The Council of Europe's Relations with Non-Member States
Relations with non-member states on all continents allow the Council of Europe to widen its scope for action and global outreach.
At present, more than 90 non-member states are Parties to Council of Europe treaties or participants in other Council of Europe instruments, such as the Venice Commission, GRECO, the Pompidou Group or the European Centre for Global Interdependence and Solidarity (North-South Centre).
A number of non-member states also have institutionalised bilateral relations with the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers, Parliamentary Assembly and/or Congress.
Observer status is the only available status open, at Committee of Ministers’ level, for non-member states which cannot become members. Relations and contacts with observer states show that they cover almost the whole spectrum of the Council of Europe’s activities.
Relations with beneficiaries of the Policy towards neighbouring regions have also been formalised to a certain extent, and aimed at developing a common legal space based on Council of Europe’s values and instruments.
- Overview of Institutionalised Bilateral Relations of Non-Member States with the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers, Parliamentary Assembly and Congress of Local and Regional Authorities (DER/INF(2021)3)
- Accession/Participation of non-member states to/in the Council of Europe treaties/agreements (DPAER/Inf(2021)1)
- Participation of non-member states in Council of Europe bodies (DER/Inf(2021)6)
- For more details on non-member states participation in the Council of Europe treaties please see the site of the Treaty office