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Croatian woman at the head of the Council of Europe

Marija Pejcinovic Buric is elected head of the Council of Europe. Photo Council of Europe.
Marija Pejcinovic Buric is elected head of the Council of Europe. Photo Council of Europe.
EUROPE. Elected with 159 votes out of 264, Croatia's Minister for Foreign Affairs Marija Pejcinovic Buric succeeds Sweden's Thorbjørn Jagland as Secretary General of the Council of Europe. Based in Strasbourg, the Council of Europe brings together 47 countries, including those of the EU, Russia, Turkey, Armenia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, the Baltic states, Switzerland, Norway, ...

Marija Pejcinovic Buric defeated Belgian foreign minister Didier Reynders, who received only 105 votes. She will take office on 18 September 2019. Marija Pejcinovic Buric is a former sportswoman (handball) born in Bosnia and Herzegovina. She is a woman of record who does not appreciate the media spotlight. She is a right-wing liberal, but opposed to nationalism.

Responsible for the defence of human rights and democracy, the Council of Europe manages a budget of €437 million and 2,200 civil servants working in particular for the European Court of Human Rights.

The institution has been experiencing a financial crisis since Russia halted its funding after suspending its voting rights following the annexation of the Crimea. It now owes the Council of Europe €75 million. On Tuesday 25 June, Russia rejoined the Council of Europe and was thus able to take part in the vote. In response, Ukraine suspended its participation in the work of the Council.

Frédéric Dubessy

Thursday, June 27th 2019

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