MACEDONIA TAKES OVER COUNCIL OF EUROPE CHAIRMANSHIP
The Republic of Macedonia Tuesday takes over the Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. Macedonia will take over the chairmanship from Switzerland for the next six months and will hand over to Turkey on November.
Macedonian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe will be officially presented Tuesday in Strasbourg at the 120th session, MIA reports.
Micheline Calmy-Rey, Head of Switzerland's Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, will chair the official session informing the ministers and officials of CoE member states on realised activities in the past six months, and FM Antonio Milososki will present the priorities of his country’s programme.
Milososki will symbolically rap of the gavel, which will officially mark handing over of the chairmanship.
The Committee of Ministers accepted the logo and naming of “Macedonian Chairmanship 2010” as it was proposed in the official document submitted by the Macedonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on priorities of the Macedonian presiding over the Committee of Ministers. The document was followed by cover page at which provisional reference of the country is found in accordance with the UN Security Council Resolution 817 from 1993.
Around of 20 ministers of the CoE ministers are expected to participate at the 120th session among whom is Swedish FM Carl Bildt, Turkish FM Ahmet Davutoglu, Serbian FM Vuk Jeremic and Greek alternate FM Dimitris Droutsas.
Milososki organised dinner for Balkan foreign ministers late Monday in Strasbourg. Foreign ministers of Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro, Vuk Jeremic, Sven Alkalaj and Milan Roken respectively, as well as Croatian state secretary for political affairs Davor Bozinovic and Milososki discussed about intensification of regional cooperation within the frames of the activities of the Council of Europe.
An exhibition of the Macedonian artist Robert Jankuloski entitled “Shared Temples” will be opened at CoE headquarters in Strasbourg on the occasion of the Macedonian Chairmanship over the Council of Europe.