Partial agreements

Partial Agreements allow member States of the Council of Europe to abstain from participating in a certain activity advocated by other member States. From a statutory point of view, a partial agreement remains an activity of the Organisation in the same way as other programme activities, except that a partial agreement has its own budget and working methods which are determined solely by the members of the partial agreement.

EDQM / European Pharmacopoeia

The EDQM is a leading organisation that protects public health by:
- enabling the development,
- supporting the implementation, and
- monitoring the application of quality standards for safe medicines and their safe use.
Their standards are recognised as a scientific benchmark world-wide. The European Pharmacopoeia is legally binding in member states. Similarly, the EDQM develops guidance and standards in the areas of blood transfusion, organ transplantations and consumer health issues.

Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS)

The EPAS aims to promote sport and emphasise its positive values, to establish international standards and develop a framework for a pan-European platform of intergovernmental sports co-operation while at the same time helping the public authorities of member States of the EPAS, sports federations and NGOs to promote sport and make it healthier, fairer and better governed.

European Centre for Modern Languages, Graz (Austria)

The ECML is a Council of Europe institution based in Graz, Austria. In cooperation with the Language Policy Unit of the Council the Centre functions as a catalyst for reform in the teaching and learning of languages. It assists its stakeholders in member states in bringing language education policies and practices together.

North-South Centre, Lisbon (Portugal)

The North-South Centre plays a double political role: it represents "the voice of the South" within the Council of Europe and advocates, beyond the European continent, the universality of values of democracy and human rights.
Its main objective is to contribute to democratic processes in the CoE Neighbourhood regions in ensuring dialogue and articulation between the four actors of the « quadrilogue » and in promoting the democratic values and standards of the Council of Europe through multilateral action with regional scope. The main target is civil society, in particular youth and women.

Partial Agreement on Youth Mobility through the Youth Card

The Partial Agreement shall be aimed at developing the Youth Card scheme, particularly at European level in the best interests of young people under the age of 26 and with a view to facilitating their mobility as well as their access to the various goods and services necessary for their personal and cultural development.
The aims of the Partial Agreement are achieved through the implementation of a yearly programme of activities which strictly follows the priorities and programme of the Council of Europe’s youth sector.

Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes

The Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes seeks to reinforce the potential of Cultural Routes for cultural co-operation, sustainable territorial development and social cohesion, with a particular focus on themes of symbolic importance for European unity, history, culture and values and the discovery of less well-known destinations.

European and Mediterranean Major Hazards Agreement (EUR-OPA)

The European and Mediterranean Major Hazards Agreement (EUR-OPA) is a platform for co-operation between European and Southern Mediterranean countries in the field of major natural and technological disasters. Its field of action covers the knowledge of hazards, risk prevention, risk management, post-crisis analysis and rehabilitation.

European Cinema Support Fund (Eurimages)

Eurimages is the support Fund of the Council of Europe for cinema co-production, theatrical distribution, exhibition and digital equipment for cinema theatres. Created in 1988 as a Partial Agreement, it currently numbers 36 member states.
It aims to promote the European film industry by encouraging the production and distribution of films and fostering co-operation between professionals.

Partial Agreement on the Council of Europe Developement Bank

The Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) is a multilateral development bank with a social vocation. Established on 16 April 1956 in order to bring solutions to the problems of refugees, its scope of action has progressively widened to other sectors of action directly contributing to strengthening social cohesion in Europe.