Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Türkiye
14 juin 2023
Advancing monitoring of political parties’ financing and misuse of state resources in Albania through the Central Election Commission’s Electronic Platform on Financial ReportingTirana, Albania 14 June 2023
The European Union and the Council of Europe's joint Action against Economic Crime in Albania, in...
13 juin 2023Vlora-Fier, Albania 13 June 2023
The courts of general jurisdiction of Vlora and Fier are being assisted with the European...
7 juin 2023
Albanian magistrates enhance their capacities on dealing with antidiscrimination and hate crimes’ casesShkodra and Vlora, Albania 1 June 2023
50 Albanian judges and prosecutors were part of the capacity building initiatives conducted in...
1 juin 2023Tirana, Albania 1 June 2023
Today, 38 members of the High Inspector of Justice in Albania enhanced their capacities on...
17 mai 2023Tirana, Albania 17 May 2023
Albanian public authorities expressed their commitment to collaborate and advance their...
15 mai 2023Vlorë, Albania 15 May 2023
In response to the increase of the number of trainers from 2 to 12, the Council of Europe...
12 mai 2023
High Judicial and Prosecutorial Councils enhance their inter-institutional cooperation and implementation of CEPEJ toolsKorça, Albania 12 May 2023
In the frame of the Albanian Justice Day, senior representatives and staff of the High Judicial...
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 Albania?
In Albania, the following actions are currently being implemented:
- Strengthening the quality and efficiency of justice in Albania (SEJ IV)
- Improving the protection of the right to property and facilitating execution of ECtHR judgments in Albania (D-REX III)
- Enhancing the protection of human rights of prisoners in Albania
- Action against economic crime in Albania
- Advancing the protection from discrimination in Albania
- Protecting freedom of expression and of the media in Albania (PRO-FREX-A)