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The three-year programme of the Council of Europe and European Union “Towards Strengthened Democratic Governance in the  Southern Mediterranean” (South Programme II) commenced in January 2015. It aims to contribute to reinforcing human rights, rule of law and democracy in Southern Mediterranean partner countries in accordance with European and other international  standards, based on a demand-driven approach. It builds upon the cooperation framework established under the previous South Programme I carried out in 2012-2014.

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region continues to manifest significant interest in strengthening  cooperation with the Council of Europe based on the framework of existing Council of Europe instruments  and mechanisms, including in the domain of combatting corruption and other forms of economic crime. This is particularly visible with the substantive and geographical expansion of South Programme II to cover Jordan as a key beneficiary, as well as other jurisdictions in the region. The signature and implementation of the South Programme II facility thus marks a significant step in the development of cooperation which will now include both national and regional level activities. In 2017, the Programme has been extended to cover Palestine*.

The overall Project objective is to promote good governance and prevention of corruption and money laundering in line with European and international standards. The types of Project activities include strategic policy and legislative advice, risk-assessments, training, capacity and institution building, networking modalities among homologue institutions in Europe and the dissemination of good practices, as well as visibility actions and information campaigns, which include outreach to the relevant target audiences in the government sector and civil society, as well as media.

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Training for Palestinian officials on open source internet investigations

23-27 April 2017 Ramallah, Palestine*

From 23 to 27 April 2017, the Council of Europe has carried out a 5-day training course on Open Source Internet Investigation in Ramallah. The training was addressed to Palestinian authorities involved in investigations against corruption, economic crimes and money-laundering. The aim of the...

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* 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 member States on this issue.