Deputy Foreign Minister Miltiadis Varvitsiotis presented the priorities of the Greek Presidency of the Council of Europe at an online press conference.
The Greek Presidency’s main goal is the signing of a declaration by the 47 member states of the Council of Europe on November 4 in Athens on the operation of the rule of law in the midst of a pandemic.
Greece takes over the Council of Europe presidency from Georgia on Friday, May 15, and will pass it on to Germany after six months. Mr. Varvitsiotis said it would be “essentially a digital presidency” because of the measures being taken on the European continent against the coronavirus pandemic.
The Greek presidency central theme focuses on the value of human life and public health in conditions of pandemic and the effective management of a health crisis with full respect for human rights.
Mr. Varvitsiotis was asked about Greece’s initiatives regarding the instrumentalization of immigration by Turkey and the recent statements of the Turkish leadership about “chaos” and said that “no one can accuse Greece of creating chaos, on the contrary Turkey, with its provocative actions, is the one that is disturbing the stability in the region”.