Sarajevo film festival screens documentary on minorities

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina 18 August 2019
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Sarajevo film festival screens documentary on minorities

On 18 August, a Council of Europe and European Union documentary will be screened during the Sarajevo Film Festival. The documentary, “When we are fewer” gives an overview of the life of national minorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It looks at the lives of different members of national minorities, but also closely follows the implementation of the joint EU and Council of Horizontal Facility Action “Strengthening protection of national minorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina”. The film shows how five BiH cities/municipalities: Brcko, Prijedor, Prnjavor, Sarajevo and Tuzla implemented the small grants awarded by the action with the aim to promote the rights, culture, tradition and language of BiH national minorities in their cities.

The Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey is funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe, and implemented by the Council of Europe.

 Link to the trailer of the documentary

What is the Horizontal Facility?

The European Union/Council of Europe Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey (Horizontal Facility) is a co-operation initiative of the European Union and Council of Europe for South East Europe. 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 Horizontal Facility will cover actions of the Council of Europe in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, as well as Kosovo*. Turkey will not be recipient of technical assistance but may benefit under this Facility from the Council of Europe legislative expertise under the Expertise Co-ordination Mechanism.


How long will the Horizontal Facility last?

The Horizontal Facility is a three-year programme, which is being implemented by the Council of Europe from May 2016 over a period of 36 months.  


How much will the Horizontal Facility cost?

The envelope of this facility amounts to 25 Million EUR (80% funded by the EU, 20% by the CoE).


What will the Horizontal Facility do?

Through the Horizontal Facility, the European Union and the Council of Europe will assist beneficiaries in South-East Europe to comply with Council of Europe standards and European Union acquis in the framework of the 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:

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

All Horizontal Facility actions will 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.