The Secretariat of the Partial Agreement on the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) provides secretariat services to the CEB’s collegial organs, is responsible for the preparation and follow-up of admissibility opinions for projects and ensures and develops links between the CEB and the Council of Europe.
The Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) is a multilateral financial institution with a unique social mandate. It was established in 1956 in the form of a Partial Agreement between member States of the Council of Europe.
The CEB funds social projects in favour of its 42 member States, promoting inclusive growth, supporting the most vulnerable social categories, and contributing to environmental sustainability. Through its actions, the CEB contributes to promote and strengthen the principles and values of the Council of Europe: human rights, rule of law and democracy.
Whilst the CEB’s operational services are headquartered in Paris, the Secretariat of the Partial Agreement is based in Strasbourg and is organised around the Secretariat pillar and the Project pillar, as well as transversal activities.
The Secretariat pillar provides secretariat services to the CEB’s collegial organs (Governing Board, Administrative Council and Auditing Board) which includes the preparation of agendas, meeting documents, minutes, and follow-up to decisions taken. It maintains the indexes of decisions, resolutions and legal opinions as well as thematic files. In addition, it is responsible for managing the restricted website for members; conducting research on selected topics; ensuring the liaison between representatives of member States and the CEB operational services.
The Project pillar is responsible for the preparation and follow-up of the Secretary General’s opinions on the admissibility of applications for loans, based on a project's conformity with the political and social aims of the Council of Europe. In addition, the project pillar prepares the annual report on the social effects of completed projects and other activities which include, among others, maintaining country and thematic information notes.
Transversal activities aim at enhancing cooperation between the CEB and the different entities of the Council of Europe. This includes participation and representation of the CEB at the meetings of the relevant CoE committees as well as at the Ministerial conferences to which the CEB is invited. The Secretariat drafts information documents on the impact of the Bank’s projects in member States and informs regularly concerned CoE bodies on relevant activities.