From May until November 2018, Croatia is for the first time chairing the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. It officially took over the Chairmanship at the Committee of Ministers session 18 May 2018 in Denmark. Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Mrs. Pejčinović Burić will chair the Committee of Ministers and in this capacity will represent the Council of Europe.
During its Chairmanship, Croatia will seek to further promote and strengthen democratic values, human rights and the rule of law, building on the results of the successful preceding chairmanships. In addition to its membership to the UN Human Rights Council, this Chairmanship presents a very important opportunity for Croatia to increase visibility of its foreign policy in the area of human rights protection and will contribute to recognizing Croatia as an important factor in promotion and protection of human rights.
Croatia established the following four topics as priorities of its Chairmanship:
Croatia has prepared a very ambitious program, consisting of a total of 28 events, mostly in the area of human rights protection. Most of the events (namely 18) are planned to be held in Croatia, and in addition to Zagreb, activities will include Rijeka, Dubrovnik, Zadar and islands Brijuni and Lošinj. Croatia will also be involved in numerous activities that will be held in Strasbourg.
Central event of the Croatian Chairmanship will be the ministerial conference ''Strengthening Transparency and Responsibility Aimed at Prevention of Corruption'' to be held on 15 and 16 October 2018. The Conference will emphasise and promote complementarity between the traditional national anti-corruption mechanisms and anti-corruption mechanisms of the modern media, with an aim of encouraging better co-operation and synergy among the relevant national anti-corruption bodies.
The respective ministries and other state administration bodies, as well as local and regional self-government units will be in charge for the organization and implementation of the activities within the defined priorities, while the Croatian Parliament will host meetings within the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly. The Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs have prepared a cultural and promotional program permeated with elements of Croatian cultural heritage. The programs will follow the Chairmanship activities with the aim of strengthening Croatia’s recognisability thorough audio-visual content available to the citizens.
On 14 May 2018, Minister Pejčinović Burić presented the priorities and program of the Croatian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe – more.
Please find the full activity program HERE.
More information on the Council of Europe can be found on the web site of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs and on the web pages of the Council of Europe.
More information about the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) is available HERE. Information about the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) can be found HERE.
EVENTS DURING THE CROATIAN PRESIDENCY
On 18 June 2018, in Strasbourg Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Marija Pejčinović Burić and Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland, opened the conference National Minorities and Minority Languages in a Changing Europe. The conference is dedicated to marking the 20th anniversary of the entry into force of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities and the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, the most important international legal instruments for protecting national minorities at the European level - more.
On 12 June 2018, the exhibition "Architecture in the Garden of Eden - an Alternative Morphology of Contemporary Architecture in Croatia" was set up in Strasbourg, as part of the cultural promotion of Croatia’s six-month Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. The exhibition is located in the most beautiful and most visited L'Orangerie Park in Strasbourg, close to the Council of Europe building and other European institutions, and can be visited until 29 June 2018. - more.
On 8 June 2018, the exhibition "World Heritage in Croatia" was opened in Strasbourg, organised as part of the cultural promotion of Croatia’s six-month Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe – more.
Pejčinović Burić attended a meeting of the Standing Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), held 1 June 2018 in the Croatian parliament – more.
Culture Minister Nina Obuljen Koržinek 30 May 2018 in Strasbourg the ceremony on the occasion of Croatia’s taking over the Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers – more.
On 30 May 2018, a meeting of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers was for the first time chaired by Croatia’s permanent representative, Ambassador Miroslav Papa – more.
On 30 May 2018, a ceremony of hoisting the Croatian flag to the Croatian national anthem was held in one of Strasbourg’s central squares, Place de la Republique. The city also held a ceremony of inaugurating a streetcar decorated with the symbols of Croatia’s Council of Europe Chairmanship – more.