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Foreign Ministry wants ECHR waiting periods reduced

As the current president of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe (CE), Slovakia will push for increasing the budget of the Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) and thus shorten the waiting periods for court proceedings, according to Roman Buzek. The head of the political section of Slovakia's Foreign Ministry said on November 20 that the Court was overloaded by an increasing number of complaints from citizens of EU-member countries.

"Slovak diplomacy has for a long time been in favour of increasing the budget of this organisation," Buzek said during a conference held in Bratislava on the occasion of Slovakia assuming the presidency of the CE's executive body, organised by the House of Europe and the Information Office of the Council of Europe under the auspices of Foreign Minister Ján Kubiš. Representatives of executive and judicial power, NGOs and local administration took part.

The priorities of Slovakia's CE presidency, assumed on November 12, include coordination of CE activities and its cooperation with other international organisations and integration groups, and consolidation of the CE's human rights' protection system. Slovakia has also decided to focus on the Roma issue. An international conference, to be held in Bratislava from April 8-9, will concentrate on the education of Roma children at elementary and secondary schools. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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