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United Kingdom passes Chairmanship to Albania
The 122nd Session of the Committee of Ministers was held in Strasbourg on 23 May under the chairmanship of William Hague, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the United Kingdom. The meeting concluded the six months of UK Chairmanship of the Committee, centred chiefly on seeking means to guarantee the continued effectiveness of the European Convention on Human Rights system.

At the close of the meeting Mr. Hague handed the Chairman’s office over to Edmond Haxhinasto, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Albania, who then presented the priorities for his country’s six months in the Chair.

The Republic of Albania will be chairing the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe for the first time since its accession. Albania is taking up this responsibility with pride and a sense of strong commitment to this Organisation, its comprehensive goals and its future. This Chairmanship gives the country a great opportunity to provide its own tangible contribution to the cause of human rights, fundamental freedoms and the rule of law that the Council of Europe so uniquely embodies and promotes across the continent. Albania’s Chairmanship will be guided by the overarching interest of the Organisation as a whole, aiming at strengthening its ongoing political reforms.

To uphold and promote the core values of the organisation, the Albanian Chairmanship will focus on the following priorities:

1. Promoting sustainable democratic societies;

2. Strengthening local and regional democracy;

3. Strengthening the rule of law in Europe; 

4. Bringing forward the political reform of the organisation; 

5. Guaranteeing the long term effectiveness of the European Court of Human Rights; 

6. Guaranteeing the promotion of human rights; 

7. Stimulating intra- and inter-institutional dialogue.

 Click here for a detailed explanation of the Albanian Chairmanship's priorities


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