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Parliamentary Assembly Session: 26 to 30 April 2010

Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf : Interlarken conference key to lasting Court reform

“If we are to reap maximum benefit from the conference momentum, there has to be an immediate, practical and agreed follow-up that involves all the participants in the Interlaken process,” said Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf in her 29 April speech to the Parliamentary Assembly on behalf of the Swiss Presidency of the Committee of Ministers.

She said conference participants must show the political will, needed to complete the reform of the European Court of Human Rights, by introducing the agreed action plan setting out political guidelines and a catalogue of practical reform measures.

Ms Widmer-Schlumpf also hailed the institutional response to the conference’s agreements and welcomed the European Union’s decision to accede to the European Convention on Human Rights.

This demonstrated “the major contribution of the Court and the benefits it offers for the whole of Europe,” she added.