The Holy See was granted observer status with the Council of Europe on 7 March 1970. The Council of Europe and the Holy See maintain official relations since 1962.
Which conventions has the Holy See signed and/or ratified?
- the European Cultural Convention
- the European Convention on the Academic Recognition of University Qualifications
- the European Convention on the Protection of the Archaeological Heritage
- the European Convention on Transfrontier Television
- the European Convention on the Protection of the Archaeological Heritage (Revised)
- the European Convention on Cinematographic Co-Production
- the Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education in the European Region
- the Protocol amending the European Convention on Transfrontier Television
Of which partial agreements is the Holy See a member / an observer?
- as an observer, in the European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission) since 13 January 1992
- as a full member, in the Council of Europe Development Bank since 4 September 1973
- as a full member, in the European Centre for Global Interdependence and Solidarity – the North-South Centre since 4 June 1998.
The Holy See at Council of Europe committees
The Holy See observes:
- the work of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) since December 1994
- the work of the Committee on Bioethics (DH-BIO) since 1991
- the meetings of the Anti-Doping Convention
- the meetings of the Steering Committee for Equality between Women and Men (CDEG).
What is observer status?