Press release - 379(2010)

120th session of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe - Conclusions

Strasbourg, 11.05.2010 – The Committe of Ministers of the Council of Europe met today in Strasbourg with Mrs Micheline Calmy-Rey, Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland in the chair.

The Ministers adopted a number of decisions intended to provide follow-up to the Declaration and Action Plan adopted unanimously at their conference at Interlaken in February 2010 on the future of the European Court of Human Rights.

In particular, they invited the Secretary General to make proposals by December 2010 as to the possible means of providing comprehensive and objective information to potential applicants to the Court on the Convention and the Court’s case-law. They also instructed their Deputies to step up efforts to make the supervision of execution of the judgments of the Court more effective and transparent and to bring this work to a conclusion by the end of the year. Lastly, they adopted a Recommendation on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education.

The Ministers examined action taken by the Council of Europe following the conflict in Georgia. Amongst other things, the Secretary General reported to them on the progress of his own initiatives to reform the Organisation.

Following the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty, Ministers welcomed the commitment of the European Union to accede to the European Convention on Human Rights. They called for the early completion of negotiations and a rapid accession. Whilst welcoming the substantial progress in co-operation between the Council of Europe and the European Union in a number of areas, they also called for stronger synergies, in particular in the context of implementation of the EU’s Stockholm programme.

Discussion during the informal working lunch centred around the situation in Bosnia-Herzegovina and action taken by the Council of Europe, in particular following the December 2009 judgment of the European Court of Human Rights in the case of Sedjić and Finci. The Chair and Vice-Chair made a statement on this occasion.

Finally, Ministers welcomed progress made in the preparation of a Council of Europe Convention on the Counterfeiting of Medical Products and expressed the hope that work could be completed rapidly with a view to opening the Convention for signature before the end of 2010.

Mrs Calmy-Rey reported on the results of Switzerland’s six-month chairmanship. Antonio Miloshoski, Minister of Foreign Affairs of “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” presented his country’s priorities for the next six months.

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