The Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey is a co-operation initiative of the European Union and the Council of Europe for South East Europe.  It is a three-year programme, which was implemented from May 2016 for a period of 36 months. The actions under the Horizontal Facility are funded primarily by the EU and are co-funded and implemented by the Council of Europe.

Through the Horizontal Facility, the European Union and the Council of Europe assist beneficiaries in South-East Europe in complying with Council of Europe standards and the European Union acquis in the context of the enlargement process, covering three themes: ensuring justice, fighting economic crime, and combating discrimination and protecting the rights of vulnerable groups.

More information on the Horizontal Facility is available here.


STRENGTHENING THE ACCOUNTABILITY OF THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM

The action on the Accountability of the Judicial System in Montenegro started on 1 November 2016 and continued until 23 May 2019.

The results of its aim to strengthen the independence, accountability, professionalism and overall efficiency of the judicial system in Montenegro in line with European standards are available by clicking on the Infographic.

 

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Horizontal Facility project: Accountability and professionalism of the judicial system in Montenegro

Workshop on social media for judicial stakeholders in Montenegro

10 February 2021 Budva, Montenegro

social media workshop for the new generation of press judges and press prosecutors, as well as members of the Judicial and Prosecutorial Councils, was organised in Budva, on 9/10 February 2021, in co-operation with the Judicial Training Centre. In a world of ever-increasing use of information...

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Sharing knowledge and experience with peers and learning from best practices

8-9 April 2019 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

A working visit of the representatives of the Secretariats of the Judicial and Prosecutorial Councils of Montenegro to the High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council of Bosnia and Herzegovina (HJPC) took place on 8-9 April 2019 in Sarajevo. The aim of the visit was to further support development of...

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Horizontal Facility: Montenegro - Accountability of the Judicial System

Implementation of the Code of Ethics for judges and state prosecutors

2-3 April 2019 Kolasin, Montenegro

Nearly a hundred trainee magistrates from all courts and state prosecutor`s offices in Montenegro were involved in the training sessions on the implementation of the Codes of Ethics for Judges and Prosecutors, held on 2-3 April 2019 in Kolasin, Montenegro. Trainees passed the entry exam to the...

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Representatives of the judicial institutions of Montenegro visited the Council of Europe Headquarters in Strasbourg

Study visit to the Council of Europe headquarters

12-15 March 2019 Strasbourg, France

The representatives of the Judicial and Prosecutorial Councils and the Center for Training in Judiciary and State Prosecution Service who participated in the study visit to the Council of Europe headquarters in Strasbourg on 12-15 March 2019 are now more aware and familiar with the work of the...

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Training session “Implementation of the Codes of Ethics for judges and prosecutors”

7 December 2018 Budva, Montenegro

Judges and prosecutors from courts and prosecution offices in the southern region of Montenegro participated in a training session on the implementation of the Code of Ethics. The event took place on 7 December 2018 in Budva and was organised by the Council of Europe Programme Office in Podgorica...

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Taking stock of further results in the field of Judicial accountability

25 October 2018 Podgorica, Montenegro

The fourth Steering Committee meeting for the Horizontal Facility Action “Accountability of the Judicial System” took place on 25 October 2018 in the European Union Information Centre in Podgorica. Ms Senka Danilović, President of the Governing Board of the Centre for Training in Judiciary and...

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Horizontal Facility: Montenegro - Accountability of the Judicial System

Presentation of the Strategy of the Centre for Training in Judiciary and State Prosecution Service

25 October 2018 Podgorica, Montenegro

The Strategy presentation event, organised in the European Union Information Centre in Podgorica in co-operation with the Council of Europe Programme Office in Podgorica and the Centre for Training in Judiciary and State Prosecution Service, highlighted the following key goals of the Strategy of...

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Horizontal Facility: Montenegro: Accountability of the Judicial System

Publication “Opinions of the Consultative Council of European Prosecutors (CCPE)”

4-5 October 2018 Petrovac, Montenegro

The Horizontal Facility Action “Accountability of the Judicial System”, jointly funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe is pleased to announce that the publication “Opinions of the Consultative Council of European Prosecutors (CCPE)” addressed to State Prosecutors in Montenegro has...

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Horizontal Facility: Montengro - Accountability of the Judicial System

Seminar “Independence and accountability of state prosecutors-CoE standards and recommendations”

4 and 5 October 2018 Petrovac, Montenegro

The seminar “Independence and accountability of state prosecutors-CoE standards and recommendations”, held on 4 and 5 October 2018 in Petrovac (Montenegro) gathered prosecutors from the Supreme State Prosecutor’s Office, heads of the Basic State Prosecutor’s Offices and members of the...

