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November 2008 to May 2009


Miguel Ángel Moratinos: The European Court of Human Rights to improve its effectiveness soon

Miguel Ángel Moratinos


Foreign Affairs Minister of Spain and Chairman of the Committee of Ministers, said that a number of reforms to be considered, and eventually adopted at the upcoming ministerial session in Madrid, will improve the efficiency of the Court of Human Rights in the near future, while Protocol 14 is not yet in force. Speaking at the Parliamentary Assembly on 30 April, he stated that the reform of the Court has been the key priority of the Spanish Chairmanship. He said the Madrid Declaration, to be adopted by the Committee on 12 May, will recognize how much Europeans owe to the Council of Europe and will set goals for the future of the organisation.

Rodríguez Zapatero: Council of Europe must further protect human rights

José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero


Speaking at the Assembly on 29 April, the President of the Spanish Government, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, said the Council of Europe’s goals must be to consolidate democracy wherever it is still fragile and to monitor the respect of fundamental rights while protecting them further. He highlighted gender equality, the fight against terrorism, human trafficking and poverty, and promoting intercultural dialogue as some of the priority areas for Spain in its cooperation with the Organisation. (more ...)