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Published on 28/06/2019 - Modified on 15/07/2019

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France, new chair of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe

Europe, international

In accordance with the partnership agreement signed in 2010 with the Council of Europe, the city of Strasbourg always honors the states that successively chair the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe for six months.

On May 17, France replaced Finland, and is now leading this ministerial committee until November 2019.

The Council of Europe is an intergovernmental organization, now comprising 47 Member States, including the 28 Member States of the European Union. The Council of Europe was established by the Treaty of London of 5 May 1949. Ten states (Belgium, Denmark, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Sweden) have signed the founding treaty.

The main objectives of this European institution are:

  • the defense of human rights and the rule of law;
  • the lasting for solutions to social problems;
  • the development of democratic stability in Europe;
  • the promoting of awareness and strengthening Europe's cultural identity and diversity.

The Council of Europe has his seat in Strasbourg in the European Palace and is composed as follows:

  • a Committee of Ministers, which brings together the Foreign Ministers of the Member States or their permanent representatives. It is the decision-making body of the Council,
  • a Parliamentary Assembly whose members are appointed by the national parliaments,
  • a Secretary General, elected by the Parliamentary Assembly for five years, to coordinate the activities of the Council of Europe.

As part of these Presidencies, each country sets its political priorities for this half-yearly calendar, and at the same time draws up a program of events. The French Presidency, for all these six months, is offering a cultural program aimed at promoting Europe and strengthening citizens' proximity to the European institutions on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Council of Europe.

The city of Strasbourg has supported the Council of Europe since 1949. As part of the French Presidency, it actively promotes all these cultural events that are offered to Strasbourg citizens and to many visitors in our city. This program of exhibitions, concerts, film reviews, debates on current topics, is in line with the European vocation of Strasbourg. The Highlight of this program will be the restitution of the first session of the Committee of Ministers in the City Hall of Strasbourg.

Complete program for download (in French)