Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kostiantyn Hryshchenko on November 7 signed the Council of Europe's Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence, the press service of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry reports.

The convention is a new legal instrument of the Council of Europe, which opened for signature at the 121st ministerial meeting of the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers in Istanbul on May 11, 2011.

The convention provides for a comprehensive legal framework for the protection of women against all forms of violence, is aimed at preventing and eliminating this phenomenon, and also foresees an international mechanism for monitoring the implementation of its clauses at the national level. Ukraine became the 17th state that has acceded to this convention. Joining the convention will facilitate the implementation of respective measures to eliminate violence against women and domestic violence through the further application of the convention's provisions at the national level.

On the same day, Hryshchenko signed Protocol No. 3 to the European Outline Convention on Transfrontier Cooperation between Territorial Communities or Authorities concerning Euroregional Cooperation Groupings, according to UKRINFORM.

This document defines the legal status and governs the issues of the creation and functioning of Euroregional cooperation groupings, which include local authorities and government agencies.

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