to the website of the project "Institutional Support to the Countries of
South Eastern Europe"
The project titled "Institutional support to the countries of South Eastern Europe" is an initiative aiming at transferring expertise and scientific knowledge to the administrative and judicial apparatus of the countries of South Eastern Europe (Albania, Bulgaria, Serbia and Montenegro, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Romania) and ensuring the formation of a network of Institutions, NGOs and experts that will monitor the implementation of the democratic reforms and the harmonization of legislation with the democratic and human rights standards of the common European legal civilization. The project is implemented in three Phases. During Phase A´, which has already been concluded, five workshops were organised. Phase B´ provided for the organization of four workshops on critical issues related to the functioning of democratic institutions.
The project "Institutional Support to the Countries of South Eastern Europe" responds to a series of common needs of the countries of South Eastern Europe (Albania, Bulgaria, Serbia and Montenegro, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Romania and Greece), especially to the need for systematic and specialised training of Public Administration officials and judges on critical fields related to the functioning of democratic institutions. It also addresses the need to expand scientific cooperation between counterpart authorities and scientists in the region. The second Phase of the project was intended to continue and extend the transfer of scientific expertise to the administrative and judicial apparatus of these countries on issues such as the European Convention on Human Rights and Gender equality. It further aimed at strengthening and deepening the cooperation within the network of NGOs and scientific experts, formed during the first Phase and entrusted with the assessment of the implementation of democratic reforms and the harmonisation of legislation with the common European democratic and human rights standards. Among its objectives was finally to upgrade and enlarge the programme's data bank, created in the previous stage and containing legal material, to cover also additional areas.
The Programme was planned to have an overall duration of 36 months and to be implemented in three phases, each being subject to the approval of Hellenic Aid. The second Phase of the project lasted 12 months (January - December 2003). All project activities were held in Athens, Greece. The Workshops were held in the conference room at the premises of the CECL. The English Language was used for all purposes of the Project.
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