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19.05.2015  

Minister Erjavec attends 125th session of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe

At the session, Minister Erjavec underlined the proactive approach of the Council of Europe to the crisis in Ukraine. He presented the initiative 'Positive agenda for the Youth in the Western Balkans' launched in April this year as part of the Brdo Process, which can serve as a positive model for young people in the wider region. In this respect, he pointed out the importance of mutual ties and educational mobility, which enable young people to challenge stereotypes, develop mutual respect and live in friendly coexistence. He also welcomed the decision of the Council of Europe to declare a European Day for Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse, which was adopted on Slovenia's initiative, and thanked member states for their support. Minister Erjavec raised the pressing issue of international terrorism, where repression cannot be the only response: the overall circumstances enabling terrorist acts need to be thoroughly addressed. The minister expressed his belief that the additional protocol to the Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism is an appropriate basis for a unified approach to additional legal regulation of the fight against terrorism. The Secretary General of the Council of Europe presented his second annual report on the state of human rights in Europe, which reveals certain important shortcomings and worrying trends that need to be dealt with appropriately. Minister Erjavec reiterated Slovenia's commitment to the protection of human rights, the rule of law and the European Court of Human Rights. At the session, Belgium handed over the Chairmanship of the CE Committee of Ministers to Bosnia and Herzegovina for the next six months.