Call for participants

Youth Peace Camp 2016 - Call for Participants

The Youth Peace Camp 2016  will be held from 10 to 18 July at the European Youth Centre in Strasbourg, France.

The CoE intends to invite young people between the age of 18 to 25 years from conflict effected communities from Kosovo* (participants coming from Albanian, Serbian and other backgrounds),  Ukraine (especially from border regions and from Luhansk and Donetsk), the Russian Federation (especially young people directly affected by conflicts in Georgia and Ukraine) and South Caucasus, in particular from border regions and ethnic minorities.

The camp aims to engage young people and youth organizations from conflict affected regions, in dialogue and conflict transformation activities based on human rights education and intercultural learning during and after the camp.

More information and how to apply for the Youth Peace Camp can be found at:

The application closes on Wednesday 20 April 2016.


Vacancy Notice N° e140/2015
Management/Project Support Assistants – English-speaking (Grade B1/B2)
Office Wide

Closing date: 18 January 2016
Location :


Under the authority of a Head of Division, the incumbent will provide a variety of administrative and secretarial support, in compliance with general guidelines and priorities and with a concern for quality, efficiency and accuracy (more)

Call for expression of interest for local short-term consultants

The Council of Europe's Directorate General of Human Rights and the Rule of law has issued a call for interest for local short term consultants for the Council of Europe and European Union's joint project: support to increased efficiency of courts, improved training of judges and judicial self-governance in Azerbaijan: improving judicial time management and quality of judicial services.

Required areas of expertise: efficiency and quality of the justice system and courts. Court organisation and judicial proceedings. Court management (judicial time management and judicial statistics, quality management). Satisfaction surveys aimed at court users. Training of judges and court staff on efficiency and quality issues.

Activities under the project will take place in Baku and different court locations in the Republic of Azerbaijan (e.g. Sheki, Oghuz, Sumgayit).

Call for expression of interest for local short-term consultants

The deadline for applications is 3 December 2015.

Programmatic Cooperation Framework

MEDIA ADVISORY: Council of Europe and European Union to present projects for journalists, judiciary, administration and legal professionals in Azerbaijan

Strasbourg/Baku, 21 October 2015 – On Tuesday, 27 October, the Council of Europe and European Union will present to the media in Baku a series of new projects for Eastern Partnership countries, including Azerbaijan.

The four projects to be carried out in Azerbaijan under the Programmatic Cooperation Framework in 2015-2017 focus on improving media freedom and freedom of expression, strengthening capacities to fight and prevent corruption in the administration, increasing the role and capacity of the Academy of Justice, training Judges as well as a specific project to improve the efficiency and quality of judicial services in Azerbaijan.

The 4.7 million euro projects are funded by the EU and the Council of Europe, and are implemented by the Council of Europe. In addition to these country-specific projects, Azerbaijan also participates in 14 regional initiatives covering several countries.

Dragana FILIPOVIC, Head of the Council of Europe Office in Baku; Ambassador Malena MARD, Head of European Union Delegation to Azerbaijan, Habib MIKAYILLI, PCF National Coordinator from Ministry of Foreign Affairs; and Arkadi SYTINE, Coordinator for the Council of Europe of the Programmatic Co-operation Framework; will present the projects.

The presentation will take place at 9:00 local time on Tuesday, 27 October 2015, at the Holiday Inn, Keykab Khanim Safaraliyeva Street 5, AZ1010, Baku in conference room ‘Baku 1’. There will be English – Azerbaijani interpretation during the presentation.

Prior accreditation of media representatives is requested. Media accreditation is through the Council of Europe’s Office in Baku, contact person for accreditation: Narmin AKHUNDOVA,, +994 12 497 54 93 and +994 50 235 1970


For more information see

Contact: Narmin AKHUNDOVA,, +994 50 235 1970

Azerbaijan Chairmanship

Azerbaijan took over from Austria the Chairmanship of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers for a period of six months beginning on 14 May.

On 6 May in Vienna, at the end of the 124th session of the Committee of Ministers, the outgoing Chair, Sebastian Kurz, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Austria, gave an overview of his country's achievements during its chairmanship. Elmar Mammadyarov, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan, then presented the priorities of his country’s chairmanship.

Programme of events

Action Plan Launch

The ceremony was attended by Minister of Justice Fikrat Mammadov, Secretary General of the Council of Europe Turborn Jagland, officials of the state bodies responsible for Action Plan, Azerbaijani Human Rights Commissioner (Ombudsman) and others.  Minister of Justice F. Mammadov and Secretary General Turborn Jagland made a speech of welcome at the opening of the event. Thereafter, various directions of the Action Plan have been presented and discussed. Human Rights Commissioner Elmira Suleymanova, head of the Azerbaijani delegation to PACE Samad  Seyidov, head of EU Delegation to Azerbaijan Malena  Mard, MPs, representatives of NGOs made speech about significance of the plan, fulfillment of obligations undertaken by Azerbaijan before Council of Europe, special attention by the state to providing human rights, development of civil society.The participants have been presented texts of the Council of Europe’s Action Plan on Azerbaijan for 2014-2016 in Azerbaijani and English.

