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Parliamentary Assembly Session: 26 to 30 April 2010

Micheline Calmy-Rey : “A revitalization of the Council of Europe has begun”

The Committee of Ministers’ Chairperson welcomed, on 26 April, the Council of Europe reform started by its Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland.

She raised problems encountered in Belarus and Bosnia and Herzegovina. She considers it vital that the Committee of Ministers sends a clear and unanimous message to Bosnia and Herzegovina to align its Constitution and legislation with requirements of the European Convention on Human Rights without further delay.

She stressed that the Interlaken Conference on the future of the European Court of Human Rights, held on 18 and 19 February, was undoubtedly the high point of the Swiss chairmanship and constitutes the beginning of a lengthy reform process.