Tbilisi 28 May 2018
On 28 May, the steering committee meeting on the implementation of the Council of Europe Action...
Yerevan 23 May 2017
On 23 May 2017, the Steering Committee Meeting of the Armenia-Council of Europe 2015-2018 Action...
Chisinau 23-24 March 2017
A group of seven Permanent Representatives to the Council of Europe held high-level meetings in...
Belgrade 6 march 2017
"We expect that this programme will encourage reform in Serbia”, said the head of the EU...
Strasbourg 17 January 2017
Arpine Hovhannisyan, Minister of Justice of Armenia, and the Deputy Secretary General were among...
Kyiv 19 October 2016
On 13 October 2016, the First National Channel of Ukraine broadcast an interview with the...
Yerevan 21 May 2016
On 21 May, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia, Edward Nalbandian and the...
Strasbourg 11 April 2016
A new three-year programme worth €25 million was launched by the Council of Europe Secretary...
Podgorica 17 December 2015
There is an improved application of the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights in...
ODGP Yerevan 11/06/15
On 11 June 2015, President of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan, received Natalia Voutova, the...
ODGP Pristina 27-28/5/2015
On 27-28 May 2015, in Pristina, the Council of Europe and European Union joint project: Support...
ODGP Sarajevo 21/05/2015
On 21 May 2015, Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe and Igor Crnadak,...
Presentation of key findings and recommendations on anti-corruption, anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism in Kosovo* (Pristina, 28 April 2015)ODGP Pristina 28/04/2015
Key findings and recommendations of the final assessment reports on compliance with international...
ODGP Kyiv, Ukraine 18/03/2015
The Council of Europe’s Action Plan for Ukraine 2015-2017 was launched by the Secretary General,...
Strategic co-operation documents
The Europe Division of the Office of the Directorate General of Programmes (ODGP), in close collaboration with the Directorate of Political Advice and the operational directorates general, produces Country Programming Documents. This is carried out in close co-operation with national authorities by means of bilateral consultations and meetings with the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, the specialised ministries and other stakeholders. Likewise, in-depth consultations with other national and international players, including the donors, are conducted to ensure a co-ordinated approach to the co-operation delivered on the ground.
These strategic documents set out a series of priority actions in the fields of human rights, rule of law and democracy to assist member states in aligning their legislation, institutions and practices with European standards. The Council of Europe member states have a duty to honour their undertakings and the statutory obligations entered into by virtue of their accession. Accordingly, the master documents for co-operation provide practical solutions to support the efforts of member states in that respect.
The projects defined in co-operation documents receive funding from multiple sources, notably from the Council of Europe ordinary budget and voluntary contributions by donor countries and other donors such as international organisations. A specific number of projects pertaining to the co-operation documents are implemented via joint programmes between the European Union and the Council of Europe.
In order to make the implementation of the action plans effective, a monitoring mechanism is established for each member state and involves the Council of Europe, national authorities and the principal donors. The mechanism makes it possible to assess how the projects in hand, which have been approved and financed, are going ahead. This follow-up is particularly valuable in that it affords a perception of the accomplishments and the outcomes of implementing the co-operation documents.
Lastly, the Council of Europe and the beneficiaries of the projects work closely together to update and adjust co-operation documents according to needs.
*All references to Kosovo, whether the territory, institutions or population, in this text shall be understood in full compliance with United Nation's Security Council Resolution 1244 and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo.