Extrabudgetary contributions are an essential resource for the Council of Europe and significantly enhance the impact of our support to member States and beyond. Voluntary contributions are also the main source of funding for technical assistance and co-operation activities. Voluntary contributions are sought and accepted within the framework of the Organisation’s Programme and Budget and focus on agreed priorities. The Council of Europe’s resource mobilisation strategy also aims to strengthen donor relations and promote long-term framework agreements.

Funding trends

From 2012 to 2022, voluntary contributions more than doubled.

Funding sources

The European Union remained our largest donor in 2022 while Germany became the largest bilateral donor for the first time. 34 of the 46 member states contributed in 2022.

Top .10. donors in 2022

Representing 90% of the total.


 .. Funding sources

  Spotlight 2022

Germany became the first bilateral donor to contribute more than €10 million in the year. 

Since 2017, Germany has steadily increased its annual contributions.
In 2022 Germany contributed €8 million to the newly created Council of Europe “Special Fund” to support country-specific action plans and projects.
Germany is also a member of the Human Rights Trust Fund (HRTF).

Strategic partnerships

Long-term partnerships are promoted to ensure better predictability of funding and flexibility in the use of extrabudgetary resources in order to better respond to the needs of our member States.

*HRTF member States: Finland, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland and United Kingdom. 

Action Plans and co-operation documents

Funding secured for country specific Action Plans and co-operation documents at 28 September 2023.

** All references to Kosovo, whether the territory, institutions or population, in this text shall be understood in full compliance with the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo.

Last updated on 28 September 2023.