The European Commission and the Council of Europe announced on 11th April the launching of a joint initiative – EU/CoE Horizontal Facility for Western Balkans and Turkey – to assist partners in the Western Balkans and Turkey in addressing challenges in the areas of rule of law and human rights. The initiative will support reforms of the judiciary, fight against corruption and organised crime, protection of the rights of vulnerable groups and the promotion of anti-discrimination policies. The European Commission will provide €20 million and the Council of Europe €5 million to support the initiative for the period of three years. In addition, the initiative will provide Council of Europe expertise for legislative analysis and policy advice on request from the beneficiaries. More information is available here.