Urgent Opinion of the Venice Commission on the “Draft Law on the Referendum and the People’s Initiative”

24 September 2021 Strasbourg

The efforts by the Serbian authorities to bring the legislation in line with international standards are to be welcomed, but it is regretful that the revision of the law on referendums started only when a constitutional referendum was imminent, said the Venice Commission in its urgent opinion on...

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Child-sensitive communication - a key for safeguarding child victims of trafficking in Serbia

21 September 2021 Belgrade

Child-sensitive communication and evidence-based protocols in interviewing child victims of trafficking should be applied by any person or institution in contact with children. These tools respect the best interests of the child, help avoid secondary traumatisation during the administrative and...

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Overview of the Human Resource Management System in Local Self-Governments

20 September 2021 Belgrade

Within the joint EU/CoE Programme "Human Resources Management in Local Self-Government – phase 2", the Conference "Overview of the Human Resource Management System in Local Self-Governments” will be held on 21 September 2021 at 9:30h, in Hotel Metropol in Belgrade. The purpose of the Conference...

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Belgrade Pride 2021: heading for “roaring twenties” for human rights

18 September 2021 Belgrade

Ten years ago, in 2011, Pride in Belgrade was banned by the authorities. The ban, they claimed, was their best way forward to protect public peace and order – and the LGBTI community. Violent extremists’ groups prevented the realisation of fundamental rights and freedoms in Serbia, including the...

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Statement by 12 international organizations and diplomatic missions in Belgrade on the occasion of Belgrade Pride 2021

17 September 2021 Belgrade

On the occasion of the Belgrade Pride Parade 2021, international organizations and diplomatic missions* in Serbia join hands with the LGBTQI+ community in Serbia and beyond under the banner “Love is Law” (Ljubav je zakon). The organizations together express our support for the human rights,...

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Belgrade Pride Week: building a society free of discrimination

16 September 2021 Belgrade

During the Belgrade Pride Week (12-19 September), the joint European Union and Council of Europe action “Promotion of diversity and equality in Serbia” participated at the International Human Rights Conference: Effective Inclusion of LGBTIQ Persons. The conference featured panel discussions that...

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The role of the media regulatory authorities in the Western Balkans in the new media paradigms

9-10 September 2021 Budva, Montenegro

In order to discuss and exchange views on the role of the media regulatory authorities in the new media paradigms, a Regional Conference was organised with the participation of media regulatory authorities from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia....

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European Qualifications Passport for Refugees to bring new opportunities to the refugee population in Serbia

14 September 2021 Belgrade

The European Qualifications Passport for Refugees is a specially developed assessment scheme for refugees, even for those who cannot fully document their qualifications, providing an assessment of the higher education qualifications based on available documentation and a structured interview. The...

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European Qualifications Passport for Refugees: an information session to be held in Belgrade on Tuesday

10 September 2021 Belgrade

The Council of Europe Office in Belgrade and the UNHCR are organising the information session on the European Qualifications Passport for Refugees with the participation of the Special Representative of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe on migration and refugees, Drahoslav Štefánek,...

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Call for experts under the project "Human Resources Management in Local Self Government"

10 September 2021 Belgrade

The Programme “Human Resources Management in Local Self Government – phase 2”, jointly funded by the EU and Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe Office in Belgrade, is hereby publishing the call for experts. The trainer will be responsible for conducting webinars under the...

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