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06 April 2020

Activity Details (ID# 17082)  

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Title Regional closing conference to discuss training curricula and programmes in the Western Balkans 
Description Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, “The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”, Montenegro and Serbia, including Kosovo
Duration: 2 days
Status Completed 
Date 18/03/2008 - 19/03/2008 
Location Budva, Montenegro
Countries CoE Members: Albania / Bosnia and Herzegovina / Croatia / Montenegro / Serbia / ''the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia''
Others: Kosovo*
Groups: Multilateral
  Joint Programme Activity - SEE-PrisonRef
Joint Programme EC/CoE
JP SEE-PrisonRef - CARDS - Development of a reliable and functioning Prison system respecting fundamental rights and standards and enhancing of regional co-operation in the Western Balkans    (Logframe)  (Activities)
Project Purpose 1 - 2007/DGHL/JP/1716   SEE-PrisonRef - Develop and encourage regional cooperation in the penitentiary field
Expected Result 1.1 - Development of regional guidelines for harmonised prison strategies
Council of Europe Programme of Activities
I – Rule of Law
Line of Action ⇒ II.3 – Strengthening the security of European citizens
Programme ☆ II.3.2  European standards for crime control
Project 2008/DGHL/1418 Targeted support for national prison systems
Expected Result 1 Concrete measures undertaken by member states aimed at improving the management of prison systems.

Working Method

Organisation of meetings - Conference 
Directorate (Service) Human Rights and Legal Affairs (Cooperation - Legal and Human Rights Capacity Building Department)
CoE Contact RAKUSIC-HADZIC, Tanja   email
Last Modified 04/12/2008 

Activity Synopsis (ID# 17082) (Hide Synopsis)

Objective(s) To mark officially the completion of the Project, review the results achieved under the spacific objectives and extracts points of refercence in those fields where there was some regional convergance. 
Output/Results The conference permitted an exchange of experience and good practices between the beneficiary countries on a range of questions related to prison reform and development. Under Specific Objective 1, the participants suggested that given the many efforts and initiatives by the participating countries, they themselves should not hesitate to draw on each other’s experiences. Any facilitation by the CoE was welcomed but these steps could also be taken directly by the countries themselves. The Project had not resulted in any formalised harmonisation. The professional networking encouraged during the Project, in connection with the three regional conferences in particular, should continue informally. On Specific Objective 2, the conference found that the work had been a quite successful exercise with good commitment at institutional and participant level. More training materials were needed which should be available in translation and adapted according to the country needs. The local trainers trained should maintain the skills acquired over the past year through updates, such as annual refresher training organised by the CoE. Reviewing the results under Specific Objective 3, the conference agreed that prison administrations should be encouraged to prioritise the development of a regulatory framework, using the guidelines and key principles prepared under the Project as a basis for the shaping of a system and the accompanying regulations, taking account of individual country needs. Finally, having regard to the project-related results under Specific Objective 4, the participants requested further training to deal with the implications of vulnerable groups and special high risk prisoners. To be fully effective, this should be accompanied by additional resources and investment in the necessary infrastructure. Experiences from other European jurisdictions confirmed the long-term nature of this process.

Conclusions/Follow Up  
Participants The conference was attended by the Minister of Justice of Montenegro and by representatives of the EC Delegation in Montenegro and in Serbia and the OSCE Montenegro as well as by representatives from the prison authorities of the beneficiary countries, 2 CoE experts and 5 members of the Secretariat.

Consultants/Experts Eric Svanidze
irena Kriznik
Linehard Dreger 
CoE Secretariat Hanne Juncher
Tanja Rakusic-Hadzic
David Cupina
Elira Kokona
Ekaterina Kirilenko 
Total No. Participants 60 
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  * All reference to Kosovo, whether to the territory, institutions or population, in this text shall be understood in full compliance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo.  
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