Council of Europe
ABOUT THE ISSUE
The Council of Europe is an intergovernmental body, set up in 1949, whose main aim is to promote human rights and democracy and seek solutions to problems affecting European society. It now has 47 member countries representing around 800 million citizens. There are five Conventions that have been agreed on issues relating to animal welfare, and one on conservation and protection of wildlife and habitats. A Convention is only legally binding for a country when that country has signed and ratified it. Many of the provisions and aims in the Council of Europe Conventions are acknowledged by the EU when it has acceded to a Convention and substantial parts have and continue to be translated into EU law.
Eurogroup for Animals participates as an observer in the work related to animal welfare Conventions: we provide technical and scientific advise in Standing Committees, Working Parties and Drafting Groups.
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