Delegation of the European Union to the Council of Europe

EU Projects with the Council of Europe

13/05/2016 - 17:15
Cooperation

The EU and the Council of Europe have, in pursuit of shared goals with regard to the protection of democracy, respect for human rights, fundamental freedoms and the rule of law, developed a dynamic, vibrant and highly efficient co-operation tool known as the joint programmes. The EU provides most of the funding to the joint programmes while the Council of Europe is responsible for their implementation.

For over a quarter of a century, the EU and the Council of Europe have worked together for the  consolidation of multilateralism across the world, the upholding of democratic institutions and values, the protection of human rights and fundamental liberties and the strenghtening of the rule of law. Their cooperation in these areas has mainly materialized in the form of solid inter-institutional instruments  providing for highly-specialized technical, institutional and networking support: the joint programmes. The EU is in charge of most of the funding to the joint programmes while the Council of Europe is responsible for their enforcement.

You can find a full list of joint programmes here. Currently, over 50 joint programmes are in operation, with a cumulative budget of over €200M. Programmes are mainly in the fields of rule of law and human rights and generally cover the Western Balkans, Turkey, the Eastern Partnership and the Southern Mediterranean.

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