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About the Council of Europe


The Council of Europe is the oldest pan-European organisation founded in 1949 with the aim to develop common democratic principles in Europe based on the European Convention on Human Rights and other relevant contractual instruments and documents protecting rights and freedoms of individuals. The CoE gathers 47 members including Belarus, which has the status of an applicant country, and the Holy See, the USA, Canada, Japan and Mexico, which have the status of observers.

Priorities in its work are as follows: to protect human rights, to build democratic institutions, to realise pluralist democracy and rule of law, to promote awareness and encourage the development of Europe's cultural identity and diversity; to find common solutions to the challenges facing European society: such as discrimination, xenophobia, terrorism, organised crime, trafficking in human beings and other.

The main institutions of the Council of Europe are as follows: Secretary General (Thorbjorn Jagland/Norway), the Committee of Ministers (the Chairman is Antonio Miloshoski/Macedonia), the Parliamentary Assembly (the president is Mevlut Cavusoglu/Turkey) and the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities (the president is Yavuz Mildon/Turkey).