JUFREX partners and grantees in North Macedonia discuss results and future steps to advance freedom of expression and media
The Steering Committee of the Action “Freedom of Expression and Freedom of the Media in North Macedonia” held its third (hybrid) meeting to address the results achieved and discuss the upcoming activities with all partners and beneficiaries involved. The meeting organized in the framework of the joint program of the Horizontal Facility II of the European Union and the Council of Europe, brought together key representatives of the Council of Europe Program Office in Skopje, the Delegation of the in Skopje and representatives of all key EU/CoE partner institutions Joint Action “Freedom of Expression and Freedom of the Media in North Macedonia” (JUFREX).
Lejla Dervisagic, Head of Operations of the Council of Europe Program Office in Skopje, opened the meeting by highlighting the important work accomplished through this action towards European standards on freedom of expression. She expressed her support for the action team and the commitment of the Council of Europe to support future activities and respond to the needs of beneficiaries and partners.
Alexander Bogdanovska, Senior Project Officer for Freedom of Expression and Freedom of the Media in North Macedonia” (JUFREX), briefly presented the implemented and upcoming activities until the end of this action. She also underlined the importance of the collaboration between the action and all its partners and beneficiaries in terms of the successful implementation of the activities and the achievement of the planned objectives.
Partners in each part of the action, namely representatives of the Academy of Judges and Prosecutors, the Bar Association, the Audiovisual Media Services Agency, as well as representatives of the civil sector – the Association of Journalists of Macedonia and the Law Advocate Faculty “Iustinianus Primus” in Skopje presented the activities carried out over the past year and the impact achieved through continued cooperation with the JUFREX action in general.
At this meeting, it was once again confirmed that JUFREX, with the support of the EU Delegation to North Macedonia, remains committed to meeting the needs and demands of its partners regarding freedom of expression. as one of the main human rights in a democratic society in the future to come too.
The action “Freedom of expression and media freedom in North Macedonia” is part of the joint program of the European Union and the Council of Europe “Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey 2019-2022”.