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Minister Zaorálek Will Pass the Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the CoE to Denmark

Date: 15.11.2017 , Venue: Strasbourg

On November 15, 2017, Minister of Foreign Affairs Lubomír Zaorálek will attend the meeting of the Committee of Ministers’ Deputies of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. The Minister will officially close the six-month Czech Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg and will hand it over to Denmark. The Czech Republic holds the Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe since May 19, 2017.

The Government of the Czech Republic approved the priorities of the Czech Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers by Resolution No. 334 of May 3, 2017. These priorities include the protection of the human rights of persons belonging to vulnerable or disadvantaged groups, gender equality, strengthening the rule of law, promoting human rights education and linguistic skills, supporting local and regional democracy and public administration reforms and cooperation with other international organizations.

At this special meeting of Permanent Representatives of the Council of Europe’s member States the Minister will present the implementation of the priorities of the Czech Chairmanship, highlight the main events held during the chairmanship and summarize the current challenges in the agenda of the Committee of Ministers. Then he will officially hand over the chairmanship for the next six months to his Danish counterpart, Minister Anders Samuelsen. At the end of the meeting, devoted to the transfer of chairmanship, he will listen to the presentation of the Danish Chairmanship’s priorities. The Minister will meet for bilateral talk with the Secretary General of the Council of Europe Mr Thorbjørn Jagland, with whom he has worked intensively during the past six months of the Czech Chairmanship. In the afternoon the Czech flag-lowering ceremony in front of the Strasbourg City Hall and a meeting with the representatives of the municipality of Strasbourg are scheduled.

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