Slovenian Minister of Foreign Affairs Samuel Žbogar takes part in 120th session of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers
Slovenian Minister of Foreign Affairs Samuel Žbogar took part in the 120th session of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers on 11 May in Strasbourg. In his address, he congratulated the Swiss Chairmanship, particularly for the successful work in fields determined as priorities during the recent Slovenian Chairmanship: reform of the European Court of Human Rights, dialogue with the Parliamentary Assembly, and regional affairs. He emphasised the importance of the Council of Europe and the need for reforms that would further enhance its effectiveness and role in Europe. The advice and assistance of the Council of Europe to Bosnia and Herzegovina is also of great importance, and was high on the session’s agenda.
Minister Žbogar’s speech highlighted the importance of the approaching of Belarus to the mechanisms and standards of the Council of Europe, human-rights protection after the conflict in Georgia, the EU accession to the European Convention on Human Rights and the role of the Commissioner for Human Rights. He supported the plans of the Secretary-General to reform the organisation, and at the same time expressed regret at the decision to reform the Council of Europe Information Offices, which involves the closure of the Information and Documentation Centre of the Council of Europe in Ljubljana.
The ministers also adopted conclusions on the reform of the European Court of Human Rights, and co-operation between the Council of Europe and the EU, and expressed support for the reform endeavours of the Secretary-General, and Macedonia assumed the Chairmanship for the next six months.
On the margins of the session, Minister Žbogar also held talks with the foreign ministers of Moldavia and Armenia.