UPDATE: THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE
Sophie Lobey holds a Master of
International Trade and Finance (Paris, 1992) from "Institut Supérieur de
Gestion" (Advanced Institute of Management). She has worked for about 20
years as Sales and Marketing Manager for Council of Europe Publishing, and has been
responsible for the commercial website of the COE since 1997.
Published September 2013
(Previously updated in October 2007)
the Archive Version!
Table of Contents
Rule of Law
Campaigns and Projects
European Union and Council of Europe Co-operation
10. Council of Europe
of Europe Observer States
12. Glossary of
13. Resource Material
- An Overview
The Council of Europe is an international organisation with 47 member states whose founding principles
are human rights, democracy and the rule of law. These values are the basis of all of the work carried out within
the Organisation in order to build a stable, tolerant and functional
Europe. Nurturing Europe’s cultural identity and diversity while
achieving democratic stability through political, legislative and
constitutional reform are at the heart of this process. The European Convention
on Human Rights is the cornerstone of this work and remains as strong as ever
in its role as a powerful protector of essential freedoms.
Council of Europe continues to reaffirm its steadfast commitment to protecting
these values and is constantly evolving to match the changing international
climate. It is mindful of the threats posed by the current financial,
institutional and social crises compounded by an undermining of citizens’ trust
and confidence due to corruption and political misconduct. Through dialogue and
co-operation, the Council of Europe is striving to maintain citizens’ faith in
the rule of law and is urging member states’ governments to implement its
recommendations. It also has extensive relations with observer states,
including USA, and non-member states.
key priorities include:
governments implement judicial reforms
freedom of expression and the media
intolerance and hate speech
of Ministers: This is the Council of Europe’s decision-making
body made up of all member states’ Foreign Affairs Ministers or their
representatives in Strasbourg. It is both a governmental body and a
collective forum where national and Europe-wide approaches can be
formulated. It upholds the Council of Europe’s fundamental values and
ensures that member states comply with them.
Assembly: The Assembly can adopt texts on a wide range of
political, social, economic and cultural matters. It is made up of
representatives from all member states and an elected president. It has
shown great flexibility as an international inter-parliamentary body and
has evolved and developed alongside a fast-changing Europe.
- Congress of Local and Regional Authorities: This Congress
provides Europe’s regions and municipalities with a voice in the Council
of Europe where local elected representatives can discuss common problems
and pool their experience. It represents a link between grass-roots level
democracy and the international platform of the Council of Europe thus
creating a vital forum for local and regional issues.
- European Court of Human Rights: The Court is the judicial
body which hears complaints brought against a state on the grounds of a
violation of the European Convention on Human Rights. It ensures the
coherent and consistent protection of human rights throughout all 47
- The Commissioner for
Human Rights: The Commissioner is an independent and non-judicial institution
to promote awareness of and respect for human rights. It conducts active
dialogue with member states on a wide range of pressing issues.
- The Conference of International Non-Governmental Organisations: The Conference of
International Non-Governmental Organisations provides a vital link between
politicians and ordinary citizens and gives civil society a voice at the
Council of Europe.
Secretary General: The Secretary General spearheads the work of the
Council of Europe while safeguarding the founding values and principles of
the Organisation. The holder of this office heads the Secretariat of the
Council of Europe and is elected every 5 years by the Parliamentary
- The Conventions
- Human Rights
- European Convention on
Human Rights: The Convention guarantees the right to life, liberty, security,
a fair trial, family life and freedom of thought and expression. It has
become a pan-European protection system which underlines the
Organisation’s goal of upholding common fundamental standards.
- The European Convention for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or
Degrading Treatment or Punishment: This convention establishes
standards regarding the rights of citizens who have been imprisoned and
ensures member states’ compliance. Its aim is to guarantee that the
treatment of detainees and prison conditions are consistent with human
- European Convention on the Exercise of Children’s Rights: This convention aims to
protect the best interests of children and provides a number of procedural
measures to allow the children to exercise their rights. Among the types
of family proceedings of special interest for children are those
concerning custody, residence, access, questions of parentage, legitimacy,
adoption, legal guardianship, administration of property of children, care
procedures, removal or restriction of parental responsibilities,
protection from cruel or degrading treatment and medical treatment.
