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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40 Montenegrin legal professionals benefit from HELP online course on 'Procedural safeguards in criminal proceedings' and 'Victims’ Rights'

18 February 20 21 Podgorica

On 19 February, the free Council of Europe HELP online course on Procedural safeguards in criminal proceedings and victims’ rights was launched in cooperation with the Centre for Training in Judiciary and State Prosecution of Montenegro. Participants were welcomed by Ljiljana Lakić, President of...

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Presentation of the new HELP Course on Anti-Discrimination in North Macedonia

23 February 2021 North Macedonia

About 100 lawyers, legal professionals, and also citizens interested in the field of fighting discrimination and protecting human rights from North Macedonia will have the opportunity to attend the new HELP Course on Anti-Discrimination in North Macedonia, which will be presented online on 24...

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New Local Co-ordination Body on Free Legal Aid established in Stip

22 February 2021 Stip - North Macedonia

A new Local Co-ordination Body to support the implementation of the Law on Free Legal Aid (LCB) was established in Stip to co-ordinate the work of all the local actors involved in the free legal aid services. With the support of the joint EU and Council of Europe action on “Supporting enhanced...

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Online course on violence against women and domestic violence launched in the context of the legal clinical education in Montenegro

19 February 2021 Montenegro

Law students involved in the human rights legal clinic in Montenegro will have a chance to attend the online course on violence against women and domestic violence, developed by the Council of Europe Programme for Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals (HELP). The Course aims to further...

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Law students in Montenegro participated in the workshop on the phenomenon of domestic violence

19 February 2021 Podgorica

The law students involved in the human rights legal clinic in Montenegro, participated in the workshop on “The phenomenon of domestic violence” organised in co-operation with the SoS Line Podgorica on 18 February 2021. Working with the colleagues who have extensive experience in supporting...

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National Co-ordination Body on Free Legal Aid discusses support for victims of domestic violence

19 February 2021 North Macedonia

The 5th meeting of the National Co-ordination Body for implementation of the Law on Free Legal Aid in North Macedonia gathered remotely to discuss important matters concerning a more efficient implementation of the Law on Free Legal Aid in North Macedonia. 36 participants from the key...

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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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“Guide on Article 10” translated in Macedonian language to help legal practitioners apply European standards on freedom of expression

18 February 2021 Skopje

With the initiative of the EU and Council of Europe joint Horizontal Facility programme in North Macedonia – JUFREX action, the Guide on Article 10 of the European Convention for Human Rights is available for Macedonian legal practitioners and the interested public. This Guide is part of the...

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Towards a better protection of children’s rights in North Macedonia: HELP online course launched for 30 legal professionals

18 February 2021 North Macedonia

The Council of Europe HELP online course on Child-friendly justice was launched in North Macedonia for 30 candidate judges and prosecutors, in cooperation with the Academy for Judges and Public Prosecutors of the Republic of North Macedonia. Prof Dr Natasha Gaber-Damjanovska, Director of the...

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Call for tenders: purchase of international consultancy services supporting the authorities of North Macedonia in developing solutions to address illicit enrichment

18 February 2021 North Macedonia

Within the framework of the European Union/Council of Europe “Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey 2019-2022”, the Economic Crime and Co-operation Division (ECCD) of the Council of Europe is currently implementing the “Action against economic crime in North Macedonia”. In this...

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Call for tenders: purchase of national consultancy services supporting the authorities of North Macedonia in developing solutions to address illicit enrichment

18 February 2021 North Macedonia

Within the framework of the European Union/Council of Europe “Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey 2019-2022”, the Economic Crime and Co-operation Division (ECCD) of the Council of Europe is currently implementing the “Action against economic crime in North Macedonia”. In this...

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Partner institutions reaffirm the valuable support of the Action Against Economic Crime in Albania

17 February 2021 Albania

Representatives of the beneficiary institutions of the joint European Union/Council of Europe Action against Economic Crime in Albania, attended the 3rd Steering Committee Meeting to discuss the progress and impact of the action in addressing the key GRECO and Moneyval recommendations to the...

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Online workshop to develop a methodology for evaluating mediators' work in Montenegro

17 February 2021 Montenegro

Mediation is an alternative dispute resolution method whereby a neutral person (mediator) guides communication between the disputing parties and, by using special knowledge and skills, assists in negotiations aimed at reaching an agreement which resolves their dispute. Through this process,...

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Workshop on the functional analysis of Judicial Training Centre

17 February 2021 Montenegro

Training of justice professionals (judges, prosecutors, court staff, bailiffs, lawyers and notaries) is essential to ensure that European standards and legislation are correctly applied. Through the Horizontal Facility, the European Union and Council of Europe seek to support the up-skilling of...

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Call for Proposals: Purchase of server for the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of North Macedonia

17 FEBRUARY 2021 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 the Republic...

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Steering Committee meeting of JUFREX held with Beneficiaries and partners in North Macedonia

16 February 2021 North Macedonia

Beneficiaries and partners of the EU and Council of Europe joint action on “Freedom of Expression and Freedom of the Media in North Macedonia - JUFREX” confirmed their commitment to support the future efforts towards strengthening freedom of expression and freedom of the media in North Macedonia,...

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Improving the collection of judicial data in Albania

15 February 2021 Tirana

The European Union and Council of Europe joint action “Strengthening the Quality and Efficiency of Justice in Albania” (SEJ III) kicked off today the first of a series of trainings for judicial administration staff aiming to improve the collection of the judicial data. The trainings aim at...

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New website / web-platform on addressing radicalisation and violent extremism in prisons, launched

16 February 2021 Western Balkans

Professionals, stakeholders and key actors in the field of penitentiary and probation in the Western Balkans, but also the general public with interest in the field, can now access the new website/webplatform, covering various aspects of countering violent extremism and radicalisation in prisons....

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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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