Strasbourg 29 January 2016
Civil society representatives from all over Europe have warned Governments to resist any attempt...
Strasbourg 27 January 2016
A delegation of the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe carried out fact-finding visits...
Strasbourg 25 January 2016
The Conference of INGOs opens its working year with highly political and strategic debates. The...
Strasbourg 22 January 2016
How to make better use of the Collective Complaints Procedure was the subject of an awareness-raising training by the Conference of INGOs
The CoE and NGOs
The Council of Europe’s work benefits extensively from contacts and co-operation with the dynamic elements of society, as represented by NGOs. One of the main challenges currently facing the Organisation is to strengthen NGOs and civil society and to develop participatory democracy on a pan-European basis.
The Conference of INGOs in a nutshell
Over 50 years at the heart of European democracy
The voice of civil society is heard at the Council of Europe thanks to the Conference of International Non-governmental Organisations (INGOs).
Since the introduction of consultative status for INGOs in 1952, the Council of Europe has developed even closer and fruitful relations with NGOs as representatives of civil society. The introduction of participatory status in 2003 has enabled INGOs to increase active participation in the policies and work programme of the Council of Europe, and to reinforce co-operation between the Council of Europe and the various associations in member States.