Attorneys in North Macedonia deepen their knowledge in addressing ethical dilemmas

19 July 2024 North Macedonia

42 attorneys from North Macedonia successfully completed the online HELP (Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals) course on “Ethics for judges, prosecutors and lawyers.” The course covers in an interactive way the key concepts, the International and European framework and the relevant...

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Study visit to Council of Europe and European Court of Human Rights inspires future legal professionals

17 July 2024 Strasbourg

Nine students and their mentor from the University of Southeast Europe in North Macedonia and Aleksander Xhuvani University in Elbasan, Albania, winners of a Moot Court competition, embarked on a study visit to the Council of Europe and the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) on 17 July 2024....

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Promoting inclusivity: new brochure on the Administrative Court published in multiple languages

22 July 2024 Podgorica

To enhance public understanding of the Administrative Court's role in overseeing the lawful conduct of public authorities, a brochure detailing the essential Court’s work and functions was recently published in official language/languages in the official use in Montenegro, as well as in Romani...

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Enhancing justice: Launch of specialised communication training for prosecutors and police officers

18 - 19 July 2024 Podgorica

Effective communication is one of the cornerstones of successful relationships between rule of law institutions and citizens. By honing communication skills, prosecutors and police officials can enhance their ability to present their work accurately, build stronger relationships with public and...

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European Union and Council of Europe support civil society to empower women in Türkiye

18 July 2024 Ankara

The joint European Union/Council of Europe action “Fostering women's access to justice in Türkiye” is supporting the capacities of civil society organisations through a grant scheme. Grants were awarded to three civil society organisations, namely Hayat Sende Gençlik Akademisi Derneği (Hayat...

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Participation of the Young European Ambassadors in the International Youth Seminar and Policy Symposium on Active Political Participation of National Minority Youth

17 - 18 June 2024

Supported by the European Union and the Council of Europe and organised by the Council of Europe Youth Department in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary and the National Youth Council of Hungary, the International Youth Seminar and Policy Symposium on Active...

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Call for tenders: Purchase of the communication services relating to the social media awareness raising initiative on discrimination in digital settings and inclusive education in Montenegro

17 July 2024 Montenegro

Within the framework of the joint European Union/Council of Europe programme “Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Türkiye”, the Council of Europe is currently implementing the action “Quality education for all in Montenegro”. In that context, it is looking for a Provider for the...

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Continuation of the inter judicial dialogue on application of the European Convention on Human Rights at the national level

9 July 2024 Podgorica

The Round table dedicated to strengthening the application of human rights standards in the practices of the Constitutional and regular courts in Montenegro, took place on 9 July 2024 in Podgorica. This event is a part of the overall efforts aimed at achieving two interrelated goals:...

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First round of training for civil servants of Bosnia and Herzegovina to recognise and tackle hate speech

8 - 9 July 2024 Jahorina

The Civil Service Agency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, with the support of the European Union and the Council of Europe, organised on the mountain Jahorina the first training for 26 civil servants on recognising and responding to cases of hate speech. This training, that took place on 8 and 9 July...

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Keeping track of the developments on Freedom of Expression with justice professionals in Kosovo*


Freedom of expression continues to be a vital right protected by legal standards across Europe, necessitating continuous education for those tasked with its protection. To support the already certified judges, prosecutors, and lawyers on freedom of expression, with up-to-date knowledge on the...

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Teachers take first steps to become certified trainers on the Competences for democratic culture

2 - 4 July 2024 Bosnia and Herzegovina

Ten teachers from primary and secondary schools in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) participated in the Training of trainers for teachers from Resource centers organised within the joint European Union/Council of Europe action “Quality education for all” from 2 to 4 July. This group of teachers who...

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Addressing racism and racial discrimination in the context of the EU accession process in the Western Balkans and Eastern Partnership region


The Council of Europe in Strasbourg welcomed during 3-4 July a two-day conference, focusing on tackling racism and racial discrimination in the context of the EU accession process. The conference, supported by EU and Council of Europe titled "Addressing racism and racial discrimination in the...

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Fighting hate speech and hate crime: regional gathering of the network of Equality Bodies from the Western Balkans and the Eastern Partnership Region


A two-day workshop on addressing hate speech and hate crime took place at the premises of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, involving Equality bodies from the Western Balkans and the Eastern Partnership regions. The event supported by the EU and Council of Europe, gathered 50 representatives...

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Anti-trafficking partners and beneficiaries confirm their co-operation to advance the fight against trafficking in North Macedonia

02 July 2024 Skopje

The third multi-agency Steering Committee meeting of the action “Strengthening anti-trafficking action in North Macedonia” was held in Skopje. Representatives from the EU Delegation, the Ministry of Social Protection, Demography and Youth, the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs...

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Lawyers in North Macedonia enhance their skills for providing Free Legal Aid


Lawyers providing secondary legal aid are crucial in ensuring access to justice and the effective protection of human rights in line with European standards. Supported by the European Union and the Council of Europe’s joint programme, “Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Türkiye,” and...

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Empowering legal professionals on freedom of expression: advanced Training of Trainers kicks off in North Macedonia

3-5 July 2024 Struga

Building on the successful co-operation with the training institutions in North Macedonia, the Academy for Judges and Public Prosecutors and the North Macedonia Bar Association, an advanced training for trainers on freedom of expression, specifically tailored for legal professionals, was...

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Members of the Advisory Board call for further implementation of the Roadmap for improvement of inclusive education in Bosnia and Herzegovina

1 July 2024 Online

The third meeting of the Advisory Board of the joint European Union (EU) and Council of Europe action "Quality education for all" in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) took place online on the 1 July 2024. The meeting was opened by Adnan Husić, Assistant Minister from the Ministry of Civil Affairs of...

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CEPEJ supports mediation awareness for judges in Albania


An awareness raising workshop on referral to mediation was organised with 15 magistrates and graduating magistrates of Albania with CEPEJ experts, in co-operation with the School of Magistrates and the National Mediation Chamber of Albania. The activity organised with the support of EU and...

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Bosnia and Herzegovina institutions, academia, civil society, and media join forces to combat disinformation and hate speech online

2 July 2024 Sarajevo

European standards, including the EU Digital Service Act (DSA), require a multi-stakeholder approach to the protection from harmful content online, involving governmental and non-governmental stakeholders, regulatory and self-regulatory bodies, civil society, academia, and media. At a round table...

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Ensuring quality education for all

April - June 2024 Western Balkans

The programme has been supporting authorities, civil society organisations, schools, students, their parents, and broader local communities in achieving better education for all. The actions engaged in the field of education have been working on having schools free from discrimination, nurturing...

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