European Anti-trafficking Day (18 October)

Council of Europe 17 October 2019 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić, has urged countries across the continent to make sure that victims of human trafficking receive justice, including financial compensation, for the abuses they suffer. On the eve of European Anti-trafficking Day (18 October),...

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Regional launching of the Horizontal Facility II held in Skopje

9 October 2019 Skopje

The EU and the Council of Europe will continue to support reforms in the Western Balkans and Turkey in the fields of human rights, democracy and the rule of law. The continuation of the joint ‘Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey’ programme was announced at a regional conference...

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Regional Launching of the “Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey II”

4 October 2019 Skopje

The Regional Launching of the European Union / Council of Europe Joint Programme “Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey II” will take place on 9 October 2019, at the Hotel “Aleksandar Palace” in Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia, starting from 09:00 to 18:00. Opening remarks...

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Raising awareness on violence against women and domestic violence: working with media in Kosovo*

24 September 2019 Pristina

On 24 September, the Council of Europe Office in Pristina, jointly with the OSCE Mission in Kosovo, organised a workshop on the ‘’Role of Media in Raising Awareness on Violence against Women and Domestic Violence’’. The workshop included representatives of media organisations such as editors and...

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Call for tenders: consultancy services on freedom of expression and freedom of the media in South East Europe

25 September 2019

Within the framework of the European Union/Council of Europe Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey II, the Council of Europe is implementing “Freedom of Expression and Freedom of the Media in South-East Europe - JUFREX 2”. The programme is implemented in Albania, Bosnia and...

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Marija Pejčinović Burić, New Council of Europe Secretary General

Secretary General 19 September 2019 Strasbourg

Marija Pejčinović Burić (Croatia) began her position as Secretary General of the Council of Europe on 18 September, after being elected in June 2019 by the Parliamentary Assembly for a five-year mandate. She is the second woman in this position after the French Catherine Lalumière (1989-1994) and...

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First Steering Committee meeting of the “Strengthening the quality and efficiency of justice in Kosovo*” Action held in Pristina

16 Septmber 2019 Pristina

The First Steering Committee meeting of the “Strengthening the quality and efficiency of justice in Kosovo” (KoSEJ II) Action took place on 11 September 2019 at the Council of Europe Office in Pristina. Members and observers had the opportunity to discuss thoroughly key aspects of the Action...

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Free Press Unlimited and European Centre for Press and Media Freedom join Council of Europe Platform

Platform to promote the protection of journalism and safety of journalist 11 September 2019 Strasbourg

Free Press Unlimited and European Centre for Press and Media Freedom today became partners of the Platform to promote the protection of journalism and safety of journalists, through which organisations promoting media freedom inform the Council of Europe about serious concerns about the safety of...

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Horizontal Facility keeps supporting reforms in the Western Balkans and Turkey

29 July 2019 Pristina

The European Union and Council of Europe are extending the Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey joint programme to help strengthen rule of law, fight against corruption and against discrimination, as well as media freedoms in the Western Balkans and Turkey. The second phase of...

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Calls for tenders

2 July 2019 Pristina

Under the framework of the project on Reinforcing the fight against violence against women and domestic violence in Kosovo*- Phase II (VAW), the Council of Europe is looking for Local consultants. Act of Engagement Tender file The deadline for the submission of applications is the 15 July...

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Marija Pejčinović Burić elected Secretary General of the Council of Europe

Parliamentary Assembly Session 26 June 2019 Strasbourg

The Assembly today elected Marija Pejčinović Burić (Croatia) Secretary General of the Council of Europe for a five-year term beginning on 18 September 2019. In the first round of the election Marija Pejčinović Burić obtained 159 votes, an absolute majority, and Didier Reynders (Belgium) 105...

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Conference on Fostering language learning and democratic school culture in schools

28 May 2019 Pristina

An in-depth assessment report, bringing policy recommendations and guidance on how to implement language rights in education and learn official languages in mixed communities, was presented during the Council of Europe conference, entitled “Fostering language learning and a democratic school...

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Launching of the Council of Europe project “Reinforcing the Fight against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence in Kosovo*-Phase II“

15 May 2019 Pristina

On 15 May 2019, a public event was organised to launch the Council of Europe project: “Reinforcing the Fight against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence in Kosovo*-Phase II”. The project is built on the findings and recommendations of the research Mapping of services for victims of...

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First Steering Committee Meeting of CoE project “Reinforcing the Fight against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence in Kosovo*- Phase II“

15 May 2019 Pristina

On 15 May 2019, was held the first Steering Committee Meeting of the project “Reinforcing the Fight against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence in Kosovo*- Phase II”, co-financed by Norway and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe. members of the Steering...

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All lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex persons must be protected from discrimination in law and practice

Council of Europe 15 May 2019 Strasbourg

Ahead of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia marked on the 17th of May, Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland urged for justice and full protection against discrimination for all persons, irrespective of their sexual orientation, gender identity and...

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70th Anniversary of the Council of Europe

Council of Europe 3 May 2019 Strasbourg

70 years after its foundation, the Council of Europe is our continent’s leading human rights organisation. 47 member States have come together to agree common standards on human rights, democracy and the rule of law. All 830 million people living in this common legal space have an ultimate right...

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Freedom of expression: report assesses the situation in 2018

Information Society 2 May 2019 Strasbourg

A report, published today on the eve of World Press Freedom Day by the Council of Europe´s Information Society Department, maps out the major threats to freedom of expression in Europe in 2018 and the actions that governments should carry out to counter them as a matter of priority. The report...

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Formalizing cooperation between Kosovo* NPM and Swiss National Commission for Prevention of Torture

24 April 2019 Pristina

On 24 April, the project facilitated signature of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on professional cooperation between Kosovo* National Preventive Mechanism against Torture and Swiss National Commission for Prevention of Torture. The signature ceremony was organised in cooperation with the...

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Joint European Union and Council of Europe programme brought benefits for citizens

24 April 2019 Pristina

PRISTINA, 24 April 2019 – Citizens of Kosovo* have received tangible benefits through successful implementation of the Joint European Union and Council of Europe Programme “Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey”, the third Beneficiary Steering Committee Meeting concluded in...

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