Regional launching of the Horizontal Facility II held in Skopje

9 October 2019 Skopje

The EU and the Council of Europe will continue to support reforms in the Western Balkans and Turkey in the fields of human rights, democracy and the rule of law. The continuation of the joint ‘Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey’ programme was announced at a regional conference...

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Regional Working Group session on screening and risk and needs assessment of violent extremist offenders in prison

17 October 2019 Podgorica

A total of 18 prison practitioners and representatives from the Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) co-ordinating bodies from the Western Balkans region exchanged their experiences and views on identification of violent extremist offenders (VEOs), screening practices and application of risk and...

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Call for tender: consultancy services on gender analysis and mainstreaming

16 October 2019 Skopje

Within the framework of the European Union/Council of Europe Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey II, the Council of Europe is implementing the Action on supporting enhanced access to higher quality free legal aid (FLA) services in North Macedonia. In that context, it is looking...

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Dashboard for the Western Balkans: Steering Committee and launch of data collection

11 October 2019 Skopje

The first meeting of the Steering committee of the regional Action "Dashboard Western Balkans: Towards a better evaluation of the results of judiciary reform efforts in the Western Balkans" was held in Skopje on 10 October 2019. The purpose of this meeting was also to launch data collection as...

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Follow-up to the recommendations to improve court security in Albania

3 October 2019 Tirana

On 23-24 September, the European Commission for the efficiency of justice (CEPEJ) experts Pierre Laporte and Michel Perchepied came to Albania to follow-up on their work with courts to improve safety and security measures. Meetings were held with the High Judicial Council (HJC) and the High...

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“Strengthening the quality and efficiency of justice in Albania”: High level seminar for the High Judicial Council

3 October 2019 Tirana

On 25 September 2019, a high level seminar on European Commission for the efficiency of justice (CEPEJ) standards and tools took place at the request of Ms Naureda Llagami, Chair of the High Judicial Council, for all members of the High Judicial Council (HJC). The objective was to raise awareness...

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Call for tender: national consultancy services – “Accountability and professionalism in the judicial system in Montenegro”

7 October 2019 Podgorica

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 National Providers for the provision of consultancy services on strengthening accountability and professionalism in the judicial system in...

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Working group meeting on drafting the National Strategy for the Development of the Penitentiary System in North Macedonia

13 September 2019 Skopje

A working group meeting on drafting the new National Strategy for the Development of the Penitentiary System in North Macedonia took place on 12-13 September 2019 in Skopje. The working group members shared their experience on the implementation of the current National Strategy (2015-2019),...

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First Steering Committee meeting of the “Strengthening the quality and efficiency of justice in Kosovo*” Action held in Pristina

16 September 2019 Pristina

The First Steering Committee meeting of the “Strengthening the quality and efficiency of justice in Kosovo” (KoSEJ II) Action took place on 11 September 2019 at the Council of Europe Office in Pristina. Members and observers had the opportunity to discuss thoroughly key aspects of the Action...

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Call for tenders: consultancy services - "Strengthening independence and accountability of the judiciary"

16 September 2019 Belgrade

Within the framework of the European Union/Council of Europe Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey II, the Council of Europe is currently implementing the Action “Strengthening independence and accountability of the judiciary in Serbia”. In that context, it is looking for...

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Expert visit to Montenegro to support electoral reform

23 September 2019 Podgorica

An expert of the Venice Commission visited Podgorica with a view to providing expert advice on the draft code of ethics for political parties during election campaigns. The expert exchanged views with the chairman and some members of the Committee on Further Reform of Electoral and Other...

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Working group meeting on a Rulebook on disciplinary measures against sentenced persons

26 September 2019 Skopje

The working group meeting on drafting the Rulebook on the manner of proceedings of the disciplinary commission in charge of imposing disciplinary measures against sentenced persons took place on 23-24 September 2019 in Skopje. This session resulted in a first draft of the Rulebook in accordance...

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Regional Launching of the “Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey II”

4 October 2019 Skopje

The Regional Launching of the European Union / Council of Europe Joint Programme “Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey II” will take place on 9 October 2019, at the Hotel “Aleksandar Palace” in Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia, starting from 09:00 to 18:00. Opening remarks...

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Successful finalisation of the human rights legal course for law students in Tirana and Durrës

29 May 2019 Tirana and Durrës

Over 500 Albanian students have successfully completed the human rights course on application of the European Convention on Human Rights. The course was implemented during the second semester of Bachelor and Master Programme students in Tirana and Durrës law faculties (in March-April 2019). The...

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Ethical counselling visits to the basic courts in Montenegro

28 May 2019 Niksic, Berane, Bar

Three counselling visits of the members of the Ethical committee of the Judicial Council to the Basic Courts in Nikšić, Basic Court in Berane and Basic Court in Bar were organised in January, March and April 2019, respectively. Besides presentation of the work of the Ethical committee and role of...

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Final Steering Committee Meeting of the Action “Accountability of the Judicial System in Montenegro”

16 May 2019 Podgorica

The fifth and final Steering Committee meeting for the Horizontal Facility Action “Accountability of the Judicial System” took place on 16 May 2019 in Podgorica. The meeting gathered the representatives of the Delegation of the European Union to Montenegro and of the Council of Europe, together...

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Montenegrin law students visit the Council of Europe institutions

15-16 May 2019 Strasbourg

Upon successful completion of the legal clinic on Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights (the Convention), 10 students participated in a study visit to the Council of Europe and the European Court of Human Rights (the Court) on 15 and 16 May 2019. The Action “Fighting ill-treatment...

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60 years of international co-operation in criminal matters

13 May 2019 Belgrade

Strengthening capacities of judges, prosecutors, but also of civil servants working on the matters related to mutual legal assistance is necessary, but improvement in this area is already notable. This was one of the conclusions of the conference “International Co-operation in Criminal Matters:...

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Regional Winter Academy of Human Rights for the students of law faculties

2-6 March 2019 Sabac

From 2 to 6 March 2019, 49 law students representing 11 universities from five countries of the Western Balkans took part in the Regional Winter Academy of Human Rights in Šabac, Serbia. The School main theme was freedom of expression – a key human rights issue for the whole region. In an...

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Prison and police professionals complimented the successful implementation of the Horizontal Facility Action in Bosnia and Herzegovina

24 May 2019 Sarajevo

Successful implementation of the Horizontal Facility Action “Enhancing human rights protection for detained and sentenced persons in Bosnia and Herzegovina”, was acknowledged at the final meeting of the Steering Committee held on 22 May 2019 in Sarajevo. This Action was co-funded by the European...

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