Launching of the online courses on discrimination, hatred and racism adapted for Montenegrin legal and human rights professionals

24 September 2021 Podgorica

Through the partnership between the joint European Union and Council of Europe programme “Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey 2019-2022” and the Centre for Training in Judiciary and State Prosecution of Montenegro, the launching of the Montenegrin versions of the HELP (Human...

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Representatives of judiciary institutions reaffirm their commitment to strengthening the efficiency and quality of justice in Albania

24 September 2021 Tirana

On 23 September, Steering Committee members of the joint European Union and Council of Europe action “Strengthening the quality and efficiency of justice in Albania - SEJ III” discussed on the progress of activities for the last semester and the plans ahead. Representatives of key justice...

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Multiprofessional seminar on protection of journalists from online violence

23 - 24 September 2021 Tuzla

What are the types of behaviour that constitute online harrasment, what are the differences between online harrasment towards journalists in the context of their profession and on gender-based violence? What are the forms of legal protection in the international law, that are available in Bosnia...

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Advancing co-operation with State Prosecution in Montenegro

23 September 2021 Podgorica

Evgenia Giakoumopoulou, Head of Operations of the Council of Europe Programme Office in Podgorica met today with the Acting Supreme State Prosecutor of Montenegro, Drazen Buric in the premises of the Supreme State Prosecution, to discuss ways forward in enhancing ongoing prosecutorial reform,...

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Assessing effectiveness of key parts of the anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism system in Montenegro

20 September 2021 Podgorica

Within the joint European Union and Council of Europe Action against economic crime in Montenegro a mock evaluation mission on effectiveness under 4 Financial Action Task Force (FATF) immediate outcome was held on 7 and 8 September 2021 in Podgorica. During the mission, mock interviews were...

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Enhancement of capacities of legal professionals through training on child trafficking organised within XIV Annual Symposium for Prosecutors in Neum

22 September 2021 Neum

Within the XIV Annual Symposium of Prosecutors, aiming to increase awareness of relevant professionals related to children’s vulnerabilities to trafficking and respect of rights of child trafficking victims, joint European Union/Council of Europe action “Preventing and combating trafficking in...

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Child-driven re-socialisation and reintegration of the child victims of trafficking discussed with key actors and partners in North Macedonia

21 September 2021 North Macedonia

A holistic multi-disciplinary approach that takes into primary consideration the best interest of the child must be applied for effective resocialisation and reintegration of the child victims of trafficking. Such an approach not only requires increased capacities, financial resources and...

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Child-sensitive communication - a key for safeguarding child victims of trafficking in Serbia

21 September 2021 Belgrade

Child-sensitive communication and evidence-based protocols in interviewing child victims of trafficking should be applied by any person or institution in contact with children. These tools respect the best interests of the child, help avoid secondary traumatisation during the administrative and...

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Kick-off event of an online course for legal professionals on freedom of expression in Bosnia and Herzegovina

20 September 2021 Bosnia and Herzegovina

First online course for legal professionals on freedom of expression, that will be tutored by Council of Europe expert and judge at the Supreme Court of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Svjetlana Milišić Veličkovski, is now available for 15 participants – judges and prosecutors from Bosnia...

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Looking back to achievements on promoting equality and diversity in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and ahead for new engagements with action partners

20 September 2021 Sarajevo

The action "Promotion of diversity and equality in Bosnia and Herzegovina" organised its 4th Steering Committee meeting on 16 September 2021. Loreta Vioiu, Deputy Head of the Council of Europe Office in Sarajevo, thanked the Steering Committee members for their support and commitment, and...

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Strengthening judicial ethics and promoting the role of Ethical Commissions in Montenegro

21 September 2021 Plav and Rozaje

The Council of Europe Group of States against Corruption (GRECO), in the 4th Evaluation Round which has dealt with corruption prevention in respect of members of parliament, judges and prosecutors, has noted some progress in providing guidance and counselling with respect to judicial ethics in...

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Launching of the inception phase of the gender research in Montenegro’s judicial system

20 September 2021 Montenegro

Institutionalisation of a gender perspective in the justice system is an essential step toward strengthening the accountability of the judiciary. Different factors affect gender equality within the judicial systems in Europe, including in Montenegro. According to the 2020 Baseline Gender...

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Supporting equality bodies from the Western Balkans and Eastern Partnership regions to address hate speech

13 Septmber 2021 Western Balkans

The European Union and the Council of Europe, through their partnership continue their work to reinforce the capacities of equality bodies from the Western Balkans and Eastern Partnership regions to address hate speech. On 13 September, a new e-learning tool was launched and a pilot group of...

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Belgrade Pride Week: building a society free of discrimination

16 September 2021 Belgrade

During the Belgrade Pride Week (12-19 September), the joint European Union and Council of Europe action “Promotion of diversity and equality in Serbia” participated at the International Human Rights Conference: Effective Inclusion of LGBTIQ Persons. The conference featured panel discussions that...

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New statistical reports for courts including key CEPEJ performance indicators, available to judges and court presidents in Kosovo*

15 September 2021 Pristina

The Kosovo Judicial Council (KJC) announced that new statistical reports are now available in the courts and can be used by all judges and court presidents to monitor the performance, court backlogs, postponements of hearings, and the length of court proceedings. The statistical reports were...

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Supporting the Ministry of Justice in North Macedonia towards a more efficient management of free legal aid cases

13 September 2021 North Macedonia

Enhancing the efficiency, quality and accessibility of the free legal aid in North Macedonia constitutes an important priority for the European Union and the Council of Europe through their joint programme Horizontal Facility II. In order to assist the local authorities in their efforts towards a...

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The role of the media regulatory authorities in the Western Balkans in the new media paradigms

9 - 10 September 2021 Budva, online

In order to discuss and exchange views on the role of the media regulatory authorities in the new media paradigms, a Regional Conference was organised with the participation of media regulatory authorities from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia....

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Ex-post analysis of the implementation of the Action Plan for the realisation of the rights of national minorities presented in Belgrade

9 September 2021 Belgrade

In co-operation of the Ministry of Human and Minority Rights and Social Dialogue of Serbia and the Council of Europe Office in Belgrade, the Ex-post analysis of the effects of the implementation of the Action Plan for the realisation of the rights of national minorities was presented in Belgrade...

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Call for proposals: awareness raising campaign on trafficking in children in Republic of Serbia

7 September 2021 Serbia

Within the framework of the European Union/Council of Europe programme “Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey 2019-2022” and its action on “Preventing and combating trafficking in human beings in Serbia”, the Council of Europe is launching a call for grant, which is to be opened...

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Call for tenders: Provision of design and production services of online courses on academic integrity for three private universities in the framework of the action “Quality education for all” in Montenegro

6 September 2021 Montenegro

Within the framework of the European Union/Council of Europe joint programme "Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey 2019-2022" and its action on “Quality education for all”, the Council of Europe Programme Office in Podgorica is launching a call for the provision of design and...

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