On the European and World Day against the Death Penalty, the Council of Europe and the European Union (EU) reiterate their strong opposition to capital punishment in all circumstances and for all cases. The death penalty is an affront to human dignity. It constitutes cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and is contrary to the right to life. The death penalty has no established deterrent effect and it makes judicial errors irreversible.
Both in New York and Brussels this week, the EU is working with the Western Balkans partners to accelerate reforms and the integration process, including through promoting effective regional cooperation.
The EU stepped up its support to media freedom and development in the Western Balkans, with a focus on media accountability, funding, capacity building, regional cooperation and young journalists. This was confirmed at the second EU-Western Balkans Media Days conference on 17-18 September in Skopje.
The Twinning project “Further upgrading of the Farm Accountancy Data Network (FADN) according to the new EU Regulation for FADN” is focuses on supporting the “Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Economy” (MAFWE) in improving the capacity of the institutions in the process of adaptation to the newly enforced EU legislation for establishing of a national Farm Accountancy Data Network (FADN) and improving the system of data quality check. The data provided by the Farm Accountancy Data Network shall be used for determining of the annual income of farms, economic analysis of farms, as well as for evaluation of the conditions in agriculture and agricultural product markets.
On the International Day for the World’s Indigenous Peoples, we celebrate the contributions of indigenous peoples to the diversity and richness of civilizations and cultures and indeed to our common heritage. It is also a day where we take stock of the many achievements in the recognition and realisation of their rights and identify the actions that the world community still needs to take, so that human rights are universally applied without any discrimination.