Germany’s six-month Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe ends on 21 May 2021. Germany had taken over the Presidency from Greece last November. Now it is the turn of Foreign Minister Heiko Maas to pass on the baton, or in this case, the “Presidency key” to Hungary.
One priority of Germany’s Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe from November 2020 to May 2021 is the strength of the law.
Particularly on social media, hate speech corrodes the culture of debate and the solidarity among internet users in our open societies. These challenges and potential counter-strategies were discussed at the virtual conference held on 18 February 2021.
Foreign Minister Mass met the Secretary General of the Council of Europe in Berlin on 15 November. They held discussions on how its members can make the institution even more effective.
On Tuesday, the Council of Europe arrived at a compromise which enables Russia to remain a member. This is good news, especially for civil society in Russia.
The Council of Europe protects human rights activists in Russia. Foreign Minister Maas is working to ensure that Moscow does not leave the Organisation.
Germany is to chair the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe from 18 November 2020 to 21 May 2021. Prime focus: the strength of the law. Aim: to strengthen the Council of Europe as a unique pillar of multilateral cooperation in Europe.