Statement of intent Statement of intent
EU partnership

The European Union (EU) is a main political and financial partner of the Council of Europe co-operation activities. A very close partnership has been built up over more than two decades to support activities founded on common values and goals in order to advance human rights, democracy and rule of law in Europe and beyond. The strategic approach to this partnership was strengthened by the signature of the “Statement of Intent for the co-operation between the Council of Europe and the European Commission in the EU enlargement region and the Eastern Partnership and Southern Mediterranean countries (EU Neighbourhood region)” in April 2014.

Co-operation agreements Co-operation agreements
New cooperation agreement

The Council of Europe and the European Commission have signed several comprehensive co-operation agreements to promote human rights, the rule of law and democracy. 

This framework of co-operation allows for increased co-ordination of actions and ensures more predictable and flexible long-term Council of Europe/European Union engagement.

The co-operation agreements are based on the Council of Europe “triangle” of standard-setting, monitoring and technical co-operation where applicable.

EU-COE FRAMEWORKS EU-COE FRAMEWORKS
Project data Project data

European Union-Council of Europe joint projects
Key Figures Key Figures

2019 CoE contributions by Donors


  • €206.1 million : Global financial volume of EU/CoE Joint Programmes active in 2019:
  • Co-funded by EU at 85%, by CoE at 15%;
  • 29 new Joint Programmes negotiated in 2019 for a total of €111.7 million;