Press release - DC058(2014)

Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers meet in Vienna


Strasbourg, 02.05.2014 - The Ministers for Foreign Affairs of the Council of Europe’s 47 member states will meet in Vienna on 6 May, at the Hofburg palace.

The meeting will be chaired by Sebastian Kurz, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Austria and Chairman of the Committee of Ministers. It will begin at 9.30 CET. Items on the draft agenda to be adopted by the ministers at the opening of the session should include:

· Council of Europe values and stability in Europe: current challenges
a) State of democracy, human rights and the rule of law in Europe – Report by the Secretary General
b) The current crisis in Europe
· Securing the long-term effectiveness of the system of the European Convention on Human Rights 
· Co-operation with the European Union
· The policy of the Council of Europe towards neighbouring regions

Following the morning sitting, an informal working session in the form of a lunch between the ministers will be dedicated to the situation in Ukraine.

At the end of the session, Minister Kurz will present the stocktaking of Austria’s chairmanship over the past six months and Elmar Mammadyarov, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan, will present the priorities of his country’s chairmanship which will start on 14 May.

A press briefing with Minister Sebastian Kurz and Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, will be held after the session, at approximately 2.30 pm.

Interviews may be organised on the spot.

Further information for the press

Accreditation: Thank you for filling in the form available at and for following indications provided. A fully equipped press room is foreseen for journalists (Sala Terrena, Austrian National Library, Josefsplatz 1, Vienna).

The discussions are held in camera. Nevertheless, professional quality photos and video footage by official cameramen will be made available to the media upon request.

A group photo will also be taken at 1.15 pm.

Additional information on the website of the Austrian Foreign Ministry.

For further information, please consult our special files

- Council of Europe Committee of Ministers

- Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers

- Special press file on the ministerial session

Press contacts:

Council of Europe :

Daniel Höltgen, Director of Communications, Spokesperson of the Secretary General,

Tel. +33 6 68 29 87 51

In Strasbourg: Can Fişek, Media officer – Spokesperson, +33 3 88 41 30 41

Austrian Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs

Claudia Kluger, Press and Information Department, Tel: +43 50 11 50 3315

Council of Europe Directorate of Communications
Tel: +33 (0)3 88 41 25 60
Fax:+33 (0)3 88 41 39 11