Estonia takes over Council of Europe chairmanship ({{commentsTotal}})

At the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France Source: (Reuters/Scanpix)

Until Cyprus takes over in November, the emphasis of the Estonian program will be on human rights in the Internet, gender equality, and children’s rights.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Marina Kaljurand (independent) will take over the chair of the Council of Europe today. The organization’s council of ministers is currently meeting in Sofia.

On the agenda of the meeting are European democracy and security, an assessment of human rights and democracy in Europe, and other current challenges to the area.

Estonia became a member of the Council of Europe in 1993. As the Ministry of Foreign Affairs states, the Council’s work has influenced Estonia’s own policy decisions, and it is the country’s aspiration to make its second chairmanship “reflect in the Council of Europe the same spirit of leadership and inspiration which our country has benefited from in the past 23 years.”

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