Addressing the PACE Standing Committee in Zagreb today, Marija Pejčinović Burić, Croatian Minister of Foreign and European Affairs expressed commitment to have “an active and leading role” in the protection and promotion of human rights, democracy and the rule of law, during the Chairmanship of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers. “The Croatian Chairmanship intends to work closely with both the Assembly and the Secretary General,” she said.
Ms Pejčinović Burić presented the four priorities of the Croatian Chairmanship, namely: the fight against corruption; the efficient protection of rights of national minorities and vulnerable groups; decentralisation in the context of strengthening of local government and self-government, including the issue of absorption capacities of regions; and the protection of cultural heritage.
She also announced the forthcoming events organised in the context of the Chairmanship, among others a ministerial conference to be held on 15-16 October 2018 on ''Strengthening transparency and responsibility aimed at prevention of corruption'', in cooperation with GRECO (the Group of States against Corruption), with the aim to promote complementarity between the traditional national anti-corruption mechanisms and media.
It is the first time, since its accession to the Council of Europe in 1996, that Croatia is holding the Chairmanship of the Organisation.