On 9th December CEP organized a second seminar in the Framework of the HELP project (Radicalisation Prevention, Judicial Response to Terrorism & International Cooperation in Criminal Matters’ (HELP RP-TERR-ICCM)

The event addressed the key issues of rehabilitation and building up working relationships, and participants were introduced into these topics by three excellent presenters: Mr. Robert Örell (independent expert and co-chair of the RAN rehabilitation working group, Sweden), Ms. Saray Valdivieso (prison psychologist, Spain Catalonia) and Professor Ioan Durnescu (University of Bucharest, Romania). Also Eva Massa from the Council of Europe took the floor to tell the audience about the HELP project in general.

HELP project

Since the beginning of 2020 CEP is partner in the so-called HELP project, led by the Council of Europe. The European Union (EU) and the Council of Europe (CoE) often work together in the area of criminal matters. Considering the global nature of the cross-border crime, an effective response to such a challenge, while respecting human rights and allowing citizens to live in an area of freedom, security and justice, requires intense international cooperation. In this regard, it is essential to improve the coordination of investigations and prosecutions and the cooperation between the competent authorities in the Member States, particularly by facilitating the execution of international mutual legal assistance requests and the implementation of extradition requests.

The project’s main objective is to improve justice cooperation in criminal matters and to contribute to the effective and coherent application of related European instruments through increasing capacities and mutual trust of justice practitioners. The emphasis is on transnational cooperation and the following priorities: mutual recognition of instruments; judicial responses to terrorism, notably on reinforcing the prevention of radicalisation, especially in prisons; issues related to pre-trial detention, in particular raising awareness of case law of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR); the functioning of European and other international Treaties/legal instruments on international co-operation in criminal matters.

The presentations of the seminar can be downloaded below.


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