10 – 12 April 2019, Council of Europe, Strasbourg: Spring Session of the INGO Conference

On the occasion of this session, the INGOs were encouraged to show their commitment to the Council of Europe, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2019. The Council of Europe is currently experiencing a financial and political crisis that is forcing it to adopt restrictive financial measures.

The INGOs thus voted on a resolution to support the Secretary General’s position that States must ensure a sustainable financial base for the Council of Europe and the need for enhanced interaction with civil society:
https://rm.coe.int/conf-ple-2019-res1-fr-l-avenir-du-conseil-de-l-europe-la-societecivil/168093f44f

They have also adopted a code of good practice for INGOs at the Council of Europe, which advocates respect for the values and principles of the Council of Europe.

An exchange between the INGOs and the candidates for the post of Secretary General of the Council of Europe, whose election will take place in May, taking office in October 2019, enabled them to become acquainted with the measures they envisage for this European institution and the cooperation they envisage with the civil society represented by the INGOs.

The French ambassador presented the priorities of the French presidency of the Committee of Ministers from May 2019 and identified the main priorities in the field of human rights and the rule of law. A meeting of justice ministers from member states is scheduled for October on artificial intelligence in access to justice.

Jean-Jacques Kuster represented the EUR.