Parliament of Albania adopts amendments to the Electoral Code

24 July 2020 Tirana, Albania

The Parliament of Albania has adopted the amendments to the Electoral Code after a long period of consultations with political parties and civil society organisations and with the support of international partners. Council of Europe and the European Union, through their Horizontal Facility II...

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New HELP course on Protection and Safety of Journalists publicly available

21 July 2020 Strasbourg

The new HELP (Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals) course on Protection and Safety of Journalists is now available on the HELP online platform. The course was developed jointly with the Council of Europe Information Society Department, under the action “Freedom of Expression and...

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ROMACTED process institutionalised in Albania

16 july 2020 Tirana, Albania

ROMACTED aims at promoting good governance and empowerment of Roma at local level and this process started at early 2018 in Albania. Since the preparatory Step 1, 250 local councillors in the selected 7 partner municipalities of Vlora, Fier, Roskovec, Permet, Elbasan, Pogradec and Korca voted in...

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Call for applications for primary and upper secondary schools in Albania

15 July 2020 Tirana, Albania

The Council of Europe is currently implementing a project on “Strengthening democratic citizenship education in Albania”, which will run until November 2023. In this context, it is launching a call for applications for primary and upper secondary schools to participate in project activities. More...

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Regional online round table “Elections, pandemic and disinformation”

08 July 2020 Strasbourg

In these difficult and uncertain times, the European Union and the Council of Europe are determined to contribute to the international and local discussions and standard setting on freedom of expression to ensure that citizens are provided with reliable and accurate information to ensure their...

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The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe updates the European Prison Rules and details the regulation of "solitary confinement"

07 July 2020 Strasbourg

The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe has adopted a Recommendation which updates the 2006 European Prison Rules. The rules, which contain the key legal standards and principles related to prison management, staff and treatment of detainees and are a global reference in this field,...

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Local level at a glance: Albania

07 July 2020 Albania

ROMACTED Programme aims at building up political will and sustained policy engagement of local authorities to enhance democratic local governance and empowerment of local Roma communities. In Albania, the programme has been implemented in Elbasan, Fier, Korçë, Përmet, Pogradec, Roskovec, Vlorë....

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Schools should include Roma and Traveller history in teaching curricula: Council of Europe Recommendation

01 July 2020 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers today adopted a Recommendation that for the first time ever calls on its 47 member states to include the history of Roma and/or Travellers (*) in school curricula and teaching materials. An effective tool to combat hatred, discrimination and...

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Updated course on Freedom of Expression available on the HELP platform

29 june 2020 Strasbourg

An updated version of the Council of Europe HELP (Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals) course on Freedom of Expression is now available on the HELP online platform. The course, which was initially developed in 2016, was updated, rebuilt and modernised jointly with the Council of Europe...

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“Strengthening Democratic Citizenship Education in Albania” project holds its first Steering Committee meeting

24 june 2020 Tirana

On June 24, the first Steering Committee meeting of the project Strengthening Democratic Citizenship Education in Albania was held online. The meeting was opened by Jutta Gützkow, Head of Office at the Council of Europe in Albania, Sarah Keating, Head of the Division for Co-operation and Capacity...

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