“By joining the Council of Europe in 1996, Croatia clearly demonstrated it belonged to the circle of European countries sharing the highest democratic standards,” today said Gordan Jandroković, Speaker of the Croatian Parliament, in his opening address at the meeting of the PACE Standing Committee in Zagreb.
He added that the Council of Europe membership provided Croatian citizens with the possibility to have their rights protected in line with the highest standards of the European legislative acquis.
“The European Convention for the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms, as well as the European Court of Human Rights are recognized in all the segments of our society, and we have to constantly encourage the awareness of their importance,” he stressed.
“Today when Europe is faced with numerous challenges threatening democracy, human rights and the rule of law, we must all together protect our shared heritage of values and legislation and foster the awareness of our common European cultural identity,” Mr Jandroković said.
“We will thereby, in mutual cooperation and dialogue, make our continent stable and safe,” he concluded.