The cooperating institutions
The Council of Europe
The Council of Europe is an international organization with the objective to defend democracy, the rule of law and Human Rights, laying stress on civil and political rights of the citizens. It is composed of 47 countries (all of which are European nations except Belorussia) and has its seat in the French city of Strasbourg. Its most active organ is the European Court of Human Rights.
The Council of Europe was established on the 5th of May 1949 by the treaty of London and is thereby the oldest organization that pursue the ideals of European integration. To his priorities count the reform of the European Convention on Human Rights in order to improve its pace and efficiency, the protection of national minorities and the fight against intolerance.
The Directorate General of Democracy has the principal mandate to support the work of the Council of Europe in the promotion of democratic governance. To this end, it strengthens programs for sustainable democratic societies that promote social cohesion, intercultural diversity and dialogue and democratic citizenship that includes children, minorities and adolescents as active agents. It offers democratic answers to situations of crisis and defends social minorities facing discrimination.
“la Caixa” Foundation
The “la Caixa” foundation is a non-profit organisation that was created in 1904 by the Savings and Pensions Bank of Barcelona and is dedicated to manage the resources of the social fund of “la Caixa”. It is one of the oldest private foundations of Spain and Europe and was created with the objective to contribute to the wellbeing of persons and respond to the needs of the society in which it undertakes its financial activity.
In 2012, the “la Caixa” foundation prompted a total of 42.056 initiatives in which participated more than 8 million persons. In 2013, 66.8 % of its budget was assigned to the development of social and assistance, 14.8 % to scientific, research and environment programs, 12.9 % to culture and 6.9 % to education and formation.
The principle areas of operations are, among others, the support for labour integration of persons in risk of social exclusion, scholarships, cultural and scientific divulgation, social cohesion, environment, health, medical attention for diseases at an advanced stage, integration of children with educative or resource problems, and active ageing.
The Interculturality and Social Cohesion program of “la Caixa” foundation is destined to foster intercultural relations and manage the challenges of diversity. To achieve this, it elaborates initiatives to incorporate the citizenry, particularly at the municipal level.