Declaration of the Committee of Ministers
on the occasion of the 1000th meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies
(Belgrade, 22 June 2007)

“One Europe - Our Europe”

The representatives of the Council of Europe 47 member states attending the 1000th meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies in Belgrade on 22 June 2007:

- Renew their commitment to the common values of democracy, human rights and the rule of law as enshrined in the Statute of the Council of Europe, as well as their attachment to the aim of the Council of Europe to achieve a greater unity between its members, thus facilitating their economic and social progress,

- Solemnly reiterate their determination to work for the construction of a Europe without dividing lines through the full respect for these shared values, thereby promoting the democratic stability, security and justice to which European societies and citizens aspire,

- Reaffirm their determination to mobilise all efforts in order to pursue the implementation of the decisions adopted at the Third Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Council of Europe held in Warsaw, focusing on the core objective of preserving and promoting human rights, democracy and the rule of law and ensuring the implementation of the Action Plan,

- Resolve to ensure the long-term effectiveness of the unique system for the protection of fundamental rights and freedoms constituted by the European Convention on Human Rights and guaranteed by the Court,

- Reiterate their desire to build more humane and inclusive societies founded on the principles of justice, freedom, solidarity, tolerance, equality, respect for diversity and reconciliation, by transcending the wounds of the past in a spirit of remembrance, overcoming prejudices and preventing the spread of extremism,

- Reconfirm the concern expressed at the Third Summit on unresolved conflicts that still affect certain parts of the continent

- Emphasise that in order to avoid the tragedies which Europe has witnessed, the values of the Council of Europe should be promoted among new generations through human rights and citizenship education, and by fostering intercultural dialogue,

- Underline the particular importance they attach to the significant contribution of local authorities and civil society in promoting the values and principles that underpin the Council of Europe’s activities, and stress the important role of the Forum for the Future of Democracy in this context,

- Pay tribute to all those who, in political, cultural and social life, through individual or collective action, sometimes through personal sacrifice, have fought for or are defending these values and principles,

- Confirm their resolve to work together with other international bodies, in the pursuit of justice, progress and peace, and to reinforce common values,

- Encourage member states, in view of the experience acquired by regional co-operation mechanisms, to reinforce their regional co-operation in all areas of competence of the Council of Europe, including in the fight against new threats such as terrorism, organised crime, corruption and trafficking in human beings and illicit substances,

- Thank the Serbian authorities for their hospitality and the initiatives taken in the context of their Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe to promote the values of the Organisation for Europe, our Europe.



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