COUNCIL OF EUROPE: CHILDREN AND DISABLED RIGHTS AMONG THE PRIORITIES OF THE SWEDISH PRESIDENCY

"A new strategy concerning children rights and the rights of the disabled": it is one of the priorities established by Sweden yesterday for its six-month period of presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. During the session of the Committee, taking place in Strasbourg, the head of the Swedish diplomacy, Carl Bildt, got the baton from his Slovakian colleague Ján Kubis, who led the Organization established in 1949 and made up of 47 countries from last November. As required by the standard procedure, the State taking up the current presidency proposes a working plan: Sweden intends to set up "special conferences" to improve "the carrying out of the European Convention of human rights on a national level", so as "to let such rights become reality". Moreover, for Bildt, it is necessary to increase the overall efficiency and clearness of the Council of Europe. Slovakian Kubis explained that his government committed itself to encourage the promotion of citizens’ Europe, the very effectiveness of the action of the Council of Europe, "as well as respect and promotion of the fundamental values of the Organization".

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