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


Jean-Claude Frécon, the new President of the Congress, addresses the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe [22/10/2014]
“The Congress, an assembly of elected local and regional representatives, has become for both European governments and the other Council of Europe entities a loyal, operational and effective political partner. Within an intergovernmental organisation it has managed to find its rightful place, and it is with your support that this development has been possible”, said Jean-Claude Frécon, the newly elected President of the Congress, during his exchange of views with the Ministers’ Deputies of the Council of Europe on 22 October 2014. “We shall continue to consolidate our activities of monitoring the European Charter of Local Self-Government and observing local elections, while further increasing implementation of our recommendations through political dialogue with governments”, he explained. 
[14/10/2014]  Jean-Claude Frécon elected President of the Congress
[12/09/2014]  Exchange of views between the Congress and a Committee of Ministers’ Rapporteur Group
[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”

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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