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The Council of Europe's 47 member states form a death-penalty-free zone. Since 1985, the abolition of the death penalty has been a requirement for membership of the Council of Europe.

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Eurimages, set up in 1988, is the first European cinema support fund.

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The 1996 Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine is the first binding international instrument in the field of bioethics. An additional protocol bans human cloning. 

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The Council of Europe is a separate organisation from the 27-member EU. No country has joined the EU without first joining the Council of Europe. 

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The Council of Europe Anti-Doping Convention adopted in 1989 is the only international legal instrument in this area to date.

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English and French are the official languages of the Council of Europe. German, Italian and Russian are used as working languages. 

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All residents in Council of Europe member states may bring cases before the European Court of Human Rights against states which have breached their commitments under the European Convention on Human Rights.

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The parliamentarians who make up the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe come from the national parliaments of the Council's 47 member states. They speak on behalf of the 820 million Europeans who elected them.

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The 10 000 pharmaceutical products manufactured and sold in Europe are subject to strict controls thanks to the work of the European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines & HealthCare.