The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Ms Isabelle Berro-Amadeï, attended the 4th Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Council of Europe held on 16 and 17 May in Reykjavik, Iceland. The Minister was accompanied by Mr Gabriel Revel, Chargé d’affaires ad interim, Deputy Permanent Representative of Monaco to the Council of Europe, and Ms Elodie Brimaud, Technical Advisor and Protocol Officer at the Ministry of State.
The event, which brought together the majority of the 46 Heads of States and Government of the COE’s member States, along with senior representatives from the European Union, States with observer status, and various international organisations, was intended to reaffirm the member States’ commitment to the fundamental values of the Council of Europe, namely human rights, the rule of law, and democracy. In this spirit, the Reykjavik Declaration for democracy was adopted.
“Now more than ever, we must reaffirm our values for a united Europe,” said Ms Isabelle Berro-Amadeï in her speech during the general debate.
The Summit also saw the member States renew their support for Ukraine and hail the creation of a register of damage to document and record evidence and claims resulting from the Russian aggression. A total of 45 States, including Monaco, and the European Union, have already indicated their willingness to help run this register. The member States also reiterated the Russian Federation’s obligations under international law, and in particular the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse.
The Heads of State and Government also reaffirmed their commitment to the European Convention on Human Rights and the enforcement of definitive rulings of the European Court of Human Rights.
Finally, they agreed to strengthen the Organisation’s efforts to protect the environment, to accelerate work on a new convention on the protection of environment through criminal law, and to look at establishing a new intergovernmental committee on environment and human rights.