Strengthening democratic reform in the southern Neighbourhood

Project Duration
2012 - 2014
€4.8 million (EU Contribution)

Countries covered:

  • Morocco
  • Tunisia

Brief Description

A joint EU-Council of Europe programme to support partner countries from the southern Mediterranean, engaged in building deep and sustainable democracy
The programme will initially be rolled out in Tunisia and Morocco, although activities will also be open to other partner countries in the region engaged in a process of democratic transformation

Actions in brief


  • Carries out needs assessments and analysis concerning the legal and institutional framework related to the independence of the judiciary and the fight against corruption and money-laundering
  • Provides legal opinions on the review of the constitutional, legal and institutional framework and support to constitutional and electoral reform in the region through the CoE Venice Commission’s network
  • Supports the drafting of recommendations on policy, institutional and legislative issues in the field of  human trafficking and seeks to establish direct channels of communication among professionals engaged in the fight against trafficking in human beings
  • Gives policy advice to key institutions through seminars, workshops, study visits and knowledge sharing activities including round tables/expert working groups to allow for exchange of best practices and peer reviews
  • Provides training based on identified areas for capacity-building, including on “train the trainers” basis
  • Provides training and capacity-building of civil society actors through networking with public authorities and with other international NGOs, in the field of drug prevention, drug addiction and substitution treatment as well as support to the development and implementation of a National drug action plan
  • Trains young political leaders through the School of Political Studies; participation in regional activities within the network of Schools


Human Rights