The Foreign Affairs Ministers of the Council of Europe’s 47 member states are meeting in Elsinore (Denmark) on 18 May to discuss the challenges facing the Organisation.
The Committee of Ministers should also adopt an amending protocol aimed at modernising the Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data, the only existing legally binding international treaty in this field.
The session will be chaired by Anders Samuelsen, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Denmark and Chair of the Committee of Ministers and will be opened by the Prime Minister of Denmark, Lars Løkke Rasmussen.
Other items on the agenda:
- The Secretary General’s 2018 report on the State of democracy, human rights and the rule of law: “Role of institutions, threats to institutions”;
- The future of the Council of Europe;
- Conflicts and crises in Europe;
- Long-term effectiveness of the supervisory mechanism of the European Convention on Human Rights;
- Co-operation between the Council of Europe and the European Union.
Mr Samuelsen will take stock of Denmark’s chairmanship over the past six months and make a handover to Marija Pejčinović Burić, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Croatia, who will present the priorities of her country’s chairmanship.
A press conference is scheduled at 2.30 p.m., with the participation of Mr Samuelsen, Ms Pejčinović Burić and Mr Jagland.