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06 April 2020

Activity Details (ID# 31303)  

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Title Seminar on European standards and practices on probation 
Description The Republic of Moldova implements reforms of the criminal justice system and introduced probation and community service and other forms of alternative punishment, leading to a decrease in the total population incarcerated and the improvement of conditions of detention.

The aim of probation is to contribute to a fair criminal justice process, as well as to public safety by preventing and reducing the occurrence of offences. Probation agencies are among the key agencies of justice and that their work has an impact on the reduction of the prison population

The seminar is intended to discuss the quality of the regulatory framework and the effectiveness of its implementation in the Republic of Moldova. 
Status Completed 
Date 07/06/2011 
Location Chisinau, Republic of Moldova
Countries CoE Members: Republic of Moldova
  Joint Programme Activity - MLD-DemSupport
Joint Programme EC/CoE
JP MLD-DemSupport - Democracy Support Programme    (Logframe)  (Activities)
Project Purpose 4 - 2010/DGHL/JP/2447   Support to the Ombudsman institution
Expected Result 4.6 - European standards and practices pertaining to probation are promoted through assessment of the existing system in Moldova, exchange of information and trainings provided to the Ombudsman institution, Probation Service and other stakeholders.
Council of Europe Programme of Activities
I – Human Rights
Line of Action ⇒ I.2 – Promoting Human Rights
Programme ☆ I.2.3  Capacity building: awareness and training

Working Method

Organisation of meetings - Conference 
Directorate (Service) Human Rights and Legal Affairs (Cooperation - Legal and Human Rights Capacity Building Department)
CoE Contact ,   email
Partners Ministry of Justice - National Institution
Department of Penitentiary Institutions - National Institution
Probation Service - National Institution
Web Pages
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1 http://www.jp.coe.int/  
Last Modified 11/01/2012 

Activity Synopsis (ID# 31303) (Hide Synopsis)

Objective(s) Objectives of the seminar included the following:
• To introduce the participants on the revised Council of Europe Probation Rules;
• To discuss with national stakeholders on implementation of probation across Europe;
• To discuss the achievements and difficulties of the probation system under implementation in Moldova since 2008 and to analyse ways of improving the functioning and efficiency of this system. 
Output/Results The training seminar on the “European Probation Rules and best practices” took place in Vadul-lui-Voda, in cooperation with the Probation Service of the Republic of Moldova. The experts presented the experience and good practices of Germany, Luxemburg and Greece in implementation of probation systems.

The seminar was carried out by introducing the participants on the revised Council of Europe Probation Rules; discussing with national stakeholders on implementation of probation across Europe; discussing also achievements and difficulties of the probation system under implementation of the Law on probation and analysing ways of improving the functioning and efficiency of this system. The experts revealed the European experience on how problems related to the probation system are solved. They presented topics like: how to make the CoE’s 2010 European probation Rules operational, key elements of good practice on the cooperation between prison, probation and the judiciary system, structure and best practices of probation services in Germany, standards in activity of probation services from the initial interview, the assessment, up to counselling and the model of community service in Greece. In the discussions that followed the presentations, examples were given on how challenges are dealt with in European practices and also solutions that may serve as inspiration for the Moldovan implementation of the new law.
Conclusions/Follow Up Some 30 participants representing different stakeholders were acquainted with European probation standards. The questions which were raised, indicated that the focus of participants remains practical work and that there is a real need for further information (e.g. how to draw up a pre-sentence report). Besides the discussed, the training was a valuable opportunity for the participants from Moldova and the European Union to exchange experience and knowledge.

Success of the seminar was dependant on the participation of individuals from different agencies and departments, therefore further optimisation can be achieved by the inclusion and participation of judges and prosecutors in similar activities.
Participants Probation officers, police officers, prosecutors and judges. 
Consultants/Experts - Ms Stamatina Poulou (Greece)
- Mr Guy Schmit (Luxembourg)
- Mr Klaus Schwarz (Germany).
CoE Secretariat Leonid Antohi 
Total No. Participants 35 
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