Deputy Secretary General

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.


"Bell of Peace": Deputy Secretary General receives President Robol

27 January 2015 Strasbourg
The biggest ringing bell in the world to honour the Fallen of all wars and to invoke peace and brotherhood in the Continent: Gabriella Battaini Dragoni received today "Bell of the Fallen" Foundation President Alberto Robol. The monumental bell, cast in Trento (Italy) in 1924 with bronze from...

Deputy Secretary General meets Irish President Higgins

27 January 2015 Strasbourg
Gabriella Battaini Dragoni met today Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland. The exchange of views focused on the recent security threats to European societies and on the actions to fight against terrorism. The Deputy Secretary General underlined the relevance of the Convention on the...

Council of Europe-European Union relations: Deputy Secretary General meets State Secretary for European Affairs of Italy

14 January 2015 Strasbourg
In the framework of Council of Europe-European Union relations, Gabriella Battaini Dragoni met today Sandro Gozi, State Secretary for European Affairs of Italy. The exchange of views focused on the results of the Six-month Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and on the...

1st Global Forum on Enforcement

11 December 2014 Strasbourg
“The Deputy Secretary General, Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, at the opening of the 1st Global Forum on Enforcement: the Efficiency of Civil Enforcement Proceedings in Europe, organised by the International Union of Judicial Officers (UIHJ) in co-operation with the CEPEJ. "You can have the best...

100th Plenary Session of the Venice Commission: Deputy Secretary General received by Italian President of the Republic

10 October 2014 Rome
On the occasion of the 100th Plenary Session of the European Commission for Democracy through Law, better known as Venice Commission, Gabriella Battaini Dragoni has been received today by the President of the Republic of Italy, Giorgio Napolitano (in the photo together with Gianni Buquicchio,...

Match-fixing: Deputy Secretary General receives France’s State Secretary of Sport

3 October 2014 Strasbourg
During a visit to Strasbourg on 2 October, Thierry Braillard, France’s State Secretary of Sport, signed the Council of Europe Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions. “France has always been at the forefront of the fight against the manipulation of sports competitions and hopes that...

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

22 September 2014 Turin
“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...

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

19 September 2014 Rome
“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:...

Deputy Secretary General pays a visit to Pope Francis

20 September 2014 Vatican City (Holy See)
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...

Deputy Secretary General Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni on first-ever visit to Israel

7 July 2014 Strasbourg
During her first official visit to Israel from 6 to 9 July, the Deputy Secretary General opened a seminar on Council of Europe conventions at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. As part of the joint Council of Europe-EU South Programme, the seminar presents Council of Europe conventions in various...