Greek chairmanship holds Council of Europe ministers session in Athens on Wednesday

Greek chairmanship holds Council of Europe ministers session in Athens on Wednesday

The 130th Session of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe will be held by video conference on Wednesday, with some key EU officials participating in person in Athens.

Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe Miltiadis Varvitsiotis will open the proceedings with an address on Wednesday at 10:00, joined by the 47 Foreign Affairs Ministers of the Council of Europe's member states via video streaming. Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will also address the conference.

The ministerial conference will be attended in person by Secretary General of the Council Marija Pejcinovic Buric, President of the European Court of Human Rights Robert Spano, President of the Council's Parliamentary Assembly Rik Daems and Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatovic.

The e-meeting is held out of Athens to mark Greece's six-month chairmanship of the Council of Europe which ends on November 18.

A declaration is also expected to be issued about democracy, the rule of law and human rights during the time of the coronavirus pandemic, while the creation of a History Observatory will also be announced.

At 18:00 on Wednesday an anniversary event will be held at the Parliament’s Senate Hall to mark the 70th anniversary of the signing of the European Convention on Human Rights, with Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou as keynote speaker.

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