For the first time since it became a member of the Council of Europe, Croatia is assuming the Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. Croatia will officially take over the Chairmanship at the Committee of Ministers meeting on May 18th, 2018 in Denmark. From the moment of the assumption of the Chairmanship, 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.
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.