The overall objective of the Council of Europe’s external presence, totalling approximately 400 staff, is to enable the Organisation to effectively support member states in implementing its standards through targeted cooperation programmes and to improve liaison with its main international partners.

The Council of Europe currently has a network of co-operation offices in Ankara, Baku, Belgrade, Chisinau, Kyiv, Moscow, Pristina, Sarajevo, Tirana, Tbilisi and Yerevan.

The Cybercrime Programme Office of the Council of Europe in Bucharest, Romania, became operational in April 2014 to implement all Council of Europe’s capacity-building activities on cybercrime.

A limited operational presence is functioning in Podgorica, Rabat, Skopje and Tunis to ensure effective implementation of the Council of Europe’s assistance activities, including the neighbourhood co-operation priorities. A limited presence also exists in Venice, supporting Council of Europe activities.

ODGP provides the Council of Europe offices and other relevant entities with the administrative, financial, technical and logistical support needed to carry out their co-operation activities funded by extra-budgetary resources.