National Co-ordination Body in North Macedonia discusses the new Law on court expertise and its impact on the functioning of the Free Legal Aid system

27 September 2023 Skopje

The 13th meeting of the National Co-ordination Body for the implementation of the Law on Free Legal Aid (NCB) in North Macedonia, took place in Skopje to discuss the progress and important challenges regarding the implementation of Free Legal Aid system in North Macedonia. Organised in the...

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Agency for Treatment of Property in Albania capacitated to implement new legislation

September 21-22, 2023 Korça

In the framework of the EU and Council of Europe continuous assistance to relevant public authorities in Albania to further align the legislation and practice in the field of property rights with the European Court of Human Rights standards, a two-day workshop was organised in Korça with the...

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Training on “Human rights and migration” and “How to convey children-friendly information to migrant children” held in Antalya

18 - 20 September 2023 Antalya

The first round of the training programme on “Human rights and migration” and “How to convey children-friendly information to migrant children” was held in Antalya between 18-20 September 2023. The 3-day training was organised in the framework of the joint European Union/Council of Europe action...

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Medical and psycho-social staff capacitated to develop multi-disciplinary treatment plans for forensic patients

19-20 September 2023 Tirana

24 professionals from 5 prisons of Albania and representatives from the Directorate General of Prison Administration increased their capacities on how to provide in-depth assessment to developing of a multi-disciplinary Individual Treatment Plan. Both medical and psycho-social staff increased...

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People with disabilities in Albania are supported to file complaints on discrimination cases

18-20 September 2023 Tirana, Durrës, Shkodra

Persons with disabilities face discrimination and barriers every day that restrict their full enjoyment of human rights and freedoms. Empowering them to advocate for their rights, and seek redress to their concerns and discrimination cases is essential not only to make their voices heard but also...

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For your rights, towards European standards: EU and Council of Europe to continue supporting reform processes in Serbia

20 September 2023 Belgrade

Continuous efforts by the authorities to align with European standards are crucial for improving lives of people in Serbia, and to this end the European Union (EU) and Council of Europe (CoE) will keep supporting the reform processes in Serbia. Thanks to the co-operation with the joint EU/CoE...

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Impact of hate speech in public discourse debated in Pristina

20 September 2023 Pristina

The participants in a high-level conference in Pristina have concluded that: “Hate speech is a form of violence, which should have no place in the public discourse and addressing it requires a multifaceted approach which involves close co-operation between public authorities, local actors, civil...

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MEDIA ADVISORY / High level conference “Hate speech in public discourse” to be held in Pristina

19 September 2023 Pristina

- The conference, titled “Hate speech in public discourse,” will take place on Wednesday, 20 September 2023, starting at 09:30, at the Swiss Diamond Hotel in Pristina, as part of the joint European Union/Council of Europe initiative “Combating Discrimination and Hatred.” The opening remarks will...

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Survey on media literacy among preschool children in Serbia provides important insight

18 September 2023 Serbia

With the support of the European Union and the Council of Europe and in collaboration with Serbia's Regulatory Authority for Electronic Media (REM), a comprehensive study delving into the media literacy of preschool children has yielded valuable insights, redefining our understanding of how the...

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MEDIA ADVISORY: For your rights, towards European standards: First Meeting of the Horizontal Facility Beneficiary Steering Committee

18 September 2023 Belgrade

The First Meeting of the Beneficiary Steering Committee of the joint European Union/Council of Europe programme “Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Türkiye”, will be held on Wednesday, 20 September 2023, from 9:30h onwards, at the hotel Crowne Plaza (Vladimira Popovića 10). Opening...

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Media Regulatory Authority in Serbia empowered for impactful outreach on media literacy

13 - 14 September 2023 Belgrade

In an ongoing commitment of the European Union and the Council of Europe to bolster the Regulatory Authority for Electronic Media in Serbia (REM) and advance media literacy in alignment with European standards, a two-day training for trainers session was successfully conducted, for the employees...

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Training on child protection in the context of migration organised in Ankara

6 - 8 September 2023 Ankara

The first round of the training programme on Child protection in the context of migration was held in Ankara on 6-8 September 2023. The 3-day training was organised in the framework of the joint European Union/Council of Europe action “Strengthening the human rights protection in the context of...

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Best practices on investigating child trafficking cases for forced begging shared among professionals from North Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina

6 September 2023 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Preventing and combating forced begging, as a form of child trafficking remains an important priority for the authorities in the Western Balkans region where these children may be subject to physical and psychological abuse, cannot attend school and suffer from social injustice. This form of...

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Quality education for all Serbia – second Steering Committee meeting held in Belgrade

8 September 2023 Belgrade

Members of the Steering Committee for “Quality education for all” action in Serbia held their second meeting in Belgrade on 7 September 2023. The meeting was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Education, the Institute for Improvement of Education, the Institute for Education Quality...

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Young European Ambassadors in the forefront of the fight against hate speech

31 August 2023 Online

The new generation of the Young European Ambassadors continues to play a fundamental role in the fight against hate speech in the Western Balkan and the Eastern Partnership regions. In a series of online workshops, more than 50 Young Eurоpean Ambassadors completed the training programme on...

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Increasing lawyers’ awareness on gender responsive legal aid in disaster situations

5 September 2023 Online training session

The Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals (HELP) course on "Access to justice for women", was translated and adopted to the local context in 2022 during the first phase of the action “Fostering women’s access to justice in Turkey”. Now in 2023 this course has been complemented with a...

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Discussing minority protection and kin states engagement in Serbia

4 September 2023 Belgrade

A scoping paper on kin-states’ engagement and its impact on the protection of national minorities, with particular reference to Serbia, was presented during the Annual Summer School on National Minorities in Border Regions of the European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI), on 30 September in...

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Schools in Bosnia and Herzegovina take another step in becoming resource centers for democratic school culture

28 August 2023 Sarajevo

The joint European Union/Council of Europe action “Quality education for all” continues to support schools across Bosnia and Herzegovina to become resource centers for democratic culture. From 21 to 24 August the action organised parallel activities for students as well as members of school...

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"Leave a Trace" caravan travelled to Kavadarci to engage youth for an equal society

23 AUGUST Kavadarci

The main square in Kavadarci was the main scene where the fifth of the series of events “Come and tell your story - Leave a mark” took place to raise awareness for an equal and diverse society. Representatives of the central and local government, met with youth but also local residents to...

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Assessment on economic vitality and sustainability of the audio-visual media industry in the digital environment in North Macedonia reveals important findings

25 August 2023 Skopje

The media have a particular role in the process of democratic, cultural, social, and economic development for every society, which is why the adoption, and the appropriate implementation of media public policy bears crucial relevance. The latest “Assessment: Economic vitality and sustainability...

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