Romania at the Council of Europe

Romanian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers

 Romania’s mandate as chair of the Committee of Ministers was used to further the core values of the Council of Europe and to improve the efficiency of the organization, while preserving its relevance and reinforcing its credibility, against the background of the current European political debate.

The Third Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Council of Europe, which took place in Warsaw on 16 - 17 May, has reconfirmed the role of the Council of Europe, as an essential component of the European political and security architecture and a unique framework to promote and defend human rights, advance democratic principles and values and foster the rule of law throughout Europe. As a responsible member of the Euro-atlantic community, Romania shall pursue the implementation of the political declaration and of the action plan adopted in Warsaw. To this end, the Romanian Chairmanship has continued the endeavors of the previous chairmanships, in particular Poland and Portugal, and has cooperated with the incoming Russian Chairmanship, preserving a line of continuity in the activity of the Council of Europe.

Transforming priority actions approved at the Summit into concrete activities is a collective responsibility for all member states. After the first assessment made in November 2005, the Ministerial meeting in May 2006 has offered an opportunity for a more comprehensive assessment of the implementation of the Summit documents.

As Chair of the Council of Europe between 17 November 2005 and 19 May 2006, Romania has stepped up consultation and cooperation with all member countries, building a sense of togetherness and boosting their confidence in the organization. We have accomplished our duties in a responsible, pragmatic and transparent way. Romania has adopted a balanced attitude so as to facilitate consensus reaching among member states on major issues on the agenda of the Organization, while rejecting  any attempt to weaken the core principles and values of the Council of Europe.

Undertaking this mission, Romania has made full use of the experience in managing international mandates, such as OSCE chairmanship (2001), South Eastern European Cooperation Process chairmanship (October 2004 – May 2005), UN Security Council Presidency (during the month of October 2005).

While chairing the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, Romania was also in charge of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization for a period of six months (November 1, 2005 – May 30, 2006). In autumn 2006, Romania has hosted the Summit meeting of the Francophone movement, in Bucharest.

The chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers was a unique opportunity for Romania to strengthen the Council of Europe’s political mandate and to enhance its contribution to the stability and security in Europe and to furthering its process of reunification.

To this purpose, Romania has followed the following priorities for its Chairmanship:

  • promoting democratic standards and good governance;
  • enhancing the overall protection of human rights in Europe, including areas where the existing systems are not yet effective;
  • developing inclusive societies, through fostering diversity and dialogue between religions and cultures;
  • enhancing the efficiency and coherence of the European institutional architecture.

 

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