· Convention on the Protection of
Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse: The objective of this convention
is to prevent sexual offences while protecting victims and ensuring that
perpetrators are prosecuted. This includes the screening, recruitment and
training of people who work with children while making children aware of the
risks and teaching them to protect themselves, as well as monitoring measures
for offenders and potential offenders.
· Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence
against Women and Domestic Violence: This establishes guidelines to eliminate such acts and
bring perpetrators to justice. It aims to protect women from violence and seeks
to change attitudes to work towards gender equality. It is not only women
who suffer domestic violence, parties to the convention are encouraged to apply
the protective framework to men, children and the elderly who are exposed to
violence within the family or domestic unit. However, it should not be
overlooked that the majority of victims of domestic violence are women and that
it is part of a wider pattern of discrimination and inequality.
· The European Convention on Action against
Trafficking in Human Beings: This convention is a comprehensive treaty focusing mainly on the
protection of victims of trafficking and the safeguarding of their rights. It
also aims to prevent trafficking and to prosecute traffickers. In addition, it
provides for the establishment of an effective and independent monitoring
mechanism capable of controlling the implementation of the obligations
contained within it.
- The European Social
The European Social Charter is a key instrument in guaranteeing citizens’
social and economic rights. It covers rights to housing, education, health
care, employment and free movement of persons. The European Committee of
Social Rights ensures member states’ compliance with the Charter and makes
collective decisions on complaints.
- The European Cultural Convention: This
convention aims to safeguard European culture, promote national
contributions to Europe's common cultural heritage respecting the same
fundamental values and to encourage in particular the study of the languages,
history and civilisation of the Parties to the Convention.
- Framework Convention for the
Protection of National Minorities: This guarantees protection
for national minorities in all member states and establishes guidelines
for the freedom of expression, assembly, conscience and religion. It
ensures that all citizens belonging to national minorities can enjoy fair
access to media, language and education while seeking to promote the full
and effective equality of national minorities and enabling them to
preserve and develop their culture and to retain their identity.
Charter for Regional or Minority Languages: On the one hand,
this convention aims to protect and promote regional and minority
languages as a threatened aspect of Europe’s cultural heritage and on the
other hand to enable speakers of these languages to use them in private
and public life.
European Convention on the Suppression of Terrorism: By targeting all
aspects of incitement, recruitment and training, this convention aims to
combat any acts which may lead to terrorism. It also sets out guidelines
to harmonise extradition and mutual legal assistance procedures between
member states in cases of terrorist acts.
- The Convention on
Cybercrime : The purpose of this convention is to
issue guidelines to develop national legislative frameworks to fight
cybercrime, especially dealing with infringements of copyright,
computer-related fraud, child pornography and violations of network
security. It also acts as a platform for communication and co-operation
between signatory countries. This convention has also been signed by
Canada, and signed and ratified by USA, Japan and Australia.
Protection Convention : By ensuring the appropriate
collection, storage and use of personal data, this convention safeguards
citizens’ right to private life. It seeks to monitor the trans-frontier
flow of personal data and outlaws the processing of data regarded as
sensitive without proper defence mechanisms in place.
Convention on Spectator Violence and Misbehaviour at Sports Events and in
particular at Football Matches: This convention aims to
foster co-operation between member states, public authorities and
independent sports organisations to prevent violence and misbehaviour
by spectators at sports events. It sets out a number of measures,
including close co-operation between police forces; prosecution of
offenders; strict control of ticket sales and appropriate design of stadia
to prevent violence and allow effective crowd control and safety.
European Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine: This convention
sets standards for ethical practices in biomedicine including organ
transplantation, medical research on human beings, the protection of
embryos and the use of medical records. It is designed to preserve human
dignity, rights and freedoms by countering the misuse of biological and
Anti-Doping Convention: The objective of this convention is to
standardise anti-doping regulations throughout all member states, ensuring
they adopt legislative, financial, scientific and
educational measures to efficiently fight doping in sport. It aims to give
a common framework to each country’s specific policy in which athletes are
subject to the same procedures, regardless of which country they are
- Medicrime Convention: This convention criminalises the
manufacture, supply and trafficking of counterfeit medical products. It
safeguards public health through penal measures against criminal
behaviour, protection of victims, promotion of co-operation at national
and international levels, and preventive measures.
