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Igor CrnadakChairman of the Committee of Ministers participates in the special meeting of the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee in Madrid (28 July 2015)
[29/07/2015] The Chairman of the Committee of Ministers, Minister Igor Crnadak, participated on 28 July 2015 in Madrid, on behalf of the Council of Europe, in the special meeting of the Counter-Terrorism Committee of the United Nations Security Council.
On this occasion, Minister Crnadak presented the activities of the Council of Europe on the fight against terrorism, in particular regarding foreign terrorist fighters. The meeting was an opportunity to inform the participants of the recently adopted Protocol to the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism. Minister Crnadak also presented the Action Plan on the fight against violent extremism and radicalisation leading to terrorism, adopted by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe at its last session in Brussels on 19 May 2015.
- Speech by Minister Crnadak
- Declaration adopted by the special meeting


Igor CrnadakTerrorist attack in Suruc (Turkey)
Statement by Igor Crnadak, Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina
[20/07/2015] "I am deeply shocked by the deadly terrorist attack which has taken place in the city of Suruc in Turkey. I condemn in the strongest terms this appalling act and firmly hope that those responsible will rapidly be arrested and brought to justice. I wish to express my sympathy to the victims and their families.
The Council of Europe stands by the Turkish people and its government in these tragic circumstances and is determined to continue to combat terrorism in all its forms."


Anniversary of the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17
Statement by Igor Crnadak, Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina
[20/07/2015] "On the sad occasion of the anniversary of the downing of flight MH17, I wish to reiterate my sympathy to the families of the victims of this tragedy and to the people and governments of the victims countries of origin.
Those responsible must be held to account and brought to justice in accordance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 2166(2014). I reiterate the appeal of the Committee of Ministers to all States in the region to co-operate fully with the ongoing international investigations into the cause of the crash and the identity of those responsible."

1233rd meeting of the Ministers' Deputies (8 and 9 July 2015)
[09/07/2015] At their meeting on 8 July, the Ministers Deputies held an exchange of views with Mr John Murray, Chair of the Advisory Panel of Experts on Candidates for Election as Judge to the European Court of Human Rights, and with Mr Christian Ahlund, Chair of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI). On 9 July, the Deputies held an exchange of views with Mr Nils Muinieks, Council of Europe Human Rights Commissioner, on his recent visit to Ukraine.
At the same meeting, the Deputies adopted a Declaration on the death penalty in Japan following a new execution in this country on 25 June.
The Deputies also elected members of the CPT in respect of Albania, Andorra, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Finland, Iceland, Montenegro, San Marino, the Slovak Republic and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
The agenda of the meeting and the decisions adopted by the Committee of Ministers are available in the meeting file.

1232nd meeting of the Ministers' Deputies (1 July 2015)
[01/07/2015] At their meeting on 1 July, the Ministers' Deputies appointed Mr Rainer Hofmann as independent person to sit on the organs of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights for a term of office coming to an end on 1 July 2020.
The Deputies adopted two Resolutions on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by Denmark and Serbia respectively.
Finally, the Deputies held an exchange of views with Ms Anne Brasseur, President of the Parliamentary Assembly, and also with Mr Paul Rietjens, Chairman of the Committee of Legal Advisers on Public International Law (CAHDI).
The agenda of the meeting and the decisions adopted by the Committee of Ministers are available in the meeting file.
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Igor Crnadak presents the priorities of Bosnia and Herzegovinas Chairmanship
[22/06/2015] Addressing the Assembly, Igor Crnadak, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina and current Chairman of the Committee of Ministers, said his country is honoured to be assuming the Chairmanship for the first time since its accession to the Council of Europe in 2002.
The Chairmanship, he said, is as a good opportunity to further strengthen the three equally important pillars of the Council of Europe democracy, human rights and the rule of law. His country, he added, will continue the work on the common priorities drawn up in co-ordination with the outgoing Chairmanships of Azerbaijan and Belgium.
Among those priorities, he underlined, are the Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (Istanbul Convention), the Council of Europe policy towards neighbouring regions, the Organisations activities in the sphere of culture, and enhancing the Council of Europe's action with respect to the religious dimension of intercultural dialogue.
Communication from Igor Crnadak

1231st meeting of the Ministers' Deputies (17 June 2015)
[17/06/2015] At their meeting on 17 June, the Ministers' Deputies held an exchange of views with Mr Marin Mrčela, President of the Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) and with Mr Anton Bartolo, Chairman of the Committee of Experts on the Evaluation of Anti-Money Laundering Measures and the Financing of Terrorism (MONEYVAL), following their respective presentations of GRECO's 2014 general activity report and MONEYVAL's 2014 annual report.
The Deputies also adopted Resolutions concerning Belgium, the Czech Republic, Finland, Ireland, Slovenia and Sweden, in the context of the collective complaints procedure foreseen under the European Social Charter (more ...).

Decisions on the execution of European Court of Human Rights judgments
[12/06/2015] The Committee of Ministers today published the decisions and resolutions adopted at its 1230th special human rights meeting (9-11 June 2015) during which it has examined the state of implementation of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights (more ...).
1229th meeting of the Ministers' Deputies (3 June 2015)
[03/06/2015] At their meeting today, the Ministers' Deputies adopted a declaration welcoming the adoption by the Legislature of the State of Nebraska (United States of America) of a bill to abolish the death penalty, which makes it the 19th US State to take such a step.
They also adopted a declaration on the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) +10 review and the extension of the mandate of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), together with a declaration on ICANN, human rights and the rule of law (more ...).

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