Azerbaijani Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers and grassroots democracy

Flag AzerbaijanAzerbaijan 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

1-2 September

Annual exchange on the religious dimension of intercultural dialogue

18-19 September

High-level conference on the Council of Europe Neighbourhood Policy

September (tbc)

Conference on public service delivery in the context of human rights and good governance

1-5 October

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

28-30 October

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. 
[19/06/2014]  Congress President meets with the President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev
[16/06/2014]  International Conference in Baku on “Local democracy and youth”
[11/06/2014]  Congress activity report available in 4 languages: english, french, german and russian
[22/05/2014]  Andreas Kiefer expresses the Congress’ support for Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia in the face of the terrible floods

Documents "Azerbaijan: activities and texts of the Congress"


Delegation of Azerbaijan

The Azerbaijan delegation to the Congress comprises 6 representatives and 6 substitutes. The head of the delegation is M. Anar Adil IBRAHIMOV.
Azerbaijani delegation
Texts adopted by the Congress

Local and regional democracy in Azerbaijan
Recommendation 326 (2012)
Resolution 345 (2012)
Report CG(23)12

Local elections (23 December 2009)
Recommendation 284 (2010)
Resolution 300 (2010)
Report CPL(18)2

Sabine Zimmer, Head of Planning, Coordination and institutional Communication Unit
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