Albanian justice system to adopt a unified methodology for the collection of judicial data

23 February 2021 Tirana, Albania

The European Union and Council of Europe joint action “Strengthening the Quality and Efficiency of Justice in Albania” (SEJ III) started today the training with representatives of the district and appeal courts on the use of the new methodology for the collection of judicial statistics. The...

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New website/webplatform on addressing radicalisation and violent extremism in prisons, launched

23 February 2021 Strasbourg

Professionals, stakeholders and key actors in the field of penitentiary and probation in the Western Balkans, but also the general public with interest in the field, can now access the new website/webplatform, covering various aspects of countering violent extremism and radicalisation in prisons....

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Improving the collection of judicial data in Albania

15 February 2021 Tirana, Albania

The European Union and Council of Europe joint action “Strengthening the Quality and Efficiency of Justice in Albania” (SEJ III) kicked off today the first of a series of trainings for judicial administration staff aiming to improve the collection of the judicial data. The trainings aim at...

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Model Operational Plan supporting Roma and Egyptian policies at Korce Community Centre

15 February 2021

Roma and Egyptian minorities are hindered in their local integration process intricately linked to challenges such as poverty, difficult living conditions, truncated education and health care, and low access to the labour market. Community centres represent unique assembly places for liaising and...

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Guidelines on Roma and Egyptian Responsive Budgeting at Local Level launched in Albania

9 February 2021 Tirana, Albania

Over the past three years, the joint European Union/Council of Europe ROMACTED Programme has contributed to building political will and sustained policy engagement of local authorities to enhance democratic governance and inclusion of Roma communities at the grassroots level in Albania. In this...

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European Court of Human Rights

Vetting proceedings leading to dismissal of Constitutional Court judge were fair and dismissal proportionate

headline 9 February 2021 Strasbourg

In today’s Chamber judgment in the case of Xhoxhaj v. Albania (application no. 15227/19) the European Court of Human Rights held that there had been: by a majority of 6 to 1, no violation of Article 6 § 1 (right to a fair trial) of the European Convention on Human Rights as regards the alleged...

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Education officials and civil society dedicated to strengthening democratic citizenship education in Albania

29 January 2021 Tirana, Albania

One year ago, the Council of Europe, in partnership with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), initiated a comprehensive programme “To strengthen the democratic citizenship education in Albania” based on the best Council of Europe standards and practices. To make an...

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Facial recognition: strict regulation is needed to prevent human rights violations

28 January 2021 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe has called for strict rules to avoid the significant risks to privacy and data protection posed by the increasing use of facial recognition technologies. Furthermore, certain applications of facial recognition should be banned altogether to avoid discrimination. In a new set...

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Data protection Day: Secretary General calls on states to join the modernised “Convention 108+”

27 January 2021 Strasbourg

Forty years ago tomorrow, on 28 January 1981, the first ever binding international treaty addressing the need to protect personal data was opened for signature in Strasbourg: the Council of Europe Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data,...

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Enhancing the prosecution of money laundering in Albania

14 January 2021 Tirana, Albania

Ms Jutta Gützkow, Head of the Council of Europe Office in Tirana, met today with Mr Olsian Çela, General Prosecutor, to discuss possibilities for cooperation and support towards the implementation of MONEYVAL recommendations and capacity development activities carried out under the Action against...

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