The Council of Europe establishes a register of damages from Russian aggression

The Council of Europe decided to establish a register of damages caused by Russian aggression against Ukraine, which has joined it or expressed its intention to do so. 43 out of 46 member states. The decision was taken at the summit of heads of state of this organization, which ends today in the Icelandic capital, Reykjavík. The European Union, which has been invited to this meeting, has promised initial funding to start this registry of damages which will be based in the Netherlands, although it will also have a delegation in Ukraine itself.

The current Secretary General of the Council of Europe, the Croatian, María Bejenovic Boric, declared that “This is a landmark decision that will help victims record their losses and is vital to any future compensation mechanism. Backed by a very large coalition of member and non-member states and the European Union, the decision is one of the first to be binding a law to hold Russia accountable for its actions.”

Non-European countries that have joined include the United States, Canada and Japan. Among the countries that did not subscribe to the idea were Hungary and Turkey.


The Icelandic Prime Minister, Katrin Jacobsdottir, host of the summit, considered that “the Council of Europe can and must play an important role in Ensure accountability. The record is an important step toward accountability for crimes committed in Russia’s brutal war and a powerful message of support for Ukraine.”

The European Union was represented by the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, and the President of the Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, who both pledged to contribute.Great contribution» for the costs of starting this record. The Registry will be based in The Hague where the International Criminal Court is also located. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte expressed his relief that “this record is in The Hague, the legal capital of the world.”

The initial term of this registry will be three years and it will collect evidence and information regarding claims for damages, losses or injuries caused by Russia’s illegal aggression against Ukraine, so that it can be used in compensation mechanisms for future victims.

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