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Náměstek ministra Ivo Šrámek
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Deputy Minister Šrámek at the OSCE Permanent Council as the Chairman of the CoE’s Committee of Ministers

 

On June 1, 2017, Deputy Minister Ivo Šrámek addressed the Permanent Council of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe as the Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. At the Permanent Council’s meeting in Vienna he presented priorities and programme of the Czech Chairmanship to all 57 OSCE participating States. He also met the Political Director of the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs of Austria Alexander Marschik.

“Although the core mandates of the Council of Europe and the OSCE are distinct, there are number of areas where we can work together and complement each other,” stated Deputy Minister Šrámek at the OSCE Permanent Council. Promoting close cooperation between the Council of Europe and the EU, OSCE, UN and other international organizations is among the main priorities of the Czech Chairmanship. During its Chairmanship the Czech Republic is committed to seeking solutions to current security and social challenges by participating in important meetings of partner organizations, sharing of information and coordinating joint responses.

The Czech Republic took over the six-moth Chairmanship of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers on May 19, 2017. The Chairmanship is a unique opportunity for Czech Republic’s long-term efforts aimed at strengthening human rights, democracy and the rule of law and promoting closely related values.

During his visit Deputy Minister Šrámek held political consultations on current issues with his Austrian counterpart Alexander Marschik.

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