High-level videoconference of the Greek Chairmanship of the Council of Europe on “Human Rights during the pandemic”, with the Chairman of the Committee of Ministers and Alt. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Miltiadis Varvitsiotis, and the heads of CoE institutions (Wednesday, 03.06.2020)

In the framework of the Greek Chairmanship of the Ministers’ Committee of the Council of Europe, tomorrow, Wednesday 03.06.2020 at 16:00, a videoconference will take place between the Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Miltiadis Varvitsiotis, in his capacity as Chair of the Committee of Ministers, and the heads of the Council of Europe institutions.


The videoconference will be broadcasted live by the Greek Chairmanship channel on youtube, on the website and on Facebook.

The topic of the discussion will be “Protection of human life and public health in the context of a pandemic – Effectively responding to a sanitary crisis in full respect for human rights and the principles of democracy and the rule of law”, which is, also, the main theme of the Greek Presidency.

In the discussion, the following high-level officials will participate:  Ms Marija Pejčinović Burić, Secretary General, Mr Rik Daems, President of the Parliamentary Assembly, Mr Robert Spano, President of the European Court of Human Rights, Ms Dunja Mijatović, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Mr Anders Knape, President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, Ms Anna Rurka, President of the Conference of INGOs, Mr Gianni Buquicchio, President of the Venice Commission, Mr Giuseppe Palmisano, President of the European Committee of Social Rights, Mr Mykola Gnatovskyy, President of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, Ms Maria Daniella Marouda, Chair of the European Commission against racism and intolerance, Mr George Nikolaidis, Lanzarote Committee Chairperson, and Mr. Alexandros-Linos Sicilianos, former President of the European Court of Human Rights. Additionally, Ms Dora Bakoyannis, Chairwoman of the Greek Delegation of PACE and New Democracy MP will participate in the discussion.

It is worth noting that this is the first time such a wide array of high-level participants from the various institutions of the Council of Europe will be coming together.

The objective of this discussion is to formulate a set of principles in the form of guidelines to the Member-States, which can constitute a framework of effectively addressing the impact of a pandemic or an emergency situation, regarding human rights and fundamental freedoms.

The Greek Chairmanship aspires to adopt this set of principles in the form of an “Athens Declaration”, during the upcoming 130th Ministerial Session, which is scheduled to take place in Athens, on November 4, 2020.