Parliamentary Assembly - Council of Europe

The Council of Europe - promoting human rights, democracy and the rule of law in Europe

When founded on 5 May 1949, the Council of Europe was the first post-war political organisation in Europe. Its core mandate is the promotion of human rights, democracy and the rule of law across the entire European continent. Comprising 47 member states, all European countries – except for Belarus and Kosovo – are part of the organisation, including the 27 member states of the European Union, Russia, Turkey and the Caucasian Republics. With the end of the cold war, the formerly exclusive 'club of democracies' developed into the only pan-European organisation. Five states enjoy observer status: USA, Canada, Japan, Mexico and the Holy See. Germany became a member on 13 July 1950. The Council of Europe is based in Strasbourg (France).

Walter Scheel

Foreign Minister Steinmeier on the death of Walter Scheel

Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier today (24 August) issued the following statement on the death of Walter Scheel: “I am saddened by the death of Walter Scheel. The staff of the Federal Foreig...

The Permanent Representation of Germany to the Council of Europe

The Permanent Representation of Germany to the Council of Europe

The Permanent Representation of Germany to the Council of Europe is located 6 quai Mullenheim in Strasbourg. Please follow the link for postal address, call times and holidays.

The German Permanent Representation to the CoE

Germany in the Council of Europe

In 1950 Germany acceded as 14th of today's 47 member states to the Council of Europe. The activities of the Council of Europe concentrate on the core issues of promotion and protection of human rights, democracy and the rule of law. 

The Council of Europe

Issues at the Council of Europe

On the following pages, you will find information on the Council of Europe's organisation and tasks, as well as on job opportunities at the Council of Europe.

The Ambassador

Ambassador Gerhard Küntzle

On September 2nd, 2015 Ambassador Gerhard Küntzle took up his function as Permanent Representative of Germany to the Council of Europe.

#NoHateNoFear

Campaign #NoHateNoFear

The Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) today launched a #NoHateNoFear initative to counter terrorism.

Newsroom

Berliner Zeitungsmarkt

Welcome to our 'Newsroom'. We are pleased to inform you on current issues - please visit us from time to time to read the latest news.

Federal Government Commissioner

Bärbel Kofler

Since March 2016 Bärbel Kofler is Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid at the Federal Foreign Office. The Commissioner is the contact person for questions relating to human rights policy and humanitarian aid.