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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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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Young European Ambassadors sending a loud and clear message from Budapest: Say NO to hatred!

17 - 19 January 2024 Budapest, Hungary

More than 50 Young European Ambassadors (YEAs) got introduced to methods on how to effectively address hate speech and discrimination. This will enable the YEAs to make a difference in their communities through the promotion of equality and diversity, ultimately contributing to combating hate...

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Increasing knowledge of university students on gender-sensitive legal services

26 January 2024 Türkiye

The joint European Union and Council of Europe action "Fostering women's access to justice in Türkiye" carried out collaborative meetings in Ankara between 22 – 25 January with the Faculties of Law, Economics, Administrative Sciences and Social Sciences at Ankara University, Atılım University,...

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Lawyers in North Macedonia gain essential skills on provision of free legal aid

22 - 26 January 2024 Skopje

35 lawyers have attended a five-days training of trainers on “Provision of free legal aid in North Macedonia”. Supported by the European Union and Council of Europe joint programme “Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Türkiye” and in close co-operation with the Bar Association, the...

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Prison medical staff in North Macedonia trained on mental healthcare

22 January 2024 Skopje

Twelve doctors and other medical personnel working in seven penitentiary institutions in North Macedonia enhanced their knowledge on mental healthcare and dosage of psychiatric medication during the training held on 22 January 2024. The doctors work in the prison ambulances, while the...

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Empowering legal professionals to combat trafficking in human beings: specialised training for lawyers in Montenegro

18 - 19 January 2024 Budva

Montenegro is confronted with a critical need for a comprehensive approach to addressing the rights of victims, particularly those affected by trafficking in human beings. The specialised training programme, focused on empowering lawyers specialising in supporting victims of trafficking in human...

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New publications available online


Below you can find the latest publications and materials published within the Horizontal Facility programme, either by actions or by the main partners and stakeholders, with the support of the European Union and the Council of Europe. The latest resource material for legal professionals, the...

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Advancing freedom of expression and freedom of the media in the Western Balkans

October – December 2023 WESTERN BALKANS

An essential component of the Horizontal Facility programme remains promoting and protecting freedom of expression and freedom of the media. The main actors in advancing these two freedoms in the Western Balkans have been co-operating, building their capacities, and learning about how to protect...

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Ensuring quality education for all


Ensuring quality education for all means investing into the future and nurturing a more just, equal, and prosperous society. The European Union and the Council of Europe have been supporting authorities, civil society organisations, local communities, schools, students, and their parents in...

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