The Chair of the Committee of Ministers is held for a six-month term in turn by the representatives of the members in English alphabetical order. The Chair passes to a new Chair mid-May and mid-November, at a date fixed by the Committee based on a joint proposal by the incoming and outgoing Chairs.
At the handover ceremony, the incoming Chair presents the priorities of his/her country's chairmanship to the Committee of Ministers and the outgoing Chair presents a stocktaking report of the last six months.
The Chair acts in a neutral way and ensures that the rules and guidelines are respected. The Chair guides the discussions, put proposals to the vote and announces decisions.
Denmark: 15/11/2017 to 18/05/2018
Chair of the Committee of Ministers
Chair of the Ministers' Deputies
Mr Arnold de Fine Skibsted
Permanent Representative of Denmark to the Council of Europe
18 May - November 2018
November 2018 - May 2019
May - November 2019
November 2019 - May 2020
May - November 2020