|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