Georgia to chair Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers in November

2019 is the 70th anniversary of the Council of Europe. Photo: Council of Europe, 26 Mar 2019 - 22:34, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgia will take over the chairmanship of Council of Europe’s (CoE) Committee of Ministers for a six-month term from November 2019 to May 2020.

The chairmanship will be passed from France to Georgia at a meeting in mid-November 2019 at the CoE’s Strasbourg headquarters, attended by representatives of its 47 member states.

According to the CoE, the chair "acts in a neutral way and ensures that the rules and guidelines are respected”. It further “guides the discussions, puts proposals to the vote and announces decisions”.

  • The Council of Europe is the continent's leading human rights organization;
  • It is comprised of 47 member states, 28 of which are members of the European Union; 
  • Georgia became a member of the Council of Europe on April 27, 1999.

Georgia’s First Vice Parliament Speaker Tamar Chugoshvili spoke of the importance of Georgia’s chairmanship. Photo: Tamar Chugishvili's Facebook page.

Chugoshvili said Georgia needs stronger support from member states.

Human rights conditions on occupied territories and the territorial integrity are our number one problem”, she stated.

Chugoshvili also announced  that a number of high-ranking officials from the CoE member states will be visiting Georgia this year, including the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).

She also announced that Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze will travel to Strasbourg to address the PACE spring session on April 10.