There have been several projects initiated to support the implementation of the three European Framework Decisions. You can find an overview of the projects below.


Probation Observatory Network and Training (PONT)

Lead partner: University of Bucharest, Romania

Aim of the project:  to enhance the use of the EU Framework Decision 2008/947/JHA and Framework Decision 2009/829/JHA.

The objectives of the project are to offer training to the competent authorities on the two FDs and to create a sustainable network of experts in this field.

Visit the project page here.

STEPS 2 Resettlement

Lead partner: NOMS
Aim of the project: to support the effective delivery of Framework Decision (FD) 2008/909/JHA (transfer of prisoners) by investigating and analyzing the legal and practical obstacles that may hinder its implementation and execution in all Member States (MS).
Funded by: Criminal Justice Programme of the European UnionClick, to read the final report of the STEPS 2 project.

Implementation Support for Transferring of European Probation Sentences (ISTEP)

Lead partner: National Offender Management Service (UK)

Aim of the project: with regard to the implementation of EU Council Framework Decision 2008/947/JHA the project aims to enhance the ability of probation agencies and sentencers within each EU Member State to understand clearly and have confidence in probation processes and procedures within each legal jurisdiction across the European Union. This is done by producing a detailed description of the suspended sentences, alternative sanctions and conditional sentences that exist within each legal jurisdiction within the European Union. In addition it is planned to hold a series of meetings in which the issues and procedures surrounding the pre and early implementation phases can be discussed and resolved by Member State representatives.
Countries involved: UK, Bulgaria, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Romania, Spain
EU funding programme: criminal justice funding programme (JPEN)

Click on the link  to read the ISTEP Handbook ‘Implementation Support for the Transfer of European Probation Sentences’.

Developing the Use of Technical Tools in Cross-Border Resettlement (DUTT)

Lead partner: London Probation Trust

Aim of the project: in preparation for the Framework Decisions 2008/947 & 2008/909 to trial and study the effectiveness of two specific technical tools: video-conference technology (VCT) and touch screen facility (TSF) to improve access to resettlement information for offenders.
Countries involved: UK, Latvia, the Netherlands
EU funding programme: criminal justice funding programme (JPEN)

Click on the links to read a short summary, and the final conference report.

Preparation of the practical implementation of the framework decision on the mutual recognition of probation measures

Lead Partner: Federal Public Service Justice (B)

Aim of the project: to accompany the implementation of Framework Decision on the Transfer of Probation Sanctions and Alternative Measures (2008/947/JHA) by providing means for the next EU Presidencies (particularly by means of the national fact sheets) to intensively follow up the last phases of implementing the Framework Decision. A second objective is to produce good practice with a view to setting up a standard method for accompanying the implementation of mutual recognition instruments in the future.
Countries involved: Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Luxemburg, Slovakia, Spain, UK
EU funding programme: criminal justice funding programme (JPEN)

To visit the project website, click here.