The Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe was handed over from Greece to Germany, which was organised as an online meeting on 18 November 2020 in the presence of representatives of its 47 member states.

The President of the Congress Anders Knape welcomed Germany’s priorities for the coming six months, which were presented by the German Minister for Foreign Affairs Heiko Maas, He praised in particular their intention to upholding human rights, democracy and the rule of law, shaping the future and bringing Europe closer to the citizens as well as strengthening youth participation as well as gender equality in political life.

The Congress will actively support also Germany’s priority to contribute to global efforts to address the current environmental challenges.

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Ministerial session of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe - Congress President stressed the importance of a strong grassroots democracy in Europe

Committee of MInisters 21 May 2021 Hamburg, Germany

Addressing the 131st Session of the Committee of Ministers, held on 21 May 2021 in Hamburg (Germany), Congress President Leendert Verbeek stressed the importance of strengthening grassroots democracy in Europe to restore citizens' confidence in democratic processes, which has been weakened by the...

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German Minister for Europe Michael Roth addresses the Congress

40th Session 24 March 2021 Strasbourg

On 24 March 2021, Minister of State for Europe Michael Roth participated in the 40th session of the Congress on behalf of the German Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. Minister Roth underlined the importance of ensuring Council of Europe values against the...

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German Minister Michael Roth: "Cooperation at all levels of government is key to tackling Covid-19 effectively and safeguarding human rights”

Event Covid-19 7 December 2020 Remote meeting

German Minister of State for Europe speaking on behalf of the German Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe stressed the unique role of local and regional authorities in facing COVID-19. “Local and regional authorities are at the forefront when it comes to...

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The German delegation to the Congress comprises of 18 representatives and 18 substitutes.
The head of the delegation is Bernd Vöhringer.

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