United Kingdom took over the Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe
Strasbourg - At the 1124th meeting of Ministers’ Deputies in Strasbourg on 7 November, the United Kingdom took over the Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe for the next six months.
The United Kingdom Foreign Secretary, William Hague, presented the priorities of the Chairmanship regarding thematic areas; these include strengthening the rule of law; internet governance, including freedom of expression on the Internet; combating discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity; and streamlining the Council of Europe’s activities in support of local and regional democracy. The overarching theme of the UK Chairmanship is the promotion and protection of human rights, with a particular focus on reforming the European Court of Human Rights and enhanced implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights. The United Kingdom will also support Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland’s programme of organisational reform of the Council of Europe.
Albania takes over the Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers from the United Kingdom on 14 May 2012.