Representatives of judiciary institutions reaffirm their commitment to strengthening the efficiency and quality of Justice in Albania

24 September 2021 Tirana

On 23 September, Steering Committee members of the joint European Union and Council of Europe action “Strengthening the quality and efficiency of justice in Albania - SEJ III” discussed on the progress of activities for the last semester and the plans ahead. Representatives of key justice...

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10 Albanian municipalities capacitated on monitoring and evaluation of the Roma and Egyptian Local Action Plans

7-10 September 2021

67 representatives of ten partner municipalities of the European Union and Councel of Europe ROMACTED II programme in Albania concluded the consecutive stage of the training on capacity building programme on Roma Responsive budgeting. A series of training sessions, organised from 7-10 September...

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Media regulatory authorities in the Western Balkans discuss on their role in the new media paradigms

9-10 September 2021 Budva, Montenegro

In order to discuss and exchange views on the role of the national 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...

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Publications: Guidelines on facial recognition

Facial recognition: an infringement of people's rights?

3 September 2021

Facial recognition has rapidly evolved from being a technological novelty to an indispensable reality of our daily lives. Facial recognition technologies are advancing rapidly, and algorithms are becoming more and more powerful. Their uses are varied and numerous, and some may seriously infringe...

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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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Assessment of the level of democratic and inclusive governance and decision-making policies and practices in Albanian schools

25 August 2021

Schools provide ideal environments for children and young adults to gain hands-on experience in practicing democracy and human rights. Genuine participation in electing representatives for school decision-making bodies and participating in such bodies provides them with unique opportunities to...

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World Day against Trafficking in Persons: joint statement from GRETA and ICAT

30 July 2021 Strasbourg

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 victims’ and...

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ROMACTED phase II support team meetings take place in Albania

29 July 2021

A series of Support Team meetings of the joint European Union and Council of Europe ROMACTED programme phase II were organised in Albania on 12 - 16 July, online. These meetings virtually brought together the Council of Europe programme staff, representatives of the Institute of Romani Culture in...

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Improving the provision of mental health in Albanian prisons

23 July 2021

The provision of mental health in prisons remains a long-standing concern and a challenge to be addressed by the Albanian penitentiary system, according to the consecutive monitoring reports of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment...

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Explaining Hate Speech in the Western Balkans

20 July 2021

The “Block the hatred. Share the love!” regional campaign aimed to address the phenomenon of hate speech, thus raise awareness among the general public about the imminent danger of hate speech and its negative effects in the Western Balkans societies moves forward. This week, the campaign gets...

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