Council of Europe - Nordic Council: sharing values

“The Council of Europe and the Nordic Council share similar values and goals: defending human and basic rights, strengthening the rule of law and advancing the well-being of citizens”, today said Maria Guzenina (Finland, SOC), Chairperson of the Finnish delegation to the PACE, addressing the Nordic Council Plenary Session in Helsinki on behalf of PACE.

“Developments in many parts of Europe challenge our common values, and the negligence of these European values has increased even in the founding states of the Council of Europe. This is a worrying development. The Nordic countries are bound by a strong belief in equality and democracy as a basis for welfare society. This has helped us make our region one of the strongest economies in the world, and it has increased our resilience in times of crises and changes in the surrounding world. This Nordic society model, based on social trust, should be seen as valuable and worth of preserving”, Ms Guzenina added.

“In too many European countries the path is leading to a totally different direction, but we should be clear that going backwards leads nowhere. The Nordic countries should continue to cooperate closely in defending human rights, democracy and the rule of law in various international fora. There is an excellent opportunity to do this at the Council of Europe as well, as Denmark will hold the next chairmanship of the Council, followed by Finland”, she concluded.