Strasbourg, 8 January 2012 - "The Council of Europe has always played a crucial role for democracies in transition", said Gabriella Battaini Dragoni during her official visit to Tunisia. The Deputy Secretary General has signed the first Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a non member state of the Organisation, in order to establish a Council of Europe office in Tunis, dealing with operational projects in the fields of Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law.
"The history of Europe is strongly influenced by the interactions of cultures and civilisations of the two Mediterranean rims: as Europeans, we have the responsibility to support this process", underlined Gabriella Battaini Dragoni.
High level meetings were organised with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rafik Abdessalem; with the President of the Constituent National Assembly, Mustapha Ben Jaafar; with the Minister of Human Rights and transitional Justice, Samir Dilou; and with Secretary of State in charge of European Affairs, Touhami Abdouli.
The Deputy Secretary General has also inaugurated the first class of the School of Political Studies in Tunisia, in the framework of the programme "Strengthening democratic reform in the southern Neighbourhood" funded by the European Union and implemented by the Council of Europe. (more...)