The European Cultural Convention
The major role of culture in the progress of social knowledge, the understanding of others and the transmission of values has been recognised. It constitutes a precondition for a satisfying life and is a source of fulfilment. From its creation, the Council of Europe has been aware of the role of culture and education in encouraging respect for cultural diversity while furthering common fundamental values. The European Cultural Convention is the foundation for Council of Europe co-operation in the fields of culture, education, youth and sport to which the principles of human rights and democracy developed by the Organisation should apply. All 47 members of the Council of Europe are also States Parties to the Cultural Convention; Belarus, the Holy See and Kazakhstan are States Parties to the Cultural Convention but are not members of the Council of Europe.
A special committee was set up in 1999 to oversee the implementation of the convention. The Lisbon Recognition Convention Committee has members from each state party to the convention, and several other countries and organisations (for example, the European Community and the president of the ENIC Network) can participate in the meetings. The committee may also adopt recommendations related to the recognition of qualifications.
The European Social Charter
The Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education in the European Region
This convention was developed by the Council of Europe and UNESCO and adopted by national representatives in Lisbon (8-11 April 1997). Some 53 countries have since ratified the convention, usually referred to as the Lisbon Recognition Convention; these include most of the States Parties to the European Cultural Convention.
The European Convention on the Legal Status of Migrant Workers
The Charter on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education
Recommendation CM/Rec(2014)5 of the Committee of Ministers to member States on the importance of competences in the language(s) of schooling for equity and quality in education and for educational success
Recommendation CM/Rec(2008)7 of the Committee of Ministers to member states on the use of the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and the promotion of plurilingualism