- Published: September 21, 2017
The Republic of Serbia Ministry of Justice and the European Union launched an eighteen-month Twinning project “Improving capacities and capabilities within the prison system in the Republic of Serbia”, which is being implemented in partnership with Germany and Austria. The project, which is worth 1 million EUR, has the objective to improve the prison system of the Republic of Serbia through a transfer of experiences, expertise and good practices developed in EU member countries.
The opening ceremony marking the start of the project was held on 15 September 2017 at the Palace of Serbia and audiences were addressed by:
- Sem Fabrizi, Ambassador, Head of the EU Delegation in Serbia
- Dr. Wolfgang Brandstetter, Vice-Chancellor of Austria
- Nela Kuburović, Minister of Justice of the Republic of Serbia
- Dušan Čarkić, Assistant Minister of Finance Contracts and Financing of EU Funded Projects (CFCU) and
- Katharina Tegeder, Coordinator for EU-projects, IRZ
IRZ as the Lead Member State Partner was entrusted with responsibility to successfully carry out the implementation of the project, supported by the Agency for Economic Cooperation and Development (aed) from Austria as the Junior Member State Partner.
Implementation phase commenced on 04 July 2017 with the arrival of the Resident Twinning Adviser, Catalin Bejan, in Serbia. Our project team is located in the premises of the Centre for Training and Vocational Education of the Administration for Enforcement of Penal Sanctions in Niš from where they will coordinate the implementation.
In accordance with the real need to continue to strengthen the capacities of the prison system in the Republic of Serbia, the Twinning Project is funded by the EU and designed to contribute to the professional development of prison staff through improving the quality of their education and training in order to strengthen the overall capacities of the Administration for Enforcement of Penal Sanctions.
Over the next 18 months, experts from the Germany and Austria will work closely with colleagues from the Administration for Enforcement of Penal Sanctions. A series of analysis, training seminars, workshops, study visits and meetings will be organised in order to improve the employability of convicted persons while also improving the living and working conditions within the prison system in Serbia.
More specifically, project experts will work on the improvement of organisational and technical capacities of the Centre for Training and Vocational Education of the Administration for Enforcement of Penal Sanctions in Niš which will help to prepare and deliver training programmes for the staff employed within the system of enforcement of criminal sanctions. A number of training sessions will be organised for the staff of the security service, treatment service and health service in the institutes for enforcement of criminal sanctions as well as vocational education of female inmates in the Penal Correctional Institute in Požarevac.
The project is principally funded by the EU and co-funded by the Republic of Serbia. The beneficiary of this project is the Administration for Enforcement of Penal Sanctions of the Ministry of Justice, while the contracting authority on behalf of Serbia is the Department for Contracting and Financing of EU Funded Programs.