Latvia will take over the Presidency at the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe during the 4th Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Council of Europe in Reykjavik, Iceland.
This will be Latvia’s second Presidency since joining the organization. Latvia assumes its Presidency for the period of six months, during which the Latvian Foreign Minister will be the Chair of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. The duties of the Minister of Foreign Affairs will include reporting to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on the work of the Committee of Ministers as well as providing answers to questions from the parliamentarians.
The Council of Europe, created in 1949, is the oldest political organization in Europe and includes 46 European countries. It is not to be confused with the Council of the European Union – though both use the same flag. Latvia joined the organization in 1995.