State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic Milan Ježovica attended the 121st Session of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe held on May 10 and 11 in Istanbul.
The Committee of Ministers has discussed Council of Europe`s Neighbourhood Policy as well as the Report of the Group of Eminent Persons entitled “Living together in Europe in the 21st century”. In his address the state Secretary supported Council of Europe`s proposal of Neighbourhood Policy and underlined that the Council of Europe must not turn back to the countries in its south neigbourhood demanding freedom and democracy. He has also pointed out that we cannot forget that on the east borders in Belarus freedom is being stifled.
With the reference to the Report of the Group of Eminent Persons he said: “We welcome the findings based on the principles of the European Convention on Human Rights, especially individual freedom and equality before the law.”
At the margin of the Committee of Ministers’ Session, the State Secretary signed the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence. Slovakia has become one of the first signatories to the Convention, which for the first time in Europe sets legally-binding standards to prevent violence against women and domestic violence.
The Session of the Committee of Ministers was organized by Turkey in the framework of its chairmanship in this decision-making body of the Council of Europe. The Chairmanship for the next half year was handed over to Ukraine.
Remarks of Milan Jezovica enclosed