The Federal Government’s role in the Council of Europe


The German Government regards the Council of Europe as an indispensable institution for the promotion of human rights, the rule of law and democracy, as well as a forum for the creation of a uniform European legal area.

Germany is working intensively on the Council of Europe’s programmes at all levels and is also supporting efforts to reform the organisation. Germany has 18 seats in both the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities. The Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) has, moreover, been directed by a German Governor since 2011.

As one of the six chief financial contributors along with France, Italy, Russia, the United Kingdom and Turkey, Germany provides around 11 per cent of the Council of Europe’s budget (the total volume of the Council of Europe’s regular budget was approximately 253 million euros in 2017). Furthermore, Germany also makes voluntary financial contributions, for example to support projects concerned with the protection of human rights.

The Federal Government maintains an intensive dialogue with the Council of Europe at the political level.

In October 2016, then Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier visited the Council of Europe and gave a speech to its Parliamentary Assembly.

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