Med: Council of Europe, more ties with southern shores

Specific programs. First to benefit Tunisia, Morocco, Jordan

10 April, 17:58

    (ANSAmed) - STRASBOURG, APRIL 10 - The Council of Europe on Friday launched the second phase of a program started on 2012 called "towards the strengthening of democratic governance in the southern Mediterranean".

    The program is almost entirely funded by the European Union which has allocated 4.8 million for the first phase - that ended last December - and another seven million for 2015-2017. The project is aimed at Tunisia, Morocco, Jordan, as well as Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Lebanon, Libya and Palestine.

    So far, most of the activities of the council of Europe, which vie to boost democracy, the rule of law and human rights, have focused on three countries - Tunisia, Morocco and Jordan.

    This is due to the fact, the organization said, that the program is based on specific requests by host countries and that they - together with experts from the Council of Europe - define the scale and content of cooperation.

    After a first phase that has given significant results, the second phase of the program is aimed at supporting subsequent constitutional reforms, in specific spheres, such as justice. It also vies to cooperate to create independent structures for the defense and development of human rights.

    Another context of intervention will be aimed at involving interested countries in the Convention of the Council to create a common judicial area in which the same standards are respected. These objectives will be reached also through the boosted participation of experts, officials, political leaders from southern Mediterranean countries in various activities of Council of Europe bodies. (ANSAmed).

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