November 2014 - May 2015

The 125th session of the Committee of Ministers brought together, on 19 May 2015 in Brussels, Ministers for Foreign Affairs of the 47 member states of the organisation.

At the close of the session, Bosnia and Herzegovina has taken over from Belgium the chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers for the next six months.

Outgoing Chairperson Didier Reynders presented the stocktaking of Belgium’s chairmanship and Igor Crnadak, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina, presented the priorities of his country’s chairmanship.

Committee of Ministers Brussels 19 May 2015
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Atrás European ministers adopt new legal standards for tackling foreign terrorist fighters

Foreign ministers from across Europe have adopted the first set of legally-binding international standards to help tackle so-called "foreign terrorist fighters".

The measures take the form of an additional protocol to the Council of Europe's convention on the prevention of terrorism, which has so far been signed by 44 of the organisation's 47 member states.

The protocol will require countries to outlaw various actions including intentionally taking part in terrorist groups, receiving terrorism training or travelling abroad for the purpose of terrorism. It also provides for a round-the-clock network of national contact points to rapidly exchange information.

Participants at the meeting also adopted a political declaration and a three-year action plan on the fight against violent extremism and radicalisation leading to terrorism. The action plan sets out a series of Council of Europe-led measures to help tackle radicalisation, including in schools, prisons and on the internet.

The 125th session of the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers is taking place in Brussels at the end of Belgium's six-month chairmanship of the organisation. The chairmanship will pass to Bosnia and Herzegovina during the meeting.

See also:
The « Brussels Document » on the future of the protection of social rights in Europe

Committee of Ministers Brussels 19 May 2015
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Interview with the Belgian Ambassador