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Seminar on
“Overview of sport in European prisons: how the penitentiary rules in relation to sport are implemented in practice”
5 March 2013 Strasbourg


Under the Andorran Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers, EPAS organised a seminar to bring together experts from both the penitentiary and sporting authorities in Europe.

The aim of the seminar was to discuss the well-being and socialising of prisoners in detention and facilitating their re-integration into society through sport so as to enable them to change their behaviour and attitudes, develop their ability to work and live together and learn to respect others, including opponents, and to comply with rules.


    · Speeches and presentations

Xavier Espot Zamora, Minister of Justice and Interior of Andorra

Julien Morel d’Arleux, Prison Service Directorate, Ministry of Justice, France

Snežana Samardžić Marković, Council of Europe

Mauro Palma, PC-CP

Harald Føsker, PC-CP

Philippe De Witte, Flemish Sports Federation

José Devís Devís, University of Valencia

Kris Hermans, De Rode Antraciet vzw

Rob Allen, Penal Reform International

Rosie Meek, Teesside University

Marc Theeboom, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Jan Kleijssen, Information Society and Action against Crime Directorate, Council of Europe

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