2014: 60th anniversary of the European Cultural Convention

European Cultural ConventionThere has always been recognition of the major role performed by culture in the progress of social knowledge, understanding of others and transmission of values. Together with democracy and human rights, it constitutes a precondition for a satisfying life, and a source of fulfilment.
The Council of Europe from its creation has been aware of the role of culture and education in encouraging respect for cultural diversity while furthering common values.
Adopted on 19 December 1954 , the Cultural Convention is the foundation for European co-operation in the fields of culture, education, youth and sport. Its aim is to encourage cultural co-operation in all its manifold forms, to foster understanding and knowledge between European countries, and to preserve their cultural heritage and treat it as an integral part of a broader "European" heritage.

Discover what the Council of Europe does in the areas of education, languages, culture, cultural diversity, sport, youth and the transmission of common values : see the exhibition

You will find below a list of Council of Europe treaties related to our activities and classified by topics:

Audiovisual - Radio/Television - Cinema
Cultural and natural heritage
Health care
Higher education
Human rights and human dignity
Local and regional democracy
National minorities
Regional or minority languages
Sustainable development