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Secretary General marks Council of Europe 75th anniversary at Congress session

Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić has marked the importance of the Council of Europe 75th anniversary in her speech at the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities session, coinciding with its 30th anniversary and the 10th anniversary of its youth initiative.

“I am very pleased with the recent strengthening of the Congress and its activities, following the Reykjavík Summit and Declaration last May. This strengthening is linked to the progress made through administrative reform and the adoption of the programme and budget last December, which led to a real increase in resources for the Congress’ statutory observation and monitoring activities”, highlighted the Secretary General.

Marija Pejčinović Burić also took stock of her term of office, with the emphasis on her main achievements.

“I would like to express my support to the President of the Congress for the smooth running of his mandate and underline the importance of his statements on violence against locally elected representatives, which cannot be tolerated under any circumstances and cannot go unpunished. We must remain united in our commitment to the protection of fundamental rights and the promotion of democracy at all levels of governance. The rule of law is our compass, guiding our actions and decisions for a future based on justice and equality”, she concluded.

 Speech by the Secretary General

 Statement by Marija PEJČINOVIĆ-BURIĆ, Secretary General of the Council of Europe

Secretary General Strasbourg 26 March 2024
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