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Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 

EU provided EUR 5 million for promotion of freedom of expression and media in 2015: report

EU provided EUR 5 million for promotion of freedom of expression and media in 2015: report

Brussels, 20 September 2016 (MIA) - In 2015, the EU provided substantial support to civil society organisations in Macedonia working on the protection of various fundamental rights, reads EU's Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy in the World.

"The national envelope of the IPA 2014 Civil Society Facility (EUR 5 million) supported 19 projects that mainly focused on the promotion of freedom of expression and the media, investigative journalism, judicial reforms, participatory democracy, interethnic relations and the rights of Roma", says the report in the section about Macedonia.

The IPA 2011 Grant Scheme for Civil Society (EUR 1.35 million) supported 12 further projects that focused primarily on strengthening civil society's involvement in public policy making, anti-discrimination, and protecting the rights of disabled persons, youth and other vulnerable groups.

"Lastly, 10 grant projects financed under the EIDHR 2014-2015 scheme (EUR 1.2 million) were implemented with the objective of promoting effective access to justice, human rights education in schools, the right to a safe working environment, transparent and inclusive policy making, and the social inclusion of the Roma community", reads the report.

Besides these grant projects for civil society organisations, the EU continued implementing a number of human rights-related IPA projects with various public institutions. Among them were projects that focused on support to the Ombudsman's Office for more effective protection of fundamental rights, on the strengthening of the judiciary's independence, efficiency and professionalism, on the reform of the criminal justice system, on a more effective fight against corruption, and on the protection of the rights of detained and convicted persons. ik/14:36

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