The programme aims at promoting dialogue and co-operation with Southern Mediterranean beneficiaries, to facilitate democratic political transition and good governance through the protection and promotion of human rights and the rule of law on the basis of a demand-driven process and in line with national reform priorities.

Gender Equality and Violence against Women being recognised as priority areas for co-operation, the Council of Europe relevant standards, mechanisms and innovative practices are made available in setting-up and running institutions and structures, assessing and developing new legislation, raising awareness and transferring knowledge and skills and establishing formal and informal networks.

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