The rule of law, respect for human rights and democratic governance remain at the heart of the EU accession process. To support reform processes in these areas, the European Union (EU) and the Council of Europe (CoE) have been closely cooperating in the Western Balkans and Turkey through the Horizontal Facility programme for many years.
Did you know that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is the most translated document in the world, available in 370 languages? No doubt, there is a lot to know about human rights. As one of the founding principles of the European Union (EU), human rights lie at its core.
The EU remains committed to supporting, promoting and protecting human rights not just within, but also outside its borders. To help Montenegro to comply with the European standards in the area of fundamental human rights, the EU sets aside considerable funds. It has invested €34.4 million so far, through support to the Regional Housing Programme, closing of Konik Camp, social inclusion of Roma people, the Gender Programme and different EIDHR projects.
The European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) represents one of the funding instruments the EU developed for supporting specific human rights-related projects in partner countries. So far, more than 50 EIDHR projects were implemented In Montenegro, with an overall value of €6 million. Over the years, EIDHR has given voice to vulnerable and underrepresented groups and has empowered them to become more involved in decision making at local and national levels. Through EIDHR projects in Montenegro is contributed to: strengthening democracy and political dialogue by supporting electoral reforms; strengthening human rights defenders; improving access to justice; fighting against torture and impunity; protecting and promoting minority rights and rights of vulnerable groups such as Roma, LGBTI and persons with disabilities; providing legal aid to migrants; providing human rights education; promoting gender equality; and preventing and combating gender-based violence.