Over the last years, the CoE has intensified cooperation in Kosovo*, in line with CoE status neutrality and taking account of democratic developments and neighbourly relations in the region. The first meeting of the Working Group between the CoE and Kosovo*, held in Pristina in November 2013, allowed discussion and eventually expansion of on-going co-operation, as well as, collaborative planning and programming. Three more Working Group meetings took place in September 2014, May 2015 and December 2016.

Five actions are currently being implemented under the European Union/Council of Europe Horizontal Facility for Western Balkans and Turkey in the field of judiciary, penitentiary and education. In addition implementation of phase II of the EU/CoE joint Project against Economic Crime in Kosovo* (PECK II) is ongoing. Norway and Switzerland finance an ongoing project aiming at Strengthening the National Preventive Mechanism in Kosovo*. The project on Fostering rapprochement through education for democracy and language learning (FRED) funded by Norway will start on 1 May 2018.

Kosovo* also benefits from three Council of Europe/European Union regional joint programmes in South-East Europe, which  provide regional support for promoting good governance and Roma empowerment at local level (ROMACTED), and support judicial expertise on freedom of expression and the media (JUFREX) as well as strengthen co-operation in the field of cybercrime by targeting crime proceeds on the internet (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.