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The Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey (Horizontal Facility II) 2019-2022 is a co-operation initiative of the European Union and Council of Europe for the Western Balkans region and Turkey. It is 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 first phase of the programme included various beneficiary-specific and regional initiatives and ran from 2016 to 2019. The second phase of the programme keeps building on the results of the phase I and broadens the thematic areas to new topics crucial for the region – freedom of expression and media.

The second phase of the programme will cover actions in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia as well as Turkey and the regional dimension of the programme will be strengthened. The Expertise Co-ordination Mechanism that provides legislative expertise and policy advice within the Council of Europe system will remain an important part of the programme available to all beneficiaries.

ACTIONS UNDER THEME 1: ENSURING JUSTICE

Accountability and professionalism of the judicial system in Montenegro

Improved procedural safeguards in judicial proceedings in Montenegro

Further enhancing human rights protection for detained and sentenced persons in Montenegro

ACTIONS UNDER THEME 2 : FIGHTING CORRUPTION, ECONOMIC CRIME AND ORGANISED CRIME

Action against economic crime in Montenegro

ACTIONS UNDER THEME 3: PROMOTING ANTI- DISCRIMINATION AND PROTECTION OF THE RIGHTS OF THE VOULNERABLE GROUPS

Promotion of diversity and equality in Montenegro

Quality education for all - Montenegro

ACTIONS UNDER THEME 4: FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION AND FREEDOM OF THE MEDIA

Freedom of expression and freedom of the media in Montenegro - JUFREX 2