The Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe

The Conference of INGOs is recognised as an institution of the Council of Europe.
Since 2012 Andante is – together with 288 INGOs – a full right member of the Conference which meets officially twice a year during the ordinary sessions of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. The Council of Europe’s work benefits extensively from contacts and co-operation with the dynamic elements of society, as represented 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.
Special committees of the Conference focus on specific subjects like: Education and Culture Committee, Democracy, Social Cohesion and Global Challenges Committee, Gender equality, Poverty and social exclusion and (the religious dimension of) Human Rights.
The Christian INGO’s have formed a small, informal network that meets one evening during the
Strasbourg sessions and otherwise keep in touch on the net.