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Administrative files – Directorate General of Social Cohesion


Reference code:



Directorate General of Social Cohesion

Dates of creation of material:

1948 –

Level of description:

Sub-fonds of the administrative files of the Council of Europe


189 meters, files numbered ES 1 to ES 2105 (at 2 October 2009)


Cave 1: T10, T11, T13, T14, T18, T19, T24

Name of creator:

Directorate General of Social Cohesion (DG III)

Administrative History:

Since its foundation the Council of Europe has recognised the importance of promoting and protecting rights in the social and economic fields.

In 1950 a Research Department (Research Directorate from 1959) partly dedicated to economic and social affairs was created. It included, among others, an Economic Section, a Social Section, and a Refugees' Section. The latter became in 1956 the Division of Refugees and Overpopulation in Europe. In 1962 the Research Directorate was dissolved and a separate Directorate of Economic and Social Affairs was set up. This new Directorate was composed of four divisions and one section: Economic Division, Social Division, Population and Vocational Training Division, Public Health Division, and a Statistics Section.

In 1985 the Economic Division was closed, and the name of the Directorate was changed into Directorate of Social and Economic Affairs, thus reflecting the priority given to social issues.

The activities of the Directorate increasingly focused on social cohesion; in 1998 a specific Social Cohesion Division was created, and in 1999 the Directorate became the Directorate General of Social Cohesion.

The primary task of the Directorate General of Social Cohesion (DG III) is to foster social cohesion and to improve the quality of life in Europe for the genuine enjoyment of fundamental human rights and the respect of human dignity.

Archival History:

The sub-fonds started under the Archivist Mr Bishop in 1980.

Covers activities in the fields of social policy, social security, European Social Charter, (until 1989), health, population and demography, migration, Roma and travellers, employment.

The sub-fonds includes parts of the archives of the following partial agreements:

- Council of Europe Development Bank
- Partial Agreement in the Social and Public Health Field
- Co-operation Group to Combat Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in Drugs (Pompidou Group)
- European Pharmacopoeia
- European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines and Healthcare

It includes holdings from the Brussels Treaty Organisation and the Western European Union (WEO). The Council of Europe inherited the social activities of these bodies in 1959.

Conditions governing access:

Public after 30 years from date of publication

Finding aids:

- Inventory (1948 – 1988) established by the Archives of the Council of Europe.

-WebCAT, the online catalogue of the Archives.

Date of description:

Compiled on 15/09/2003, updated on 02/10/2009.