Federation EIL has held consultative status with The Council of Europe since 1981.
“The Council of Europe and Non-Governmental Organisations: Promoters of Democracy and Active Citizenship in Europe
The Council of Europe’s work benefits extensively from contacts and co-operation with the dynamic elements of society, as presented by NGOs. One of the main challenges currently facing the Organisation is to strengthen NGOs and civil society and to develop participatory democracy on a pan-European basis.
The Council of Europe’s relations with NGOs focus on the following:
1. Relations with International NGOs (INGOs): This can be seen as the Council of Europe’s statutory relations with NGOs through the INGOs holding participatory status, known collectively as the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe. Through this status INGOs are actively contributing to the decision-making process at the Council of Europe and to the implementation of its programmes thus ensuring their relevance to the expectations of Europeans.
2. Civil Society Initiatives and Programmes with Partner NGOs: Civil Society Initiatives and co-operation programmes aim at strengthening the role of civil society in a pluralistic democracy, in particular to improving relations between NGOs and public authorities.”