On May 6th the President of the European Commission announced his decision to appoint Mr Ján Figeľ as the first Special Envoy for the promotion of freedom of religion or belief outside the European Union. This mandate will last, initially, for one year.
Co-Chairman Dennis de Jong MEP said:
“This appointment is a very welcome development. I believe it demonstrates a positive step forward toward committing the necessary resources required at EU level to promote and protect freedom of religion or belief in the world. I look forward to meeting Dr. Ján Figel´ in the near future in order to strengthen the co-operation between our intergroup and the EEAS in this area.”
Co-Chairman Peter van Dalen MEP added:
“As an Intergroup, we have been campaigning for this appointment since our inception as a Working Group in 2013. Finally, the Commission has heard our message: freedom of religion or belief must be a top priority for the EU in its external affairs. Toward this, we look forward to working closely with Mr Ján Figeľ in the coming years.”