15:05 03.07.2013
Council of Europe, Serzh Sargsyan

Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan issued an addressed to the
participants of the Pan-European Conference on the European Standards
of Rule of Law and the Scope of Discretion of Authorities in the Member
States of the Council of Europe held in Yerevan. The message reads:

Distinguished Chairman of the European Court of Human Rights,
Distinguished Chairman of the Venice Commission of the Council of
Europe, Dear Participants of the Conference, Dear Guests, Ladies
and Gentlemen,

We have initiated this conference in the framework of Armenia's
presidency at the Council of Europe, particularly recognizing the
importance of the problems which these days will become the topic of
interested discussions by all participants of the Conference.

It is a great honor and responsibility for our country and authorities
to assume presidency of the Council of Europe. We will strive to fill
these six months with the initiatives which will give a new impetus
to the further development and strengthening of the European system
of values, infallible adherence to the principle of rule of law.

It was the inevitable logic of democratic developments that securing
rule of law in the European legal system should become a keystone
value. Article 3 of the Statute of the European Council signed on
May 5, 1949 in London stipulates explicitly that every member of the
Council of Europe must accept the principle of supremacy of law. This
approach had also given a new quality to the future progression of
international relations, placing in the foundation of these relations
a clear-cut guideline according to which a human being, his dignity,
basic rights and freedoms are supreme values. State, in its turn,
is constrained by the individuals' and citizens' basic rights and
freedoms which have become acting laws. These are provisions which are
secured in the Constitution of our country as the constitutional base;
they define the conduct of the individuals and state authorities in
building legal state and civil society.

I am confident that in all democratic countries, on the constitutional
level the principle of rule of law is secured in some way. However,
the main task is to bring it to life, to make limitation of power
through the law a rule of life.

Particularly in case of the newly democratic states, it requires
a coordinated and persistent work. It requires the existence of an
independent judicial system and execution of impartial justice.

In this area, our country has entered a new stage of reforms and has
been implementing persistently programs which have great prospects
for future. In the center of all these programs is the individual,
guarantee of his rights and freedoms, creation in the country of the
atmosphere where tolerance, pluralism, non-discrimination, and mutual
trust are paramount.

I am also confident that this exceptional Conference, dedicated to
the European standards of rule of law and the scope of discretion of
authorities will make a lasting contribution to mastering challenges
existing in our country and other CoE member states, for a more
efficient guarantee and protection of human rights.

I once again salute the participants of the Conference and wish
productive and efficient work.