The Republic of Bulgaria will assume the chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe from 10 November 2015 to May 2016.

Member of the Council of Europe since 1992, the Republic of Bulgaria attaches paramount importance to the fundamental values of the Organisation – democracy, human rights and the rule of law. Promoting and protecting further these common European values is the primary strategic goal of the second Bulgarian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers. The priorities of the chairmanship will be carried out taking into consideration the developments of the main political processes with an impact on the democratic security in Europe such as the situation in Ukraine, the danger of radicalisation which may lead to terrorist acts, the dynamic migration processes and human rights.

As Chair of the Committee of Ministers, the Republic of Bulgaria will work in close co-operation with the Secretary General and the Council of Europe bodies, in particular with the Parliamentary Assembly, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, the European Court of Human Rights, the Venice Commission, etc. Bulgaria will continue to give utmost importance to the activities of the Commissioner for Human Rights and will support him in the fulfilment of his duties.

Our country is fully committed to further implementing, in close co-operation with the Council of Europe, the recommendations on: the monitoring process in line with the European Social Charter (revised); the fulfilment of the recommendations for the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities; the recommendations from the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance; the extraordinary procedure of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment; the execution of the pilot judgments of the European Court of Human Rights against the Republic of Bulgaria.

The Bulgarian Chairmanship will encourage the Council of Europe’s relations with its partner states and the joint co-operation with other international organisations for the sake of peace and stability in Europe.