Justice Minister Judit Varga said the Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, which Hungary officially took over for six months on Friday, comes with “serious responsibility” and also “a special opportunity”.
In an English-language Facebook post, Minister Varga said that the responsibilities that came with the presidency, which include coordinating the standpoints of 47 member states and consulting continuously with their representatives, were not easy tasks. The priorities of the Hungarian CoE Presidency include the protection of minority rights and maintaining a dialogue on human rights, democracy and the rule of law. “Our principle is to respect the cultural, legal and historical traditions of nations and to represent the interests of future generations,” she said.
According to MTI, the main topics the Hungarian presidency will focus on future challenges including the digitalisation of the judicial system and the application of artificial intelligence in justice administration. A conference of justice ministers focusing on these issues will be hosted by Budapest in the autumn, the minister added.
Minister Varga noted that Hungary’s parliament on Tuesday adopted a political declaration reaffirming the national assembly’s commitment to the work of the CoE, which functions as a framework of cooperation among free, independent and democratic European states. “Hungary has been, for a long time, a devoted participant and shaper in the development of law in Europe, a fact that will be proved in the following months again,” she said.