Justice ministers from across Europe have given their backing to the Council of Europe’s new 2016-2021 action plan on strengthening judicial independence and impartiality.
At a conference held in Sofia, justice ministers from the Council of Europe’s 47 member states and representatives of the judiciary agreed to take the necessary steps to implement the plan.
Speaking at the conference, Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland said: “It is vital that judicial independence and impartiality exist in practice and are secured by law. It is equally important that public confidence in the judiciary be maintained or restored. The measures proposed are designed to promote a culture of respect for judicial independence and impartiality, which is crucial in a democratic society based on human rights and the rule of law.”
- Welcome address and concluding speech by Bulgarian Minister of Justice Ekaterina Zaharieva
- Speech by Thorbjørn Jagland, Council of Europe Secretary General