Council of Europe Programme Office

San Marco 180C
30124 Venice

 +39 041 319 08 60

CoE premises are located in St. Mark Square, Procuratie Vecchie (near the clocktower).

You can reach the office by foot from Piazzale Roma or the train station (30 minutes walking) or by boat from the airport Marco Polo (45 minutes).

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Luisella Pavan-Woolfe was born in Trieste, Italy and graduated in Political Science magna cum laude from the University of Padua. Here she subsequently became assistant professor of Anglo-American law.

As an official of the European Commission for over forty years, she developed new policies and legislation in the areas of environment protection, equality between women and men and people with disabilities. She also managed funds which support vocational training, employment and education in the European Union.

She was the first Director for Equal Opportunities to be nominated by the European Commission. In 2007 she was appointed Representative to the Council of Europe. Subsequently as staff of the European External Action Service, she opened the European Union Delegation to the Council of Europe. She worked in Strasbourg as the first resident EU Ambassador to the Council of Europe. Her mandate covered human rights and democratic governance in wider Europe.

Since June 2015 she is the Head of Council of Europe Office in Venice.

She is the author of several articles on European matters. She has written a book on the interrelations between employment policy and social issues in Europe. She was awarded the 1998 European prize by the Bellisario Foundation for Women Entrepreneurs.


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