European Interior Ministers today pledged their backing to three new Council
of Europe conventions designed to stop the actions of terrorists and
organised criminals. They called for the three new treaties to be ready in
time for the Council’s Warsaw Summit (16-17 May 2005). Polish President
Aleksander Kwasniewski told the conference that a perfect and precise legal
system was needed to beat criminals who now had no difficulties working
across international borders. ''Europe must sharpen its tools. We need to
move quickly and translate standards into action'', stressed Secretary
General Terry Davis.
This third meeting took place in Warsaw upon the invitation of Mr Ryszard
KALISZ, Minister of Interior and Administration of the Republic of Poland.
This invitation was formulated in the framework of Polish Presidency of the
Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. The aim of this meeting is
to review the current state of legal instruments on the fight against
terrorism at international and european level as well as their functioning,
and to envisage their future development on the basis of the work carried
out by the Council of Europe notably over the past two years. The
conclusions of debates constitute an important contribution to the
discussions at the 3rd Summit of Heads of State and Government and thereby,
to the work programme of the Council of Europe.