Egypt: Supporting and upgrading the institutional, technical and raising awareness capabilities of the Egyptian Patent Office (EGPO)

EU Twinning

Project Manager: Javier Vera Roa
Junior Project Manager Germany: Karin Friehe
Junior Project Manager Denmark: Søren Christian Thomsen
RTA: Pedro Cartagena Abella
Responsible at the IRZ: Katharina Tegeder, Andreea Pop

The IRZ is a junior partner in the organisation of the EU twinning project “Supporting and upgrading the institutional, technical and raising awareness capabilities of the Egyptian Patent Office (EGPO)”, which has been led since the beginning of this year by the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office (project leader), alongside the Danish Patent and Trademark Office as another junior partner. The project is due to run for 24 months with a budget of EUR 1.5 million.

The EU twinning project is set to improve the technical and institutional capabilities of the Egyptian Patent Office, in order to increase the number of patent applications and improve the protection of intellectual property in Egypt. Another objective is to bring together the academic world with small and medium-sized enterprises and to familiarise them with patent application in compliance with EU standards. The IRZ will focus in particular on the following subjects:

  • The development of guidelines and handbooks for the various departments of the Egyptian Patent Office to help them optimise their work processes
  • Further training for patent examiners

The first step will be to develop specific guidelines for the acceptance, processing and issue of patent applications and for the execution of everyday work processes and to bring these into line with the relevant legal provisions of the EU and with the practices and standards of patent offices in EU member states. Secondly, once the training requirement for patent examiners has been established, the relevant training courses will follow. 

The IRZ will support these project requirements by regularly sending experts from the German Federal Patent Court and from the German Trademark and Patent Office to Cairo. These experts will train Egyptian patent examiners in training sessions, workshops and seminars.

Funded by the European Union

Morocco: Assistance technique auprès de la Délégation Générale à l'Administration Pénitentiaire et à la Réinsertion pour appuyer la mise en œuvre des Politiques de réinsertion sociale des détenus et de prévention de la récidive*

During the steering committee meetings on 24 June 2019
During the steering committee meetings on 24 June 2019

EU Technical Assistance

Team Leader: Pedro-Yves Diaz-Barrionuevo
Responsible at the IRZ: Teresa Thalhammer, Felix Plaßmann

Since the end of 2018, the IRZ, in partnership with the leading partner DMI Associates from France, has been implementing this project for further reforms of the prison system in Morocco, together with B&S Europe from Belgium and another French partner, GEPSA. The total budget is EUR 3 million, and the project is running for 34 months.

Over the past years, Morocco has initiated far-reaching political and institutional reforms, which the EU project is now continuing. The main target of the Moroccan prison reform is enhancing the rule of law by modernising the prison system, in particular by respecting human rights standards with regard to detention conditions. The EU supports Morocco by financing this project, which provides for various measures to be carried out for the reintegration of released prisoners into civil society. It is also intended to prevent recidivism of former offenders.

The project is aimed at the following targets, subdivided into five components:

Component 1

  • Enhancing communication between doctors, police, prison staff and prisoners
  • raising the prison staff’s awareness during the admission, diagnostic assessment and care for prisoners
  • improving the individual supervision of prisoners

Component 2

  • Initiating programmes to provide support in the social reintegration of prisoners
  • accompanying training of prison officers

Component 3

  • Developing the cooperation between universities and law enforcement agencies;
  • promoting research in law enforcement.

Component 4

  • Setting up a network to provide support in the reintegration of prisoners;
  • involving different players from civil society;
  • coordinating different measures through the network.

Component 5

  • Ensuring communication and raising awareness for the prison reform regarding measures for social reintegration and for the prevention of recidivism.

The main beneficiary of the project is the Moroccan General Delegation for Prison Administration and Reintegration (Délégation Génerale de l’Administration Pénitentaire - DGAPR), which is in charge of enforcing criminal law sanctions and running penal institutions.

The project team consists of the team leader, two long-term experts and many international and national short-term experts. It closely cooperates with other projects in Morocco, especially with IRZ projects within the framework of their bilateral work, thus creating synergies and preventing overlaps.

* Project for improving the administration in Moroccan prisons and for reintegrating released prisoners 

Funded by the European Union

Albania: Consolidation of the Justice System in Albania (EURALIUS V)

The project team
The project team

EU Grant

Team leader: Dr. Agnes Bernhard
Responsible at the IRZ: Nathalie Herbeck, Anastasia Schmieder

Website: EURALIUS V in Albania

Fortunately, the IRZ won the EU financed EURALIUS V project as leading partner. It is seamlessly continuing the EURALIUS IV project which has successfully been carried out in Albania since autumn 2014. 

The total project volume is approx. EUR 7.5 million and it will run for 36 months. A team of around 40 members is budgeted in total, including 16 international experts, 13 local long-term experts and 10 team members in charge of the project administration. 

Judge Dr. Agnes Bernhard from Austria is again the resident team leader. 

The Consortium partners are:

  • the “Centre for International Legal Cooperation” (CILC) from the Netherlands,
  • the “Agency for Economic Development” (AED) from Austria and
  • the “Consiglo Superiore della Magistratura“ (CSM) from Italy.

The first two organisations have already been involved in EURALIUS IV. 

EURALIUS V deals with the overall consolidation of the current judicial reform. It is planned to set up new judicial administration authorities within the constitutional reform in Albania, which has been delayed so far for various political reasons. The EURALIUS V project has started in a very sensitive phase, since the outcome of the current vetting procedure, i.e. the review of all judges and public prosecutors, will be a key factor for the establishment of new institutions and the implementation of planned reforms.

Funded by the European Union