The Council of Europe has been supporting Kosovo* to advance its reform agenda through co-operation activities since 1999, functioning in full compliance with the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244. The Working Group on Co-operation between the Council of Europe and Kosovo* met in Pristina in November 2013 to initiate discussion on collaborative planning and programming, followed by four Working Group meetings which took place between 2014 and 2018. The last one was organised on 12 December 2018.
Following the results of five actions carried out under the first phase of the European Union/Council of Europe Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey, the second phase of the programme was launched in May 2019. Kosovo* continues to be supported in strengthening the efficiency and quality of justice, enhancing the freedom of expression and freedom of the media as well as countering discrimination and ensuring inclusiveness.
In addition, implementation of the European Union/Council of Europe joint Project Against Economic Crime in Kosovo* (PECK II) is ongoing and its follow-up is at an advanced stage of negotiations. Moreover, the school-based project “Fostering rapprochement through education for democracy and language learning (FRED)” contributed to the promotion of a positive image of local and regional plurilingualism as a social, cultural and economic asset. In January 2020, European Union/Council of Europe joint project INCLUDE was launched to support Kosovo* in fostering quality education and improving access to education for children from disadvantaged groups.
Co-operation activities are implemented in Kosovo* in the field of countering violence against women in line with the standards set in the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (Istanbul Convention), as well as in improving the protection of European human rights standards by the Constitutional Court. Both interventions are supported by Norway.
Kosovo* also benefits from two European Union/Council of Europe regional Joint Programmes in South-East Europe, namely Promoting good governance and Roma empowerment at local level, ROMACTED and Targeting crime proceeds on the internet in South Eastern Europe and Turkey, iPROCEEDS 2. Kosovo* has an active role also in the regional actions implemented under the Horizontal Facility in the field of addressing radicalisation in prisons, achieving quality and sustainability of justice through the Council of Europe flagship initiative based on CEPEJ methodology “Dashboard – Western Balkans” and human rights education for legal professionals (HELP). Similarly, the following topics are also tackled from a regional perspective: judicial training institutes, legal certainty, economic crime, promotion of diversity and equality and freedom of expression and freedom of the media.
The Council of Europe Office in Pristina facilitates the delivery of support programmes, assists key institutions in the process of democratic reforms and actively co-ordinates efforts with all relevant local and international actors in the field.
*All references to Kosovo, whether the territory, institutions or population, in this text shall be understood in full compliance with United Nation's Security Council Resolution 1244 and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo.