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Part I General Aspects, 4 Seat and Symbols of the Council of Europe

Eckart Klein

From: The Council of Europe: Its Law and Policies

Edited By: Stefanie Schmahl, Marten Breuer

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 30 November 2023

Democracy — Membership of international organizations — Rule of law

This chapter discusses the seat of the Council of Europe (CoE), as well as the establishment of its symbols and other institutional accoutrements. It also describes the function of these symbols and how they help to create an image of the European identity. Though the symbols have only an auxiliary effect on the European identity, they have nevertheless helped to create awareness of a common destiny. Thus the chapter looks at how the Council had arrived at its decision to use Strasbourg as its official seat, which is relevant for also determining the working places of its organs. While the seat and the issue of (official and working) languages was settled at the moment of or immediately after the foundation of the Council of Europe (CoE), the organisation needed some time to institute its specific symbols, emblem and flag (1955), Europe Day (1964), anthem (1972), and logo (1998).

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