Strengthened efforts to prevent and combat trafficking in human beings in Serbia

15 April 2019 Belgrade

Serbia has been identified primarily as a country of origin of victims of trafficking in human beings and internal trafficking has continued affecting an important number of people in recent years. For example, the Centre for Human Trafficking Victims’ Protection identified 76 victims of human...

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Albanian Central Election Commission approves bylaws on audit and monitoring of political party finances

12 April 2019 Tirana

On 11 April 2019, the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Albania approved three bylaws as follows: 1) “The procedure for audit and verification of political party and election campaign expenses”; 2) “On the approval of audit templates of funds received and spent by political parties annually,...

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Protect the non-profit sector from possible risks and abuse

26 February 2019 Tivat

It is necessary for the competent institutions to have the capacity to comprehensively assess the risks of financing terrorism through the non-profit sector, while ensuring that such assessments do not unreasonably impair the integrity and legally protected activities of civil society. This was...

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Third cascade training on changes of the free legal aid system in North Macedonia

8-9 April 2019 Tetovo

Sixteen participants, comprised of staff members of regional offices of the Ministry of Justice and authorised civil society organisations had an opportunity to learn about the changes in the free legal aid system to be introduced by a new Law on Free Legal Aid at a cascade training that took...

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Towards the establishment and functioning of the electronic system for asset declarations in Albania

8 April 2019 Tirana

The High Inspectorate for the Declaration and Audit of Assets and Conflicts of Interest (HIDAACI) will officially present the establishment and functioning of the electronic system for the declaration and publication of private interests of the elected subjects and some public officials. The...

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Three years of support to reforms in Albania: judiciary, fighting economic crime and anti-discrimination crucial areas

4 April 2019 Tirana

Citizens of Albania have received tangible benefits and the programme has had a positive impact on the approximation to the European standards in the fields of justice, anti-discrimination and fight against corruption in the country – this was a conclusion of the third Beneficiary Steering...

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Training for lawyers on dealing with claims for compensation by victims of trafficking held in Belgrade

4 April 2019 Belgrade

On 4 April 2019, twenty lawyers enhanced their knowledge on how to represent victims of trafficking in human beings in Serbia and claim compensation for damages. The participants discussed good practice examples as well as challenges in this regard. They further analysed some recent cases of...

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A pilot training for education professionals on detecting and preliminary identifying child victims of trafficking

2 April 2019 Skopje

On 2 April 2019, twenty-five educational professionals from the municipality of Centre, Skopje attended a one day pilot training on detecting and preliminary identifying child victims of trafficking for the purpose of labour exploitation. The aim of the workshop was to enhance the knowledge of...

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Promoting human rights education among law students

1 April 2019 Tirana

Legal education plays an essential role in preparing the next generation of lawyers, judges and prosecutors; therefore it is of utmost importance that legal professionals are taught human rights from the beginning of their educational cycle. The joint European Union/Council of Europe Action...

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Regional closing conference on Horizontal Facility Programme demonstrates benefits for Western Balkans societies

3 April 2019 Tirana

Dedication of the authorities to reform of the judiciary, fighting economic crime and combating discrimination, with support of the Council of Europe and the European Union through the European Union and Council of Europe Horizontal Facility joint programme, has brought enormous benefits to...

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Regional final conference: presenting results of a three-year co-operation in the Western Balkans

2 April 2019 Tirana

Regional final conference of the joint programme of the European Union and Council of Europe “Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey”, will be held on Wednesday, 3 April 2019, at the Rogner Hotel, Tirana. The meeting will take stock of the results of the Horizontal Facility...

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Impact of the Action on education presented at the final conference in Albania

28 March 2019 Tirana

The results and the impact of the Action “Fighting bullying and extremism in the education system in Albania” were presented at the final conference that took place on 26 March in Tirana, Albania. Within 36 months of its successful implementation, the action has achieved many notable results such...

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Consultative meeting “Professional evaluation of state prosecutors in Montenegro”

27 March 2019 Budva

The consultative meeting held on 22 March in Budva, Montenegro, provided state prosecutors who will undergo professional evaluation in 2019 with a meaningful platform for discussion. Main aim of the meeting, organised by the Council of Europe Programme Office in Podgorica in co-operation with the...

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Securing compensation for victims of human trafficking: training for judges, prosecutors and lawyers

28 March 2019 Ohrid

Thirty-four judges, prosecutors and lawyers attended a two-day training on effective financial investigations, freezing and confiscation of illegal assets as well as issues related to compensation claims of trafficking victims in Ohrid, North Macedonia on 27-28 March 2019. The training was...

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Supporting the case management system of the Agency for Property Treatment and the State Advocate

19 March 2019 Tirana

Within the frame of the action “Supporting effective domestic remedies and facilitating the execution of judgments in Albania” two comprehensive studies on case management systems pertaining to the Agency for Property Treatment and the State Advocate were prepared. Given the role the Agency for...

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Cascade training of Albanian magistrates on protection of the right to property

19 March 2019 Fier, Tirana and Durres

The action “Supporting effective domestic remedies and facilitating the execution of the European Court of Human Right judgments” continues developing the capacity of Albanian judicial authorities to correctly apply the case law of the European Court of Human Rights on property rights and to...

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Second generation of Montenegrin law students attend the human rights course on prohibition of torture

19 March 2019 Montenegro

Following the successful completion of the first pilot course on prohibition of torture and ill-treatment in October 2018, a second generation of law students in Montenegro will attend the human rights course on application of the European Convention on Human Rights (the Convention) in the period...

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Regional Winter Academy of Human Rights for the students of law faculties

2-6 March 2019 Sabac

From 2 to 6 March 2019, 49 law students representing 11 universities from five countries of the Western Balkans took part in the Regional Winter Academy of Human Rights in Šabac, Serbia. The School main theme was freedom of expression – a key human rights issue for the whole region. In an...

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Human Rights Commissioner discusses quality education with senior officials from Bosnia and Herzegovina

11 March 2019 Strasbourg

Senior officials from Bosnia and Herzegovina met with CoE and EU officials and experts in Strasbourg to develop concrete plans for improving quality education in Bosnia and Herzegovina. They had the opportunity to discuss how to promote multi-ethnic societies through education with Dunja...

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Trainings on changes in the free legal aid system in North Macedonia

12 and 15 March 2019 Ohrid and Strumica

Thirty staff members of regional offices of the Ministry of Justice had an opportunity to learn about the changes in the free legal aid system to be introduced by a new Law on Free Legal Aid during two cascade training sessions that took place in Ohrid on 11-12 March and Strumica 14-15 March,...

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