European Union and Council of Europe work closely with institutions of Montenegro on prosecutorial legislative reform

22 - 23 February 2024 Budva

The co-operation between the European Union and the Council of Europe on advancing judicial reform in Montenegro has developed considerably in recent years, with a heavy emphasis on relevant work of the Venice Commission and the Group of States against Corruption (GRECO). The positive outcomes of...

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‘Say No to Discrimination’ Week kicks off in Albania

26 February 2024 Albania

The European Union and Council of Europe joint action on “Advancing the protection from discrimination in Albania” is supporting the 2024 Week against Discrimination, an initiative of the Commissioner for Protection from Discrimination. Under the slogan “Say No to Discrimination!”, a series of...

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Representatives from Serbian and European universities met to discuss how to integrate competences for democratic culture into higher education programmes

21 - 22 February 2024 Belgrade

A pivotal expert meeting took place on 21-22 February in Belgrade as part of the joint European Union and Council of Europe action “Quality education for all”, focusing on further improving educational standards in Serbia. The event, specifically targeting higher education institutions, focused...

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Access to information, regulation of electronic media, and safety of journalists to be addressed by the action in Serbia

20 February 2024 Belgrade

Freedom of expression and freedom of the media are among the key democratic principles, as highlighted by the Reykjavik Declaration. The Steering Committee of the joint European Union and Council of Europe action "Protecting freedom of expression and of the media in Serbia (PROFREX)" met in...

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Public authorities in Albania raise their capacities on enforcing property rights and execute related Court decisions

22 - 23 February 2024 Durrës

The public institutions engaged in the field of property rights in Albania took a significant step towards enhancing their expertise, during the two-day Training of Trainers on "Property rights and the execution of court decisions”. The event, organised with the support of EU and Council of...

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Middle management staff trained on latest standards and practices in execution of criminal sanctions in Montenegro

20 – 22 February 2024 Becici

The joint European Union and Council of Europe action “Enhancing human rights protection for detained and sentenced person in Montenegro” organised a specialised training for 15 members of middle management staff of the Administration for Execution of Criminal Sanctions of Montenegro (AECS). It...

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Addressing challenges of combating technology- facilitated human trafficking in Serbia

20 February 2024 Belgrade

The criminal landscape of trafficking in human beings has significantly changed with the increasing availability of technology and access to the Internet and social media. Traffickers use technology for recruiting, exploiting, and controlling victims, without being near to the place where the...

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Authorities in Türkiye enhance understanding of comparative practices for mitigating money laundering risks from virtual assets and virtual assets service providers

14 - 15 February 2024 Ankara

Joint European Union and Council of Europe “Action against money laundering in Türkiye” has been working on strengthening capacities of authorities of Türkiye in the area of prevention of money laundering (ML). In that framework and in co-operation with the Financial Crimes Investigation Board...

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Anti-trafficking actors in North Macedonia increase their capacities to prevent and combat human trafficking for labour exploitation

20 February 2024 Strumica - North Macedonia

The crime of human trafficking for labour exploitation remains largely under detected, which in turn deprives its victims from protecting their rights under the European Convention on action against trafficking in human beings. The inter-institutional co-operation of the anti-trafficking actors...

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Reference Framework of Competences for Democratic Culture included in the Rulebook in Serbia

9 February 2024 Belgrade

The authorities of Serbia have developed and introduced a new Rulebook on performing socially useful work, (i.e. humanitarian) in educational institutions. It details the conditions, methodology, content and other matters of importance for this type of work in education and training institutions...

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Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Council of Ministers ensures its commitment to quality education for all

15 February 2024 Bosnia and Herzegovina

Authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) continue to support the implementation of the Policy Recommendations with a Roadmap for Improving Inclusive Education developed jointly by relevant ministries at state level, entity ministries of education and 10 cantonal ministries of education in...

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North Macedonia’s External Oversight Mechanism stakeholders raise their capacities on effective investigations

15-16 February 2024 North Macedonia

In the framework of the continuous assistance to public authorities in North Macedonia for the establishment and functioning of the External Oversight Mechanism, the EU and Council of Europe action “Strengthening the capacities of the penitentiary system in North Macedonia” organised a capacity...

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Judicial Council and Courts take an important step towards greater transparency and outreach

11 February 2024 Podgorica

Public interest in the work of judiciary in Montenegro has increased significantly in recent years. In order to make use of the strengths and opportunities for communicating with media and enhancing public trust in the judiciary, the Judicial Council and the Supreme Court embarked on a process of...

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CEPEJ tools for the efficiency and quality of justice introduced to Albanian court councils

09 February 2024 Tirana

Members of the first instance court councils of Albania, representatives of the High Court of Albania and of the High Judicial Council were part of the capacity building activity on CEPEJ tools on court efficiency and quality of justice, organised with the support of EU and Council of Europe. The...

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Purchase of local consultancy services in the field of freedom of expression and of the media in North Macedonia

9 February 2024 North Macedonia

In the framework of the European Union/Council of Europe “Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Türkiye” (Horizontal Facility III), the Council of Europe is currently implementing the action on “Protecting Freedom of Expression and of the Media in North Macedonia” (PRO-FREX). In that...

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Support to freedom of media initiatives highlighted in the 1st Steering Committee meeting of PROFREX action in Pristina

7 February 2024 Pristina

Free, independent, plural and diverse media constitutes one of the cornerstones of a democratic society. Key local institutions and stakeholders gathered in Pristina at the first meeting of the Steering Committee of the EU and Council of Europe joint action on “Protecting freedom of expression...

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Public discussion on the draft Judicial Reform Strategy of Montenegro 2024-2027 and the Action Plan for the period 2024-2025

31 January 2024 Podgorica

Strengthening rule of law is inseparably linked with implementing judicial reform, which requires the development of long-term policies clearly defining reform measures and objectives. As such, the reform process calls for close co-operation of all stakeholders, in particular representatives of...

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Training for representatives from legal clinics and civil society organisations authorised to provide free legal aid

CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS - Training of Trainers on ”Provision of Free Legal Aid in North Macedonia”

1 February 2024 North Macedonia

The Council of Europe Programme Office in Skopje, with support of the action "Towards Consolidated and More Efficient Free Legal Aid (FLA) System in North Macedonia", which is part of the Horizontal Facility for Western Balkans and Türkiye programme (Phase III), co-financed by the European Union...

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The power of inclusive and hate-free sports

26 - 27 January 2024 Sarajevo

Inclusive sports provide a platform where people can come together in a spirit of mutual respect, no matter their respective abilities, gender, ethnic or religious background, colour, sexual orientation, etc. By embracing diversity, sports challenges stereotypes and prejudices, fostering a...

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Teachers and schools supported in building capacity for democratic school culture

22 - 26 January 2024 Mostar

66 primary and secondary teachers from nine pilot schools involved in the joint European Union/Council of Europe action “Quality education for all” in Bosnia and Herzegovina participated in the second of a series of capacity building sessions strengthening teachers’ capacities and enabling...

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