1 September 2022 marked the start of the fifth phase of the joint European Union-Council of Europe programme "Protecting human rights, the rule of law and democracy through shared standards in the Southern Mediterranean" (South Programme V). The new phase of the regional programme is coordinated by the Council of Europe Office in Tunis. It aims at continuing the support to democratic reforms of nine beneficiaries in the Southern Mediterranean (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine* and Tunisia) through the establishment of a common legal space between Europe and this region. The 5.5M€ "South Programme V" has just been launched. It will focus on the following:
- Further enlarging the common legal space between Europe and the Southern Mediterranean: aligning national legislations with international standards through accession to Council of Europe conventions and provision of targeted legal advice with the Quick Response Mechanism (QRM).
- Strengthening capacities to address global challenges through the development and use of common tools, strategies, and mechanisms in the region.
- Reinforcing co-operation and dialogue on human rights, rule of law and democracy through strengthened co-operation and peer-to-peer networking at the regional level.
The programme includes a renewed focus on Freedom of Expression, Pluralistic Media and Access to Information, mainly in four countries (Tunisia, Lebanon, Morocco and Libya) in the region.
- More about the South Programme, countries involved and achievements