Recommendation 56 of the Consultative Assembly of the Council of Europe (25 September 1953)
On 25 September 1953, the Consultative Assembly of the Council of Europe recommends that the Committee of Ministers adopt, as an emblem for the organisation, a blue flag with 15 gold stars. It also proposes that the emblems chosen by the other European institutions bear a close resemblance to this flag.
Source: Archives historiques du Conseil de l'Europe - Historical archives of the Council of Europe, Strasbourg, F-67075 Strasbourg Cedex. http://info.coe.int/archives/hist/flag/default.asp. Le drapeau - The Flag, 2191. Consultative Assembly of the Council of Europe, Recommendation 56 on the choice of an emblem for the Council of Europe. [ON-LINE]. [Strasbourg]: Council of Europe, [26.01.2006]. Available on http://assembly.coe.int/Mainf.asp?link=assembly.coe.int/Documents/AdoptedText/ta53/EREC56.htm.