Strasbourg, 07.11.2002 - Maltese Foreign Minister Joseph Borg today set out the priorities of the Council of Europe Maltese presidency for the next six months.
1. to continue the process of unification of Greater Europe on the basis of the cooperation structures offered by the Council of Europe
2. to strengthen the social and cultural dimensions of European integration on a continent-wide scale
Malta will also publish a European children's anthology of artwork and poetry.
The Maltese Presidency will do its utmost to strengthen cooperation between the Committee of Ministers and its institutional partners - the Parliamentary Assembly, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, the European Court of Human Rights, the Commissioner for Human Rights - as well as with its partner organisations (European Union, OSCE, United Nations and others).
The Presidency will organise a Conference on Access to Social Rights in Malta on 14 and 15 November. It proposes holding a round table conference early in 2003 on migration policies for Mediterranean countries - north and south - aimed at discussing the migration management strategy recommended by the Council of Europe.