The Chair of the Committee of Ministers is held for a six-month term in turn by the representatives of the members in English alphabetical order. The Chair passes to a new Chair mid-May and mid-November, at a date fixed by the Committee based on a joint proposal by the incoming and outgoing Chairs.
At the handover ceremony, the incoming Chair presents the priorities of his/her country's chairmanship to the Committee of Ministers and the outgoing Chair presents a stocktaking report of the last six months.
The Chair acts in a neutral way and ensures that the rules and guidelines are respected. The Chair guides the discussions, put proposals to the vote and announces decisions.
Finland: 21/11/2018 - 17/05/2019
Chairman of the Committee of Ministers
Chairperson of the Ministers' Deputies
Ms Satu Mattila-Budich
Permanent Representative of Finland to the Council of Europe