The FEDE and the Council of Europe

The FEDE and the Council of Europe

The Federation for EDucation in Europe has enjoyed Participatory Status (formerly consultative) with the CoE since 1987.
This participatory status is granted to INGOs* that are particularly representative in their field of competence in Europe. These INGOs, through their activities with European citizens, support and publicize the work of the CoE.The cooperation resulting from this status takes many forms, from simple consultation to direct collaboration on specific projects.

The 325 participating INGOs that comprise the « Conference of INGOs » meet four times a year in Strasbourg, at the Palace of Europe.
Their work is structured around thematic committees and specialist working groups.
The FEDE carries out its central work through the  « Education and Culture » and « Human Rights » Committees.
The « Culture, Science and Education » Committee is chaired by Sabine ROHMANN (The Robert Schuman Institute for Europe), elected in June 2014 for a three-year term.

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At the heart of European democracy for more than 50 years.Through the Conference of INGOs, the voice of civil society is heard at the CoE.
Since the consultative status for INGOs was introduced in 1952, the CoE has established tighter working relations with NGOs representing civil society. The creation of participatory status in 2003 acknowledges both the increasingly active role INGOs play in the Council’s programmes and policies and the cooperation between the Council and member states’ associations.

The Council of Europe (CoE) is an intergovernmental organisation created on 5 May 1949 through the Treaty of London. As an international legal entity recognised by international public law and representing 800 million citizens from 47 member states, CoE works to protect and strengthen democracy and human rights throughout Europe.

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