The training on the deliverance of residency permits to the victims of human trafficking provided to Presidency of Migration Management in Türkiye

12 – 14 June 2022 Izmir

The training targeting the deliverance of residency permits to the victims of human trafficking was delivered to 51 experts from the Presidency of Migration Management, on the 12 - 14 June 2022 in Izmir, under the joint European Union and Council of Europe action on “Strengthening the human...

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PRESS RELEASE: “Public Interest and Independence Of Magistrates” Gathered Heads of Justice Inspection Services

24 June 2022 Tirana

Heads and representatives of Justice Inspection Services from Europe gathered in Tirana today for the International Conference "Public interest in the administration of justice and independence of magistrates” organised by the Albanian High Inspector of Justice in partnership and co-operation...

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Call for tenders: Purchase of consultancy services on data analysis and drafting of a Report regarding the nationwide survey on the legal needs and paths to justice of the people living in North Macedonia

24 June 2022 North Macedonia

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 Supporting enhanced access to higher quality free legal aid (FLA) services in North...

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Judicial leaders strengthening their knowledge and skills on financial management in Montenegro

20 - 21 June 2022 Podgorica

Effective performance-based management represents one of the main features of an accountable and efficient judicial system. The focus on financial management allows judicial leaders to put in place proper budgetary planning and execution, but also to address associated financial risks. However,...

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The Ethical Commission for Judges in Montenegro adopted Guidelines for freedom of expression of judges

17 June 2022 Podgorica

Freedom of expression is one of the fundamental political freedoms and can be restricted in only very specific circumstances when some other rights, freedom or security of State, are at risk. Judges as holders of judicial power are also entitled to freedom of expression, although in specific...

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Training on strengthening the identification and referral of the victims of labour exploitation delivered to labour inspectors in Türkiye

10 June 2022 Antalya

Two separate training events were held in Antalya on 24-27 May and 30 May - 3 June 2022 on strengthening the identification and referral of the victims of labour exploitation, respectively, with the participation of 72 labour inspectors from the Ministry of Labour and Social Security and 6...

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More child education professionals in Serbia equipped to recognise child trafficking

16 June 2022 Sabac

After the valued first training session for all the 18 school boards in Serbia, implemented in October 2021, and thanks to the great support from the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development, two additional training sessions on preventing and detecting child trafficking were...

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The European Union and the Council of Europe to continue their support reforms in Türkiye

7 June 2022 Ankara

The European Union (EU) and the Council of Europe (CoE) have reaffirmed their commitment to support the authorities of Türkiye in their reform processes in the future with the aim of meeting European standards in crucial areas – protection of human rights of citizens of Türkiye, of migrants and...

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Opening up a new space of expression among youngsters to fight bullying and cyberbullying

15-16 June 2022 Pristina/Prizren

Youngsters are at the forefront of the fight against hate speech and discrimination, and they have an important role when it comes to tackling cases of bullying and cyberbullying in their local communities, but also online. Having this in mind, the joint EU/COE raising awareness campaign “Block...

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Prison staff in Kosovo* and Serbia raise their capacities on assessing violent extremist prisoners

17 June 2022 Western Balkans

What behavioural indicators could show presence of radicalisation? What are the main relevant factors in the risk assessment that a prisoner may pose? How to translate knowledge and information gathered to determine priority individual rehabilitation and treatment needs of a violent extremist...

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Union of Bar Associations in Ankara raises capacities on prevention of labour exploitation

17 June 2022 Ankara

Labour exploitation in Turkey was the focus of the capacity building activity with 22 lawyers of the Union of Bar Associations (UTBA), which took place in Ankara. The training was organised under the joint European Union and Council of Europe action on “Strengthening the human rights protection...

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EU-Council of Europe programme in Montenegro: results achieved over three years strengthened the rights and freedoms of people of Montenegro

16 June 2022 Podgorica

The number of requests for free legal aid in cases of domestic violence has increased by 113% in Montenegro within the last year. Young people have begun to take action against hate speech online. Guidelines of Good Conduct have been created for the high public officials in Montenegro to adhere...

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Lawyers and legal professionals in Kosovo* raise their knowledge on protection of whistle-blowers

14-15 June 2022 Gjakova / Djakovica

Lawyers from different regions were part of the in-depth discussions in the field of whistleblowing. Specific aspects of the case law of the European Court of Human Rights, its criteria for assessing cases and the application in practice of standards of the ECtHR were the subject of discussion...

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Key stakeholders discussed how to improve women’s access to justice

PRESS RELEASE: European Union and Council of Europe joint action on Fostering women’s access to justice in Turkey

14 June 2022 Muğla

Women face difficulties in accessing to justice due to economic, institutional and cultural barriers. Legal aid and assistance play a vital role in eliminating these barriers and supporting women to exercise their rights as equal citizens. Having this in mind, the European Union and the Council...

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HELP course on “International Co-operation in Criminal Matters” launched in Bosnia and Herzegovina

15 June 2022 Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Council of Europe HELP online course on International Cooperation in Criminal Matters was launched for around to 30 legal professionals from Bosnia and Herzegovina in co-operation with the Centre for Judicial and Prosecutorial Training of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the...

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PRESS RELEASE: Block the Hatred, Share Respect! Theatre as a tool to promote diversity and foster respect among children from different communities

14 - 15 June 2022 Tivat

It is important for local institutions and education establishments to reduce social distance and promote respect between all community members in local societies, notwithstanding their ethnic origins, and to advance the values of diversity and inclusion from the early stage of education, in...

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Albanian custom officers improve their skills in combating cash smuggling

15 June 2022 Tirana

The physical transportation of cash across borders continues to be one of the oldest and most basic channels of money laundering, and it is still widespread in Albania and in the region. On 17 May 2022, in Durres (Albania), the Action against Economic Crime in Albania trained 20 representatives...

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Memorandum of Understanding to facilitate institutional co-operation in delivering electronically court summonses in Kosovo*

A Memorandum of Understanding to pilot the process of delivering the electronic summonses from the Basic Court of Pristina to the State Advocacy, was signed in Pristina by Ms. Albulena Haxhiu – Minister of Justice and Mr. Albert Zogaj - Chairman of Kosovo Judicial Council. During the event Ms....

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Last inter-agency forum in Pristina takes stock of achievements

13 June 2022 Pristina

A total of six local inter-agency co-ordination forums on improving the management of violent extremist prisoners (VEPs) and supporting their reintegration back into the society took place in Kosovo* in the period from November 2021 to June 2022. They brought together some 140 representatives...

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Second Steering Committee meeting of the action on “Fostering women’s access to justice in Turkey”

9 June 2022 Ankara

The European Union/Council of Europe joint action on “Fostering women’s access to justice in Turkey" held its second Steering Committee meeting in Ankara, in a hybrid meeting format, on 7 June 2022 with the participation of representatives of the Union of Turkish Bar Associations, the Ministry of...

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