On the occasion of the European Year of Citizens' Rights, the theme of education for democratic citizenship has been chosen for the official stamp of the Council of Europe, issued on September 27, 2013.
Based in Strasbourg, the Council of Europe was founded on 5 May 1949. This political organization is to promote democracy, human rights and the rule of law.
Each year this organization issues stamps to only be used within its precincts.
The year 2013 marks the 20th anniversary of European citizenship. This will be the time to make all EU citizens better understand their rights, enabling them to discuss, meet and finally stimulate active participation in the common political life.
The Council of Europe develops strategies to promote democratic citizenship through learning over all life.