Marija Pejčinović Burić 

On 26 June 2019, the Parliamentary Assembly elected Marija Pejčinović Burić as the 14th Secretary General of the Council of Europe, with 159 votes. Her term began on 18 September 2019.

With and extensive carrear in politics, her most recent appointments included the one of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Croatia as well as Chairperson of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe...(read more)


The Secretary General is elected by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe for a period of five years.

Regulations relating to the appointment of the Secretary General

The Secretary General is entrusted with the responsibility of meeting the aim for which the Council of Europe was set up in London on 5 May 1949, namely to achieve greater unity between its members for the purpose of safeguarding and realising the ideals and principles which are their common heritage and facilitating their economic and social progress.

Statute of the Council of Europe

The Secretary General has the overall responsibility for the strategic management of the Council of Europe’s work programme and budget and oversees the day-to-day running of the Organisation and Secretariat.



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