Council of Europe External Relations

The external relations of the Council of Europe cover relations with:

  • other international organisations and institutions;
  • non-member states.

The Council of Europe’s policy towards other international organisations and institutions as well as non-member states is guided by several decisions of the Member States. The Declaration and the Action Plan adopted at the 3rd Council of Europe Summit in Warsaw in May 2005, confirm the role of the Council of Europe on the European scene by defining its core objectives. The Heads of State and Government declared their determination “to ensure complementarity of the Council of Europe and other organisations involved in building a democratic and secure Europe” with clear focus on relations with the European Union, the OSCE and the United Nations.

Within the Council of Europe Secretariat, the Directorate of External Relations (DER) has an overall responsibility for cooperation with other international organisations and non-members States and is the main contact point for the CoE external partners. The mandate of DER is to assist and advise the Secretary General and the Organisation’s statutory organs, other bodies and Secretariat departments on specific political matters affecting the Council of Europe’s relations with Observer States, other non-member States, including states covered by the CoE Policy towards the neighbouring regions, other  international organisations or institutions, to promote partnerships, to increase efficiency and enhance CoE profile, avoid duplication and streamline  co-operation. DER assumes the primary responsibility for CoE Offices in charge of liaison with other international organisations or institutions ( in Brussels, Geneva, Vienna and Warsaw).

Documents

  • Warsaw Declaration (2005)

  • Warsaw Action Plan (2005)

  • Recommendation 1247(1994) of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on the enlargement of the Council of Europe

  • Reply of the Committee of Ministers to this Recommendation adopted at the 529th meeting of the Ministers' Deputies, 20-21 February 1995

  • Resolution 1506 (2006) of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on External relations of the Council of Europe

  • Recommandation 1753 (2006) of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on External relations of the Council of Europe

  • Reply of the Committee of Ministers to this Recommendation adopted at the 984th meeting of the Ministers' Deputies, 17-18 January 2007

  • Council of Europe Activity Report 2013. Extract on External Relations

  • Council of Europe Activity Report 2012. Extract on External Relations

  • Council of Europe Annual report 2011. Extract on External Relations

  • List of Agreements concluded by the Council of Europe with other international intergovernmental organisations or public international entities

  • Participation of International Organisations and Institutions in Council of Europe Bodies DER/Inf(2014) 4