The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Slovenia, Anže Logar, participated in the virtual session 131 of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, under the German chairmanship of the Committee. The main topic of the ministers’ discussions was the joint responsibility for democratic security in Europe. In his speech, Logar stressed that the Covid-19 pandemic represents not only a health crisis but also a socio-economic crisis. The pandemic is testing and threatening the hard-won norms and standards of human rights developed and protected by the Council of Europe.
“Minister Logar emphasized at the outset that the world was seeing widespread democratic obstacles, a weakening of the rule of law and a worrying trend of non-execution of European Court of Human Rights rulings. The Minister provided support to the Strasbourg Court and thanked the Secretary-General for her Strategic Framework. The Council of Europe must continue to reform and adapt to the new challenges following the pandemic: human rights, democracy and the rule of law. He supported the ministerial decision on human rights in the digital age and expressed his conviction that the Council of Europe is a unique organization for setting standards to meet the challenges of new technologies, especially artificial intelligence, in cooperation with others, such as UNESCO, ”announced the Slovenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
He further emphasized Slovenia’s commitment to effective multilateralism and diversified international cooperation at all levels (European, national, parliamentary, local and regional) to respond to the needs of our citizens. During its presidency of the Council of Europe, Slovenia will pursue its priorities given the Council of Europe. “We want the Union to join the European Convention on Human Rights as soon as possible,” Logar said.
At the meeting, the ministers also discussed the Secretary General’s annual report on the state of democracy, human rights and the rule of law for 2021, the role of the Council of Europe in responding to conflicts and crises in Europe and ensuring the long-term effectiveness of the European Convention on Human Rights. Human rights.