Bogdan Aurescu: Romania is an active promoter of European values within CoE

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Romania is actively promoting, both within the Council of Europe (CoE) and within the European Union, actions that support common European values concerning the state of law, democratic institutions, the observance of fundamental human rights and values in the Eastern Neighbourhood, Western Balkans and the enlarged Black Sea zone, Romanian State Secretary for Strategic Affairs Bogdan Aurescu said at the end of a working meeting of the CoE Committee of Ministers.

‘Romania is an active promoter, both within the CoE and the EU of the democratisation actions, the actions promoting those common European values concerning the state of law, democratic institutions, the observance of fundamental human rights and values in zones of direct interest to Romania: the Eastern Neighbourhood, the Western Balkans and the enlarged Black Sea zone,’ said Aurescu, mentioning that the CoE played a very important part in Romania after 1989.

On the sideline of the CoE ministerial conference in Madrid, Aurescu met CoE Commissioner for Human Rights Thomas Hammarberg, with whom he discussed mainly the post-electoral situation on Moldova, voicing Romania’s commendation for the reaction of Commissioner Hammarberg, who visited Chisinau, the capital of Moldova, and drew up a report.

Aurescu said that the conversation with Hammarberg also focused on the situation of Romanian nationals in Italy and the support for the commissioner for the drawing up of a report on the observance of the Romanian nationals’ rights in Italy.

In a conversation with Chairman of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) Jean Paul Costa, Aurescu voiced Romania’s readiness to restart dialogue for a joint management of the large number of cases implicating Romania that are under the ECHR scrutiny, and to this end a delegation of the ECHR Clerk’s Office will visit Bucharest in early June.

Aurescu said that to Romania this is an important moment in its relationship with the ECHR, given that this year it is 15 years since Romania became a signatory party to the European Convention on Human Rights and the 50th ECHR anniversary.

Aurescu also discussed the situation in Moldova with Chairman of the Parliamentary Assembly of the CoE Lluis Maria de Puig, focusing on the Assembly’s adoption on April 29 of an emergency resolution on the functioning of democratic institutions in the Republic of Moldova.

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