“The Latvian Presidency will be guided by the decisions taken at the Summit. We are committed to advance their implementation. Given the importance of the parliamentary dimension in the work of the Council of Europe, we count on your input in this process,” Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs said today, addressing the Standing Committee in Riga in the framework of Latvia’s Presidency of the Committee of Ministers.
“I express my gratitude to the Parliamentary Assembly for exploring ways to hold Russia accountable for the crimes committed in and against Ukraine. As the Presidency of the Committee of Ministers, we will keep this issue high on the agenda,” Mr Rinkēvičs said.
He strongly welcomed the decision by the Summit to establish a Register of Damage caused by Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. “It is a first practical step towards a future international compensation mechanism. Latvia is among the founding members of the Register, and our Presidency will support its operational launch,” the Foreign Minister added.
Summarising the priorities of the Latvian Presidency, Mr Rinkēvičs listed strengthening democracy and the rule of law in Europe - including promotion of the execution of European Court of Human Rights judgments – as well as promoting freedom of expression, working to ensure the safety of journalists, action on the Council of Europe’s digital agenda, and advancing the Council’s reform process.