The Council of Europe has a well-established large-scale country-specific co-operation in Türkiye. It is represented by the Council of Europe Programme Office in Ankara which co‑ordinates and supports project implementation and ensures co-ordination with both national and international partners present in the field.
Most of the co-operation activities with Türkiye have been undertaken via European Union/Council of Europe Joint Programmes, and Türkiye remains the biggest Beneficiary of the technical co-operation with the European Union. The assistance has been provided in the field of fundamental rights, by supporting the effective implementation of Turkish Constitutional court judgments. Türkiye has also benefitted from assistance to the criminal justice system to help prevent violations of the European Convention on Human Rights, as well as to improve the effectiveness of family courts. The Council of Europe continues supporting the authorities in enhancing the protection of the rights and dignity of persons deprived of their liberty through a project funded by voluntary contributions on enhancing the disciplinary and reward procedures for prisoners in Türkiye, in line with European standards.
Several European Union/Council of Europe Joint Programmes are currently also being implemented in the field of justice. This support contributes to the strengthening of the institutional capacity of the Court of Cassation and to building public confidence in the Turkish judiciary (particularly in administrative matters) by enhancing its efficiency, effectiveness, independence and impartiality. Support is also provided to the Turkish justice system by strengthening the alternative dispute resolution system for citizens, businesses, legal persons and other organisations and institutions at large as well as to enhancing international judicial co-operation in criminal matters.
The third phase of the European Union/Council of Europe Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Türkiye was launched in January 2023 by building on the results of the previous phases and co-operation with Türkiye was further reinforced. Within the framework of the third phase, important steps are being taken to increase the institutional capacity of Turkish authorities to foster women’s access to justice with the aim to increase legal awareness among women, especially those in vulnerable situations such as the victims of violence against women and domestic violence. In addition, Türkiye benefits from continued support to strengthen the human rights protection in the context of migration. Co-operation in the field of education was reinforced with the introduction of a pilot action on digital citizenship education which aims to promote human rights, fundamental freedoms and democracy in schools by empowering students in their digital presence through digital citizenship education at the lower secondary level. Moreover, specific focus has been placed on addressing money laundering through a bilateral action in Türkiye.
Türkiye also benefits from three European Union/Council of Europe regional Joint Programmes implemented in South-East Europe. The capacity of the authorities to search, seize and confiscate cybercrime proceeds, prevent money laundering on the Internet and secure internet evidence is further reinforced through the second phase of the regional programme iPROCEEDS 2, while support in promoting good governance and Roma empowerment at a local level is streamlined through the second phase of the ROMACTED regional programme. In addition, the recently signed Joint Programme on Roma integration, which will begin in May 2023, has further enlarged the scope of intervention in this field.
Through the implementation of the aforementioned programmes and actions, the Council of Europe has contributed to the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), notably SDG 3 (target 8), SDG 4 (target 1, 5, 7), SDG 5 (targets 1, 2 and c), SDG 10 (targets 2, 3 and 7) and SDG 16 (targets 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,10, a and b).
More information: Overview of the Council of Europe Contribution to the UN 2030 Agenda.