MEDIA ADVISORY: For your rights, towards European standards: Second Meeting of the Horizontal Facility II Beneficiary Steering Committee

5 March 2021 Belgrade

The Second Meeting of the Beneficiary Steering Committee of the joint European Union/Council of Europe programme “Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey 2019-2022”, will be held on 9 March 2021 starting from 09:00. Opening remarks will be given by: Tobias Flessenkemper, Head of...

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Third Steering Committee of the action "Promotion of Diversity and Equality in North Macedonia"

26 February 2021 North Macedonia

SKOPJE, 26 February 2021 – The third Steering Committee of the EU and Council of Europe joint action ‘Promotion of Diversity and Equality in North Macedonia’ took place in Skopje, gathering key beneficiaries and partners to take stock on the new developments, achievements and future activities...

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Representatives of pilot schools discuss the democratisation of the education process in Bosnia and Herzegovina

26 February 2021 Bosnia and Herzegovina

More than 50 teachers and members of school staff from pilot schools in Bosnia and Herzegovina attended the online Round table on the Competences for Democratic Culture and the whole school approach organised on 25 February 2021 in the framework of the joint European Union and Council of Europe...

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Strengthened capacity of Serbian candidate judges and prosecutors on anti-discrimination: launch of the HELP online course

19 February 2021 Belgrade

50 Serbian trainee judges and prosecutors attended the online launch of the Council of Europe HELP online course on anti-discrimination, organised in cooperation with the Judicial Academy of the Republic of Serbia. Nenad Vujic, Director of the Judicial Academy, welcomed participants by recalling...

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Presentation of the HELP online course in Macedonian language

23 February 2021 North Macedonia

Lawyers, legal professionals, and also citizens interested in the field of fighting discrimination and protecting human rights from North Macedonia attended the online presentation of the new HELP Course on Anti-Discrimination in North Macedonia. An initiative of the action “Promotion of...

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Online courses on academic integrity at the University of Montenegro

19 February 2021 Montenegro

Recent research at the University of Montenegro showed that students are in general unfamiliar with what constitutes academic dishonesty and that they are lacking understanding of consequences. The joint European Union and Council of Europe action on “Strengthening integrity and combating...

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PRESS RELEASE: European Union and Council of Europe to continue to support Kosovo* reforms and its response to COVID-19 crisis

15 February 2021 KOSOVO*

PRISTINA, 15 February 2021 - The joint European Union and Council of Europe initiative – Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey (2019-2022) - will continue to support the Kosovo authorities’ efforts to comply with Council of Europe standards and the EU acquis in the framework of...

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Call for proposal : Support to local self-governments and civil society organisations for combating hate speech

9 FEBRUARY 2021 NORTH MACEDONIA

Within the framework of the European Union/Council of Europe Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey II - action on “Promotion of diversity and equality in North Macedonia”, the Council of Europe is launching a call for grants “Support to local self-governments and/or CSOs for...

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Third Steering Committee meeting of the action “Promotion of diversity and equality in Bosnia and Herzegovina”

10 February 2021 Sarajevo

The action “Promotion of diversity and equality in Bosnia and Herzegovina“ organised its third Steering Committee meeting on 9 February 2021. Bojana Urumova, Head of the Council of Europe Office in Sarajevo, thanked the partners from the all institutions that are part of this board and commented...

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Students learn how to use the Competences for Democratic Culture to promote the culture of non-violence

10 February 2021 Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia

A group of 35 secondary school students from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia met online on 8 February 2021 to discuss their experiences, views and opinions on how the Reference Framework of Competences for Democratic Culture can be used to develop and promote a culture of...

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Integrating European standards in the fight against discrimination in North Macedonia

5 February 2021 Skopje

In the efforts to assist the public authorities in North Macedonia to achieve greater compliance with European standards in the field of fighting discrimination and protecting the rights of vulnerable groups, the EU and Council of Europe Horizontal Facility II joint programme is supporting the...

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Capacity building training on trafficking in human beings for the purpose of labour exploitation in Bosnia and Herzegovina

8 February 2021 Bosnia and Herzegovina

The second multidisciplinary training on human trafficking for labour exploitation took place from 25 to 27 January as a part of the continious support provided to key anti-trafficking actors by the joint European Union/Council of Europe action „Preventing and combating trafficking in human...

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First 100 lawyers & legal professionals from North Macedonia trained on anti-discrimination

25 January 2021 North Macedonia

The authorities and key actors in the field of anti-discrimination in North Macedonia are working with the EU and Council of Europe in their efforts to fight inequalities and combat discrimination in line with the European standards and key recommendations set by the Council of Europe monitoring...

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Call for tenders: Purchase of social media management services in the field of combating discrimination and hate speech

1 February 2021 Western Balkans

Within the framework of the joint European Union/Council of Europe programme “Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey 2019-2022”, the Council of Europe is currently implementing the action on “Promotion of diversity and equality in the Western Balkans”. In that context, it is...

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"Promotion of diversity and equality in Serbia" held its fifth Steering Committee meeting

29 January 2021 Belgrade

The fifth Steering Committee meeting of the Horizontal Facility II action “Promotion of diversity and equality in Serbia” took place on 28 January, gathering partners from institutions, EU and Council of Europe. Following the presentation of completed and planned activities and update on the...

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Webinar on combating trafficking in human beings for legal professionals in Serbia

26 January 2021 Belgrade

A webinar on combating trafficking in human beings and protecting victims was organised on 22 January 2021, with some 30 participants, including judges, prosecutors and victim support organisations. Petya Nestorova, Executive Secretary of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against...

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Call for proposals: Support to civil society organisations and local self-government units for promotion of diversity and intercultural dialogue at local level in Serbia

20 January 2020 Serbia

Within the framework of the European Union/Council of Europe Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey II - action on “Promotion of diversity and equality in Serbia”, the Council of Europe is launching a call for grants, which is to be opened to civil society organisations (CSOs) and...

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The third Democratic School Chat Room - Empathy: How to connect and engage

16 December 2020 Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia

Around 40 high school students from Bosnia and Hercegovina, Montenegro, and Serbia gathered online on 16 December 2020 to discuss empathy as a key skill that needs to be learned within the Council of Europe’s competences for democratic culture. An award-winning communications professional, book...

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ROUNDTABLE ON PROTECTION AND SAFETY OF JOURNALISTS ‘‘Women journalists and risks to violence against women’’

16 December 2020 Pristina

The Council of Europe Office in Pristina, in the framework of the European Union and Council of Europe joint action on “Freedom of Expression and Freedom of the Media (JUFREX2)” and "Reinforcing the fight against violence against women and domestic violence - Phase II" organised a roundtable...

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Capacity building on fight against trafficking in human beings for the purpose of labour exploitation in Bosnia and Herzegovina

21 December 2020 Bosnia and Herzegovina

With the challenging economic situation pushing workers to cross the national borders and people to beg on streets, as well as the large influx of migrants, the situation in the field of human trafficking for labour exploitation has deteriorated in Bosnia and Herzegovina. On 15 December the first...

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