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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Secretary General in London ahead of UK chairmanship

Secretary General in London ahead of UK chairmanship


In London today for talks with the UK government ahead of its chairmanship of the Council of Europe, the Secretary General met with Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg. He also met the Secretary of State for Justice, Kenneth Clarke, Foreign Office Minister for Europe, David Lidington and members of the UK delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly.

Discussions concentrated on reform of the European Court of Human Rights which is one of the UK's priorities. The UK takes over the chairmanship of the Council of Europe for six months on 7 November; the government published its chairmanship programme on Wednesday, 26 October.

Comment: I have emailed the General Secretary's media spokesman.

Hi Flemming

Given that the UK is taking over chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers and has recently published its Priorities and Objectives, can you confirm or deny that the Secretary General raised the issue of the UK’s failure to comply with the Court’s judgment in Hirst v UK (No2), and if so what he said and what was the UK’s response?

Yours sincerely

John Hirst

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