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Council of Europe

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The Council of Europe is involved in 21 programmes in 10 beneficiary countries in areas such as justice reform, trafficking and gender-based violence, children and youth and social inclusion. The Council of Europe take part as partner in a number of projects and has developed a strategic cooperation with the EEA and Norway Grants to promote human rights standards and values.

Factsheet about our cooperation with the Council of Europe

 

 

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Contact person: Mr Matthew Barr
E-mail: matthew.barr@coe.int
Telephone: +33 (0)3 88 41 21 65 / +33 (0)6 07 31 39 46

About the programme area - Children and Youth at Risk

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About the programmes

In all the programmes, Council of Europe acts as an adviser in the preparation and implementation of the programmes and facilitates networking and professional exchange. All three programmes will have a special focus on integration of Roma children. Open calls are announced under the programmes, where donor state entities might participate as project partners.

Bulgaria: The focus of the programme is on establishment of Youth Centres with Council of Europe quality label as well as coverage of underprivileged and Roma children in kindergardens.

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Hungary: The programme focuses on creation of new innovative national approaches through international cooperation and exchange of best practice and implementation of programmes, activities and care services based on both individuals and groups actively involving the children and youth at risk; their families and others in order to reduce risk factors and preventing social exclusion.
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Romania: The programme focuses on improving access of children and youth to formal and non-formal education in areas with significant Roma populations, establishing support services for parents and tutors of children and young people, training for staff working with provision of services to children and youth from vulnerable groups, improving child welfare systems and child protection measures, including foster care, development of action plans and strategies to address discrimination and social inclusion. The National Council for Combating Discrimination and the Council of Europe contribute to the development of a national strategy to prevent and combat discrimination for the period 2014-2020.

The programme combines the programme areas of children and youth at risk and Local and Regional Initiatives to Reduce National Inequalities and to Promote Social Inclusion.

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About the programme area - Local and Regional Initiatives to Reduce National Inequalities and to Promote Social Inclusion

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Slovakia: The programme contribute to the improvement of Romani language education, increased use of Romani language as a support language in schools, and better integration of Roma children and youth in the educational process and system. The programme also stimulate cooperation between a network of primary and secondary schools in Slovakia and the European Wergeland Centre in Norway, as well as cooperation between Slovak and donor state elementary and secondary schools at the project level under small grants.

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About the programme area - Domestic and Gender-based Violence

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Bulgaria: The programme address domestic and gender-based violence in Bulgaria through supporting the creation of a robust legal framework ensuring the protection of victims and enhancing the capacity of professionals and relevant institutions in dealing with cases of such violence. In addition, the programme support measures to improve victim support services, and to raise public awareness. The programme include specific measures to target the Roma community in Bulgaria.

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Romania: The Council of Europe acts as donor programme partner together with the Norwegian National Police Directorate. The programme improve support services for victims of trafficking and violence, contribute to raise public awareness of the harmful effects of domestic violence, improve the law enforcement and prosecution’s response to domestic violence, related to the recently updated legislation on domestic violence.

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Slovakia: The Council of Europe acts as donor programme partner together with the Norwegian Directorate of Health. The programme aims to create partnerships between Norwegian expert environments in the area of gender-based and domestic violence and human trafficking (NGOs, municipalities, research institutions) and Slovak counterparts. Strengthening services for victims of domestic/gender-based violence through capacity building has a strong focus. The Norwegian Directorate of Health manages a database of potential Norwegian project partners available for the Slovak Programme Operators and possible project promoters.

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About the programme area - Judicial Capacity Building and Cooperation

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Bulgaria: The programme focues on assisting Bulgaria in respecting its obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights with the aim to to improve the human rights situation in Bulgaria.

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Czech Republic: The objective of the programme is a fairer and more efficient judicial system and improved correctional services system in compliance with relevant international human rights instruments.

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Romania: The key priorities of the programme is to contribute to improving the efficiency of the court systems, ensure improved technical capacity in the courts and the rest of the judicial system and improve access to justice for the Roma population and other vulnerable groups.

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About the programme area - Correctional Services, including Non-Custodial Sanctions

The programmes overall objective are to improve the correctional services in compliance with international human rights standards. Read more about this programme area

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Bulgaria: There will be a small grant scheme for training of prison staff, vocational training of prisoners, specific needs for vulnerable groups to improve reintegration. Norwegian entities might get involved as project partners.

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Czech Republic: The objective of the programme is a fairer and more efficient judicial system and improved correctional services system in compliance with relevant international human rights instruments.

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The cross-sectoral Norway Grants programme in Cyprus addresses important issues for the country in the fields of public health, domestic and gender-based violence, justice and home affairs and civil society support.

The Council of Europe is involved in the programme as a donor programme partner and in the development of a series of history teaching tools, research and conferences.

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About the Council of Europe

The Council of Europe is an intergovernmental organisation, which covers virtually the entire European continent with its 47 member countries. Founded in 1949, the CoE seeks to develop common and democratic principles and the protection of individuals based on the European Convention on Human Rights. The EEA and Norway Grants aim to use the Council of Europe’s expertise to increase the impact of the funding and add value at a strategic level in relevant areas. To highlight important issues on the European agenda, the partners also organise joint international conferences on topics such as gender-based violence (November 2011, Bratislava) and hate speech in social media (November 2012, Budapest).

The EEA and Norway Grants entered into partnership with the Council of Europe to enhance democratic principles and promote international standards in the grant schemes. The Council of Europe contributes within its core areas of expertise — human rights, democracy and the rule of law.