PDF - The Council of Europe (2010)
The Council of Europe is the oldest of European institutions. Under the banner of human rights and democracy, it brings together 47 member states, ranging from Finland to Turkey and from Switzerland to Russia. Its Parliamentary Assembly represents over 800 million Europeans and its conventions for the protection of social and fundamental rights are among the most successful in the world. However, this organisation receives little recognition and is still frequently confused with the European Union. Building upon the momentum created during the celebrations of the Council of Europe's 60th anniversary, this publication offers an opportunity to rediscover its history, activities and achievements.
Europe on the way
The Council -- Status and structure
The Committee of Ministers
The Parliamentary Assembly
The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities
Towards "greater Europe"
And the future?
Human rights Europe
The European Convention on Human Rights
System in crisis
The Commissioner for Human Rights
Down with the death penalty
No to racism and intolerance
Guaranteeing social rights
The Venice Commission
Democracy and civil society
The European Cultural Convention
Education without frontiers
Eurimages and the European Audiovisual Observatory
The European Pharmacopoeia
Map of the Council of Europe member states
Symbols and days