Academic Integrity courses Licence Agreement signed in Serbia

17 April 2019 Belgrade

As a follow up to the joint European Union/Council of Europe Horizontal Facility action, Strengthen integrity and combat corruption in higher education in Serbia, the Academic Integrity courses Licence Agreement between the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development and the...

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Enhancing the co-operation among External Oversight Mechanism, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Directorate for Execution of Sanctions

18 April 2019 Skopje

A workshop focusing on enhancing the relations and co-operation between the newly established External Oversight Mechanism (EOM) with the state authorities took place on 15 April 2019 in Skopje. It gathered public prosecutors from the specialised unit within the Prosecutor’s Office, Deputy...

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The report on the provision of healthcare in prisons in North Macedonia presented in Skopje

17 April 2019 Skopje

The Assessment report on the provision of healthcare in the prisons in North Macedonia was presented and discussed at a multilateral round table that took place on 16 April 2019 in Skopje. It gathered representatives of the Directorate for the Execution of Sanctions (DES) at the Ministry of...

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“Our journey in the fight against bullying” concludes the Action on education in Albania

12-14 April 2019 Tirana

One hundred teachers from 21 pilot schools in Albania came together to share reflections, lessons learnt, developed practices, experiences, challenges faced and future plans at the final peer learning event held on 12,13,14 April in Tirana. This event fostered dialogue, co-operation and the...

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Judges discussed how to measure the impact of human rights training

11-12 April 2019 Budva

A Regional round table “Assessing human rights training for legal professionals: challenges and good practices” was organised by the Council of Europe in Budva, Montenegro, for 25 judges, prosecutors and legal professionals from judicial and prosecutorial councils and judicial training...

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Final Steering Committee Meeting of anti-trafficking action held in Skopje

16 April 2019 Skopje

The final Steering Committee meeting and conference of the Horizontal Facility action “Preventing and combating trafficking in human beings” took place in Skopje on 16 April 2019. The current phase of the action, which has been implemented since October 2016 will come to an end in May 2019 and...

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Students’ artwork of 21 pilot schools displayed at the exposition “A voice against bullying” in Albania

16 April 2019 Tirana

The Center for Openness and Dialogue at the Prime Minister Office in co-operation with the Council of Europe Office in Tirana and joint EU/CoE Project “Fighting bullying and extremism in the education system in Albania” launched the exposition “A voice against bullying”. Stay united, Don’t bully,...

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Trainings with the Agency for Treatment of Property on the Law on the treatment of property and finalisation of the process of compensation of property

15 April 2019 Tirana

The European Union/Council of Europe Action “Supporting effective domestic remedies and facilitating the execution of the European Court of Human Right judgments” continues developing the capacity of Albanian national institutions to correctly apply the case law of the European Court of Human...

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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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