Croatia: Support to further development and strengthening of the Probation Service in Croatia (CRO PROBATION)

EU Twinning

Team leader: Esther Montero Pérez de Tudela
Junior project leader: Dr. Ioan Durnescu
RTA: Laura Negredo López
Responsible at the IRZ: Johannes Schlicht, Bojana Tadic

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This Twinning project, conducted by the IRZ and the Spanish partner institution FIIAPP (International and Ibero-American Foundation of Administration and Public Policies), the Secretariat General of the Prison Services in Spain (SGIP) and the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Croatia, was successfully concluded in 2017. The overarching goal of the project was to strengthen the efficiency of the judiciary of the Republic of Croatia in the criminal justice system. The total budget was EUR 700,000.

The project was implemented in the period from 15 April 2016 to 15 July 2017. The main components included:

  • Strengthening the probation system by improving the institutional capacity of the probation facilities
  • Further development of sustainable basic and further training in the probation service
  • Supporting the introduction of a pilot project for electronic monitoring
  • Improving the public perception of probation service (under consideration of financial and social aspects)
  • Training programmes for long-term needs were developed in 2017. Tried and tested practices and acknowledged principles of probation were exchanged in a large number of workshops, training measures, seminars and study visits in Germany and Spain.

The team consisted of experts from different member states: Spain, Germany, Romania and Belgium. They achieved the project targets in cooperation with Croatian experts from police authorities, the correctional and probation services, as well as judges and public prosecutors.

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Romania: Improving cooperation between judges and public notaries in cross-border civil matters


Keyexperts: Dr. Klaus-Peter Busch, Daniel Radke

Responsible at the IRZ: Dr Julie Trappe, Christian Schuster

The aim of the project, which ran for almost two years until November 2014, was to improve cooperation between public notaries and judges in cross-border matters. Together with its partners, the IRZ therefore offered further training in family law and inheritance law. Attention focused on relevant European regulations and on the case-law in these fields. The IRZ’s partners in this project were the Romanian Ministry of Justice, as a senior partner, the National Union of Public Notaries of Romania, the Council of the Notaries of the European Union and the Italian Foundation of Notaries (Fondazia Italiana del Notariato). Two conferences and six further training seminars formed part of the project. Furthermore, a practical guide was drafted both for notaries and for judges.


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Turkey: Strengthening Capacity Against Cybercrime

Project conclusion event in October 2014

Project conclusion event in October 2014

EU twinning

Project Leader: Walter Selter
RTA: Eduard Güroff
Responsible at the IRZ: Dr Julie Trappe, Banu Avuk

The project between the Turkish national police, the Gendarmerie and the judiciary on one side and the IRZ on the other was successfully completed in October 2014. It had a total budget of roughly 1.35 million Euro, and its term was 18 months plus a four-month extension. The project concerned the fight against cybercrime, and aimed to produce a standard complying with the EU’s “acquis communautaire”. The implementation of the project was trouble free and successful.

Since cybercrime is increasingly organised crime, and is probably the most common form of transnational crime, the measures taken against it must be based on extensive, efficient international cooperation in criminal prosecution. Turkish society is also increasingly dependent on information Staatsand communication technology, and is hence more prone to the dangers posed by cybercrime. This relates to attacks on confidentiality and on the integrity and availability of computer data and computer systems, such as by malware or botnets, or indeed child pornography. Activities against organised crime and economic crime, as well as against further forms of serious crime, including terrorism, urgently call for measures to address cybercrime.

This project was to improve the performance of prison and prosecution authorities, as well as enhancing cooperation between national, international, private and public institutions in the fight against cybercrime. The project furthermore supported the implementation of the national action plan against organised crime.

The project partners drew up proposed legal amendments in workshops in order to integrate the contents and goals of the Convention on Cybercrime into Turkish legislation. Short-term experts from Germany and other EU States travelled to Turkey to pass on their expertise in cooperation with their Turkish partners. Furthermore, study trips and work experience in Germany provided an opportunity to gain an understanding of the various approaches taken in the fight against cybercrime and to undergo training in best practices.

Component 1

In the first component, the project partners drew up drafts for legal amendments in compliance with EU directives and with the Convention on Cybercrime and the Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data.

Component 2

The second component related to the development of training courses for employees of the prosecution authorities, as well as public prosecutors and judges. For this, first of all the demand was analysed and then modules prepared for basic training and for advanced training courses.

Component 3

In the third component, examples were drawn up and presented demonstrating the establishment of 24-hour standby duty schemes for those individuals who are responsible for international police and legal cooperation. The project partners discussed the structure and possibilities of such a standby service and drew up a guideline for cooperation with other authorities.

Component 4

This component aimed to improve dialogue and cooperation between prosecution authorities and Internet service-providers with the aid of clear procedures and guidelines. For this, the project partners drew up a protocol which was fruitfully and successfully discussed. The Turkish Parliament ratified the Convention on Cybercrime during the implementation phase. Discussions are now ongoing on the adoption of an Act on Data Protection.


Funded by the European Union