Welcome to the Council of Europe Programme Office in Venice

I would like to welcome you to the website of the Programme Office of the Council of Europe in Venice. The Programme Office supports Headquarters in the organisation of activities that span from culture and cultural heritage to training on human rights and democracy. I kindly invite you to surf through our website. Here you will find information on our past and present activities, news and articles about the Office and the Council of Europe.

Venice is a significant cultural pole in Europe. It has been a crossroads of commerce and civilizations. It is one of the most visited cities in the world and a meeting point of peoples, countries and traditions. It is also an important academic center as it hosts three Universities, numerous international foundations and research centers.

Venice is actively involved in Council of Europe activities. Venice is a member of the Council of Europe Intercultural Cities Network. The network supports cities in reviewing their policies through an intercultural lens and developing comprehensive strategies to help them manage diversity positively. Venice is also one of the four Faro Convention laboratories in Europe. Here the Council of Europe is testing how civil society and local authorities put into practice this relatively young Convention on democratic participation to cultural heritage. Venice participates in the Jewish Heritage Route. This important European cultural route certified by the Council of Europe, goes through the city and stops at its 500 years old ghetto and historic Jewish cemetery. In other words, Venice is a workshop and a test site for significant Council of Europe policies and programmes. Furthermore, the European Commission for Democracy through Law - better known as the Venice Commission, as it meets in Venice - is the Council of Europe's advisory body on constitutional matters.

 

I hope you enjoy this site,

Luisella Pavan-Woolfe
Head of Office
Council of Europe Programme Office in Venice