Ilham Aliyev met with Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland

On May 22nd President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev received the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjorn Jagland.
During the meeting the sides pointed to the importance of expanding cooperation between Azerbaijan and the Council of Europe, highlighted the role of Azerbaijan in strengthening energy security in Europe and exchanged views on the prospects for cooperation.


The European Heritage Days 

A celebration event of the European Heritage Days was held in Baku, Azerbaijan, from 14 to 16 October 2014. This event, entitled “Local communities shaping the European dimension of Heritage”, was organised by the European Days Programme and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Azerbaijan, currently holding the Chairmanship of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers. The Second Annual EHDs National Coordinators’ Meeting took place in the context of this event. The event will also explore the subject of Industrial Heritage, a theme that will be shared by many EHD countries in 2015.

"Application of the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms on national level and the role of national judges” international conference took place in Baku. The conference is attended by judges and the President of the European Court of Human Rights Dean Spielmann,  Director General of Human Rights and the Rule of Law Philippe Boillat, more than 60 judges and chairmen of constitutional, supreme, administrative and other courts of the Council of Europe member states and other countries, senior officials at the Secretariat of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, Chairman of Azerbaijan`s Constitutional Court Farhad Abdullayev, Justice Minister Fikrat Mammadov, first deputy Chairman of the Milli Majlis Ziyafet Asgarov, Prosecutor General Zakir Garalov.

No Hate Speech Movement

Youth and human rights activists, national co-ordinators and partners of the Council of Europe No Hate Speech Movement youth campaign, came together in the forum held in Gabala, Azerbaijan, from 1 to 5 October 2014 to put our experiences and expectations at the service of the campaign. The forum was co-organised by the Council of Europe Youth Department and the Ministry of Youth and Sport of Azerbaijan in the context of the Azerbaijan Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, in cooperation with the National Assembly of Youth Organisations of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Visit of PACE President to Azerbaijan

Anne Brasseur, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), during a working visit to Azerbaijan from 22 to 24 September 2014,  met the President of the Republic. Their exchange of views focused on the current situation and co-operation perspectives between Azerbaijan and PACE. She also met the Speaker of the Milli Mejlis and the Ministers for Foreign Affairs and Justice.

She also held meetings with leaders of political parties in the parliament, members of the Azerbaijani delegation to PACE and the Prosecutor General, a number of human rights activists and journalists currently in detention. (see more)

Intercultural dialogue

Intercultural dialogue: interaction between culture and religion”: in the framework of the Azerbaijani Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers, the 2014 Council of Europe Exchange on the religious dimension of intercultural dialogue took place on 1-2 September 2014 in Baku.

Deputy Secretary General Gabriella Battaini Dragoni opened the event together with Kamal Abdulla (State Adviser on multinational, multicultural and religious affairs), Mubariz Gurbanly (Chairman of the State Committee on religious associations), and Sheikh-ul-Islam Allahshukur Pashazadeh (Grand Mufti of the Caucasus).

Azerbaijan has included the consolidation of culturally diverse societies based on mutual respect and understanding among the main priorities of its Chairmanship (14 May–13 November 2014), highlighting the role of intercultural dialogue to fight discrimination and intolerance in Europe.

The event gathered senior delegates of religious communities, representatives of non-religious convictions, interreligious groups, NGOs, youth delegates, experts, academics, as well as mainstream media professionals and international organisations’ officials.

Meeting with Head of Executive Power of Shaki

Head of the Council of Europe Baku Office Dragana Filipovic has visited Azerbaijan’s Shaki district. She had a meeting with the district`s leadership at the City Executive Authorities on 6 July 2014. Ms. Filipovic was informed of the history, culture, economic and tourism potential of Shaki.
She hailed cooperation between Azerbaijan and the Council of Europe in a variety of fields. Ms. Dragana Filipovic has presented Action Plan and explored possibilities in its implementation.

The Fight against Corruption

From 30 June to 1 July 2014, the conference "The Fight against Corruption: International Standards and National Experiences” took place in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Approximately 130 representatives of law enforcement authorities, anti-corruption authorities and international organizations participated in this international conference, which was organized together with the Council of Europe’s Group of States against corruption (GRECO), the Council of Europe, the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) and the Republic of Azerbaijan. (see more)

 The First Platform Exchange on Culture and Digitisation in Baku, 4-5 July 2014.

The Council of Europe under the chairmanship of Azerbaijan organised the First Platform Exchange on Culture and Digitisation in Baku, 4-5 July 2014. (see more)


The plenary meeting of the CEPEJ took place in Baku on 3 and 4 July 2014, in the context of the chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers.

President of the CEPEJ Mr John Stacey,  Director General of Human Rights and Rule of Law Mr Philippe Boillat,  Azerbaijani Minister of Justice Fikret Mammadov, Chairman of the Supreme Court of Azerbaijan Mr Ramiz Rzayev,  officials of the Ministry of Justice, members of the Judicial-Legal Council and others attended the meeting.


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