In France on Thursday (23 November) Liechtenstein became the twenty-first member of the Council of Europe.
European flags with space for Liechtenstein flag
SV Hans Brunhart, Head of Liechtenstein Government (CENTRE) talking to officials
GV PAN FROM band TO Hans Brunhart and other officials as national anthems are played and Liechtenstein flag is raised (TWO SHOTS)
SV Herr Brunhart is congratulated after ceremony by officials
SV interior committee of Ministers notice
SV Liechtenstein delegation prepare to take their seats at the conference table
SV ZOOM INTO CU West German Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher
GV Secretary of Council and Maltese delegate
SVS delegates from Norway, Austria, Sweden, Switzerland, France and The Netherlands (SIX SHOTS)
GV council of ministers
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Background: In France on Thursday (23 November) Liechtenstein became the twenty-first member of the Council of Europe. The country's head of government, Hans Brunhart, also signed the European Convention on Human Rights and promised new efforts to give voting rights to women in Liechtenstein.
SYNOPSIS: The ceremony, in Strasbourg preceded a meeting of the Council's Foreign Minister. Hans Brunhart, in the centre, the head of the Liechtenstein government led his country's delegation attending the ceremony. Liechtenstein is a tiny Principality sandwiched between Austria and Switzerland. The official language is German, and most of its twenty-five thousand inhabitants are Catholics. Liechtenstein shares customs and immigration legislation with Switzerland, and Swiss diplomats represent the Principality's interests abroad.
Herr Brunhart has been head of government since elections in February. A major aim of the council of Europe is to uphold the principles of parliamentary democracy. In previous years, denial of voting rights to women in Liechtenstein has been the main obstacle to Council membership. But Herr Brunhart told a news conference in Strasbourg that his government was determined to give women the vote.
Liechtenstein is famous as a tax haven and tourist centre, but in recent years industry, has expanded and exports have shown a huge upsurge. Liechtenstein will have two representatives in the one hundred and sixty-eight member parliamentary assembly. Its share of the Council budget will be point one-two percent the same as Cyprus and Malta.