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  • COE IN BRIEF

  • view of the Council of Europe main building in StrasbourgThe 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.flags of the Council of Europe member states

     

    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.

     

    Origins of the Council of Europe (pdf)

    Setting Origins of the Council of Europe p. 2 (pdf)

    Seat of the Council of Europe (pdf)

    Council of Europe – photo gallery

    Statute of the Council of Europe

    Official internet site of the Council of Europe

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