- The Bern Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife
and Natural Habitats: The
purpose of this convention is to monitor and control endangered and
vulnerable plant and animal species while protecting their natural
habitats. It gives advice on scientific and legal issues and encourages
and co-ordinates further research in this area.
Landscape Convention: This convention promotes
the protection, management and planning of European landscapes and
organises European co-operation on landscape issues. The Council of Europe
supports the continent’s natural landscape as an integral part of our
shared heritage, be it ordinary or outstanding, urban or rural, on land or
- Monitoring Bodies
well as a series of standard-setting conventions, the Council of Europe carries
out active monitoring of these standards through several well-established
independent bodies. Recognised expertise and professionalism enables the
Council of Europe to identify areas of non-compliance with the conventions and
make recommendations to its member states.
(The Committee of Experts on the Evaluation of Anti-Money Laundering
Measures and the Financing of Terrorism): MONEYVAL is
responsible for ensuring that member states have effective measures in
place to fight organised crime, money laundering and terrorist financing.
It assesses its members' compliance with all relevant international
standards in the legal, financial and law enforcement sectors and its
reports provide highly detailed recommendations on ways to improve the
effectiveness of domestic regimes to combat these problems. USA has
observer status on this committee.
- GRETA (Group of Experts on
Action against Trafficking in Human Beings): This monitoring mechanism draws up country
evaluation reports containing an analysis of the implementation of the
Convention on Trafficking in Human Beings and proposals for further
action. On the basis of GRETA’s reports recommendations may also be made
concerning the measures to be taken to implement its conclusions.
European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI): This body monitors problems of racism, discrimination
on grounds of ethnic origin, citizenship, colour, religion and language,
as well as xenophobia, anti-Semitism and intolerance, prepares reports and
issues recommendations to member states.
- Group of
States against Corruption (GRECO): The purpose of this group is to improve the
capacity of its members to fight corruption by monitoring their compliance
with Council of Europe anti-corruption standards. It helps to identify
deficiencies in national anti-corruption policies, prompting the necessary
legislative, institutional and practical reforms. USA is a full member of
- The Rule of Law
and promoting the rule of law is one of the cornerstones of the Council of
Europe, which works to ensure justice and develop common standards in the
field. It actively encourages member states to implement these standards in
their national law-enforcement bodies. The Council of Europe’s main mechanisms
to ensure respect for the rule of law are:
Commission for the Efficiency of Justice
Consultative Council of European Judges
Consultative Council of European Prosecutors
- Partial Agreements
A number of partial agreements have been established by the
Council of Europe which are a particular form of co-operation amongst member
states. They are important in establishing and maintaining close co-operation
between member states on a range on specific issues. These partial agreements
Commission (European Commission for Democracy through Law): The Venice Commission is the
Council of Europe’s advisory body on constitutional matters. With 57 members worldwide, it
offers legal and constitutional advice to countries wishing to bring their
institutional structures in line with European standards. It is composed of constitutional and
international law experts and is dedicated to the promotion of Europe’s legal
heritage and is now recognised as an international independent legal
think-tank. USA has observer status in this commission.
European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines and Healthcare (EDQM): This agreement
helps to safeguard the quality and the safe use of medicines while
ensuring that patients throughout the continent have access to medicines
of the same quality. In addition, the EDQM is active in other fields of
public health, such as providing guidance related to blood transfusion,
organ transplantation, pharmaceutical care and cosmetics. Close
collaboration with European authorities and the support of member states,
which volunteer the services of their experts, is crucial to the
EDQM’s success. The European Pharmacopoeia is a single reference work
for the quality control of medicines. These official standards provide a
legal and scientific basis for quality control during the development,
production and marketing processes. As well as member states, USA and the
World Health Organization (WHO) are observers of the European
European Audio-Visual Observatory: The Observatory aims to
improve the transfer of information within the audio-visual industry and
to promote a more transparent view of the European market. In doing so, it
pays particular attention to ensuring reliability, compatibility and
comparability of information. This helps the development of the film and
television industries by providing statistical data across different media.
Pompidou Group: This is the Council of Europe’s frontline taskforce
fighting drug abuse and drug trafficking. Its core mission is to contribute to the development
of innovative and effective drug policies in its member states, focussing especially on the
realities of local implementation of drug programmes. USA
contributes on an ad hoc basis with this group.
