Since Russian Federation’s accession to the Council of Europe, the main objective of co-operation activities has been to support the country in fulfilling its statutory obligations and to provide the necessary assistance to help bring Russian legislation, institutions and practice in line with Council of Europe standards in the areas of human rights, the rule of law and democracy.

The priority areas for co-operation between the Council of Europe and the Russian Federation are jointly defined by the Council of Europe and the Russian authorities. These priorities are included in the “Priorities for co-operation” documents endorsed by the Council of Europe and Russian Federation authorities.

The latest “Priorities for co-operation between the Council of Europe and the Russian Federation 2019-2020” document has been discussed at the Senior Officials meeting held on 21 November 2018 in Strasbourg. This “Priorities for co-operation” document sets out priorities and provides an outline of co-operation projects proposed for the period 2019-2020.

The proposals for co-operation set out in the “Priorities for co-operation” document take into account the country’s needs as expressed by the Russian authorities, the joint assessment of on-going co-operation, recent bilateral consultations between the Council of Europe Secretariat and the Russian stakeholders, as well as the priorities of the Secretary General, Recommendations of the Committee of Ministers, the Commissioner for Human Rights, as well as Council of Europe monitoring and advisory bodies.

The priority areas defined for 2019-2020 include the reinforcement of the rule of law, protection of human rights, and democracy, including judicial reform, the fight against corruption, women’s rights, social rights, education, youth and sport.