The most important principle of the six-month Hungarian Presidency of the Council of Europe (CoE), which begins in May, is to respect the cultural, legal and historical traditions of the nations while maintaining the dialogue on human rights, democracy and the rule of law.
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Justice Minister Judit Varga told MTI in Strasbourg by phone on Wednesday.
Following discussions with senior Council of Europe officials, Judit Varga said that in addition to the priorities listed in the program of the Hungarian Presidency of the European Council, the protection of national minorities, family protection, interreligious dialogue, responses to artificial intelligence challenges and cybercrime environmental issues are included.
The Hungarian Presidency provides an opportunity to highlight European values that are important for Hungarians, including the protection of national minorities.
According to his information, he addressed the meeting of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, where he emphasized Hungary’s commitment to the values of the ET, emphasizing the importance of respecting national legal traditions and historical roots. Among other things, he presented the Hungary Helps program, established to help persecuted Christian communities, in connection with which he emphasized in his speech: Christian roots and the Christian culture of Europe are protected in Hungary.
He stressed at the meeting:
Hungary stands for the rule of law and the values represented by the Council of Europe, as evidenced by the placement of a copy of the Golden Bull in the ET building. The Golden Bull is proof that statehood and the rule of law for Hungary began hundreds of years ago. And proof that Hungary has been a committed participant and shaper of European legal development for centuries
Speaking at the meeting, the Hungarian government also said that it betrayed complete bias, ignored the facts, and Dunja Mijatovic’s memorandum, published on Tuesday, called on the Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights to restore journalistic and media freedom in Hungary.
During a meeting with the President of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), Hungary’s efforts to reduce the court’s workload were reviewed.
Regarding the proceedings before the ECtHR, the number of Hungarian cases is not outstanding, which shows that the Hungarian judiciary is efficient.
Hungary considers it important to reduce the number of cases pending before the ECtHR. Considers it important that court proceedings be limited to facts relating to the rights enshrined in the European Convention on Human Rights and free from any influence;
he said. He added: Hungary is implementing ECtHR judgments.
The six-month Hungarian presidency and work program of the Council of Europe, which begins on 21 May, are welcomed by an international organization of 47 member states, which shows that Europe’s destiny depends on real performance and not on false debates.
Judit Varga added.
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