Lavrov to discuss reforming Council of Europe with Council's Secretary General Jagland

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjorn Jagland will discuss reforming the Council of Europe at their talks, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

The talks will be held in Moscow on May 20.


The two sides will discuss the process of the Council of Europe reforming and consolidating stances of this organization as a humanitarian pillar of the European security, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Friday.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said that Moscow was happy with the level of dialogue with Jagland.

"We generally support his essential approaches to reforming the Strasbourg organization, which are close to the Russian view of the future Council of Europe. We assume that the reform of the Council of Europe has not been completed. We see the key role in the organizational reform being held in increasing the efficiency of the Council of Europe's work in all directions of its activities and not in limiting it with the three issues (the supremacy of law, human rights and democracy) and the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR)," the statement said.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said that the final word regarding all aspects of the reform rested with the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers.

"We continue enhancing the Council of Europe's role as a unique mechanism of industry cooperation of European countries, which is valuable due to the combination of the possibilities to exchange the best practices, develop common approaches at an expert level and confirm them at a political level with ministerial-themed conferences," the statement said.

The Foreign Ministry said that it was interested that the ECHR reform was focused on following meticulously the principle of subsidiarity in the court's activities, on depoliticization of the court, on strictly abiding with criteria of complaint acceptability in the ECHR and with its jurisdiction and on ensuring stability, consistency and predictability of its case law.

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