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Apr 01, 2021

Justice Minister outlines priorities for Hungary’s upcoming Council of Europe presidency

Judit Varga said a key principle of Hungary’s six-month Council of Europe (CoE) presidency starting in May will be respect for national traditions.

 

Justice Minister Judit Varga has given an outline of priorities for Hungary’s upcoming Council of Europe (CoE) presidency starting in May to the council’s Secretary-General Marija Pejčinović Burić at their meeting in Strasbourg.

“Hungary has been, for centuries, a devoted participant and shaper in the development of law in Europe. While appreciating the work of the Council of Europe in maintaining the dialogue on human rights, democracy and the rule of law, respecting the cultural, legal and historical traditions of each nation remains also very important, and this is going to be the most significant principle of the Hungarian Presidency as well,” Minister Varga said. “The meeting also provided an opportunity to represent Hungarian interests and to discuss current issues in the Council of Europe,” she added.

According to MTI, the minister said a key principle of Hungary’s six-month Council of Europe (CoE) presidency starting in May will be respect for national traditions.

In addition to maintaining dialogue on human rights, democracy and rule of law which constitute the CoE’s basic activities, the program for the Hungarian presidency will also include protecting national minorities and families, promoting dialogue between religions, and addressing the challenges of artificial intelligence, cybercrime and environmental protection.

“The Hungarian presidency will offer an opportunity for representing European values that are important to Hungarians, including the protection of national minorities,” Minister Varga said.

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