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  • 10 November 2010

    On 10 November 2010 Turkey has taken over the chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe for the next six months.

    At the "handover" meeting of the Committee of Ministers' Deputies, Minister for Foreign Affairs of "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia" and outgoing Chairman Antonio Miloshoski outlined the main achievements of his country's chairmanship since it began on 11 May. Ahmet Davutoğlu, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Turkey, then outlined the priorities of the incoming Chairmanship for the coming six months, after which there was an exchange of views with the Ministers' Deputies.

    With a view to reinforcing the political role, visibility and influence of the oldest pan-European organisation on the European and international scene, its programme focuses on five priorities:

    Reform of the Council of Europe: Turkey will support the ambitious reform package presented by the Secretary General, which aims to put the Council of Europe back in a central position on the international scene, as an innovative, flexible, high-profile organisation, capable of adapting to Europe's changing political landscape.
    Reform of the European Court of Human Rights: to secure the long-term effectiveness of the European system for the protection of human rights, Turkey will continue its predecessors' work, hosting a conference on the reform of the Court following up on the process launched in Interlaken in February 2010.

    Strengthening independent monitoring mechanisms: the Turkish Chairmanship will hold seminars, round table meetings and workshops to raise awareness about these tools which make the Council unique. Other European and international partners will be involved to highlight the comparative advantage of the Council's mechanisms.

    EU accession to the European Convention on Human Rights: Turkey will encourage all partners to accelerate the accession process and help to identify solutions to any technical problems which may arise.

    Meeting the challenges of multicultural societies in Europe : Turkey is convinced that the Council of Europe is the best placed regional and international body to meet the new challenges posed by the resurgence of intolerance and discrimination in Europe. At its instigation, a Group of Eminent Persons has been appointed to open new lines of inquiry and make new proposals on how to "live together".

    The Committee of Ministers Deputies adopted on that meeting Resolution on the establishment of an Advisory Panel of Experts on Candidates for Election as Judge to the European Court of Human Rights.

    Full programme and draft timetable of activities

    Chairmanship's website

    Presidency of "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia"


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