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Strasbourg, capital of Europe


Council of Europe

Created by the London Treaty on 5 May 1949, its main purpose is to defend democracy, human rights and the rule of law in Europe through various actions such as: international conventions, monitoring missions or recommendations to its member states. Currently, 47 member states representing about 820 million people are part of it.
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European Parliament

The European Parliament is the parliamentary branch of the European Union whose 751 members elected by direct universal suffrage from 28 states represent 380 million voters. They have been meeting in this building since 1999, which has an impressive surface area of 220,000m² and a large scale with its 60m high hollow elliptical tower.
Inside the 800-seat hemicycle there are also many offices and committee rooms, making Parliament the largest transnational voting constituency in the world and the main institution of the European Union.
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The Simone Veil Parlamentarium

Inaugurated on July 3, 2017, this new space divided into three zones; a 360° cinema, a role-playing game for groups and a series of interactive modules. The purpose of this organism is to inform visitors about the functioning of the Union and in particular the Parliament to which it is physically attached as well as the roles of the deputies who are sitting in it and even to get in contact with them.
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Lieu d’Europe

Located in the former Domaine du Kaysersguet, Lieu d'Europe is a place of education for European citizenship open to everybody. Its aim is to make Europe known to the citizens and to unite them around values shared by all. In its rooms, an entertainment programme offers debates, meetings, exchanges with personalities as well as film screenings, cultural events and many more. Lieu d'Europe also has a resource centre run by the Information Centre on European Institutions.
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European Court of Human Rights

Established in Strasbourg in 1998, the European Court of Human Rights is an international court established in 1959 by the Council of Europe. It has jurisdiction to apply the Convention and its protocols and may be seized by a State or by an individual who considers himself a victim of a violation of his rights validated by the Convention. Although visits are not allowed indoors, it is possible to attend hearings of the European Court of Human Rights and information visits are available for legal professionals as well as students in the same domain.
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