Marija Pejčinović Burić (Photo: Twitter @PACE_News) Marija Pejčinović Burić (Photo: Twitter @PACE_News)

“I believe the Council of Europe is one of the most important European institutions, more important than ever,” Pejčinović Burić said in her first speech addressing the Parliamentary Assembly as the secretary-general-elect.

She said the international organization must “encourage dialogue, not only within its main bodies, but among its member states,” she said.

“During my mandate we will work together to achieve the goals of this organization and they are peace and prosperity for European citizens,” Pejčinović Burić said as she concluded her speech and thanked members for their support.

Pejčinović Burić was elected on Wednesday evening, defeating rival candidate Didier Reynders, the foreign minister of Belgium, 159 votes to 105. She will begin her five-year term on October 15.