This year, the Council of Europe Heads of State and Government Summit will be held on May 16 and 17 in the Polish capital, Warsaw – a city with a symbolic importance in the history of Europe.
The goal is to ensure the Council of Europe’s activities are relevant to the 800 million citizens who live in its 46 member states and that its work addresses the challenges they face in the new century. It will define the Council’s future goals and priorities in a new political mandate. It will reinforce the Council of Europe's role within the new European and global environment at the highest political level.
The Summit is also expected to:
- Confirm and strengthen the Council’s key mission to safeguard and promote human rights, democracy and the rule of law all over the continent;
- Develop pan-European political dialogue at intergovernmental, inter-parliamentary and regional/local level;
- Implement the reform of the European Court of Human Rights, including more efficient processing of applications as well as speeding up the decision-making process at the Court;
- Foster Council of Europe action aimed at promoting social cohesion, intercultural dialogue and democratic citizenship;
- Strengthen relations and co-operation with the European Union, the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe and the United Nations.
The following issues are expected to come under close consideration in the context of the Summit : trafficking in human beings, terrorism, the protection of national minorities, money laundering, corruption, organised crime, violence against children, use of the Internet, free movement of Europeans across the continent, migration flows and displacement issues.