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Action Summary

The Action Promotion of diversity and equality in North Macedonia aims at strengthen the capacity of national and local stakeholders to better address issues related to anti-discrimination, combating hate-speech and protecting rights of LGBTI persons in line with the standards and recommendations set by the Council of Europe – especially those of the European Commission on Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), to support North Macedonia's alignment to European standards in the field of fundamental rights.

The Action will work through a combination of legal and strategic support to institutions; capacity building activities; peer-to-peer exchanges with regional and European partners; raise-awareness campaigns and public discussions on selected anti-discrimination topics; support to CSOs and local authorities by small grant schemes, to enhance their capacities to tackle discrimination and reach out to the citizens.

This Action is part of the Council of Europe/European Union "Horizontal Facility for Western Balkans and Turkey II"

Expected Results

Expected results of the action are:

 improving the record of implementation of anti-discrimination policies and legislation, at the central and local level (especially on protection of the rights of LGBTI persons, and on combating hate speech/hate crime)

 enhancing the dialogue and cooperation between institutions and civil society organizations in promoting and protecting human rights

 strengthening the awareness of citizens on their rights and mechanisms to defend them.

 achieving better protection of human rights of the citizens of North Macedonia and building a more diverse, equal and tolerant society


Duration: 36 months (May 2019 – May 2022)

Beneficiaries/Partners: North Macedonia

Funding: The European Union and the Council of Europe

Budget: 250 000 EUR

*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence.


Marija Andreeva                Project Officer                            + 389 2 3100 332                      contact