Council of Europe’s fund for the co-production, distribution and
exhibition of European cinematographic works aims to promote the European
film industry by encouraging the production and distribution of films and
fostering co-operation between professionals. It endeavours
to support works which reflect the multiple facets of a European society
whose common roots are evidence of a single culture.
Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB): The CEB is a
multilateral development bank directly contributing to strengthening social cohesion in Europe.
It is a major instrument of the policy of solidarity in Europe, by
participating in financing social projects, responding to emergency
situations and improving the living conditions of the most disadvantaged
population groups, the CEB helps its member states achieve
sustainable and equitable growth
- Campaigns and
Council of Europe undertakes a wide range of campaigns and projects in order to
promote its fundamental principles of human rights, democracy and the rule of
law. These are a vital tool for raising awareness on key issues and fostering
co-operation and communication within and between member states.
Day against the Death Penalty: This day celebrates the
process of the abolition of the death penalty as reflected in protocol 6
to the European Convention on Human Rights. All of the Council of Europe’s
member states have abolished or introduced a moratorium against the death
penalty, believing it has no place in a modern democratic society. The
Parliamentary Assembly continues to monitor the situation, even in those
countries with observer status, especially USA and Japan.
- No Hate Speech Movement: This campaign is
against the use of hate speech, racism and discrimination online. It
stands for equality, dignity, human rights and diversity. The working
methods are awareness raising, advocacy and creative solutions. It is a
project for action and intervention which enables young people and youth
organisations to recognise and act against such human rights violations.
- Dosta!: Dosta, meaning
“enough”, is the campaign aimed at fighting prejudice towards the Roma
community. It is part of the Council of Europe’s work to protect national
minorities and its goal is to counter the negative image of Roma citizens
which is all too often presented.
Council of Europe LGBT Project: The goal of this project is
to contribute to the improvement of the quality of life among LGBT people
in Europe by supporting member states in their efforts to develop a robust
LGBT policy, strengthening human rights for LGBT people, and supporting
the national fight against discrimination on the basis of sexual
orientation or gender identity.
- Building a Europe for and with Children: This strategy focuses on a
number of strategic objectives to promote child-friendly services and
systems, eliminate all forms of violence against children, and guarantee
the rights of children in vulnerable situations and to promote child
- European Union and Council of
strategic importance of the partnership between the Council of Europe and the
EU is based on the 2007 Memorandum of Understanding and further strengthened by
the 2009 Lisbon Treaty. In this framework, regular high-level
consultations and exchanges between the EU and the Council of Europe shape
policy co-ordination and address common challenges to society.
for EU accession to the European Convention on Human Rights are well underway
as pledged in the Lisbon Treaty 2009. This represents a decisive step forward
in co-operation and will strengthen the protection of human rights in Europe.
It will allow citizens the same rights regarding the acts of the EU as they
currently enjoy from individual member states.
programmes between the Council of Europe and the European Commission
remain a unique tool to promote and protect human rights, democracy and the
rule of law in Europe. They are designed to facilitate and support legal and
institutional reform. Over the years, Joint Programmes have become one of the
major instruments of co-operation. They are agreed between the Council of
Europe and the EU’s European Commission, in consultation with the governments
of the countries concerned.
Southern Neighborhood Programme: Both the Council of Europe
and the European Union share the same objective regarding neighbour countries from North Africa and the Middle
East, namely to promote democratic values and principles, as well as the
respect for human dignity in the region. They are both resolved to
actively accompanying the democratic changes in these countries, through a
concerted approach and in synergy with other actors in the region. Several
countries of the Southern neighbourhood have
manifested their interest in strengthening co-operation with the Council
of Europe by identifying priority lines of co-operation.
Partnership Agreement: Aiming to develop a clear strategy for youth
training, policy and research, the Council of Europe and the European
Union have been working together and have established agreements to
provide a robust framework to improve the situation of young people in
member states and increase their participation in public life.
