Press release - 380(2010)

Priorities of the incoming Chairmanship of the Council of Europe

Strasbourg, 11.05.2010 - “The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” has taken over the chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers from Switzerland for the next six months.

Micheline Calmy-Rey, Head of Switzerland's Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, presented a report on Switzerland’s achievements over the past six months and Antonio Miloshoski, incoming Chair, announced the priorities of his country’s programme, which will focus on three thematic areas :

    1. Strengthening human rights protection

    2. Fostering integration while respecting diversity

    3. Promoting youth participation

When presenting his priorities, Minister Miloshoski said “The Macedonian chairmanship will hold a series of events throughout its tenure – see below – to emphasise this focus. For example, it will organise a conference in Skopje entitled Strengthening subsidiarity: integrating the Courts’ case law in the national law and practice. The aim of the conference is to reflect upon the possibilities for strengthening the principle of subsidiarity and the need for substantive incorporation of the European Convention on Human Rights into national systems. Such an incorporation would ensure compatibility of national legislation and judicial and administrative practice with the provisions of the Convention and the case-law of the Court”.

An inclusive Europe cannot be imagined without integrating national minorities in European societies. In co-operation with the Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities and the Advisory Committee, the new chairmanship will organise a conference on the integration of national minorities. The gathering will provide an opportunity to highlight the complementarities between the Advisory Committee and the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities and the interaction with other international organisations in fostering diversity in Europe.

Because young people are the driving force of our societies, the new chairmanship will also organise a youth gathering in Ohrid, in September 2010, which could be considered as one of the Council of Europe’s contributions marking 2010 as the “International Year of Youth,” as proclaimed under the UN General Assembly Resolution 64/134.

Provisional calendar of major events

20-21 May 2010, Skopje: Standing Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly

1-4 June 2010, Ohrid: 19th Meeting of the Working Group of CCJE

7-8 June 2010, Skopje: Conference on National Minorities

10-12 June 2010, Ohrid: Regional Meeting of Representatives of Constitutional Courts

14-15 June 2010, Skopje: Conference on Roma

10-11 September 2010, Ohrid: See Youth Gathering – launching of the Ohrid process

13-14 September 2010, Ohrid: Council of Europe 2010 Exchange of the Religious Dimension of the Multicultural Dialogue: “The role of media in fostering multicultural dialogue, tolerance and mutual understanding: freedom of expression in the media and respect towards other cultural and religious diversity”

16-17 September 2010, Ohrid: Committee on Migration, Refugees and Population of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

24-25 September 2010, Skopje: Ministerial Conference “Promoting the social values of cultural heritage in Europe”

7-8 October 2010, Skopje: Conference on integrating persons with disabilities-”Towards Community living: current realities, future challenges”

15-17 October 2010, Ohrid: Conference on the fight against corruption

21-22 October 2010, Bitola: Seminar on Gender Budgeting

28-29 October 2010, Skopje: Launching event for the Council of Europe Action Plan on Social Cohesion

4-5 November 2010, Skopje: Conference: “Strengthening subsidiarity: integrating the Court’s case-law into national law and judicial practice”

9 November: 15th Anniversary of the country's accession  to the Council of Europe

Mid November: End of the Chairmanship

Council of Europe Directorate of Communication
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