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.


“Social Summit” in Turin: Deputy Secretary General launches Social Charter event

Turin,  22 September 2014, “The social and economic rights guaranteed by the European Social Charter are fundamental rights which parallel and complement the civil and political rights enshrined in the European Convention on Human Rights.  Now, that socio-economic rights are less well-protected in Europe, the Charter represents a vital guarantee in terms of upholding the European social model and safeguarding the exercise of democracy in Europe”, declared today...


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...