‘The priorities of the Croatian Chairmanship correspond fully to those of the Assembly’

At the opening of the PACE Standing Committee in Zagreb today, PACE President Michele Nicoletti warmly welcomed the priorities Croatia has set for its Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, saying that “these correspond fully to the priorities of the Parliamentary Assembly”.

As regards the first priority, in particular – the fight against corruption – Mr Nicoletti underlined the Parliamentary Assembly's idea of setting up an Academic Network on the Council of Europe Conventions against corruption, with a view to share knowledge and good practices, as well as the ways member States implemented these conventions. “We look forward to discussing with the Chairmanship, as well as the Council of Europe’s competent bodies, concrete synergies in this process,” he said.

Recalling Croatia's accession to the Council of Europe in 1996 and to the EU in 2013, President Nicoletti said: “This Chairmanship is not only an opportunity to provide political leadership for the Council of Europe, but also an opportunity to promote your achievements and share your experience with the other 46 member States of the Council of Europe. This is especially important in the regional context and with regard to regional stabiity, as all of Croatia’s neighbours are engaged in the process of European integration”.