The Council of Europe's budget, for 2017, is € 454 586 500.

Since 2012 the Council of Europe has adopted a biennial Programme and Budget.

The Council of Europe remains dedicated to advancing democracy, human rights and the rule of law across our continent. Our Programme and Budget for 2016-2017 will continue to be organised around these three pillars. [...] We now benefit from having six major contributors, including Turkey, and we are greatly strengthened by our close ties with our key international partner, the European Union. Despite the many challenges we face, through partnership, focus and commitment we will continue striving for European stability grounded in liberty and law.

Thorbjørn Jagland
Secretary General


Where does the money come from?

The Budget is mainly funded by member States' contributions. National contributions are based on a formula which takes into account population and Gross Domestic Product. The major contributors (France, Germany, Italy, Russian Federation, Turkey and United Kingdom) all pay the same rate for the ordinary budget, providing nearly 65% of the total.
States may also make voluntary contributions to support the Council of Europe's programme of work.
Joint programmes with the European Union allow the Organisation to enhance its impact and its operational capacity.

What is the money used for?

The money is used to implement the Programme, which is structured around three thematic pillars: Human Rights (including the European Court of Human Rights), Rule of Law and Democracy, with an additional support pillar covering governing bodies, general services and other common expenditure lines. The Programme and Budget for 2016-2014 comprises 29 operational programmes, covering the intergovernmental sector, the institutions, the partial agreements and the independent mechanisms.

How is the programme and budget adopted?

The Programme and Budget is proposed by the Secretary General and approved by the Committee of Ministers. The programme is approved for two years (with a second year budget on a provisional basis).

Share of funding 

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Ordinary Budget by Pillar

Ordinary Budget by Pillar

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TOTAL 2017 Budgets:

€ 409.6 million

Ordinary Budget:

€ 260 million

Partial Agreements & other:

€ 149.6 million

Total extrabudgetary receipts 2016:

€ 61 million

Ongoing Joint Programmes with the European Union (multiannual):

€ 124 million

Member States:


Enlarged/partial agreements:


Staff members:

More than 2500

(essentially based in Strasbourg)

External presence:

17 field offices

4 liaison offices

The Organisation's accounts and financial management undergo independent auditing by an external auditor (2008-2013: Cour des comptes, France – 2014-2019: NIK, Poland). The Financial Statements are IPSAS compliant and have received an unqualified opinion since 2007.

Results Based Budgeting has been chosen as a programming and budgeting methodology to measure organisational performance and increase accountability.