Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers

Austria hands over chairmanship to Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan took over from Austria the Chairmanship of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers for a period of six months beginning on 14 May.

On 6 May in Vienna, at the end of the 124th session of the Committee of Ministers, the outgoing Chair, Sebastian Kurz, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Austria, gave an overview of his country's achievements during its chairmanship. Elmar Mammadyarov, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan, then presented the priorities of his country’s chairmanship.

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Back Ukraine : Committee of Ministers expresses solidarity and underlines importance of democratic context for efforts to find a political solution

Committee of Ministers

An extraordinary meeting of the Council of Europe's Ministers' Deputies was held on Wednesday to take stock of the political situation in Ukraine and consider the assistance which the Organisation could bring in this context. Expressing its solidarity with Ukraine and its people, the Committee underlined the importance of maintaining efforts towards finding a political solution in the country and the commitment of its 47 governments to the peaceful settlement of disputes and the full respect of the territorial integrity, unity and independence of Ukraine.

The Ministers' Deputies underlined that the reforms undertaken in Ukraine should be conducted in an all-inclusive manner, fully respect the principle of the rule of law and comply with the country's commitments to the Council of Europe, the European Convention on Human Rights and the other Council of Europe conventions to which Ukraine is party, in particular the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities and the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages. The Committee also invited Ukraine to draw on the Council of Europe's expertise when preparing the important reforms to come, starting with the revision of the Constitution and of the electoral legislation and called on all sides concerned to ensure that the International Advisory Panel as proposed by the Secretary General be enabled to begin its work on the basis of a mandate reflecting the current situation.

During the meeting, a message was also delivered on behalf of the Austrian Foreign Minister and Chairman of the Committee of Ministers Sebastian Kurz. "We want to encourage our friends in Ukraine to use the wealth of experience of this organisation, particularly in order to ensure continued protection of its minorities, as well as territorial integrity, in line with its obligations to the Council of Europe."

See also:
PACE Monitoring Committee supports the national unity of Ukraine
Anti-torture Committee returns to Ukraine
Ukraine and the Council of Europe

Strasbourg 27/02/2014
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