Initiatives: As part of an EU-CoE joint initiative, European
Heritage Days take place every year to showcase cultural assets,
historical buildings and local skills and traditions. They aim to bring
European citizens together and to appreciate the shared diversity of
Europe’s common heritage, helping them to overcome cultural and linguistic
- Intercultural Cities: The
Intercultural Cities programme unites a wide range of European cities and
focusses on the promotion of intercultural dialogue and citizen
participation. This joint programme looks to provide an impetus for one of
the Council’s key priorities: Diversity. Running alongside this, the
Cultural Routes Programme allows citizens to access routes of natural or
historic importance and enables them to appreciate Europe’s cultural
variety at first hand.
joint cultural initiatives include:
Racism in Sport (MARS) which provides a platform for dialogue and action at all
Europe for Diversity Inclusiveness (MEDIANE) which aims to fight discrimination in
Perceptions and Attitudes to Realise the Diversity Advantage (SPARDA) which combats
negative views towards migrants and diversity.
- Global Co-operation
The Council of Europe is constantly reaching out to non-member states,
many of whom are parties to treaties or partial agreements, in order to widen
its scope of action and promote its fundamental values on an international
Council of Europe also has five states which have observer status with the
Organisation: the Holy See (1970), the United States of America, Canada and
Japan (1996) and Mexico (1999).
Relations with non-member states
across the world enable the Council of Europe’s activities to reach all corners
of the globe. More than 45 non-member states are parties to Council of Europe
conventions, or associated with it as members or observers of or participants
in partial agreements such as the Venice Commission and the North-South Centre.
More and more of the Council of Europe's legal instruments are drawn up in
consultation with interested non-member states.
Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE): The Council of Europe holds regular high-level meetings with the
OSCE on areas such as terrorism, non-discrimination, the fight against
trafficking in human beings and election observation. Both organisations
have the same fundamental values of human rights, democracy and the rule
of law targeting political stability, economic development and social
- The United Nations (UN): The UN and the Council of Europe co-operate on a wide range of
different areas to protect and promote human rights. As a regional partner
of the UN, the Council of Europe regularly contributes to the work of UN
agencies and funds, especially in the fields of discrimination, human
trafficking, violence against women and intercultural dialogue.
- Organization of American States (OAS): A wide range of areas of
co-operation exist between the Council of Europe and the OAS, enshrined in
a Memorandum of Understanding (2011), designed to achieve the
institutions’ common objectives. These areas of co-operation include
freedom of the media, data protection, women’s rights, social cohesion,
electoral matters and fighting drug trafficking. There is also a constant
exchange of information between the two institutions in order to help them
tackle cybercrime and corruption.
- Council of Europe Member States
Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium,
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark,
Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland,
Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Republic of
Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania,
Russian Federation, San Marino, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain,
Sweden, Switzerland, “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”, Turkey,
Ukraine, United Kingdom.
- Council of Europe Observer States
the Holy See, Japan, Mexico and the United States of America.
- Glossary of Terms
Accession: act whereby a state expresses its
consent to be bound by a treaty. It has the same legal effect as ratification
and is the instrument by which non-member states of the Organisation become
parties to the Council of Europe treaties.
formal agreement, contract, pact or treaty which is binding under international
law. Most of the
Council of Europe treaties are entitled “conventions” but some are referred to
as “agreements”, “charters”, “codes” or “protocols”. Whatever their
denomination, all these instruments are treaties as defined by the 1969 Vienna
Convention on the Law of Treaties.
Instrument of ratification: document by which a state
expresses its consent to be bound by a treaty. The instrument of ratification,
acceptance or approval must be issued by the Head of State, Head of Government
or Minister for Foreign Affairs and signed accordingly.
“Full powers”: document by which the Head of
State, Head of Government or Minister for Foreign Affairs authorises a person,
usually an Ambassador or a Minister, to sign a treaty on behalf of the State.
Procès-verbal: document prepared by the Treaty
Office certifying that a state has signed, ratified, accepted, approved or
acceded to a treaty.
Recommendation: a proposal by the Parliamentary
Assembly addressed to the Committee of Ministers. The implementation of this
measure is beyond the competence of the Assembly, but governments can decide to
act on the recommendations given.
Resolution: embodies a decision by the
Assembly on a question of substance which it is empowered to put into effect,
or an expression of a view for which it alone is responsible.
Signature: act whereby a state indicates its
intention to become party to a treaty. In principle, the signature precedes the
ratification of the treaty.
- Resource Material
The following links give access to
complete Council of Europe documents including working papers,
press releases, newsletters, Court judgments and adopted texts. The list
combines general repositories, libraries and information centres.
