Annual Report 2019
The present report spans two significant anniversaries. It covers the year 2019, the 70th anniversary of the Council of Europe, and its publication comes in the year of the 70th anniversary of the signing of the European Convention on Human Rights. The importance of this collective guarantee set up by the Council of Europe member States, be it for European public order, democratic security or good governance, has been continuously stressed over the years, and in particular during the 10-year Interlaken reform process now reaching its conclusion.
In their preface to the report, the three Chairs of the Committee of Ministers Human Rights meetings in 2019 stress the continued centrality of the Convention to the action and endeavours of the Council. This is reflected in the priorities of the Finnish presidency that placed particular emphasis on the need to strengthen rule of law, in the programme of the French presidency with its major focus on the role of the European Court, followed by the Georgian presidency giving priority to the issue of human rights and environmental protection.
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