Georgia took the lead in the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. The country will be chairing this institution since November 27, 2019, till May 15, 2020. The Georgian Foreign Ministry's press office reported that on Wednesday.
Georgia chose four priorities of its presidency:
1. Human rights and environmental protection;
2. Civil participation in decision-making;
3. Child-friendly justice – converging experience on Restorative Justice in Europe;
4. Strengthening democracy through education, culture and youth engagement.
It would be the first case when independent Georgia chairs the Committee.
"The goal of the Georgian Presidency will be to promote one of the core values of the organisation – democracy – through education, culture and youth engagement. The Georgian Presidency shall promote quality and inclusive education that is free from discrimination, and provides a safe and secure learning environment, in which the rights of all are respected. The Presidency shall promote and contribute to the work of ongoing Joint Initiatives and Joint EU-CoE programmes running in the area of higher education", reads the statement on the Foreign Ministry's website.