European Anti-trafficking Day: an urgent need to tackle online and technology-facilitated trafficking in human beings

Europe 18 October 2021

On the occasion of the European Anti-Trafficking Day (18 October), the Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) calls on governments to consider the best interests of victims when designing and using technological tools to combat trafficking in...

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ROMACTED Phase 2 Support Team Meeting in North Macedonia

North Macedonia

The ROMACTED Phase 2 Support team meeting was organised in Skopje on 2 July, gathering together the Project Staff, Focal Point from Phase 1 (ADDR SONCE), Phase 2 Support organisation (Institute for Research and Policy Analysis - Romalitico), as well as the representatives of the Government of the...

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Initial visits to 15 partner municipalities finalised within ROMACTED II in North Macedonia

30 July 2021 Skopje

Initial visits of the ROMACTED 2 Support Team were organised to 15 partner municipalities in North Macedonia within the joint EU/CoE ROMACTED Programme. The meetings took place from 7 to 24 June in Shuto Orizari, Kriva Palanka, Veles, Berovo, Delcevo, Kocani, Stip, Vinica, Strumica, Gostivar,...

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North Macedonia’s prison doctors and medical staff trained on recording ill-treatment indicators

8 October 2021 North Macedonia

Fifteen doctors and medical staff from nine penitentiary institutions in North Macedonia were trained on recording injuries indicative of ill-treatment. The training which took place on 7-8 October was also attended by the representatives of the Directorate for the Execution of Sanctions. The...

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Activities to combate hate speech and support to anti-discrimination reforms in the focus of the Fourth Steering Committee meeting

8 October 2021 Skopje

Beneficiaries and partners attended the Fourth Steering Committee meeting of the European Union and Council of Europe joint action ‘Promotion of Diversity and Equality in North Macedonia’. The meeting was a great opportunity for beneficiaries and partners to discuss the activities of the action,...

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Improving cooperation between parliamentarians and journalists for greater accountability and transparency of the Assembly in North Macedonia

1 October 2021 Skopje

The joint European Union and Council of Europe action on Freedom of expression and freedom of the media in North Macedonia (JUFREX), in co-operation with the Association of Journalists of Macedonia (AJM), organised an inter-professional webinar with journalists and representatives of the...

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‘Media and elections’: Online conference with the media regulatory body of North Macedonia

30 September 2021 Skopje

As the local elections in North Macedonia are approaching, the joint European Union/Council of Europe action Freedom of expression and freedom of the media in North Macedonia, supported the media regulatory authority body by organizing an online conference that addressed two very important issues...

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Launching HELP online course on freedom of expression for judges and prosecutors in North Macedonia

29 September 2021 Skopje

First online HELP course for legal professionals on freedom of expression was launched in Skopje for 40 judges, prosecutors and lawyers who will be trained on various aspects on freedom of expression. The HELP course will be tutored by Council of Europe experts from both the Academy for judges...

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Anti-trafficking actors in North Macedonia trained on gender perspective in the protection provision to trafficking victims

28 September 2021 Skopje

Gender-sensitive protection measures, resocialisation programmes and proper implementation of the law on the protection from gender-based violence are necessary to ensure protection of trafficking victims based on their gender needs. This was concluded during the training on the gender...

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Call for Tenders

Skopje 27 September 2021

The General Secretary of the Council of Europe is organising a Call for Tenders for framework contracts for the provision of translation services for cooperation activities funded by extra-budgetary resources. Please find herewith the publication notice: The deadline for...

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Child-driven re-socialisation and reintegration of the child victims of trafficking discussed with key actors and partners in North Macedonia

21 September 2021 Skopje

A holistic multi-disciplinary approach that takes into primary consideration the best interest of the child must be applied for effective resocialisation and reintegration of the child victims of trafficking. Such an approach not only requires increased capacities, financial resources and...

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Supporting the Ministry of Justice in North Macedonia towards a more efficient management of free legal aid cases

15 September 2021 Skopje

Enhancing the efficiency, quality and accessibility of the free legal aid in North Macedonia constitutes an important priority for the European Union and the Council of Europe through their joint programme Horizontal Facility II. In order to assist the local authorities in their efforts towards a...

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The role of the media regulatory authorities in the Western Balkans in the new media paradigms

9 - 10 September 2021 Budva, Online

In order to discuss and exchange views on the role of the media regulatory authorities in the new media paradigms, a Regional Conference was organised with the participation of media regulatory authorities from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia. The...

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iPROCEEDS-2: Python Programming for Investigators Course

May - June 2021 Online

It is essential that criminal justice authorities and in particular law enforcement agencies have sufficient knowledge to fulfil their roles effectively, also through reliable and continuous training on cybercrime and electronic evidence. To support this goal, the Council of Europe through its...

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iPROCEEDS-2: Regional meeting on seizing virtual currency

16 - 19 August 2021 Bucharest, Romania

” The world ultimately will have a single currency, the Internet will have a single currency. I personally believe that it will be Bitcoin”, “probably over 10 years, but it could go faster” Jack Dorsey, co-founder and CEO of Twitter, famously declared in March 2018. Considering the difficulty to...

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GRETA calls on states to include victims and survivors of human trafficking in the design and implementation of prevention, protection and social inclusion policies and measures

30 July 2021

On the occasion of the World Day against Trafficking in Persons, the Council of Europe Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) joins the Inter-Agency Coordination Group against Trafficking in Persons (ICAT) in calling on stakeholders to include victim- and...

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Youth from the region attended the Summer School on European standards on freedom of expression

12 - 16 July 2021 Western Balkans

An online Regional Summer School on European standards: freedom of expression and freedom of the media has been organised from 12 to 16 July 2021 and attended by law and political science students and young professionals from the Western Balkans. The Summer School raised awareness and improved...

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North Macedonia’s senior prison management discusses the necessary interventions following the latest report of the Council of Europe Committee against torture (CPT)

12 July 2021 Skopje

Prison governors and the management of the Directorate for the Execution of Sanctions (DES) of the Ministry of Justice, alongside with senior officials of the Ministry of Health and the Ombudsman’s Office, met on 12 July 2021 in Skopje, to discuss the upcoming steps in addressing the key...

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Secretary General: Western Balkans countries play “central and valued role” in Council of Europe


Marija Pejčinović Burić, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, addressing today the Prespa Forum Dialogue International Conference “Western Balkans: the Missing Puzzle for Completing Europe” in Ohrid, North Macedonia, explained the role of the Council of Europe in helping the region along...

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The preparation for release of radicalised inmates and cooperation during the post-penal assistance period strengthened

29 - 30 June 2021 Skopje

The Council of Europe and the European Union continue to support the institutions in North Macedonia involved in the preparation for release and post-penal assistance to radicalised inmates and violent extremist prisoners (VEPs). Following the preparation of the Standard Operating Procedures...

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