The Council of Europe's budget, for 2022, is €477M.
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 and United Kingdom) all pay the same rate for the ordinary budget.
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, support services and other common expenditure lines.
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 four years and the Budget for two years (with a second year budget on a provisional basis).
TOTAL 2022 Budgets:
€ 477 million
€ 259 million
Partial Agreements & other:
€ 218 million
Total extrabudgetary receipts 2021:
€ 72 million
Ongoing Joint Programmes with the European Union (multiannual):
€ 195 million
More than 2500
(essentially based in Strasbourg)
The Organisation's accounts and financial management undergo independent auditing by an external auditor (2019-2023: Cour des comptes, France). The Financial Statements are IPSAS compliant and have received an unqualified opinion since 2007.
2020 Financial statements
A result-based management approach is used through the Programme and Budget cycle to ensure effectiveness, measure organisational performance, increase accountability and foster continuous learning.