EU Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief – what is his mission? Jan Figel explains

The president of the European Commission issued a decision in May 2016 that establishes a new position designed to effectively address the growing restrictions on religious freedom internationally. Former European Union Commissioner and Slovak politician Ján Figel will take on the role of special envoy for the promotion of freedom of religion and belief outside the EU.

The decision was made public at the Vatican Friday on the occasion of the award of the Charlemagne Prize to Pope Francis. It refers to February’s resolution on the systematic mass murder being committed by ISIS, in which the European Parliament called for the creation of a special representative for these matters.