Belgrade Pride Week: building a society free of discrimination

16 September 2021 Belgrade

During the Belgrade Pride Week (12-19 September), the joint European Union and Council of Europe action “Promotion of diversity and equality in Serbia” participated at the International Human Rights Conference: Effective Inclusion of LGBTIQ Persons. The conference featured panel discussions that...

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New statistical reports for courts including key CEPEJ performance indicators, available to judges and court presidents in Kosovo*

15 September 2021 Pristina

The Kosovo Judicial Council (KJC) announced that new statistical reports are now available in the courts and can be used by all judges and court presidents to monitor the performance, court backlogs, postponements of hearings, and the length of court proceedings. The statistical reports were...

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Supporting the Ministry of Justice in North Macedonia towards a more efficient management of free legal aid cases

13 September 2021 North Macedonia

Enhancing the efficiency, quality and accessibility of the free legal aid in North Macedonia constitutes an important priority for the European Union and the Council of Europe through their joint programme Horizontal Facility II. In order to assist the local authorities in their efforts towards a...

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The role of the media regulatory authorities in the Western Balkans in the new media paradigms

9 - 10 September 2021 Budva, online

In order to discuss and exchange views on the role of the media regulatory authorities in the new media paradigms, a Regional Conference was organised with the participation of media regulatory authorities from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia....

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Ex-post analysis of the implementation of the Action Plan for the realisation of the rights of national minorities presented in Belgrade

9 September 2021 Belgrade

In co-operation of the Ministry of Human and Minority Rights and Social Dialogue of Serbia and the Council of Europe Office in Belgrade, the Ex-post analysis of the effects of the implementation of the Action Plan for the realisation of the rights of national minorities was presented in Belgrade...

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Call for proposals: awareness raising campaign on trafficking in children in Republic of Serbia

7 September 2021 Serbia

Within the framework of the European Union/Council of Europe programme “Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey 2019-2022” and its action on “Preventing and combating trafficking in human beings in Serbia”, the Council of Europe is launching a call for grant, which is to be opened...

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Call for tenders: Provision of design and production services of online courses on academic integrity for three private universities in the framework of the action “Quality education for all” in Montenegro

6 September 2021 Montenegro

Within the framework of the European Union/Council of Europe joint programme "Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey 2019-2022" and its action on “Quality education for all”, the Council of Europe Programme Office in Podgorica is launching a call for the provision of design and...

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Students and teachers from 14 pilot schools in Bosnia and Herzegovina gather to discuss the importance of democratic school culture

6 September 2021 Jahorina

During the four days of the Summer school on the Competences for Democratic Culture held between 24 and 27 August in Jahorina more than 80 students and 30 teachers from pilot schools in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) participated in workshops to discuss the topic of values and meaningful...

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Break on through: European Union and Council of Europe empowering minorities through art

23 July 2021 Sarajevo

People tend to have stereotypes which is a generalised belief about a particular category of people and it is linked to an expectation that people might have about every person of a particular group. However, stereotyping can lead to racial prejudice when people emotionally react to the name of a...

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Call for tenders: provision of consultancy services, technical assistance and backstopping in preparing the Commentaries to the Law on National Councils of National Minorities within the action ‘’Promotion of diversity and equality in Serbia’’

2 September 2021 Belgrade

Within the framework of the European Union/Council of Europe joint programme "Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey 2019-2022" and its action ‘’Promotion of diversity and equality in Serbia’’, the Council of Europe is looking for a Provider for the provision of consultancy...

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Towards better protection of minority rights in Serbia: “Guidelines for the work of National Councils of national minorities” presented in Novi Sad

26 August 2021 Novi Sad

The “Guidelines for the work of National Councils of national minorities in Serbia” were presented in the Great Hall of the Parliament of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina (AP Vojvodina). The main purpose of the Guidelines, prepared within the joint European Union/Council of Europe action...

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Publication “The phenomenon of child trafficking in Bosnia and Herzegovina” now available

26 August 2021 Sarajevo

Children represent half of the officially identified victims of human trafficking in Bosnia and Herzegovina, according to the official annual situation report. The country continues to be a country of origin, transit and destination for human trafficking, where 35 child victims, out of 70 victims...

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Re-launched: Call for Tenders for the provision of a provider for IT equipment for 40 pilot schools in Montenegro'

24 August 2021 Montenengro

In the framework of the 2nd Phase of the European Union / Council of Europe Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey (HF II) - we are looking for a provider for IT equipment for our 40 pilot schools, under the action "Quality education for all in Montenegro' The deadline for the...

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PRESENTATION OF “GUIDELINES FOR WORK OF THE NATIONAL COUNCILS OF NATIONAL MINORITIES IN THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA”

24 August 2021 Novi Sad

The "Guidelines for Work of the National Councils of National Minorities in the Republic of Serbia“ will be presented in the Grand Hall of the Parliament of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina” on Thursday, 26 August 2021, starting from 09:30. Opening remarks will be given by: Szakallas Zsolt,...

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Interview with Lejla Dervisagic, Head of Operations of the Council of Europe Programme Office in Skopje for "Novi Makedonija" daily

Figthing the rise of child trafficking in the Western Balkans during the pandemic and ensuring protection for victims

18 August 2021 Skopje

What are the most common purposes of child abuse and trafficking in the Western Balkans? Human trafficking is a lucrative criminal activity that generates nearly $ 150 billion of illegal profit annually worldwide, according to the International Labour Organisation. At the regional conference on...

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RELAUNCHED - Call for tenders: Provision of IT equipment for NGOs/Shelters that provide assistance to victims of trafficking in human beings in Bosnia and Herzegovina

16 August 2021 Sarajevo

Within the framework of the European Union/Council of Europe joint programme "Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey 2019-2022" and its action “Preventing and combating trafficking in human beings in Bosnia and Herzegovina”, the Council of Europe Office in Sarajevo is launching a...

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Training on monitoring and reporting realized with Human Rights Department of the Ministry of Justice of Turkey

10 August 2021 Ankara

An online training covering the subject “Monitoring and Reporting of Human Rights Action Plans” was held on 10 August 2021 with the Human Rights Department of the Ministry of Justice of Turkey. In the training, potential challenges of monitoring and reporting processes were addressed, and useful...

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Important publications from the Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) now available in Turkish

August 2021 Turkey

With the support of the joint European Union/Council of Europe action “Strengthening the human rights protection of migrants and victims of human trafficking in Turkey”, four documents which will help the authorities in meeting their obligations under the Council of Europe Convention on Action...

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Raising capacities of the Turkish Coast Guard Command on human rights of migrants and protection of children in migration

2-5 August 2021 Izmir

Within the European Union/Council of Europe joint programme Horizontal Facility II and itsaction “Strengthening the Human Rights Protection of Migrants and Victims of Human Trafficking”, two trainings were provided to the between 02-05 August 2021 in İzmir. The first training session...

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Investigating officers of the Internal Affairs in Montenegro prepared on how to handle cases of ill-treatment attributable to the Police

1 August 2021 Ulcin

Last round of capacity building activities on how to conduct efficient interview and run an effective investigation of ill-treatment cases attributable to police officers was held 28 – 30 July in Ulcinj. The Invesgating Officers of the Internal Affairs in Montenegro expanded their knowledge...

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