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28 March 2020

Activity Details (ID# 17087)  

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Title Regional Workshop to share good practices on prison strategies 
Status Completed 
Date 21/06/2007 - 22/06/2007 
Location Skopje, ''the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia''
Countries CoE Members: Albania / Bosnia and Herzegovina / Croatia / Montenegro / Serbia / ''the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia''
Regions: South-East Europe
Others: Kosovo*
  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 2007/DGHL/1134 Criminal law and penal sanctions - prison systems and alternatives to imprisonment
Expected Result 3 Revised European Prison Rules (EPR) and recommendation on remand in custody: standards are implemented

Working Method

Organisation of meetings - Workshop (excl. training) 
Directorate Human Rights and Legal Affairs 
CoE Contact ATAMAN, Zeynep-Pelin   email
Last Modified 02/12/2008 

Activity Synopsis (ID# 17087) (Hide Synopsis)

Objective(s) Develop and encourage regional cooperation in the penitentiary field in the Western Balkans with a view to establishing harmonised national prison strategies in line with European standards 
Output/Results The Regional Workshop was composed of three separate workshops covering management of prisons, safety and security in prisons, and prisoners’ rights.
The discussions in the workshops were specific and the experts were able to make a substantive contribution. However, as raised in a preliminary manner in the Inception Report, it was confirmed that the majority of the beneficiary countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Kosovo, ''the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia'') did not at present have in place national strategies which could be the subject of harmonisation. 
Conclusions/Follow Up Although the beneficiary countries have signalled their interest in developing national strategies, it seems that at this stage the harmonisation of national strategies cannot be achieved within the duration of the present project as considerable work would first have to be done on the development of individual national strategies. 
Participants 52 participants attended the Regional Workshop, out of which 16 were representatives of the beneficiary countries, 3 Council of Europe experts, and 5 members of the Secretariat. International organisations (EC, OSCE, EAR) present in ''the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia'' also took part in the Regional Workshop. 
CoE Secretariat  
Total No. Participants 55 
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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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