Completion of EU-financed Twinning Project for improving the prison system in the Republic of Serbia
- Published: March 7, 2019
On 20 February 2019 the final event of the EU funded project “Improving capacities and capabilities within the prison system in the Republic of Serbia” was held in Belgrade.
The project, that lasted 20 month, was implemented by IRZ, its Junior Partner the Austrian Agency for Economic cooperation and Development (AED) and the Administration for the Enforcement of Penal Sanctions within the Ministry of Justice of Serbia.
The attendees were addressed by the Minister of Justice of the Republic of Serbia, Ms. Nela Kuburović, the Deputy Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Serbia, Ms Mateja Norčič Štampcar, German Ambassador to Serbia, H.E. Thomas Schieb, the Federal Minister of the Federal Ministry of Constitutional Affairs, Reform, Deregulation and Justice of the Republic of Austria, Dr Josef Moser, Assistant to the Minister of Finance of the Republic of Serbia, Mr Marko Jovanović and the Head of Section EU Twinning of the German Foundation for International Legal Cooperation (IRZ), Ms Franziska Simon. The results achieved during the implementation were presented by the Project Leader of the member state Ms. Krista Schipper and the Resident Twining Adviser, Mr. Samuli Laulumaa.
In view of Serbia's EU accession process, reforms of the Serbian prison system are required to meet appropriate standards related to criminal justice but also to ensure the fundamental rights of prisoners. In this context, the objective of the project was to improve the prison system through the transfer of expertise and good practices developed in the prison systems of EU member states. During the 20-month project, experts from IRZ and AED worked closely with colleagues from the Administration for Enforcement of Penal Sanctions. Training seminars, workshops, study visits and meetings were organised in order to improve the employability of prisoners and improve living and working conditions within the prison system in Serbia.
The experts in the project also worked on improving the organisational and technical capacities of the Centre for Training and Professional Education of the Administration for Enforcement of Penal Sanctions in Niš, which is responsible for the design and realisation of training programmes for prison staff. Through the project, training was provided to prison security services staff, treatment staff and health care staff. Vocational and Education training was provided to female prisoners in the Correctional Facility in Požarevac.