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

3-4 July 2024 Strasbourg, France

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

Strasbourg, 1-2 July 2024 Strasbourg, France

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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Methodology for preparation of draft acts of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine improved

11-12 July 2024 Kyiv, Ukraine

On 11-12 July 2024, a working group brought together the staff of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine to discuss the methodology for the preparation of draft acts of the Constitutional Court based on the European standards and best practices. Held in the framework of the EU/Council of Europe...

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Further steps taken by the Regional Network of Eastern Partnership judicial training institutions for advancing women’s access to justice and gender mainstreaming in the justice chain

5 July 2024 Strasbourg

The second meeting of the Eastern Partnership Regional Network of judicial training institutions was held on 5 July 2024 in Strasbourg, as part of the HELP Network Annual Conference. The meeting gathered rectors, vice-rectors and heads of international co-operation departments from Eastern...

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Strengthening Ukrainian Constitutional Justice for EU Integration

28 June 2024 Kyiv, Ukraine

The challenges of Ukraine’s European integration process through the prism of the country’s Constitution were the focus of an international conference organised by the Constitutional Court of Ukraine. Over 180 participants from Ukraine and abroad participated to the conference and explored...

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Empowering Roma community mediators in the Republic of Moldova to combat discrimination

25-26 June 2024 Chisinau, Republic of Moldova

23 Roma community mediators attended a training that equipped them with the skills and knowledge to tackle discrimination and effectively advocate for Roma rights at both national and local community level. This event was organised in co-operation with the Agency for Interethnic and covered...

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Combating hate speech in Armenia by empowering educational institutions

25 June 2024 Yerevan, Armenia

The Human Rights Defender of the Republic of Armenia launched an important initiative to combat hate speech in educational institutions. An expected series of actions will empower educators and students by providing necessary tools and knowledge to stand against hate speech. This comes as...

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139th Plenary session of the Venice Commission: New opinions prepared under the Quick Response Mechanism

23 June 2024 Venice, Italy

At its 139th plenary session (held on 21-22 June 2024), the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe adopted, among others: Armenia Joint Opinion of the Venice Commission and the Directorate General of Democracy and Human Dignity on the draft law on national minorities. Republic of Moldova...

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Strengthening police and civil society collaboration to combat racism in the Eastern Partnership and Western Balkan countries

19-21 June 2024 Skopje, North Macedonia

In continuation of the joint efforts put in place by the European Union and the Council of Europe to enhance cross-regional collaboration to combat racism in the Western Balkans and the Eastern Partnership countries, a peer-to-peer exchange was organised in Skopje. This training brought together...

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European standards on minorities’ protection at the centre of a training for legal professionals in the Republic of Moldova

6-7 June 2024 Chisinau, Republic of Moldova

A two-day tailor-made training was organised in co-operation with the National Institute of Justice for 63 legal professionals from judicial institutions in the Republic of Moldova. The aim of the training was to enhance their knowledge and understanding of European standards on the protection of...

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The European Union and the Council of Europe support the Ukrainian authorities in the implementation of the priority reforms towards the alignment with European standards and practice

6 June 2024 Kyiv, Ukraine

The European Union and the Council of Europe, together with representatives of national authorities, partner institutions and civil society organisations gathered for the Local Steering Committee meeting of the Partnership for Good Governance Programme. It was an opportunity to take stock of the...

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Armenian officials and law enforcement successfully completed advanced course on combating hate Speech

31 May 2024

From 5 April to 30 May 2024, twelve representatives from Armenia's Ministry of Justice, the Human Rights Defender’s Office, and law enforcement agencies successfully completed an online course on combating hate speech. This course, focused on the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance...

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Ensuring legal redress to hate speech and hate crime in line with European standards

29-30 May 2024 Chisinau, Republic of Moldova

80 legal professionals from the Republic of Moldova participated in a two-day seminar, organisaed in co-operation with the National Institute of Justice. The seminar aimed at promoting the experience of the involved actors on addressing hate speech and discrimination and discuss possible...

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Improving dialogue between Police and the LGBTI community in the Republic of Moldova

28 May 2024 Chisinau, Republic of Moldova

A platform for dialogue was created between Police and civil society organisations that promote the rights of LGBTI community in the Republic of Moldova. The meeting brought together 21 officers of the General Police Inspectorate and 19 representatives of civil society organisations, and...

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Promoting European values with the Young European Ambassadors and Equality Ambassadors in Georgia

21 May 2024 Tbilisi, Georgia

Representatives from the Council of Europe Office in Georgia and the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia co-hosted a meeting with Georgian Young European Ambassadors (YEAs). These YEAs had recently completed a series of online and in-person regional training sessions on promoting equality...

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Supporting the reduction of backlog in Georgian courts through workshops on dedicated CEPEJ tool

16-17 May 2024 Batumi, Georgia

The court coaching programme of European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) continued from 16 to 17 May 2024, representatives from the Batumi City court attended a two-day workshop on the CEPEJ Backlog reduction tool. The workshop aimed to introduce the court representatives to the...

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A round-table on the right to file a constitutional individual complaint with the Latvian and Ukrainian Constitutional Courts

9-10 May 2024 Krakow, Poland

A two-day round-table discussion to exchange on experiences and best practices on the right to file a constitutional individual complain was held on 9 and10 May, with the participation of the Constitutional Courts of Ukraine and the Republic of Latvia. The aim is to contribute to the development...

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High-level conference on strengthening the effectiveness of international co-operation in fighting transnational organised crime

26-27 April 2024 Yerevan, Armenia

The two-day international conference “Strengthening the effectiveness of international co-operation in fighting transnational organised crime”, served as a platform and an opportunity to share challenges prosecutors face in specific, complex cases, including those addressing the confiscation of...

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Advancing co-operation in combating hate speech, sexism and other forms of gender-based violence ahead of the presidential election

26 April 2024 Chisinau, Republic of Moldova

A round-table organised by the Council of Europe and the European Union in partnership with the Central Electoral Commission of the Republic of Moldova and UN Women, gathered over 50 participants representing political parties, media, national and local authorities, civil society, as well as...

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The European Union and the Council of Europe continue supporting domestic reforms in Georgia through the Partnership for Good Governance

24 April 2024 Tbilisi, Georgia

The European Union and the Council of Europe met with representatives from national authorities and beneficiary institutions during the Local Steering Committee of the Partnership for Good Governance. Participants took stock of the programme results achieved in 2023. They exchanged views on...

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