Slovakian politician Jan Figel: ‘It’s a pity there is no EU religious freedom envoy anymore’

On the eve of Pope Francis’ visit to Slovakia, the country appointed Anna Záborská, a former member of the European Parliament, as its plenipotentiary for religious freedom. The decision was approved after Christos Stylianides, the European Union’s religious freedom envoy, stood down just five months after taking up the role to lead Greece’s new climate crisis ministry. The first person to hold the post of special envoy for the promotion of freedom of religion or belief outside the EU (also known as the EU Special Envoy on FoRB) was the Slovakian politician Ján Figel’. He told CNA that his appointment to the role in 2016 inspired other countries to take the promotion of religious freedom abroad more seriously.

Slovakian politician Jan Figel: ‘It’s a pity there is no EU religious freedom envoy anymore’

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