Currently, the CoE has 21 members. They are represented in the General Meeting which adopts the annual work programme of the CoE. Furthermore, the European Union, represented by the European External Action Service (EEAS), and NATO, represented by its International Staff, are Preferred Partners of the CoE. Preferred Partners actively participate in discussions in General Meetings, helping to shape our work. Membership is open to all EU Member States and to NATO Allies.