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MEDIA ADVISORY: Three years of successful implementation of the Horizontal Facility programme in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sarajevo 11 February 2019
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MEDIA ADVISORY: Three years of successful implementation of the Horizontal Facility programme in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The third Steering Committee Meeting of the joint programme of the European Union and Council of Europe “Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey”, will be held on Wednesday, 13 February 2019, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Musala 2, Sarajevo.

The meeting will take stock of the results of the Horizontal Facility programme in Bosnia and Herzegovina, with all of the Actions under this programme presenting their achievements, namely in the field of prisons, anti-discrimination, education and national minorities. The total envelope for the country under the Horizontal Facility amounts to 2.7 million euros.

Press statements will be given at 09.15am in the press corner with addresses by:

  • Mr Almir Sahovic, Assistant Minister for Multilateral Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Ms Verena Taylor, Director of the Office of the Directorate General of Programmes of the Council of Europe
  • Mr Nicolas Bizel, Head of Operations Section for Justice and Home Affairs and Public Administration Reform of the Delegation of the European Union to Bosnia and Herzegovina

Several important results have been achieved, such as enhanced capacities of the Institution of Human Rights Ombudsperson and courts to prevent and combat discrimination thanks to a mechanism for gathering data collection on hate crimes and discrimination in a single database. Capacities of prison and police officers were also strengthened to adapt their working methods to European standards conducive to prisoners’ rehabilitation rather than punishment.

Participants will include representatives of the beneficiary institutions directly involved in the implementation of this joint programme of the European Union and Council of Europe, such as the Ministries of Justice at the state and entities level, the Institution of Human Rights Ombudsman, Ministry of Human Rights and Refugees of BiH and Ministry of Civil Affairs of BiH.

The meeting will begin at 9.30am. Simultaneous interpretation will be provided.

Link to the programme of the meeting

For further information, please contact:
Dušan Vojnović  Dusan.VOJNOVIC@coe.int, +33 3 90 21 56 99 or
Marija Simić  Marija.SIMIC@coe.int, +381 63 60 13 37