Positive opinion on the draft law on the judicial council of North Macedonia

20 March 2019 Venice

In its first plenary session of 2019, the European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission) adopted an opinion on the draft Law on the Judicial Council of North Macedonia. The opinion was requested by Mr Zoran Zaev, the Prime Minister of North Macedonia, through the Expertise...

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Initiating a sustainable judicial data collection process in Kosovo*

20 March 2019 Pristina

On 14 March 2019, the European Commission of the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) international expert, Ms Julinda Beqiraj presented the main findings of the second CEPEJ assessment report of the judicial system in Kosovo to the judicial authorities, international partners and members of civil...

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Three years of support for compliance with European standards in North Macedonia

19 March 2019 Skopje

Citizens of North Macedonia have received tangible benefits through successful implementation of the Joint EU-Council of Europe Programme “Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey”, the third Beneficiary Steering Committee Meeting concluded in Skopje today. Taking stock of the...

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Three years of support for compliance with European standards in North Macedonia: Council of Europe and the EU to present results of joint programme on Tuesday

18 March 2019 Skopje

The third Steering Committee Meeting of the joint programme of the European Union and Council of Europe “Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey”, will be held on Tuesday, 19 March 2019, at the Marriot Hotel, Skopje. The meeting will take stock of the results of the Horizontal...

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The analysis of the legislative practices concerning the legal effects of the Constitutional Court’s decisions developed and presented to partners

26-27 February 2019 Podgorica

With the aim to strengthen enforcement mechanisms for constitutional law, the action has developed the analysis of the legislative practices concerning the legal effects of the Constitutional Court’s decisions, addressing the problems of legal uncertainty and the right to a final judgment. On 26...

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Three years of support for compliance with European standards in Serbia

6 March 2019 Belgrade

Through successful implementation of the Joint EU-Council of Europe Programme “Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey”, citizens of Serbia have received tangible benefits and the programme has had a positive impact on the approximation to the European standards in the fields of...

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Three years of support for compliance with European standards in Serbia

5 March 2019 Belgrade

The results of the joint programme of the European Union and Council of Europe “Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey over three years will be discussed at the third Steering Committee Meeting on Wednesday, 6 March 2019, at the Hotel Metropol Palace, Belgrade. The meeting will...

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Workshop with court staff and judges to discuss obstacles preventing a speedy resolution of civil cases in Kosovo*

5 March 2019 Pristina

On 28 February 2019, court staff and judges from the civil division in all basic courts met to discuss the difficulties they face in resolving cases, in particular those which have been pending for several years. During the workshop, the importance to monitor pending cases by age was stressed....

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Graduate court police officers continue further training with guidelines for dealing with persons deprived of liberty

28 February 2019 Sarajevo

The 14th generation of court police officers in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina graduated on 28 February 2018 in Sarajevo as one of the best classes. The ceremony was attended by Ambassador Drahoslav Štefánek, Head of the Council of Europe Office in Sarajevo, who congratulated the young...

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A workshop on transnational co-operation to prevent and combat human trafficking with a specific focus on labour exploitation

28 February 2019 Skopje

Thirty–eight participants attended a one day multi-disciplinary workshop to promote effective transnational co-operation and exchange of information between responsible authorities and civil society organisations in countries of origin, transit and destination of victims of trafficking in human...

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Presentation of a draft assessment report on continuous training at the Albanian School of Magistrates

26 February 2019 Tirana

A European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice expert, Marina Naumovska, presented the first draft of the training needs assessment report to the Albanian School of Magistrates on 14 and 15 February. The report is based on the results of the interviews conducted with beneficiaries, focus...

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Roundtable consultation on the draft Law on International Restrictive Measures in Albania

25 February 2019 Tirana

On 22 February 2019, members of the Working Group on drafting the Law on “International Restrictive Measures in the Republic of Albania”, representing various institutions in Albania, met in Tirana to discuss with the Council of Europe expert compatibility of the draft Law with European and...

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Taking stock of the results of Horizontal Facility programme in Montenegro

25 February 2019 Podgorica

Co-operation and communication among Horizontal Facility partners, all beneficiaries and civil society is a crucial element in supporting Montenegro in further aligning with European standards. Through successful implementation of the Joint EU-Council of Europe Programme “Horizontal Facility for...

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Competition on national minorities: an experience to remember!

25 February 2019 Prnjavor

At the “First competition of elementary schools about national minorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina” held in Municipality of Prnjavor, three schools stood out with their knowledge and presentation of minority cultures, traditions and customs. These schools, “Branko Ćopić” and “Nikola Tesla” from...

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Three years of successful implementation of the Horizontal Facility programme in Montenegro

22 February 2019 Podgorica

The results of the joint programme of the European Union and Council of Europe “Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey over three years will be discussed at the third Steering Committee Meeting on Monday, 25 February 2019, at the Hotel Centre Ville, Cetinjska 7, Podgorica. The...

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A new cycle of the training course on international co-operation in criminal matters for Serbian prosecutors

Vrnjacka Banja 21 February 2019

The new cycle of the online course on the International Co-operation in Criminal Matters (ICCM) started on 4 February 2019. This time the target audience became deputy prosecutors and prosecutorial assistants from basic prosecutor's offices under the jurisdiction of the Appellate Public...

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Beneficiaries of the Western Balkans and Turkey to discuss assessing terrorist financing risks in non-profit organizations

21 February 2019 Tivat

During the last week of February 2019, representatives of relevant bodies from six jurisdictions of the Western Balkans and Turkey will meet in Tivat, Montenegro, to discuss the need for and best approaches to assessing risk from terrorist financing among non-profit organizations. Through the...

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Training for prison governors and high-level prison management on radicalisation in prisons in North Macedonia

18-20 February 2019 Gevgelija

Prison governors and high-level prison management increased their awareness and knowledge on addressing radicalisation in prisons through a 3-day training, which took place in Gevgelija on 18-20 February 2019. The training provided a forum for reviewing the phenomenon of radicalisation in prisons...

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“Let’s get to know each other” event held in Prijedor

18 February 2019 Prijedor

On 15 February 2019 City of Prijedor hosted the event: “Let’s get to know each other” with the aim to promote and enhance the status of national minorities, to strengthen institutional co-operation and to adhere to the needs of minorities in the area of tradition, culture, history and language....

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Consultative meeting “Professional evaluation of judges in Montenegro”

19 February 2019 Petrovac

A consultative meeting on the new implemented system on the professional evaluation of judges, held on 14 February 2019 in Petrovac, gathered judges from all Basic and Misdemeanour courts in Montenegro who will undergo such professional evaluation in 2019. The Council of Europe Programme Office...

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