Croatia’s Foreign and European Affairs Minister today dismissed speculation that Croatia rushed to ratify the Istanbul Convention before assuming the chairmanship of the Council of Europe’s Council of Ministers on May 18th.
Foreign and European Affairs Minister Marija Pejčinović Burić said on Monday that Croatia will, as the chair of Europe’s oldest organization, advocate the Istanbul Convention and focus on protecting women from violence and stopping domestic violence.
On May 18th Minister Pejčinović Burić will serve a six-month term as the chair of the Council of Ministers of the EU, and in that capacity will represent the entire organization. "Since there are still some member states that have not ratified the convention, during our presidency, we will work to clarify the Croatian position and attitude of the EU regarding the Istanbul Convention," Pejčinović Burić said.
She stressed that it is important to put the convention’s essence, or basic purpose, which is the protection of women from violence and domestic violence, in the focus of the discussion.