On May 21, 2021, in Hamburg, Germany, Hungary took over the presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe from Germany. During the six months of the presidency, we have prepared an extensive professional and rich cultural program both in Hungary and in Strasbourg, which we are pleased to inform you about.
The Council of Europe was established after the Second World War to promote human rights, democracy and the rule of law. Today, with 47 member states and a population of over 820 million, it is a true pan-European organization, active throughout the continent.
During the six months of the presidency, Hungary will focus on five priority areas: effective protection of national minorities, interreligious dialogue, "next generation" topics like children and youth rights, as well as technological and environmental challenges.
We would like to share with you the thoughts of H. E. Mr. Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary and the President of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe delivered in Hamburg upon taking up this honorable task. Afterwards, a short concert film by the Kossuth Prize-winning pianist János Balázs will be screened highlighting our country’s many wonders and rich culture.