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As Secretary General, I will work to give the Council of Europe greater political weight and visibility, with a view to fully implementing the substantial commitments we have jointly made in Reykjavík. My priorities will focus on the following four pillars:

Reception by President Volodimir Zelensky on the occasion of the second “Grain from Ukraine” summit held in Kyiv 90 years after the Holodomor. Photo: Keystone

A Council of Europe for Ukraine

Strengthening the Council of Europe in championing the recovery of a free, reconstructed Ukraine and in discussions on compensation for the loss and damage inflicted by Russia’s war of aggression.

A Council of Europe for democracy based on the rule of law

Implementing the societal commitments made at the Fourth Council of Europe Summit and delivering on the Reykjavík Principles for Democracy.

With German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on the margins of the UN Climate Change Conference COP28 in Dubai. Photo: FDHA

At the Reykjavik summit with other Heads of state and government as well as PACE officials. Photo: Keystone

A Council of Europe for today and tomorrow

Building up the Council of Europe’s expertise on issues impacting the future of our respective societies and citizens.

A Council of Europe for responsible global governance

Further strengthening the role of the Council of Europe in decisions that affect crisis and conflict management and societies on the European continent.

Signing on behalf of Switzerland the Register of Damage for Ukraine, Council of Europe summit in Reykjavik. Photo: Keystone