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The European Union and the Council of Europe: Difference, Duplication or Delegation?

Martyn Bond

De facto the Council of Europe covers wider Europe with Russia, Ukraine and Turkey "already" inside. The CoE also represents Europe with the USA outside - in contrast to OSCE. The EU of 27 holds a formal majority inside the CoE (now 47). It also includes most of the major contributors to the budget. The EU and the CoE have recently agreed a new memorandum of Understanding about the nature of their cooperation. But the number and scope of "joint programmes" between the EU and the CoE are growing and while there is much talk about a "community of values", what differences are there between the two organizations, and what determines the limits imposed on the scope of joint actions?

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