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Horizontal Facility: Montengro - Accountability of the Judicial System

Seminar: “Uniform approach to the application of criteria, sub-criteria and indicators for the evaluation of judges’ performance”

29 March 2018 Becici, Montenegro

In the context of the implementation of the new system for the evaluation and promotion of judges, and Following the establishment of the panels for evaluation of judges’ performance by the Judicial Council of Montenegro, the COE supported the seminar “Uniform approach to the application of...

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Round Table: Judicial reform in Montenegro – achievements, challenges, perspectives

26 March 2018 Podgorica, Montenegro

Significant progress has been made in the judicial reform in Montenegro, however, there is still room for improvement. The strengthening of the rule of law depends on the reform of the judiciary, whose results need to be sustainable and serve the citizens of Montenegro. These were the main...

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Montenegro: call for experts on rule of law

Submission deadline: 15 April 2017

Under the Horizontal Facility for Western Balkans and Turkey Action “Accountability of the Judicial System in Montenegro”, the Council of Europe is launching a call for expression of interest for consultancy services for international experts. The Council of Europe is pleased to invite...

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3rd Steering Committee meeting

6 February 2018 Podgorica, Montenegro

The third Steering Committee meeting for the Horizontal Facility Action “Accountability of the Judicial System” took place on 6 February 2018 in Podgorica, hosted by the Prosecutorial Council of Montenegro, one of the key project partner institutions. Mr Ivica Stankovic, Supreme State Prosecutor...

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Workshop to develop guidelines for the implementation of the Codes of Ethics for judges and prosecutors of Montenegro

18 and 19 January 2018 Podgorica, Montenegro

A workshop designed to develop guidelines for the implementation of the Codes of Ethics for judges and prosecutors of Montenegro took place on 18 and 19 January 2018 in Podgorica. Members of the ethical committees of the Judicial and Prosecutorial Councils, supported by two Council of Europe...

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Horizontal Facility Action: Montenegro - Accountability of the Judicial System

Public Relations and Information Sharing Strategy of the Judicial Council

Montenegro

The Judicial Council of Montenegro has adopted a public relations and information sharing strategy for the next two years (2018-20). The Public Relations Strategy (PR Strategy) was developed by the members of the Judicial Council’s working group and a national expert and was fully supported by...

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Horizontal Facility Action: Montenegro - Accountability of the Judicial System

Training of trainers

7-8 December 2017 Budva, Montenegro

Training on the principles of ethical conduct and disciplinary liability for judges and prosecutors for the trainers of the Center for Training in Judiciary and State Prosecution (JTC) took place on 7 and 8 December 2017 in Budva. The sessions focused on presenting the main ethical topics for...

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Training Cycle Management and Training Needs Analysis for judicial education institutions

27 and 28 November 2017 Budva , Montenegro

A training session on Training Cycle Management and Training Needs Analysis for judicial education institutions took place on 27 and 28 November 2017 in Budva, gathering members of the Programmatic Council and representatives of the secretariat of the Judicial Training Center of Montenegro. The...

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Study visit to the judicial institutions in Portugal - Montenegrin judiciary representatives discussed with their Portuguese peers independence and professionalism issues

6-9 November 2017 Portugal

On 6-9 November 2017 a delegation composed of representatives of the Judicial and Prosecutorial Councils, the Supreme Court and the Supreme State Prosecution Office of Montenegro visited the main judicial institutions in Portugal. Through an intensive three-day study visit programme, the...

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Horizontal Facility Action: Montenegro - Accountability of the Judicial System

Training sessions: “Integrity plans as mechanisms for prevention of corruption and violation of integrity in judiciary and prosecution”

28 and 29 September 2017 Podgorica, Montenegro

The implementation of the integrity plans adopted in 2016 by the Judicial and Prosecutorial Councils of Montenegro was discussed by members of the two Councils and representatives of the Agency for the prevention of corruption. A platform for the discussion and the exchange of information was...

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Seminar “The Role of Court Presidents in Ensuring an Independent and Accountable Judiciary”

26 and 27 June 2017 Bijela, Montenegro

The seminar “The Role of Court Presidents in Ensuring an Independent and Accountable Judiciary”, held on 26 and 27 June 2017 in Bijela (Montenegro) gathered the presidents of all courts of Montenegro to exchange knowledge and experience on topics aimed at improvement and better understanding of...

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