The Council of Europe is, today, the biggest and oldest intergovernmental political organisation, comprising 46 countries, including all the Member-States of the European Union and 21 countries from Central and
The Holy See, the
The guest status is attributed to countries that have revealed interest in joining the organisation but whose adhesion is still under study.
The main functioning and decision-making bodies of the Council of Europe are:
Within the organisation, other institutions operating in specific areas and whose decisions have a binding force for the State signatories are:
In August 1976, the domestic conditions essential to the adhesion were all formally met. In 22 September of the same year,
The Portuguese delegation at the Committee of Ministers is composed by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and by the Permanent Representative of