How to protect journalists and other media actors? – Guidelines translated in Macedonian

21 October 2020 Skopje

Violence and attacks against journalists remain a concern in Council of Europe members, including the Western Balkans. Under the joint European Union and the Council of Europe programme "Horizontal Facility II - action on "Freedom of expression and freedom of the media in North Macedonia...

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Pluralism of media ownership in the new media environment – online workshop with the media regulatory authority in North Macedonia

16 October 2020 Skopje

The concentration of media ownership has been a growing concern for the media pluralism and a potential threat to freedom of speech in Europe. Thus, addressing this issue within the joint action of the European Union and the Council of Europe on freedom of expression and freedom of the media in...

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Marking the European Anti-trafficking Day in North Macedonia

19 October 2020 Skopje

On 18 October 2020, at the occasion of marking the European Anti-Trafficking Day, an online exchange with journalists, media actors and civil society representatives took place in Skopje. The event was organised by the European Union and Council of Europe joint action “Preventing and combatting...

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Steering Committee meeting on Anti-trafficking in human beings takes place in North Macedonia

October 2020 Skopje

The authorities in North Macedonia are committed to continue to work closely with the EU and the Council of Europe through the Horizonal Facility II programme, to advance the identification, protection of, and assistance to victims of human trafficking, in line with the Council of Europe...

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European Anti-trafficking Day marked in the Western Balkans

19 October 2020 Skopje

Preventing and combating trafficking in human beings is one of the priorities of the European Union and the Council of Europe co-operation in the Western Balkans and Turkey. Full respect for the rights of victims of trafficking in human beings during the restrictions related to the COVID-19...

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9 October 2020 Skopje

18 out of enrolled 20 journalists and reporters completed the second and final online training session (6-7 October 2020) on how to report about human trafficking cases in a fact-based and victim-respectful manner. The training which sparked great interest among the journalists, was delivered by...

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Regional Conference for Certified Trainers among Judges, Prosecutors and Lawyers

8 October 2020 Western Balkans

Freedom of expression as guaranteed by Article 10 of the European Convention of Human Rights is fundamental for the well-functioning of democratic societies The protection of freedom of expression depends in large part on the work of legal professionals working in the field. Hence, it is crucial...

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A new HELP Course on trafficking in human beings dedicated to attorneys-at-law in North Macedonia.

7 October 2020 Skopje

Attorneys-at law in North Macedonia, will continue to expand their knowledge and expertise in the field of trafficking in human beings, during the forthcoming Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals (HELP) on-line course conducted during 7 October to 25 November in cooperation with the Bar...

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Expert assessment and recommendations on delivery of legal aid in criminal proceedings in North Macedonia

15 September 2020 Skopje

Addressing shortcomings in the provision of Legal Aid in Criminal Proceedings in North Macedonia was in the focus of the research paper prepared in the framework of the EU and Council of Europe joint programme Horizontal Facility II. The paper (ENGLISH & MACEDONIAN) provides the basic concepts,...

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Call for tenders: provision of communication and public relations, multimedia and graphic design services

29 September 2020 Western Balkans and Turkey

Within the framework of the joint European Union/Council of Europe programme “Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey 2019-2022”, the Council of Europe is looking for a maximum of 30 Providers for the provision of communication and visibility, public relations, multimedia and...

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Piloting of the Treatment module for radicalised inmates launched in North Macedonia

25 September 2020 Stip, North Macedonia

The piloting of the Individual Treatment module for radicalised inmates was launched in Shtip prison, with the support and guidance of the Council of Europe consultant. The initiative, which will last for 6 months, involves the application of an extensive set of tools and mechanisms for the...

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21 September 2020 Skopje

Freedom of expression and information and freedom of the media are crucial for the functioning of a truly democratic society and continue to be so in times of crisis. Notably, in times of crisis media play a key role, also coupled with increased responsibility, in providing accurate, reliable...

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“Opportunity or exploitation” a new public awareness campaign on human trafficking for labour exploitation in North Macedonia

11 September 2020 Skopje

“Opportunity or exploitation” a campaign that explains the perils of human trafficking for labour exploitation to young and unemployed persons, kicked off in North Macedonia. The awareness raising initiative will continue until October 31 and aims to prevent trafficking of human beings through...

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Principles for Media Reporting on Trafficking in Human Beings Introduced To Macedonian Journalists

3 - 4 September 2020 Skopje

Media is an important actor in the prevention and fight against human trafficking as they contribute towards raising public awareness and investigating on the causes and statistics of this phenomenon. In order to address challenges of media reporting on trafficking in human beings for the first...

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HELP online course on Introduction to the European Convention on Human Rights launched in North Macedonia

2 September 2020 Skopje

60 candidate judges and prosecutors in North Macedonia have participated in the online launch of the HELP online course on Introduction to the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) on 2 September. The HELP online course is implemented in...

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Algorithms and automation: Council of Europe issues guidelines to prevent human rights breaches

2 September 2020 Skopje

Automated data processing techniques, such as algorithms, do not only enable users to seek and access information, they are also increasingly used in decision-making processes, that were previously entirely in the remit of human beings. In a Recommendation on the human rights impacts of...

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Discussion on Macedonian whistleblowing legislation

1 September 2020 Skopje

Macedonian whistleblowing legislation was subject to an in-depth discussion in order to strengthen its effectiveness through increased compliance with international standards. The activity was organised by the Action against economic crime through a video meeting that took place on the 31st of...

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iPROCEEDS-2: Starting of the long-distance master programme on forensic computing and cybercrime investigation


The iPROCEEDS-2 project will support the participation of 15 representatives from Cybercrime Units and Prosecution Services from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey and Kosovo* in the long-distance master programme MSc Forensic Computing and Cybercrime...

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Working Group established for preparation of the Referral Protocol and Directory of organisations and institutions

19 August 2020 Skopje

The Working Group for the preparation of the first drafts of the Referral Protocol and Directory of organisations and institutions providing legal and other assistance in North Macedonia started its work. It is composed of representatives of the Ministry of Justice – the Free Legal Aid Unit and...

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Guidelines for establishing of a Referral Protocol and Directory of organisations adopted

July 2020 Skopje

Authorities in North Macedonia are committed to work together on an effective referral system that contributes towards improving the access to justice. This was underlined during the third meeting of the National Co-ordination Body for implementation of the Law on Free Legal Aid (NCB) that took...

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