ouncil of Europe is the oldest continent’s organisation which was shaped as a political project in the wake of the Second World War, with the aim of bringing peace and prosperity to a continent that had been long torn apart by wars and atrocities. It is like a huge network of shared values, values of peace, human rights, democracy and rule of law. For over 60 years, the Council of Europe has operated as a real search engine for ideas and initiatives for the whole continent.
The main organs of the Council of Europe are:
- The Committee of Ministers is the decision-making body. It is made up of the States’ 47 Foreign Affairs Ministers or their permanent representatives.
- The Parliamentary Assembly is a consultative body, which brings together representatives of the national parliaments speaking on behalf of all the European who elected them.
- The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities is also a consultative body, which brings together representatives elected in their country at the level of regions and municipalities.
- The Human Rights Commissionner operates as an independent body. The Commissionner investigates the state of human rights in Europe, country by country, ensuring the the Council of Europe’s instruments are well respected.