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Minister Lajčák: “Participative approach is one of most efficient ways of governance”

Minister Lajčák: “Participative approach is one of most efficient ways of governance”

13.5.2014 | Aktivity ministra | Ľudské práva

Miroslav Lajčák, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, opened an expert event entitled Institutional Architecture of Human Rights Protection in the premises of the Management of Special Purpose Facilities of the ministry in Bratislava today (13 May 2014). The event was the second workshop organized by the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic in the process of preparing the National Strategy for Human Rights Protection and Promotion in SR.

The aim of the specialized event was to involve the public and experts in mapping out the standard of institutional protection of human rights in the Slovak Republic and the role of non-governmental, non-profit organizations in human rights protection. The event focused on institutional support of non-governmental organizations and on the opportunities to improve implementation mechanisms for human rights protection and promotion.

“There is no uniform mechanism for institutional human rights protection worldwide or at the level of European Union member states. It depends on each country what model they choose. The participative approach to development of public policies, the one we have applied in Slovakia, is not a simple model. To the contrary, it brings along many challenges and increased demands on time and involvement by both state officials and by civil society. It has also become clear that this model is one of the most efficient ways of day-to-day implementation of democratic principles in governance,” stated Minister Lajčák.

The participants in the expert event noted that the proposed strategy will be an effective instrument for human rights protection and promotion in Slovakia and a good foundation for further discussions.