The Council of Europe has a well-established large-scale country-specific co-operation in Türkiye. The Council of Europe is represented by a Programme Support Office in the Republic of Türkiye (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, through the provision of support to the strengthening of democratic culture in basic education based on universal core values, and through the capacity building of Bar Associations and lawyers on European human rights standards. 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. To contribute to the effective implementation of European standards in the field of human rights, assistance is also underway to support effective implementation of Turkish Constitutional Court judgments. Funding from various voluntary contributions has also yielded encouraging results in enhancing prison monitoring practices and the effectiveness of civil monitoring boards 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 by enhancing international judicial co-operation in criminal matters.
Building on the results of the first phase of the European Union/Council of Europe Joint Programme “Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey (2016-2019)”, a second phase was launched in 2019 and co-operation with Türkiye was reinforced. Within the framework of the second phase, important steps are being taken to increase the institutional capacity of Turkish authorities to better implement and monitor the "Action Plan on Human Rights" in Türkiye. Support is also foreseen at the national level to foster women’s access to justice, with the aim to increase legal awareness among women, especially those in vulnerable situation such as the victims of violence against women and domestic violence. In addition, Türkiye benefits from support to strengthen the human rights protection of asylum seekers, migrants and victims of trafficking with a particular focus on vulnerable groups, such as women and children. Moreover, actions are undertaken at regional level to fight economic crime.
Türkiye also benefits from two 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.
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 4 (target 7), SDG 5 (targets 1, 2 and c), SDG 8 (target 7), SDG 10 (targets 2, 3 and 7) and SDG 16 (targets 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,10, a and b).
More information: Overview of the Council of Europe Contribution to the UN 2030 Agenda.