Tackling ill-treatment by police presents a turning point on the path to the EU

18 October 2019 Budva

Tackling ill-treatment in the police service, impunity issues and lack of adequate compensation for victims are matters of basic human rights and solving them presents an important issue for Montenegro and other countries in the region on European path, as well as for other Council of Europe and...

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Regional conference on addressing radicalisation in prisons

18 October 2019 Sarajevo

The Regional Conference “Facilitating regional collaboration on addressing radicalisation in prisons and supporting the authorities in overcoming the main challenges of the penitentiary systems in the Western Balkans region” will be held on 22 and 23 October 2019, in Sarajevo. Opening remarks...

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European Anti-trafficking Day marked jointly with local partners in North Macedonia

18 October 2019 Skopje

On the occasion of the European Day against Trafficking in Human Beings, the Council of Europe joined an event organised by the civil society organisation Open Gate and the National Commission for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings focused on preventing and combating trafficking in children....

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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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Strengthening diversity and equality in Bosnia and Herzegovina

15 October 2019 Sarajevo

Strengthening mechanisms for the protection and promotion of national minority rights, the rights of LGBTI persons and for combating hate speech are among the important issues that the European Union and the Council of Europe will address and support in the following three years in Bosnia and...

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European Union and Council of Europe continue supporting freedom of expression and freedom of media in Bosnia and Herzegovina

14 October 2019 Sarajevo

The first meeting of Steering Committee of the Action on “Freedom of the expressions and freedom of media in Bosnia and Herzegovina” (JUFREX 2), funded through the joint European Union and Council of Europe programme Horizontal Facility for Western Balkans and Turkey II, was held in Sarajevo on...

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The first Steering Committee meeting of the Action “Freedom of Expression and Freedom of the Media in North Macedonia (JUFREX 2)” held in Skopje

12 October 2019 Skopje

The first Steering Committee meeting of the Action “Freedom of Expression and Freedom of the Media in North Macedonia (JUFREX2) has been successfully organized in Skopje, on 8 October 2019. The meeting brought together representatives of Academy of Judges and Public Prosecutors, Association of...

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The first Steering Committee meeting of the Action “Freedom of Expression and Freedom of the Media in Serbia (JUFREX 2)” held in Belgrade

11 October 2019 Belgrade

The first Steering Committee meeting of the Action “Freedom of Expression and Freedom of the Media in Serbia (JUFREX2) has been successfully organized in Belgrade today. The meeting brought together representatives of Judicial Academy, Ministry of Interior, Bar Association, Regulatory Authority...

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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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Can language learning foster democratic citizenship?

30 September 2019 Belgrade

This was the question that the foreign language teachers were asked during the workshop organised as part of the Horizontal Facility II „Quality Education for All (Quality Ed – Serbia)” Action on 26 September in Belgrade. We teamed up with Romacted project and marked the European Day of Languages...

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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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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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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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Action on “Preventing and combating trafficking in human beings in Serbia” held its first Steering Committee meeting in Belgrade

27 September 2019 Belgrade

The first Steering Committee meeting for the Action “Preventing and combating trafficking in human beings in Serbia” took place in Belgrade on 26 September 2019. The aim of the Action is to contribute to preventing and combating trafficking in human beings in Serbia in line with the European and...

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First Steering Committee meeting of the Action against economic crime in Albania held in Tirana

20 September 2019 Tirana

The European Union and Council of Europe’s Horizontal Facility II Action against Economic Crime in Albania held its first Steering Committee meeting on 20 September 2019 in Tirana. The meeting served as a platform to discuss and adopt the Action’s workplan and the scheduling of activities. The...

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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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Call for tenders: consultancy services on freedom of expression and freedom of the media in South East Europe

24 September 2019

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 “Freedom of Expression and Freedom of the Media in South-East Europe - JUFREX 2”. The programme is implemented in Albania, Bosnia and...

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