Europarådets budsjett for 2019 er € 437 180 100.

Since 2012 the Council of Europe has adopted a biennial Programme and Budget.

Europe today faces a heady combination of challenges. The unprecedented number of migrants and refugees who continue to arrive, the on-going threat of terrorism in our member States - and the rise of populism which too often feeds on these factors. This, in turn, can degrade trust in our political institutions. Tackling these challenges will be our priority over the next biennium.

Thorbjørn Jagland
Secretary General

Where does the money come from?

The Budget is mainly funded by member States' contributions. National contributions are based on a formula which takes into account population and Gross Domestic Product. The major contributors (France, Germany, Italy, Russian Federation and United Kingdom) all pay the same rate for the ordinary budget.
States may also make voluntary contributions to support the Council of Europe's programme of work.
Joint programmes with the European Union allow the Organisation to enhance its impact and its operational capacity.

What is the money used for?

The money is used to implement the Programme, which is structured around three thematic pillars: Human Rights (including the European Court of Human Rights), Rule of Law and Democracy, with an additional support pillar covering governing bodies, general services and other common expenditure lines. The Programme and Budget for 2018-2019 comprises 26 operational programmes, covering the intergovernmental sector, the institutions, the partial agreements and the independent mechanisms.

How is the programme and budget adopted?

The Programme and Budget is proposed by the Secretary General and approved by the Committee of Ministers. The programme is approved for two years (with a second year budget on a provisional basis).

Share of funding 

share of funding

Ordinary Budget by Pillar

Ordinary Budget by Pillar

Web Content Display Web Content Display

TOTAL 2019 Budgets:

€ 416.7 million

Ordinary Budget:

€ 244.7 million

Partial Agreements & other:

€ 172 million

Total extrabudgetary receipts 2018:

€ 60 million

Ongoing Joint Programmes with the European Union (multiannual):

€ 124 million

Member States:


Enlarged/partial agreements:


Staff members:

More than 2500

(essentially based in Strasbourg)

External presence:

17 field offices

4 liaison offices

The Organisation's accounts and financial management undergo independent auditing by an external auditor (2008-2013: Cour des comptes, France – 2014-2019: NIK, Poland). The Financial Statements are IPSAS compliant and have received an unqualified opinion since 2007.

Results Based Budgeting has been chosen as a programming and budgeting methodology to measure organisational performance and increase accountability.