Secretary General to visit Turkey

Istanbul 9 December 2019
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Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić will pay a working visit to Turkey, where she will meet President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gül. The Secretary General will also speak at the launch of a new 18-month initiative to support the implementation of Turkey’s human rights action plan, organised by the Council of Europe and the European Union in cooperation with the Turkish authorities.

Contact: Daniel Höltgen, tel. +33 6 68 29 87 51

Other events

9 December, Belgrade

The Office of the Special Representative on migration and refugees will  launch the publication “Promoting child-friendly approaches in the area of migration: standards, guidance and current practices” in co-operation with UNICEF. The publication includes examples of promising practices implemented in Council of Europe member states at all stages of relevant asylum and migration procedures, featuring also examples from Serbia.

Contact: Päivi Suhonen, tel. +33 6 69 76 52 89


9-11 December, Strasbourg

The European Committee on Democracy and Governance (CDDG) will meet to examine - with a view to their adoption - draft Guidelines and a Guide on public ethics as well as a toolkit containing guidelines on e-democracy. The committee will hear presentations about administrative and government reforms in their countries from a number of speakers including Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson, Minister of Transport and Local Government of Iceland, Viacheslav Nehoda, Deputy Minister of Regional Development of Ukraine and Michal Bagačka, State Secretary responsible for Public Administration of the Slovak Republic. Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, will also address the committee. Finally, the committee will discuss its future work, which will place special emphasis on how to reap the benefits offered by technological development to strengthen governance and democracy, while tackling its challenges.

Programme - Contact : Jaime Rodriguez, tel. +33 3 90 21 47 04


10 December, Strasbourg

A roundtable, entitled: “The North-South Centre: a Council of Europe’s window to the world” will mark the 30th anniversary of the Lisbon-based Centre; It will focus on the main achievements of the North-South Centre and its priorities for the years ahead.

Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić, and Chair of the Executive Committee of the North-South Centre, Ambassador Manuel Montobbio will address the participants.

Deputy Secretary General Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, Ambassador Irakli Giviashvili in the context of the Georgian Presidency of the Committee of Ministers, , will also take part in the event.

The roundtable will take place in the Palais de l’Europe (Room 1) from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

More information - Programme - Contact: Panos Kakaviatos, tel. +33 3 90 21 50 27


10 December, Strasbourg

Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić will meet Boris Titov, Presidential Commissioner for Entrepreneurs’ Rights of the Russian Federation.

Contact: Daniel Höltgen, tel. +33 6 68 29 87 51


10 December, Strasbourg

The European Court of Human Rights will notify in writing 4 judgments concerning Turkey and Ukraine.

More information - ECHR Website , tel. +33 3 90 21 42 08


10-12 December, Austria

A delegation of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities will carry out a monitoring visit to the country in order to assess the implementation of the provisions of the European Charter of Local Self-Government ratified by Austria in 1987. In the framework of the visit, the Congress co-rapporteurs on local and regional democracy, Marc Cools and Andrew Dismore will have meetings in Vienna, Graz and Raaba-Grambach with national, regional and local authorities.


12 December, Strasbourg

The European Court of Human Rights will notify in writing 14 judgments and/or decisions concerning Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Georgia, Ireland, Latvia, Malta, North Macedonia, Romania, Russia, Serbia and Ukraine.

More information - ECHR Website, tel. +33 3 21 42 08


12-13 December, Vienna

Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić will address the OSCE Permanent Council and participate in a conference at the Diplomatic Academy on “Human Rights Day 2019 in Europe: Is there anything to celebrate?”.

Contact: Daniel Höltgen, tel. +33 6 68 29 87 51

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