“Quality education for all” launched in Montenegro

18 September 2019 Podgorica

The first Steering Committee meeting for the action “Quality Education for All” took place on 17 September 2019 in Podgorica. The Action is part of the European Union/Council of Europe joint programme “Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey II” and seeks to foster quality...

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Promotion of tolerance and equality is responsibility of every citizen of Serbia

17 September 2019 Belgrade

Combating intolerance and promotion of equality were discussed today in Belgrade by the representatives of the Government of Serbia, Parliaments of Bosnia and Herzegovina, France and Serbia, representatives of the European Commission Against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) as well as the...

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First Advisory Board meeting of the new Quality Education for All Action held in Sarajevo

5 September 2019 Sarajevo

The first Advisory Board meeting of the new Horizontal Facility II Action “Quality Education for All” was held in Sarajevo on 4 September 2019. The meeting was opened by Krassimir Nikolov, Head of Section for European Integration, Political, Press and Information of Delegation of the European...

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Call for tenders: consultancy services - “Quality Education for All (Quality ED – Serbia)” in Serbia

9 September 2019 Belgrade

The Council of Europe has published Call for tenders for the provision of consultancy services based on national and international standards in relation to the implementation of the joint European Union/Council of Europe “Quality Education for All (Quality ED – Serbia)” project in Serbia....

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Call for tender: consultancy services on preventing and combating trafficking in human beings in Bosnia and Herzegovina

6 September 2019 Sarajevo

Within the framework of the European Union/Council of Europe Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey II, the Council of Europe is looking for Providers for the provision of consultancy services to be requested by the Council on an as needed basis, in order to support the...

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Sarajevo film festival screens documentary on minorities

18 August 2019 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

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...

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Serbia: Fostering a democratic school culture

A short film on the results of the Horizontal Facility Action on fostering a democratic school culture in Serbia.

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Visit to Strasbourg – for better protection of the rights of national minorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina

9 May 2019 Strasbourg

The members of the Bosnia and Herzegovina Council of National Minorities and Secretariat of the Joint Commission for Human Rights of the Parliament of Bosnia and Herzegovina participated in the study visit to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg on 9th May 2019. The visit provided an opportunity...

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Study visit to Berlin: Good practices in functioning of the minority representation bodies

22 May 2019 Berlin

Between 12th and 14th May 2019, the representatives of the Minority Co-ordination Group took part in a study visit to Berlin, organised under the project "Strengthening the protection of national minorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina". The purpose of this study visit was to exchange experiences...

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Positive practices of the action „Strenghtening the protection of national minorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina“

14 May 2019

The action „Strenghtening the protection of national minorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina“ organized its final Steering commitee meeting followed by a closing event on 7th May 2019. Mr. Drahoslav Štefanek, Head of Council of Europe office in Sarajevo, congratulated the stakeholders on succesful...

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Protection of national minority rights beneficial for Serbian society

10 May 2019 Belgrade

The Council of Europe and the European Union will continue to support protection and promotion of national minority rights in Serbia as it is beneficial for Serbian society, but it also largely contributes to the EU accession path of the country. This was one of the conclusions of today’s...

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Policy round table on quality education held in Sarajevo

25 April 2019 Sarajevo

The second Policy Round table organised within the Action “Quality education in multi-ethnic societies” held on 24 April in Sarajevo gathered 35 representatives of relevant ministries of education and education institutions on State, Entity, Cantonal and Brčko levels, as well as representatives...

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Strong partnership for better life of citizens

24 April 2019 Pristina

Citizens of Kosovo* have received tangible benefits through successful implementation of the Joint European Union and Council of Europe Programme “Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey”, the third Beneficiary Steering Committee Meeting concluded in Pristina today. “For the...

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“Our journey in the fight against bullying” concludes the Action on education in Albania

12-14 April 2019 Tirana

One hundred teachers from 21 pilot schools in Albania came together to share reflections, lessons learnt, developed practices, experiences, challenges faced and future plans at the final peer learning event held on 12,13,14 April in Tirana. This event fostered dialogue, co-operation and the...

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Final Steering Committee Meeting of anti-trafficking action held in Skopje

16 April 2019 Skopje

The final Steering Committee meeting and conference of the Horizontal Facility action “Preventing and combating trafficking in human beings” took place in Skopje on 16 April 2019. The current phase of the action, which has been implemented since October 2016 will come to an end in May 2019 and...

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Students’ artwork of 21 pilot schools displayed at the exposition “A voice against bullying” in Albania

16 April 2019 Tirana

The Center for Openness and Dialogue at the Prime Minister Office in co-operation with the Council of Europe Office in Tirana and joint EU/CoE Project “Fighting bullying and extremism in the education system in Albania” launched the exposition “A voice against bullying”. Stay united, Don’t bully,...

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Strengthened efforts to prevent and combat trafficking in human beings in Serbia

15 April 2019 Belgrade

Serbia has been identified primarily as a country of origin of victims of trafficking in human beings and internal trafficking has continued affecting an important number of people in recent years. For example, the Centre for Human Trafficking Victims’ Protection identified 76 victims of human...

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Three years of support to reforms in Albania: judiciary, fighting economic crime and anti-discrimination crucial areas

4 April 2019 Tirana

Citizens of Albania have received tangible benefits and the programme has had a positive impact on the approximation to the European standards in the fields of justice, anti-discrimination and fight against corruption in the country – this was a conclusion of the third Beneficiary Steering...

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Training for lawyers on dealing with claims for compensation by victims of trafficking held in Belgrade

4 April 2019 Belgrade

On 4 April 2019, twenty lawyers enhanced their knowledge on how to represent victims of trafficking in human beings in Serbia and claim compensation for damages. The participants discussed good practice examples as well as challenges in this regard. They further analysed some recent cases of...

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A pilot training for education professionals on detecting and preliminary identifying child victims of trafficking

2 April 2019 Skopje

On 2 April 2019, twenty-five educational professionals from the municipality of Centre, Skopje attended a one day pilot training on detecting and preliminary identifying child victims of trafficking for the purpose of labour exploitation. The aim of the workshop was to enhance the knowledge of...

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