By 159 votes to 105, the Croatian Foreign and European Affairs Minister has been elected as the new Secretary-General of the Council of Europe. Marija Pejcinovic-Buric was elected the new Secretary-General of the Council of Europe by secret ballot held in the Parliamentary Assembly in Strasbourg this week.
Pejcinovic-Buric is only the second woman in history at the organisation's helm and the first person from Central and Southeastern Europe to fill this position. Pejcinovic-Buric, who became the Croatian Foreign Minister in June 2017, is fluent in French, English, and Spanish.
The Council of Europe was established in 1949 as an international organisation whose aim is to uphold human rights, democracy and the rule of law in Europe. Croatia joined the Council of Europe in 1996.