Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Türkiye” (Horizontal Facility III)
26 mai 2023
Pedagogical institutions to take the leading role in the dissemination of democratic school culture in Bosnia and HerzegovinaJahorina, Bosnia and Herzegovina 18 May 2023
Representatives of pedagogical institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) including the...
19 mai 2023
Senior police officials in Bosnia and Herzegovina intensify efforts to prevent and respond to ill-treatmentMostar 16-17 May 2023
Different ways to prevent impunity and promptly respond to allegations of ill-treatment while...
17 mai 2023
Partners and beneficiaries committed to advancing freedom of expression and access to information in Bosnia and HerzegovinaSarajevo 12 May 2023
Establishing a cooperative human rights monitoring and reporting cycle on freedom of expression...
15 mai 2023
Improvement of quality education remains a priority for the education authorities in Bosnia and HerzegovinaSarajevo 11 May 2023
Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) continues its commitment to implement agreed education reforms with...
6 avr. 2023
Exhange of experiences on the Recruitment, Training and Professional Development of Prison and Probation Staff among European colleagues
The mission of staff of prison services and probation agencies is to contribute to public safety...
5 avr. 2023
European Union and Council of Europe continue promoting inclusion and equality in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Combating discrimination and hate speech, as well as promoting social cohesion in line with...
What is the Horizontal Facility?
The joint European Union/Council of Europe programme “Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Türkiye” (Horizontal Facility III) is a co-operation initiative and one of the results of the Statement of Intent signed on 1 April 2014 by the Secretary General of the Council of Europe and the European Union Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, in which both Organisations agreed to further strengthen their co-operation in key areas of joint interest.
The programme is ongoing since 2016 and the third phase begun in January 2023 for a period of 48 months. The third phase of the programme (worth €41 million (85% funded by the EU, 15% by the CoE) keeps building on the results of the previous phases and it combines Beneficiary-specific and regional actions.
It enables the Beneficiaries to meet their reform agendas in the fields of human rights, rule of law and democracy and to comply with European standards, which is also a priority for the EU enlargement process.
Themes covered by the Horizontal Facility include:
- strengthening justice
- fighting corruption, economic crime and money laundering
- promoting anti-discrimination and protection of the rights of vulnerable groups (including LGBTI, minorities and Roma) and
- promoting and protecting freedom of expression and media
The Expertise Co-ordination Mechanism that provides legislative expertise and policy advice within the Council of Europe system remains also an important part of the programme available to all Beneficiaries.
The Horizontal Facility relies on the Council of Europe’s unique working methods, whereby tailor-made technical co-operation activities are based on conclusions and recommendations of the Council of Europe’s monitoring bodies highlight areas where improvements are needed in legislation and policies of the Beneficiaries to comply with the Organisation’s treaties and other standards.
Which Horizontal Facility actions are being implemented in Bosnia and Herzegovina?
In Bosnia and Herzegovina, the following actions are currently being implemented:
- Strengthening the efficiency and quality of justice in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiHSEJ)
- Further strengthening the treatment of detained and sentenced persons in line with European standards in Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Action against corruption, money laundering and terrorist financing in Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Towards an equal, inclusive and tolerant Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Quality education for all – Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Protecting freedom of expression and of the media in Bosnia and Herzegovina (PRO-FREX-BH)
*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence.
Action against corruption, money laundering and terrorist financing in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Further strengthening the treatment of detained and sentenced persons in line with European standards in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Protecting freedom of expression and of the media in Bosnia and Herzegovina (PRO-FREX-BH)
Quality education for all - Bosnia and Herzegovina
Strengthening the efficiency and quality of justice in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiHSEJ)
Towards an equal, inclusive and tolerant Bosnia and Herzegovina