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Council of Europe

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Founded in 1949, the Council of Europe seeks to develop throughout Europe common and democratic principles based on the European Convention on Human Rights and other reference texts on the protection of individuals.


Aims of the Council of Europe


How the Council of Europe Works

The main component parts of the Council of Europe are:

  • the Committee of Ministers, the Organisation's decision-making body, composed of the 47 Foreign Ministers or their Strasbourg-based deputies (ambassadors/permanent representatives);
  • the Parliamentary Assembly, driving force for European co-operation, grouping 636 members (318 representatives and 318 substitutes) from the 47 national parliaments:
  • the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, the voice of Europe's regions and municipalities, composed of a Chamber of Local Authorities and a Chamber of Regions;
  • the 1800-strong secretariat recruited from member states, headed by a Secretary General, elected by the Parliamentary Assembly.



Council of Europe Member States

The Council of Europe has a genuine pan-European dimension:



Council of Europe Member Observers

The Council of Europe has five (5) observer countries:



Council of Europe Official languages

English and French are the Council of Europe's two official languages. German, Italian and Russian are also working languages.



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