Georgia officially assumes chairmanship of CoE

  • The presidency has passed from France to Georgia at a meeting at the organisation’s Strasbourg headquarters. Photo: Council of Europe webpage, 27 Nov 2019 - 22:20, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgian Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani has received symbolic keys marking the official assumption of the presidency of the Council of Europe (CoE) Committee of Ministers in Strasbourg today.

The presidency has passed from France to Georgia at a meeting at the organisation’s Strasbourg headquarters. 

Minister Zalkaliani, the new Chair of the Committee of Ministers, presented the priorities of the Georgian Presidency, which will run for six months. 

Taking over the presidency of the Committee of Ministers, Georgia has made "an extraordinary voluntary financial contribution of 500 K," the CoE Spokesperson Daniel Holtgen reported.

Georgian State Minister for Reconciliation and Civic Equality Ketevan Tsikhelashvili wishes her country great achievements in developing its priorities for the next six month.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Georgia's CoE membership. 

Former Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze wrote of Twitter that it is "symbolic" that Georgia has assumed the presidency on its anniversary.  

Earlier today, a tram with the Georgian alphabet on its windows has been launched in Strasbourg and the Georgian national flag has also been raised. 

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.