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The 50th Anniversary of the Council of Europe Establishment
Catalogue Number:  179
Stamp and block Design:  Karol Felix
Stamp and block Engraving:  František Horniak
Date of Issue:  May 5, 1999
Printing:  Postal Stationery Printing House, Prague, Czech Republic
Print Technology:  Five-colour recess printing from flat plates
Print Run:  366,800, of which 120,000 in block form
FDC Design:  Karol Felix
FDC Engraving:  František Horniak
Cancellation Design:  Karol Felix
Printing:  Postal Stationery Printing House, Prague, Czech Republic
Print Technology:  Recess printing from flat plates
FDC Print Run:  10,000

For exactly half a century the Council of Europe, the political pan-European organisation based in Strasbourg, has been working to build a united comtinent founded on the upholding of freedom, democratic pluralism, human rights and states governed by the rule of law.

Since its establishment in 1949 the Council has been an associationof European states united in the aim of preserving and furthering democracy in the continentand has demonstrated its dedication to the spiritual and moral values which are the common heritage of its peoples.

At present comprising forty-one member states, the Council of Europe has become in the course of its history not only an acknowledged institution attending to the human dimension of international affairs, but also a discussion forum for members of various political parties and non-governmental organisations.

The Slovak Republic became a full member - the Council's thirty-first - on June 30th, 1933, through the passing of Committee of Ministers resolution no 33/93 and the signing of the accession treaty. Its membership enables Slovakia's engagenment in a wide spectrum of activities within what is multilateral organisation, adding a new dimension to its presence on the international stage.

Eva Garajová, Permanent Representative of the Slovak Republic to the Council of Europe

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