Press release - 125(2010)

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland : "EU accession to Human Rights' Convention is historic development"

Brussels, 16.02.2010 - "The accession of the European Union to the European Convention on Human Rights is a new, historic change in the co-operation on democratic security and stability in Europe", said today Thorbjørn Jagland, Council of Europe Secretary General,  in his key-note speech in Brussels, at the European Policy Centre (EPC) Policy Briefing "Strengthening human rights across Europe".

"What is gradually falling into place is a new, continent-wide zone of dialogue, co-operation and interaction in the areas of democracy, human rights and the rule of law. The European Union is a global player, and with its huge political and economic clout, will continue to play the leading role in the process. Its accession to the Convention will in no way diminish its importance and influence, to the contrary. By accepting the same rules which are valid for everyone else in Europe it will gain in legitimacy and in its power of persuasion" -declared Jagland-. 

The Secretary General is in Brussels for meetings with the new Commissioners Viviane Reding (Vice-President, Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship), and Cecilia Malmström (Commissioner for Home Affairs), on the preparation of the future EU accession to the European Convention on Human Rights.  

Thorbjørn Jagland  will also pay a visit today to NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.  

Press contact: Giuseppe Zaffuto, Press office, tel. +33 6 86 32 10 24.

For further information, please consult the Secretary General’s website.

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