Further steps taken towards strengthening the rights of persons deprived of liberty

13 December 2019 Podgorica

The Action "Improved procedural safeguards in judicial proceedings in Montenegro" supports Montenegrin authorities in further aligning of the legal framework with the EU acquis and case law of the European Court of Human Rights to ensure that the rights of persons involved in judicial...

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Second Steering Committee meeting of the Action on “Preventing and combating trafficking in human beings in North Macedonia”

10 December 2019 Skopje

The Second Steering Committee meeting of the joint European Union and Council of Europe Horizontal Facility II Action on “Preventing and combating trafficking in human beings in North Macedonia” took place in Skopje on 10 December 2019. The aim of the meeting was to examine the progress in the...

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Call for tender: local consultancy services – “Strengthening the efficiency and quality of justice in Kosovo* according to CEPEJ tools”

11 December 2019 Pristina

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 6 Providers for the provision of intellectual consultancy services at local level to support the implementation of the Action on...

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Justice in the hands of students, future lawyers: Simulation of a court trial at the European Court of Human Rights

9 December 2019 Podgorica

On the occasion of the International Human Rights Day, at the Faculty of Law of the University of Montenegro, a simulation of the Strasbourg trial was held in which students of law faculties of all Montenegrin universities took part in this simulation along with the students of the University of...

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Quality education for all – mentors to work with 40 schools in Serbia trained

9 December 2019 Belgrade

"Thank you for the opportunity to spread democratic competences further and wider. This is the foundation of education!" These words were uttered by one of the mentors after training that took place on 6-7 December in Serbia. The mentors will be guiding 40 new schools in Serbia in their work on...

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Venice Commission calls on North Macedonia to re-examine new language law and to abandon the provisions on bilingualism in judicial proceedings

6 December 2019 Venice

In its opinion adopted today, the Venice Commission has called on the authorities of North Macedonia to re-examine the Law on the Use of Languages through consultations with all parties concerned. The Council of Europe’s legal experts underline that in comparison with the 2008 legislation, the...

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Enhancing training provision in Western Balkans region with regards to radicalisation in prisons

11-12 December 2019 Tirana

The Council of Europe assists the six Western Balkans Horizontal Beneficiaries, namely Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia, in overcoming the shortcomings and practical deficiencies and building synergies throughout the region related to identification...

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Drafting of the treatment module for radicalised inmates in North Macedonia

29 November 2019 Skopje

The tools and mechanism for identification and intervention regarding radicalised inmates in North Macedonia are further adjusted as a result of the first session of the working group held from 25 to 26 November 2019 in Skopje. A dedicated group of professionals from different penitentiary...

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Further steps taken towards strengthening the victims’ right in the criminal proceedings

2 December 2019 Podgorica

The Action "Improved procedural safeguards in judicial proceedings in Montenegro" continues to provide support to the national authorities in implementation of EU legislation and relevant case law of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) on procedural safeguards in criminal proceedings. This...

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Combating racial discrimination and intolerance in North Macedonia

28 November 2019 Skopje

The Council of Europe’s anti-racism body, the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) co-organised a round table in Skopje on 14 November 2019 to discuss the follow-up given by the authorities to the recommendations of the ECRI 2016 report on North Macedonia, including the...

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Capacity building of labour inspectors in Serbia to recognise signs of trafficking in human beings for the purpose of labour exploitation

28 November 2019 Šabac

“Labour inspectors are very important actors in preventing and combating trafficking in human beings for the purpose of labour exploitation”, said Aleksandra Ljubojevic, Director of the Centre for Human Trafficking Victims’ Protection, at the opening of the multidisciplinary Workshop held on...

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Equality bodies from the Western Balkans to join forces in the years to come

27 November 2019 Skopje

As a side activity of the launching of the EU/Council of Europe Joint Programme Horizontal Facility – phase II, the Council of Europe and the European Union gathered equality bodies representatives, in view of consolidating the proposal for a regional action with focus on their responses to hate...

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Revision of “Finalisation of Transitional Ownership Processes in Albania"

22 November 2019 Tirana

In Albania the preparation of the new Draft Law “On the Finalisation of Transitional Ownership Processes”, is continuing, in a process of consultations with different actors and stakeholders. The working group engaged in the preparation of this Draft Law was gathered to discuss the first...

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Assessing human rights institutions and anti-discrimination mechanisms in Kosovo*

21-23 November 2019 Pristina

In the process of reinforcing human rights and anti-discrimination mechanisms in Kosovo, based on European standards and best practices, an assessment of the main institutions dealing with human rights, is taking place with the support of the EU and Council of Europe joint Programme, Horizontal...

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Combating discrimination and hate speech in the Western Balkans - joining forces with institutions and with civil society

26 November 2019 Western Balkans

The joint EU/Council of Europe programme "Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey 2019-2022", building on the earlier Actions in the field of minority protection and promotion of rights of LGBTI persons, includes a new component related to promotion of diversity and equality...

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Media Literacy workshops in Kosovo*

20 - 21 November 2019 Kosovo*

Key concepts of media literacy, journalism and digital citizenship were shared and discussed with high school students in the municipalities of Gjilan/Gnjilane and Prishtina/Pristina, in two workshops organized in the framework of the project “Freedom of Expression and Media in Kosovo*”. Vitor...

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State Advocate in Albania with the Council of Europe to develop an action-plan for a more efficient execution of the Strasbourg’s Court judgements

14-17 November 2019 Korçe - ALBANIA

The State Advocate with the support of the Council of Europe is developing an action-plan, which will increase the efficiency of the State Advocate when it comes to the execution of the European Court of Human Rights judgments. The second coordination meeting on the development of this...

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Call for tenders - for the provision of intellectual services on efficiency and quality of Justice at local level in the Republic of Albania (based on CEPEJ tools) - 2019AO92 DGI/CEPEJ

21 November 2019 Strasbourg

Under the framework of the second phase of the European Union / Council of Europe Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey (HF II), the Council of Europe is looking for a maximum of 14 (fourteen) Providers at local level to support the implementation of the Action on ‘Strengthening...

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Enhancing the protection of human rights of prisoners in Albania

21 November 2019 Tirana

Prison Administration and other Governmental and non-governmental institutions in Albania will work together with the Council of Europe towards improving the protection of prisoners’ rights and supporting their rehabilitation and reintegration back into society. The first Steering Committee (SC)...

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Assessment of the mechanism for the compensation of property in Albania

17 November 2019 Tirana

How to ensure that the rights of property owners are enforced in line with the standards developed by the European Court of Human Rights was in the focus of the meetings and consultations conducted by a team of experts from the Council of Europe that visited Albania during 15-17 November 2019. In...

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