The role of a national relay
To coordinate the activities organised at national level, the Council of Europe asks participating countries to nominate National Relay Persons for the EDL. The function of a Relay is to act as a multiplier for organisations, schools and associations, circulating:
- information communicated by the Council of Europe (for example the press release of the Council on the Day, which the Relays are invited to translate into national/local languages, updates on the website)
- promotional materials - posters, stickers etc. provided by the Council of Europe every year in significant quantities for event organisers
In so far as possible, the Relay is encouraged to carry out promotion for the Day at national/regional level and through the press, in particular highlighting the address of the EDL website, and reporting to the Council on the celebration of the Day within the country.
Some Relays have established a national EDL website in view of the number of events organised in their country.
EDL Relays work on a voluntary basis and the Council of Europe acknowledges their important contribution with gratitude.
Countries currently without National Relays:
As illustrated by the map, certain member states do not have a National Relay at the present time.
The Relay can be an individual or an existing structure, who ideally is already in contact with the Council of Europe - although this is not essential.
Any structures (centres/associations/administrative units etc.) who would be willing to act as Relays between their countries and the Council of Europe are invited to contact either their national authorities or the Council of Europe.