Council of Europe and European Commission boost cooperation in Eastern Europe
The Council of Europe and the European Commission have signed a new cooperation agreement to promote human rights, democracy and the rule of law in six Eastern European countries.
The agreement, which is worth €33.8 million and covers the period 2015-2017, will fund joint programmes in countries covered by the EU’s Eastern Partnership programme – namely Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.
It was signed in Brussels on Thursday 18 December by the Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, and Director Michael Köhler on behalf of the European Commission.
The agreement forms part of a new strategic framework for cooperation agreed by the Council of Europe and the European Commission in April 2014. The significant increase in funding reflects the positive results which have been achieved through such programmes in recent years.
Chisinau international conference examines best practices on strategic litigation and procedures before the European Court of Human Rights
17 December, 2014, Chisinau, Moldova - An international conference brought together representatives of bar associations, NGOs and experts from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine on 16 and 17 December to discuss procedures before the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), the Revised European Social Charter and strategic litigation for human rights, and served as a forum for exchanging existing best practices.
”The joint programme EU/CoE is being implemented satisfactorily more than one year after its inception, with several hundred legal professionals trained in different aspects of the application of the European Convention on Human Rights. We hope that the impact on the local capacity to apply the Convention will be felt, both in terms of better guaranteeing fundamental rights at the domestic level and diminishing the work load of the European Court on Human Rights. It is an open ended process of capacity building in which the local Moldovan structures will ensure a leading role in the future”, said Jose Luis Herrero, Head of the Council of Europe Office.
[10-12-2014] - From 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2017, the Division of Electoral Assistance of the Council of Europe will implement a EU funded Electoral Assistance Programme: reforming electoral legislation and practice in the Eastern Partnership countries.
The programme aims at:
- Strengthening the capacities of EMBs in delivering trainings to electoral stakeholders;
- Increasing the capacities of domestic observers in monitoring elections and reporting violations;
- Increasing gender equality in politics;
- Enhancing civic and voter education of women, minorities and other disadvantaged groups.
Publishing of the media monitoring report on 30 November 2014 Parliamentary Election in the Republic of Moldova
[17-12-2014] - In the framework of the pre-electoral assistance programme ahead of parliamentary elections of 30 November 2014 in the Republic of Moldova, the Council of Europe provided capacity building to the Coordinated Council of Audio-visual.
Mr Marek Mracka, Council of Europe media expert was seconded for three weeks in total from October to November 2014 to train the staff of the CCA Monitoring Department and to ensure that the monitoring process of the election campaign is correct, equidistant and transparent.
MOLDOVA GETS NEW PROJECT ON INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS DAY
On 10 December 2014, the Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Gariella Battaini-Dragoni and Ambassador Arnold De Fine Skibsted of Denmark signed a contract for the new project on “Support to criminal justice reforms in the Republic of Moldova”. The main objective of the project is to improve human rights protection and rule of law, including effective national implementation of European and international instruments, in Moldova, through the strengthening of key actors in relation to justice and vulnerable groups. It will last 36 months with a total budget of 2 million Euros.
The project team will be based in the Council of Europe Chisinau Office. The project will start from 1 January 2015.