What is the goal?

  • To strengthen the capacity of national and local stakeholders to better address issues related to anti-discrimination, combating hate-speech and protecting rights of LGBTI persons in line with the standards and recommendations set by the Council of Europe – especially those of the European Commission on Racism and Intolerance (ECRI);
  • The action also aims at supporting Montenegro’s accession negotiations with the European Union in the field of fundamental rights.

Who benefits from the Action?

  • The citizens of Montenegro;
  • National and local authorities;
  • Education professionals;
  • Sport workers;
  • Civil society organisations engaged in promoting and protecting human rights

How will the Action work?

  • Through a combination of legal and strategic support to institutions; capacity building activities; peer-to-peer exchanges with regional and European partners; raise-awareness campaigns on selected anti-discrimination topics; support to CSOs and local authorities by small grant schemes, to enhance their capacities to tackle discrimination and reach out to the citizens.
  • It builds on the results of earlier co-operation programs in the field of anti-discrimination in the country, also co-funded by the Council of Europe and the European Union.

What do we expect to achieve?

  • To improve the record of implementation of anti-discrimination policies and legislation, at the central and local level (especially on protection of the rights of LGBTI persons, and on combating hate speech/hate crime);
  • Achieve better protection of the rights of citizens of Montenegro and build more tolerant society open to differences of its members, or similar. 

How much will it cost?

  • The total budget of the Action is 250.000 EUR
  • The budget allocated to the overall Horizontal Facility programme amounts to ca. 41 Million EUR (85% funded by the European Union, 15% by the Council of Europe).

How to get more information?

  • Council of Europe, website of the Anti-discrimination Department:
  • Horizontal Facility website:
  • Marija Simić, Horizontal Facility Communication Officer, [email protected], +381 63 601 337
  • Besnik Baka, Horizontal Facility Communication Officer, [email protected], +355 69 217 8430