Over the last years, the Council of Europe has intensified co-operation in Kosovo*, in line with the Council of Europe status neutrality and taking account of democratic developments and neighbourly relations in the region. The Council of Europe and Kosovo* met in Pristina in November 2013 in a Working Group to initiate discussion on collaborative planning and programming. Since then, co-operation initiatives have been developed and four Working Group meetings took place between 2014 and 2018. The last one took place on 12 December 2018.

Following the results of the five actions carried out under the first phase of the European Union/Council of Europe Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey covering areas such as efficiency of justice, prisons and police, education and corruption in higher education, preparation of the second phase of the programme is under way with a continued focus on efficiency of justice, freedom of expression and media as well as protection of fundamental rights and equality . 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 in at an advanced stage of negotiations. In May 2018, a school-based project on Fostering rapprochement through education for democracy and language learning (FRED) was initiated with the aim to support the promotion of a positive image of local and regional plurilingualism as a social, cultural and economic asset, and access to language learning and education for democratic citizenship as contributions to the rapprochement between communities. In December 2018 was launched a project in the field of violence against women targeting the gap between the legislation and its implementation in practice in terms of the availability and accessibility of specialist services for victims of the different forms of violence against women. In February 2019 a project was launched to support the Constitutional Court of Kosovo*.

Kosovo* also benefits from three European Union/Council of Europe regional joint programmes in South-East Europe, which provide regional support for promoting good governance and Roma empowerment at local level - Promoting good governance and Roma empowerment at local level, ROMACTED, support judicial expertise on freedom of expression and the media -Reinforcing Judicial Expertise on Freedom of Expression and the Media in South-East Europe, JUFREX, and strengthen co-operation in the field of cybercrime by Targeting crime proceeds on the internet in South Eastern Europe and Turkey, iPROCEEDS.


*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.