Strasbourg 13 June 2019
On the occasion of World Refugee Day, the Council of Europe in co-operation with the UNHCR, is...
Deputy Secretary General Strasbourg 11 June 2019
Italy has ratified the Council of Europe Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions,...
Strasbourg, France 11 June 2019
Xenophobic populism and racist hate speech continued to make their mark on the contemporary...
11 June 2019
Democracy work in progress by Mihály Schwechtje and produced by Genovéva Petrovits from the...
Lanzarote Committee Strasbourg 7 June 2019
European states have only partially implemented recommendations of 2017 to protect children...
What we do?
The Directorate General of Democracy (“DGII”) supports the Council of Europe in fields which are vital for the sustainability of democracy: ensuring respect for human dignity without discrimination on the basis of human rights standards; improving the functioning of democratic institutions; and strengthening the democratic competencies of Europe’s citizens and their willingness to engage in the democratic process and promoting respect for diversity in Europe’s societies, in a spirit of solidarity and tolerance, based on the human rights and legal standards of the Council of Europe.