On 11 April the Conference of INGOs held an exchange of views with the two candidates for position of Council of Europe Secretary General: Minister Didier Reynders (Belgium) and Minister Marija Pejčinović Burić (Croatia). It was an excellent opportunity for the members of the Conference to find out more about the candidates' political vision for the future of the Council of Europe. For the candidates it was an occasion to listen the main concerns and ideas aiming at restoring public trust in democratic institutions and reinforcing the impact of Council of Europe standards.
During the exchange, several questions from the floor addressed issues such as how to face the political and financial crises in the Council of Europe, how to prevent corruption, promote equality, fight against LGBTI discrimination and how to reinforce the implementation of Council of Europe standards and human rights.
We wish both candidates a lot of success for their campaign!