O orçamento do Conselho da Europa para 2022 é de €477M.

The European Convention on Human Rights, complemented by the European Social Charter, is the basis of human rights protection on our continent. The values on which these texts and the Council of Europe’s other core instruments are based do not change, but the challenges to our fundamental freedoms do. While some remain stubbornly long-standing, others shift and emerge as European societies adapt and evolve. The challenge for the Council of Europe is to ensure that we keep pace with that change: that we are able to plan with a proper perspective, while remaining fleet of foot in a fast-changing world.

Marija Pejčinović Burić
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, support services and other common expenditure lines.



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 four years and the Budget for two years (with a second year budget on a provisional basis).

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TOTAL 2022 Budgets:

€ 477 million

Ordinary Budget:

€ 259 million

Partial Agreements & other:

€ 218 million

Total extrabudgetary receipts 2021:

€ 72 million

Ongoing Joint Programmes with the European Union (multiannual):

€ 195 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 (2019-2023: Cour des comptes, France). The Financial Statements are IPSAS compliant and have received an unqualified opinion since 2007.
2020 Financial statements

A result-based management approach is used through the Programme and Budget cycle to ensure effectiveness, measure organisational performance, increase accountability and foster continuous learning.