Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni

Deputy Secretary General

Mrs Battaini-Dragoni was elected Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe by the Parliamentary Assembly on 26 June 2012.


Deputy Secretary General presides over the 8th European Sport Medicine Congress

Strasbourg (Palais de la Musique et des Congrès), 

Gabriella Battaini Dragoni co-chaired the first plenary session of the 8th European Sport Medicine Congress, together with the French Minister of Sports, Youth, Popular Education and Community Life, Valerie Fourneyron.

"The Council of Europe aims to promote the development of sport in modern European society, through emphasising its positive values and by making sure that these positive values are fully respected", highlighted the Deputy Secretary General. 

Gabriella Battaini Dragoni also underlined the relevance of the Organisation's commitment on: "match-fixing", fight against violence and doping in sport. The event, organised with the patronage of the Secretary General, attracted 800 participants coming from more than 50 countries.


Entry into force of the Istanbul Convention: Deputy Secretary General opens international conference in Rome

Rome,  19 September 2014, “Violence against women is not limited to shady back alleys in the dark of night. Much more often, it is inflicted at home by someone women know. Someone women trust”, declared Gabriella Battaini Dragoni at the opening of the international conference “ Safe from Fear, Safe from Violence : Celebrating the entry into force of the Istanbul...

Deputy Secretary General pays a visit to Pope Francis

Vatican City (Holy See),  20 September 2014, Deputy Secretary General has been received today by Pope Francis (in the photo, Council of Europe’s delegation). Together with Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland, Gabriella Battaini Dragoni also met with Cardinal Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin. The exchange of views focused on the relationship between the Council of Europe...

Deputy Secretary General opens Conference of Ministers responsible for Regional/Spatial Planning

Strasbourg,  17 June 2014, Today, the Deputy Secretary General opened the 16th session of the Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Regional/Spatial Planning ( CEMAT ), which took place in Nafplion, Greece. In her opening speech she praised the work of the Conference on the promotion of public participation in territorial development and spatial...