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


Committee of Ministers Chairmanship: Jean-Claude Frécon welcomes regional democracy example set by Belgium  [13/11/2014]
'The Committee of Ministers chairmanships provide an opportunity to pursue the political dialogue we initiate with the member state governments in the course of monitoring the European Charter of local self-government', said Jean-Claude Frécon, President of the Congress, on 13 November 2014, as the chairmanship of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers was handed over from Azerbaijan to Belgium. 'Belgium's federal make-up and tradition of decentralisation makes it an example for Europe. There might sometimes be difficulties, but the spirit of constant dialogue between the different levels of governance prevailing in your country is the same driving force that is central to the mission of the Congress'. Committee of Ministers 
[22/10/2014]  Jean-Claude Frécon, the new President of the Congress, addresses the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe
[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

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

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