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COE IN BRIEF
The Council of Europe is an intergovernmental organisation of a pan-European character. It was established on 5 May 1949 when ten founding member states - Belgium, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Italy, Ireland, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway and Sweden -signed the so-called London Treaty (the Council of Europe Statute).
At present 47 countries are members of the Council of Europe. Its main seat is located in Strasbourg (France).
The aim of the Council of Europe is – in accordance with the Statute - to achieve a greater unity between its members for the purpose of safeguarding and realising the ideals and principles which are their common heritage and facilitating their economic and social progress.
The Committee of Ministers, the Parliamentary Assembly and the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities are the main bodies of the Council of Europe while the human rights proclaimed by the Convention for the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms are guaranteed by the European Court of Human Rights.SEE MORE