Committee of Ministers session - Strasbourg, 6 - 7 November 2002 

Lydie Polfer and Walter Schwimmer take stock of Luxembourg’s six months in the Chair of the Committee of Ministers

The outgoing Chair of the Committee of Ministers, Lydie Polfer, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister of Luxembourg, joined with Secretary General Walter Schwimmer at a press conference in reviewing the main topics discussed during the Ministers’ 111th Session. Among these, Lydie Polfer and Walter Schwimmer confirmed the forthcoming organisation of a third Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Council of Europe in order to define at the highest level the framework regarding the goals, the duties, the areas of competence and the complementary relationship of the two leading European institutions, namely the Council of Europe and the European Union.

The Summit date is expected to be set in May 2003, at the end of the Maltese Chairmanship which has just commenced. Reform of the European Court of Human Rights, to save it from being suffocated by its very success, the Council of Europe’s contribution to international action against terrorism, and the future accession to the Council of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia following the crucial adoption of its Constitutional Charter, were central to the Ministers’ discussions.