The Council of Europe grants participatory status to organisations recognised for their competence and expertise. The FEDE, which holds participatory status at the Council of Europe, works through the Council to advance a progressive model for education in Europe.
The FEDE aims to bring universities and independent higher educational institutions together in the name of a powerful ambition: to create a vast shared European educational space.
The FEDE promotes education and learning for all, with a particular emphasis on freedom of education and intercultural dialogue.
Within the Council of Europe the FEDE is a member of the Conference of International Non-Governmental Organisations, which represents civil society at the Council. Acting through the Conference, the FEDE aims to support and promote the work of the Council of Europe.
The FEDE participates as an expert in the work of the Education and Culture and Human Rights Committees.
PARTICIPATORY STATUS AT THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE
Aware that INGOs play an essential role in European society and democracy, the Council of Europe grants participatory status to those INGOSs that it recognises for their remarkable competence and expertise. Since 1987, the FEDE has enjoyed this prestigious status granted by the Council.
The FEDE also assists the Council of Europe by bringing to bear its expert knowledge on higher and vocational teaching, training and general educational matters.
Currently just 325 INGOs, representing, in total, 47 countries, hold participatory status at the Council of Europe.