Slovakia completed its term as president of the Council of Europe's (CoE) Committee of Ministers on May 7. Foreign Affairs Minister Ján Kubiš provided an evaluation of the country's chairmanship of the CE's highest decision-making body that same day, the ministry's press and communications department told the TASR newswire.
The presidency will be passed to Sweden at the 118th session of the CE's Committee of Ministers in Strasbourg, where the foreign affairs ministers of CE-member countries are due to assess the contribution of the body to stability and security in Europe.
During its six-month mandate, Slovakia followed up the activities of former presiding countries in an effort to ensure the broadest possible implementation of priorities, as set out at the third summit of presidents and prime ministers of CE-member countries in Warsaw in 2005. The priorities included the protection of human rights, the promotion of legally-consistent states and democracy, better efficiency and transparency within the CE, and enhanced cooperation with the UN, the EU, OSCE and other international organisations. Slovakia also attempted to foster constructive dialogue with Belarus. TASR
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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9. May 2008 at 8:30