The Council of Europe was established in 1949 and has its headquarters and secretariat in Strasbourg. Comprising 47 member states, it is one of the few truly pan-European organizations.
The principal aim of the Council of Europe is to work towards strengthening human rights, parliamentary democracy and the rule of law in its member states.
The International Department is responsible for secretariat duties for the Storting’s Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.
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The Assembly brings together 324 men and women from the parliaments of the Council of Europe's 47 member states. Though it contains many voices, reflecting political opinion across the continent, its mission is to uphold the shared values of human rights, democracy and the rule of law that are the "common heritage" of the peoples of Europe.
The Assembly holds governments to account over their human rights records, and presses states to achieve and maintain democratic standards, both in Europe and – increasingly – in neighbouring regions.
The Assembly is a factory of radical ideas for improving Europe's laws and practices, a "motor" for the Council of Europe and a guardian of the European Convention on Human Rights, which originated in the Assembly.
The Assembly is a forum for sometimes heated debate on key political and social issues facing the continent, helping to head off conflict and encourage reconciliation.
Though its texts are not binding, the Assembly speaks on behalf of 800 million Europeans and the 47 Council of Europe governments must give a collective reply. It is the democratic conscience of Greater Europe.
For more information: http://assembly.coe.int