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Key institutions and civil society organisations in Albania come together for advancing in fighting discrimination

Tirana 25 October 2019
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Key institutions and civil society organisations in Albania come together for advancing in fighting discrimination

The protection of fundamental human rights and freedoms rests in the very foundations of the Council of Europe scope and aim. The organisation, together with the European Union, is engaged in supporting Albania in the fight against discrimination and hate speech, as well as in the protection of LGBTI rights and rights of national minorities.

In this context the 1st Steering Committee meeting of the European Union and Council of Europe Horizontal Facility Action: ‘Promotion of diversity and equality in Albania’ was organised in Tirana. This three years’ project aims at supporting Albanian key actors in the field of fundamental rights, as well as the national authorities’ follow up to Council of Europe monitoring bodies’ recommendations – notably those of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance and those related to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities.

The meeting included an open discussion between important representatives from beneficiary institutions and civil society organisations in Albania, including the Ministry of Health and Social Protection, the Ombudsperson, the State Committee on Minorities, the Commissioner for Protection from Discrimination, the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, the Ministry for Education and Sports and civil society organizations, who provided different approaches on the human rights protection in Albania. During the meeting participants discussed the main activities and interventions foreseen during this project, confirming their commitment and cooperation in further advancing the implementation of European standards in the fight against discrimination, protection of national minorities and countering hate speech.

The Deputy Head of Office of the Council of Europe, Mr. Olsi Dekovi, presented a summary of the Action and welcomed the spirit of cooperation among participants, encouraging further involvement of relevant beneficiaries and related actors to the action.

 

ALBANIA: Key institutions and civil society organisations in Albania come together for advancing in fighting discrimination

What is the Horizontal Facility II?

The European Union/Council of Europe Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey (Horizontal Facility II) 2019-2022 is a co-operation initiative of the European Union and Council of Europe for the Western Balkans and Turkey. It is one of the results of the Statement of Intent signed on 1 April 2014 by the Secretary General of the Council of Europe and the European Union Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, in which both Organisations agreed to further strengthen their co-operation in key areas of joint interest.

The first phase of the programme included various Beneficiary-specific and regional initiatives and ran from 2016 to 2019. The second phase of the programme (worth €41 million between 2019 and 2022) keeps building on the results of the phase I and broadens the thematic areas to new topics crucial for the Western Balkans region and Turkey – freedom of expression and media.

The second phase of the programme covers Actions in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia as well as Turkey and the regional dimension of the programme is strengthened. The Expertise Co-ordination Mechanism that provides legislative expertise and policy advice within the Council of Europe system remains an important part of the programme available to all Beneficiaries.

 

How long will the Horizontal Facility II last?

The Horizontal Facility is a three-year programme, which is being implemented by the Council of Europe from May 2019 over a period of 36 months. 

 

How much will the Horizontal Facility II cost?

The envelope of this facility amounts to ca. 41 Million EUR (85% funded by the EU, 15% by the CoE).

 

What will the Horizontal Facility II do?

The Horizontal Facility enables the Beneficiaries to meet their reform agendas in the fields of human rights, rule of law and democracy and to comply with the European standards, including where relevant within the framework of the EU enlargement process. The Horizontal Facility relies on the Council of Europe’s unique working methods, whereby tailor-made technical co-operation activities are based on conclusions and recommendations of the Council of Europe’s monitoring bodies highlight areas where improvements are needed in legislation and policies of the Beneficiaries to comply with the Organisation’s treaties and other standards.

Themes covered by the Horizontal Facility include:

  • Ensuring justice;
  • Fighting economic crime;
  • Combating discrimination and protecting the rights of vulnerable groups (including LGBTI, minorities and Roma) and
  • Freedom of expression and freedom of the media.

All the themes are key priorities of the two Organisations in the Western Balkans region and Turkey.

All Horizontal Facility actions address cross-cutting issues such as gender mainstreaming, protection of minorities and vulnerable groups and foresees the engagement of civil society organisations in the implementation of the Horizontal Facility.

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*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence.