Azerbaijani Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers and grassroots democracy
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 2014, on the occasion of the 124th session of the Committee of Ministers.
Elmar Mammadyarov, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan, presented the priorities of his country’s chairmanship. Among the events co-organized by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities and the Azerbaijani Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers are a seminar on local self-government in Azerbaijan and youth policy, 18 June 2014, in Baku.
17 June, Baku
Meeting of the Bureau
18 June, Baku
Seminar on "Local self-government in Azerbaijan and youth policy" - More information
30 June-1 July
High-level conference on combating corruption
Annual exchange on the religious dimension of intercultural dialogue
High-level conference on the Council of Europe Neighbourhood Policy
Conference on public service delivery in the context of human rights and good governance
Event within "No hate speech movement" of the Council of Europe
October 2014, Strasbourg
Participation of a high official of the Government of Azerbaijan (Minister in charge of local administration) in the Congress session
United Nations Global Forum on Youth Policy
Exchange of views between the Congress and a Committee of Ministers’ Rapporteur Group [12/09/2014]
On 9 September 2014, Karl-Heinz Lambertz (Belgium, SOC), Congress thematic spokesperson on co-operation with the intergovernmental sector of the Council of Europe and President of the Congress Governance Committee, held an exchange of views with the Committee of Ministers’ Rapporteur Group on Democracy (GR-DEM). In particular, they discussed the document Recurring problems identified during monitoring missions, submitted to the Committee of Ministers in December 2013, which analyses the issues encountered in member states in the application of the European Charter of Local Self-Government. The discussions also focused on the contribution by the Congress regarding the situation in Ukraine, problems of local finance and the Committee of Ministers’ replies to Congress recommendations. The exchange of views was part of the enhanced political dialogue between the Congress and the Committee of Ministers. The President of GR-DEM, Ambassador Helle, agreed to meet in the near future with the Congress Bureau, which previously held exchanges of views with the two former chairs of the GR-DEM, Ambassadors Gacek and Berends, the permanent representatives of Poland and the Netherlands respectively.