The Ministers for Foreign Affairs of Council of Europe member states hold the Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers, the executive body of the Council of Europe, on a rotating basis in alphabetical order, for a six-month term.
The handover of the chairmanship from the Russian Federation to San Marino took place at a special meeting of the Ministers' Deputies of the 46 member states on Wednesday 15 November, 2006. San Marino held the Chairmanship until May 2007.
Mr Fiorenzo Stolfi, Minister for Foreign Affairs of San Marino, presented his state's priorities for the next six months. The three main priorities were:
- promoting intercultural and inter-religious dialogue,
- defending and developing human rights and fundamental freedoms, particularly through enhanced effectiveness of the monitoring mechanism of the European Convention on Human Rights,
- strengthening cooperation with the other international organisations.