Press release - 390(2009)


Chairmanship of Committee of Ministers: Slovenia presents its priorities

Strasbourg, 12.05.2009 – The new Council of Europe Chairman-in-Office, Slovene Foreign Minister Samuel Žbogar, announced in his speech at the Ministerial Session in Madrid commemorating the Organisation’s 60th anniversary that the priorities of the Chairmanship have been defined in accordance with the commitments made at the Third Council of Europe Summit held in Warsaw in 2005.

Slovenia’s priorities are based around four broad themes such as promoting the common values of the Council of Europe, strengthening the security of European citizens, building a more humane and inclusive Europe and fostering co-operation with other international and European organisations and institutions.

The Slovenian Chairmanship will promote the continuation of the reform process of the European Court of Human Rights and strive for the promotion of rule of law at national and international levels.

The programme will also place special emphasis on children and education on children's rights, Roma, bioethics and biomedicine, and the promotion of democracy, the rule of law and human rights in South-East Europe, the Caucasus and Belarus.

It will also take an active part in other regular Council of Europe activities and ceremonies marking the 60th anniversary of the organisation.

Slovenia will chair the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe from 12 May to 18 November 2009 when it will hand it over to Switzerland.

During its presidency, Slovenia will organise a number of conferences and seminars, in Ljubljana and elsewhere. The integral text of the priorities of the Slovenian chairmanship and a calendar of major events can be consulted at Programme of the Slovene chairmanship

For further details, please see the homepage of the Chairmanship

Additional information on the 119th session of the Committee of Ministers

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