The promotion of the freedom of expression and freedom of the media in line with the Council of Europe standards, with a specific focus on the Judiciary, will be extended in Kosovo during the next 3 years, in the framework of the Action “Freedom of Expression and Freedom of the Media in KOSOVO (JUFREX), part of the EU and Council of Europe joint Programme Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey II.
The first Steering Committee meeting of the Action “Freedom of Expression and Freedom of the Media in Kosovo* (JUFREX) took place in Pristina, bringing together representatives of the Academy of Justice, Bar Association, Independent Media Commission, Association of Journalists, Faculty of Law, and Academy for Public Safety, European Union Office representatives as well as the Council of Europe team implementing the Action.
During the meeting beneficiaries and partner organisations discussed the key interventions, timelines and expected results of the Action which has an important focus in supporting the justice institutions in dealing with freedom of expression issues in line with Council of Europe standards and the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights. Participants emphasised the importance of co-operating on these matters and measure the impact of the Action related to the capacity development of beneficiary institutions.
During the meeting beneficiaries and partner institutions reiterated the positive impact of JUFREX in their field of work and expressed their willingness to continue working together in the next three years supporting the legal professionals (judges, prosecutors, police officers, lawyers) media regulatory and media actors.
This Action is part of the “Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey II”, a co-operation initiative co-funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe, which aims at assisting Beneficiaries in the Western Balkans region and Turkey to comply with the Council of Europe standards and European Union acquis in the framework of the enlargement process, where relevant.
*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSC 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence