Turin, 20 May 2022 (TDI): The Council of Europe held its Committee of Ministers meeting to discuss its response to Russian aggression against Ukraine. Aggression against Ukraine has led to the exclusion of the Russian Federation from the Organisation.

Therefore, the meeting signified the Ministers’ support for Ukraine and solidarity with the Ukrainian people. Again, they reaffirmed their unity around the Council of Europe values namely, peace, rule of law, democracy, and human rights, and their belief in multilateral cooperation surrounding these values.

In his speech, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Tiny Kox requested a Summit of Heads of State and Government to renew, improve and reinforce the Council of Europe.

After that, he highlighted that the summit had to lead to a Council of Europe with new competencies, better equipped to promote and protect democratic security.

Additionally, he emphasized that it should be a Council that has the capability of taking more effective collective action to develop and secure rules-based multilateralism.

Consequently, so as to have the ability to deal with threats that exist and that may emerge in Europe. Thereby, he said that after this, Europe will have the ability to work as a cornerstone of Europe’s political architecture.

In relation to the Russian war of aggression, he underlined that Ukraine has raised the pressing need to make this multilateral architecture strong. President Kox concluded that their citizens demand a more sustainable and secure Europe and said that there will be a way if there is a will to establish a more secure future for their citizens.

Council of Europe

The Council of Europe includes 46 countries of which 27 are members of the EU. Thereupon, the Council works together in promoting human rights, democracy, and the rule of law.

Most importantly, it is regarded as the continent’s leading human rights organization and promotes the main principles of Human Rights.

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