European Code of Social Security

  The Department
Social Charter
Social Security


Standards setting
Coordination of national legislations


Mutual Information System on Social Protection (MISSCEO)
Publications on social security
Social Security
Training courses in the field of social security
Each year, the Council of Europe organises a two or three-day social security training course. Topics alternate between standard-setting instruments (European Code of Social Security, its Protocol and the Revised European Code of Social Security) and co-ordinating instruments (European Interim Agreements on Social Security Schemes, European Convention on Social Security, Regulation (EEC) No.1408/71, bilateral social security agreements). The courses are either held at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg or in one of the Member States at their invitation.

The social security training courses are a useful means for providing officials working in national social security administrations, social partners and institutions from all member states with a basis for their work involving the practical implementation of the legal instruments of the Council of Europe in the field of social security. The courses also provide a unique opportunity for acquiring a basic knowledge of the Council of Europe activities in the social field and for developing personal contacts in the sphere of social security on an international level.

The courses are at the same time part of the programme of activities to promote ratification of Council of Europe legal instruments in the social security field and intended to cover a need for training of officials on a continuous and regular basis also after entry into force of the legal instruments.

Course tutors are chosen from among senior national social security experts, officials of the Commission of the European Communities and the International Labour Office (ILO), eminent academics and Council of Europe Secretariat staff. The tutors have two areas of responsibility; namely, to give lectures and produce both a document summarising the main points of the lecture (for use during the course) and a report comprising the complete texts of the lectures (sent to participants after the course), and to organise working groups, where participants, via case studies, may compare the different instruments and look at how they are applied.


21st Social Security Training Course, Fribourg (Switzerland),

26-28 October 2010

- Compilation of contributions

- List of participants




20th Social Security Training Course, Zagreb (Croatia)

29 September to 1st October 2009
- Programme




19th Social Security Training Course (Madrid, Spain,

5-7 November 2008)
- Final programme

- List of participants

- Opening address, V. Taylor, Head of Social Policy Department

- Compilation of contributions




18th Social Security Training Course (Vilnius, Lithuania,

13-15 September 2007)
- Compilation of contributions

- List of participants