Committee of Ministers Chairmanship – Luxembourg: May - November 2002 

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Luxembourg Chairmanship sets out priorities

Vilnius, 03.05.2002 - Lydie Polfer, Luxembourg Vice-Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, today presented the priorities of the Luxembourg Chairmanship of the Council of Europe for the next six months.

Entitled "Good governance : achieving the fundamental objectives of the Council of Europe", the programme revolves around the following main themes :

- gradual creation of a Europe which is united around the same values
- guarantee of a common European area of law and of respect for the human being
- ongoing strengthening of co-operation with the other organisations and institutions
- contribution to dealing with the problems of society faced by European states
- seeking of policies and projects which are close to the citizens
- follow-up to politically sensitive situations in some member and applicant states
- strengthening of links with observer states.

In order to achieve these objectives, the Chairmanship intends to organise several meetings in Luxembourg before November 2002:

- on 17 September: a symposium gathering judges of both the Court of Justice of the European Communities and the European Court of Human Rights
- on 20 and 21 September: a European conference on mayors' and local authorities' responsibility in the face of terrorism
- on 30 September and 1 October: a conference on freedom of the media in Europe
- from 17 to 19 October: a European seminar to promote the European Language Portfolio.

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