Ministers agreed that human rights should be the silver thread in EU foreign policy. Broad political support was obtained for a Danish proposal to sharpen EU’s profile by appointing an EU Special Representative on Human Rights and establish an action plan with concrete measures by the end of the Danish presidency.
In this regard Foreign Minister Søvndal comments:
“Human rights should be at the forefront of EU foreign policy. I am very pleased that we as EU Presidency have contributed to a number of concrete initiatives to strengthen EU’s foreign policy and particularly to enhance our profile on human rights. It is extremely important that we – even in challenging times – remain focused on our core values. In this regard the respect for democracy and the universal human rights are essential. The appointment of a Special Representative will be a positive and visible step, which can contribute to new alliances and create dialogue on human rights with other countries."
Ministers also agreed to increase the focus on the central priorities for EU Foreign policy, including targeted support for the political developments in EU’s neighbourhood and expansion of the relationship with emerging powers.
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