Council of Europe intensifies its co-operation with NGOs (including the CESP) giving them the participatory status

At their 861st meeting on 19 November 2003, the Ministers' Deputies adopted two Resolutions recognising the work done up until now by non-governmental organisations at the Council of Europe:

Resolution (2003)8 on participatory status for international non-governmental organisations with the Council of Europe.
The aim of this new status is to facilitate INGO participation and access to such bodies as the steering committees and governmental expert committees, and other subsidiary bodies of the Committee of Ministers. This participation will allow the INGOs to continue to draw the Council of Europe's attention to the effects of changes in European societies and the problems facing them.

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