Minister Renzi took the floor at the 128th session of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe

The Minister of Foreign Affairs Nicola Renzi arrived yesterday in Elsinore (Denmark) to take part in the 128th session of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. In the evening he attended the event organised by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Anders Samuelsen. The Heads of Delegation from the 47 member States of the Council of Europe met at the Kronborg Castle for an advance discussion on the general themes of the Committee of Ministers that has opened today.

In a climate of great concern for the future of the Council of Europe, the Committee of Ministers examined the present and future challenges to be faced by the Organization and discussed the most suitable actions to cope with them.

The session of the Committee of Ministers opened with the speech of the Prime Minister of Denmark Lars Løkke Rasmussen. Minister Samuelsen, Chairman of the Committee of Ministers, presented the results of the Danish Chairmanship and mentioned the main events of the semester, which focused on continuing the reform of the European system of human rights protection, equal opportunities, the rights of people with disabilities, the involvement of young people in democracy and the fight against torture.

The session was attended by the highest representatives of the Council of Europe. Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland spoke on the state of democracy, human rights and the rule of law in Europe. He highlighted in a systematic manner the challenges and the importance of efficiency, impartiality and independence of the judicial system, to guarantee the affirmation of fundamental freedoms of individuals and the building of inclusive societies.

In the morning, Minister Renzi took the floor to reaffirm the support of San Marino to the work and activities of the Council of Europe in this difficult and complex moment for the Organization. He congratulated the outgoing Chairmanship which, focusing its efforts primarily on the reform of the system of protection of the European Court, reaffirmed the values of a liberal, democratic and pluralist Europe as a model for societies and peoples of other parts of the world. Minister Renzi responded to the call made by the Secretary General on the government representatives present to act in the spirit of an ideal supranational vision able to reaffirm the values, for which the generations before us fought. He shared with the audience the concerns of San Marino political representatives for the spread of racism and xenophobia that have also involved the Republic, especially in the last period. He reiterated the strong willingness of San Marino institutions to "identify the most suitable instruments to counter incitement to hatred and discrimination […] and to strengthen the monitoring of security in the territory, by promoting any other action and initiative in favour of tolerance and dialogue and developing projects that protect serenity among the population and equality of civil rights". Minister Renzi explained that, in this spirit, "last 13 May a march against hatred was organised in San Marino by the civil society, under the auspices of Their Excellencies the Captains Regent and with the full support of the Government: it was a sign of rejection […] of racism and hatred, which leads to division and violence".

At the end of the morning, during the lunch organised by the Chairman of the Committee of Ministers, the Heads of Delegation discussed the principle of multilateralism, which is undermined by external threats and by the lack of confidence in its potential.

In the afternoon, at the conclusion of the session, Minister Samuelsen will leave the Chairmanship to Marija Pejčinović, the Croatian Minister of Foreign Affairs, who will present the priorities of her country in the next six months of Chairmanship.

San Marino, 18 May 2018


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