- Published: October 4, 2018
Closing conference for the “Renforcement des institutions de l'administration pénitentiaire” twinning project in Tunisia
On 26 September 2018, the closing conference for the “Renforcement des institutions de l'administration pénitentiaire” twinning project took place in a festive atmosphere in Tunis. The project with a budget of EUR 1.85 million has been brought to a successful conclusion after 36 months.
The celebratory ceremony was opened with speeches by the Tunisian Minister of Justice, Ghazi Jeribi, and by the EU Ambassador in Tunis, Patrice Bergamini. These were followed by addresses from other high-ranking participants and guests, including:
- Sophie Vanhaeverbeke, EU delegation leader in Tunis,
- Olivier Poivre d'Arvor, French Ambassador,
- Jalloul Chelbi, Head of the PARJ (Programme d'Appui à la Réforme de la Justice),
- Stéphane Bredin, Head of the French prisons department,
- Elyes Zalleg, Head of the Twinning Project in Tunis and of the General Delegation for Prison Administration and Reintegration (DGAPR),
- Nicole Cochet, Managing Director of the French lead partner, JCI,
- Philippe Pottier, Head of the Twinning Project and
- Mohamed Montasser Abidi, Twinning Junior Project Manager IRZ.
Representatives from the prison authorities in the Tunisian Ministry of Justice also took part in the event.
During the closing celebrations, particular attention was paid to the successful implementation of the project. The efforts made by partner countries to help achieve project goals were also stressed.
The project achieved the following objectives:
- Improvement of the institutional capacities of the General Delegation for Prison Administration and Reintegration by training prison officers,
- Support for the reform of the National University of Prisons and Reintegration through the development of a new training programme and
- Introduction of a national probation system through the development of a new handbook and the training of new probation officers.
In Tunisia, the reform of the prison system is a subject that is increasingly taking centre stage. Therefore, there continues to be a strong requirement for ongoing cooperation in this field.