The 130th Session of the Committee of Foreign Affairs Ministers of the Council of Europe is taking place in Athens today in the framework of the Greek Chairmanship and will focus on the pandemic and human rights issues. Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will address the meeting of the Ministerial Session.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will deliver a welcome address during the Session, with a speech by the Alternate Minister for Foreign Affairs and Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, Miltiadis Varvitsiotis.
The Session of the Council of Ministers in Athens will be attended in person by the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić, the President of the European Court of Human Rights, Robert Spano, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Rik Daems, and the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović.
Due to the restrictions imposed by the pandemic, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the 47 member states of the Council of Europe will be participating via video conference.
During the Session, a Declaration on the protection of democracy, the rule of law and human rights in the context of a pandemic is expected to be published, and the founding of a History Observatory will be announced.