11:46 May. 17, 2016
Bulgaria is set to hand over the priviledges at the meeting of the Committee of Ministers
Bulgaria's chairmanship credentials in the Council of Europe are coming to its end. The next to head the organization is Estonia.
Estonia's Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand will take part in a meeting of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 17-18th. The meeting is taking place in Sofia, as Bulgaria is about to hand over the council's chairmanship to Estonia.
Topics to be discussed are the future of democracy in Europe, the human rights situation, the rule of law in Europe, and other challenges facing the continent. At the meeting Estonia will also take over the chairmanship of the Council of Europe.
Kaljurand will meet President Rosen Plevneliev of Bulgaria as well as the country's foreign minister and vice prime minister. Meetings with the foreign ministers of Serbia and Georgia are also on her schedule.
Estonia became a member of the Council of Europe in 1993. As the Ministry of Foreign Affairs states, the Council's work has influenced Estonia's own policy decisions, and it is the country's aspiration to make its second chairmanship "reflect in the Council of Europe the same spirit of leadership and inspiration which our country has benefited from in the past 23 years."
The priorities of the Estonian chairmanship are human rights and the rule of law in the Internet, gender equality, and children's rights. Full story