The Council of Europe’s work benefits extensively from contacts and co-operation with the dynamic elements of society, as represented by NGOs in the Conference of INGO’s.

The Council of Europe works to strengthen NGOs and civil society and to develop participatory democracy on a pan-European basis.

The Conference of INGO’s has included the fight against hate speech in its working programme for 2014-2016. It is represented in the Follow Up group of the campaign by a member of the Human Rights Committee. The Conference of INGO’s also follows various themes address by the campaign, including antisemitism, gender equality and migration.