to 1993, when the Council of Europe found itself facing a situation without precedent.
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Claudia LUCIANI Claudia joined the Council of Europe in 1990, after working in the legal department of the International Labour Organization (ILO). She was closely involved in the accession of new democracies to the Council of Europe after the fall of the Berlin Wall. She worked for a number of years in the Directorate General of Political Affairs as head of External Relations, and then in the Balkan countries until she was promoted to the position of Political Director. Claudia helped set up the Office of the Directorate General of Programmes responsible for co-operation programmes in the field, before moving to the Directorate General of Democracy where she is currently head of the Directorate of Human Dignity, Equality and Governance, dealing with issues relating to equality, violence against women and democratic governance in the member states.
The Vienna Summit – October 1993
European Convention on Human Rights – November 1950...