Romania’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) on Tuesday hailed the 60th anniversary on May 5 of the Council of Europe (CoE), the first European institution that Romania joined in its post-communist period as a necessary intermediary stage on the way to joining the European Union and NATO, reads a press release issued by the MAE.
‘The anniversary moment requires an exercise of reflection on the role of this organisation in a changing Europe and a gloabilised world,’ says the release.
Also this year, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) celebrates 50 years in the service of the European citizens, a time in which is has become the most advanced international instrument for the defence and guarantee of human rights and fundamental freedoms, says MAE.
The Romanian Foreign Ministry reiterates on this occasion its appreciation to the Council of Europe for its fundamental contribution to the sketching up of a distinct profile of the post-war European institutional architecture and the consolidation of the European political construction. At the same time, through its normative framework and development policies for diversity protection, tolerance promotion and combating discrimination, the Council of Europe has consolidated peace and democratic stability in Europe, validating the European model for democratic governance.
Romania joined the Council of Europe on October 4, 1993 and signed the statutory documents of the organisation and the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms on October 7, 1993.
The Council of Europe is the first European institution Romania joined in its post-communist period, and its CoE membership was a necessary intermediary stage on the way to joining the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
Romania’s CoE membership contributed to the carrying out of democratic reforms in the country. The adoption of fundamental juridical instruments in the area of human rights was an exercise absolutely necessary for meeting the Council of Europe political accession criteria. At the institutional level, inter-governmental cooperation at central and local level got a significant number of institutions and authorities involved in various areas: juridical cooperation, education, culture, social affairs, economy, youth, sports, local and regional authorities, and environmental protection, all that contributed to the overall reform of the Romanian society.
The active participation of Romania’s representatives in the activities of the Council of Europe’s structures and institutions imprinted a dynamic character on the relationship between Romania and the Council of Europe. An important part is played by the participation of elected officials in the works of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and the integration of topics of interest to Romania in European discourse.
Romania’s chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe November 2005 – May 2006 offered the country an opportunity to contribute to the consolidation of the political mandate of the Council of Europe and increase its contribution to Europe’s stability and security and the continuation of the unification of the European continent.
MAE points out that Romania and other member states are actively participating, through their representatives, to adjusting the working methods and structures of the Council of Europe to the current needs of the organisation, to identifying and assessing more efficient methods to defend human rights and promote the model for democratic governance for the consolidation of the legitimacy of the European political construction.
Included among these are the challenges raised by the continual expansion of the human rights to consider the development of the society and the interpersonal relations, which requires an adequate adjustment of juridical instruments to protect human rights, reads the MAE release.