Council of Europe – Secretary General (CoE-SG)
Source description last updated: 3 December 2014
In brief:
The Council of Europe’s Secretary General (CoE-SG), who is elected by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe for a period of five years, is responsible for the strategic management of the CoE’s work programme and budget.
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“The Secretary General is entrusted with the responsibility of meeting the aim for which the Council of Europe was set up in London on 5 May 1949, namely to achieve greater unity between its members for the purpose of safeguarding and realising the ideals and principles which are their common heritage and facilitating their economic and social progress.” (CoE-SG website: Role, undated)
“The Secretary General has the overall responsibility for the strategic management of the Council of Europe’s work programme and budget and oversees the day-to-day running of the Organisation and Secretariat.” (CoE-SG website: Role, undated)
Council of Europe funds.
Scope of reporting:
Geographic focus: The 47 CoE member states (see CoE-website)
Thematic focus: Human rights (particularly as comprised in the European Convention for Human Rights); democracy, international justice, rule of law (including crime issues such as corruption, money laundering and trafficking).
“The Secretary General reports are based on fact-finding missions and interviews with NGO representatives, government officials or other political actors. These testimonies are supplemented by media reports and reports by other human rights monitoring organizations” (Austrian Red Cross/ ACCORD: Researching Country of Origin Information - A Training Manual,, Annex, p. 6, April 2006)
Reports updating previous reports may not be based on fact-finding missions, but draw information from the local CoE office or the country’s representation to the CoE (see for example CoE: Serbia: Compliance with obligations and commitments and implementation of the post-accession co-operation programme 2nd report: Update on developments November 2006 – June 2007, 18 July 2007).
The reports on a country’s compliance with commitments and obligations usually contain chapters on its situation of democracy, issues of rule of law and human rights and its other commitments. Reports published by the CoE-SG include recommendations for the government of the country in question.
Reports from the Council of Europe field offices and other outposts contain brief information on recent political and legislative developments provided by a number of CoE field presences (see recent reports from the Council of Europe field offices and other outposts available at CoE committee of Ministers website).
Languages of publication:
English, most reports are also available in French.
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