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A flagship programme supporting democratic governance in the Southern Mediterranean

Since its start in 2012 the South Programme has been a strategic European Union-Council of Europe initiative to support democratic reforms in the Southern Mediterranean upon demand from the partners from the region. From legislative expertise to strengthening of institutions' capacities through peer-to-peer exchanges and networks, the South Programme has contributed to the establishment of a common legal area between the two shores of the Mediterranean.

The second phase of this ambitious three year EU-CoE joint programme started in January 2015. It is namely contributing to the establishment of new legislative and constitutional frameworks and democratic governance structures in the region as well as institutions deriving from them. Besides the Programme aims to contribute to the establishment of a common legal area through a progressive accession of countries from the South Med region to key CoE conventions, which constitute the foundations for legal cooperation between countries who share common values of respect for human rights, Rule of law and democracy in the 47 CoE Member States and beyond.

Through the CoE various intergovernmental and interparliamentary networks, the South Programme II aims namely to foster better regional cooperation between Europe and the Southern Mediterranean partners, as well as among them, in the fields related to human rights, Rule of law and democracy.

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Upcoming events Upcoming events

Seminar on "Towards a Guide to ethical principles for Ombudsmen and their collaborators"

3-4 May 2017, Rabat (Morocco)

Second training of staff and members of the Moroccan and Tunisian NPMs on visits to prisons and detention centres

8-12 May, Rabat (Morocco)


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