The programme "Regional Support to Reinforce Human rights, Rule of Law and Democracy in the Southern Mediterranean" (South Programme IV) is a joint initiative between the European Union and the Council of Europe over the period 2020-2022 with the objective to support democratic reforms in the Southern Mediterranean region.

Since 2012, the successive phases of the South Programme (I, II and III) have provided institutional support to beneficiaries of the Southern Mediterranean region (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia and Palestine*), which have benefited from the added value of the Council of Europe’s standards, its independent monitoring mechanisms, and the support of independent experts and advisory opinion bodies. Regional actions address common interests and facilitate knowledge sharing and lessons learned at a collective level on a range of topics such as combating economic crime, violence against women, human trafficking and torture while the flexibility and demand-driven approach of the programme respond to the countries’ specific needs and requests for assistance.

* This designation shall not be construed as recognition of a State of Palestine and is without prejudice to the individual positions of Council of Europe and European Union member States on this issue.

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