Institutions Under the Authority of the Council of Europe

Council of Europe
Tel : +33 (0)3 88 41 20 00
Fax : +33(0)3 88 41 27 45
Internet :
The Council of Europe is the oldest intergovernmental organization in Europe and brings together the largest number of European countries : 47 Member States representing some 800 million Europeans. While it is totally independent from the European Union, the two entities do collaborate in certain domains. The 28 Member States of the European Union are all members of the Council of Europe. The Council of Europe principally aims to defend human rights and parliamentary democracy. The organization is composed of two bodies : the Committee of Ministers and the Parliamentary Assembly, as well as three institutions: the European Court of Human Rights, the Commissioner for Human Rights and the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities. The Secretary General of the Council of Europe has the overall responsibility for the activities of the organization.
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European Court of Human Rights
Concil of Europe
67075 STRASBOURG Cedex
Tel: +33 (0)3 88 41 20 18
Fax: +33 (0)3 88 41 27 30
Established in 1959, the European Court of Human Rights is the judicial organ of the Council of Europe. The Court imposes sanctions on any Member State breaching the principles of the European Convention on Human Rights.
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European Youth Centre
30 rue Pierre de Coubertin
Tel: +33 (0)3 88 41 23 00
Fax: +33 (0)3 88 41 27 77
Internet: link website
Established in 1972, the European Youth Centre (EYC) is a training center with residential facilities. It hosts the headquarters of the Directorate of Youth and Sport of the Council of Europe.
The EYC works in close cooperation with non-governmental youth organizations (NGYOs) and professionals of the youth sector.
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European Pharmacopoeia
7 allée Kastner
CS 30026
F67081 Strasbourg
Tel: +33 (0)3 88 41 30 30
Fax: +33 (0)3 88 41 27 27
The European Pharmacopoeia aims to set common standards for all the national pharmacopoeias of the Member States. It is in charge of the standardization of analytical methods used for the control of substances used in medicines for human and/or veterinary use.
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European Audiovisuel Observatory
76 allée de la Robertsau
Tel: +33 (0)3 88 14 44 00
Fax: +33 (0)3 88 14 44 19
The EAO aims to enforce the transparency of the audiovisual sector in Europe. Furthermore, it provides help and advice for professionals working in the sector.
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Council of Europe
F-67075 Strasbourg Cedex
Tel: +33 (0)3 88 41 36 77
Fax: +33 (0)3 88 41 27 60
Eurimages is a support fund of the Council of Europe for the co-production and distribution of European cinematographic works. Today, Eurimages includes 34 member states.
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    • 16 november 2016

      International Day for Tolerance

    • In 1996, the UN General Assembly (by resolution 51/95) invited UN Member States to observe the International Day for Tolerance on 16 November, with activities directed towards both educational establishments and the wider public.

      This action followed on the United Nations Year for Tolerance, 1995, proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993 at the initiative of UNESCO, as outlined in the Declaration of Principles on Tolerance and Follow-up Plan of Action for the Year.

      The 2005 World Summit Outcome document (A/RES/60/1) furthered the commitment of Heads of State and Government to advance human welfare, freedom and progress everywhere, as well as to encourage tolerance, respect, dialogue and cooperation among different cultures, civilizations and peoples.
    • 18 november 2016

      Latvia's National Holiday

    • Until the twentieth century Latvia was dominated successively by the Germans, the Poles, the Swedes and the Russians. The country was finally liberated follozing the First Wolrd War.
      Latvia declared its independence on 18 November 1918; this independence, however, only lasted until the Soviets re-occupied Latvia in 1940.
      The lasting Latvian independence was restored on August 21, 1991.
    • 20 november 2016

      Universal Children's Day

    • By resolution 836(IX) of 14 December 1954, the General Assembly recommended that all countries institute a Universal Children's Day, to be observed as a day of worldwide fraternity and understanding between children. It recommended that the Day was to be observed also as a day of activity devoted to promoting the ideals and objectives of the Charter and the welfare of the children of the world. The Assembly suggested to governments that the Day be observed on the date and in the way which each considers appropriate. The date 20 November marks the day on which the Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, in 1959, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, in 1989.