- Council of
Europe Online Bookshop: The full catalogue
features publications produced by the Organisation over the last 10 years,
a total of over 1,200 books
and electronic publications (CD-ROMs,
PDF files, videos etc.). The works published by the Council of
Europe include comparative studies, monographs, topical debates,
proceedings of colloquies, international legal instruments and official
The HUDOC database provides access to the case-law of the European Court
of Human Rights (Grand Chamber, Chamber and Committee judgments,
decisions, communicated cases, advisory opinions and legal summaries from
the Case-Law Information Note), the European Commission of Human Rights
(decisions and reports) and the Committee of Ministers (resolutions). The
European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) Portal is a powerful, modern and
user-friendly information system.
releases collection: This collection contains all the press releases
issued by the Registry since 1 January 1999. Available in English and
French, they include summaries of judgments and decisions delivered by the
Court and information about cases pending and about the Court’s activities
in general. Press releases are normally available in both English and
French and are in PDF format.
of Europe working documents: The council of Europe has many means of
primary resources available including websites and online databases which
provide access to the full text of Council of Europe documents (working
papers, press releases, newsletters, Court judgments, adopted texts,
etc.). The list combines both general repositories and databases of
o Documentation and Case-Law on the
European Convention on Human Rights;
o International Public Law;
o Constitutional Law.
- European Convention on Human Rights: Factsheets
and information on all articles contained within the Convention available
in a number of languages.
- ArchivalWare: Electronic Archives: ArchivalWare
is an access point to the digital collections of the Archives including
audio recordings and image files, as well as an increasing collection of
external documents. This digital repository is a complement to the online
catalogue WebCAT with access to bibliographical references.
- Portal of the Council of Europe: Access
to several entities’ websites that contain many documentary resources
- Press and Multimedia:
Photos, video, press releases, thematic files, etc.
- Google Books: Thanks to a
partnership with Google, more than 3 300 Council of Europe books are
available in text in the Google Books database.
- ISSUU: Digital publishing platform containing Council of
Europe and human rights related documentation.
- HELP Training resources: A practical guide featuring a wide
selection of case studies article by article on the application of human
- Treaty Office: Texts of
treaties (Agreements, Charter, Conventions, Statute), explanatory reports,
chart of signatures and ratifications
- European Pharmacopoeia Library (EDQM):
o various European Pharmacopoeia
publications (official editions as well as Pharmeuropa and its special issues);
o a wide collection of national
pharmacopoeias from all over the world;
o scientific and technical reference
thesis in the field of the quality of medicines;
o specialised magazines on research and
Pharmacopoeias are a reference tool for pharmacists,
industries and public health authorities responsible for the quality control of
o the publications and workshop
reports of the ECML;
o materials relating to the major
focuses of the Centre (e.g., organisation and setting up of language learning
and teaching, language awareness, intercultural competence, language education
and ICT, quality assurance, learner autonomy, bilingual education, early
o reference and specialised
multimedia resources, publications of the Council of Europe Language Policy
Division, international organisations and national and cultural institutions of
the Member States of the ECML.
- Documentation Centre on Migration: The
documentation centre on Migration contains
publications, journals, documents and press clippings (audio and video
material) on several themes, such as:
o community relations;
o access to migrants' social rights;
o irregular migrants.
- Web Cube Documentaire: The
document database Web Cube Documentaire (WCD) provides access to
the full text documents Council of Europe entities, press releases and
- European Youth Centre Library, Budapest:
library put at the general disposal reference works, documents, files and
publications related to the work of the Council of Europe in the youth
field. Special emphasis is given to human rights education and on national
and international non-governmental youth organisations.
- Information Centre of the European Youth Centre,
Strasbourg: The Information Centre provides documentation
for the educational activities of the Directorate of Youth and Sport. Many
documentation resources are also available on line.
- Information Offices throughout Europe: Council of
Europe information offices available in member states.
- North-South Documentation Centre, Lisbon: The
collection of the Documentation Centre includes books and documents
related to the different fields of work of the North-South Centre:
o Strategies and capacity building
for Global Education;
o Training and capacity building for
youth and youth organisations;
o Intercultural Dialogue;
o Human Rights, Democratic
Governance and Development;
o Migrations and co-development.
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