Justice and Legal Co-operation Department



Call for expression of interest for short-term consultants

The Action against Crime Department is looking for candidates for short-term consultants for cooperation activities the Council of Europe implements or will be implementing in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, “The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”, Ukraine and other countries member of the Council of Europe.

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Refurbishment of temporary detention isolator in Moldova
Chisinau, 9 February 2012

On 9 February 2012, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova Vlad Filat inaugurated the temporary detention isolator of the Chisinau General Police Commissariat. The isolator was refurbished in compliance with the European Prison Rules and the CPT standards within the Joint Programme between the European Union and the Council of Europe “Democracy Support in the Republic of Moldova”. The refurbishment was preceded by an expert evaluation and submission of a report with recommendations on the refurbishment plan and conditions to be met in order to comply with the Council of Europe standards, such as minimum space for detainees and other appropriate facilities (light, ventilation, etc.) The Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Moldova was involved actively in all phases of the refurbishment. The conditions in this particular isolator after refurbishment works improved substantially and it shall constitute a model of compliance with minimum standards of detention conditions for the national authorities in the future efforts to improve the situation in other similar facilities.

Source of the pictures: Unimedia, Council of Europe Office in the Republic of Moldova


Workshop on the community policing curriculum of the Police Academy “Stefan cel Mare”
Chisinau, 26-27 September 2011

The Joint Programme between the Council of Europe and the European Union “Democracy Support in Moldova” in co-operation with the Police Academy “Stefan cel Mare” organised a workshop on the community policing curriculum of the Police Academy “Stefan cel Mare” During the workshop the CoE experts, Mr Elmar Nurmela, Estonia, and Ms Sirpa Virta, Finland and the representatives of the Police Academy “Stefan cel Mare” held discussions on the concept of community policing (leadership, strategic framework, police accountability), its relevance to the civil society, introduction of competency based police education and teaching community policing in higher education institutions. Additionally, the CoE experts provided their opinion on the reflection of the community policing principles in the current curriculum of the Police Academy. The participants to the workshop highly appreciated the interactive sessions during which they had the possibility to share their experience on subject matter topics - roles of uniformed officers in relation to community policing principles, methods of improving police officers work according to these principles, and ways of motivating police officers to work for the police service.

Georgian authorities continue their path towards the eradication of ill treatment
Tbilisi, 20-21 July 2011

A mission to Tbilisi took place on 20-21 July to discuss with the authorities the implementation of the European Union / Council of Europe Joint Programme on "Reinforcing the fight against ill-treatment and impunity". Meetings were held with the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Ministry of Corrections and Legal Aid, the Supreme Court and the High Council of Justice. The project aims at implementing the recommendations formulated in the Country Reports prepared under a project which ended on 30 June 2011 and which covers Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. In Georgia, the tailor-made activities will contribute to the implementation of the Action Plan against Torture adopted by the authorities and will focus on the following areas: the establishment of a reliable statistics system, the streamlining of procedures to investigate allegations of ill-treatment by prosecutors, the examination of the possibility of setting up a body for independent investigation, the role of the judge in investigating allegations of ill-treatment in an adversarial system (including the corroboration of evidence) and the role of special unit police in anti-riot activities. Penitentiary institutions will be targeted as well. The project has a €1, 5M budget funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe and will last until 31 December 2013.

Conference in Chisinau, Moldova, on reforming the ministry of internal affairs of the Republic of Moldova and its subordinate divisions: challenges, solutions and perspectives to achieve
Chisinau, Moldova, 19 April 2011

On 19 April 2011 a conference on “Reforming the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Moldova and its subordinate divisions: challenges, solutions and perspectives to achieve” was held in Chisinau, Moldova. The conference was co-organised by the Police Academy Stefan cel Mare and the Council of Europe within the Joint Programme Democracy Support Moldova. The conference was opened by the Prime Minister of Moldova, Mr. Filat and Minister of Internal Affairs Mr. Roibu. The conference was attended by a range of senior officials from the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA), the Moldovan Government, NGOs and the international community. Minister Roibu stated explicitly that MIA reform is a general condition for progress in Moldova. The Moldovan speakers focused their presentations on the MIA Reform Concept. They identified problems existing within the current legislative framework; they also made an assessment of the work of the MIA organs and the enhanced role of the Carabineers, on demilitarisation and on public opinion. International experts from Northern Ireland, Georgia and Romania spoke about good practices in their national reforms. The Police Academy will draft a resolution, based on the conclusions reached at the conference.

Workshop "Make Ethics Grow!"
Strasbourg, 24-25 February

On the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the European Code of Police Ethics (ECPE), an international workshop is held at the Council of Europe Headquarters in Strasbourg on 24 and 25 February 2011. The workshop is made possible by a generous contribution of the German government and organised by the Directorate General of Human Rights and Legal Affairs (Prisons and Police Unit).

The ECPE was adopted by the Committee of Ministers in 2001 and the Directorate General of Human Rights and Legal affairs decided to renew efforts to disseminate its key principles among front line police officers.

The Code provides guidelines to help police officers uphold the law in a way that serves the public in a democratic society. Participants are senior police officers, senior staff members of the police academies and of the Ministries of the Interior from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Moldova, Montenegro and Serbia as well as individual experts from Germany, England and Slovenia and representatives of the OSCE . They will discuss good practices for the implementation of the European Code of Police Ethics on the ground. The experiences that are reflected in the discussions provide possible directions for further development of this instrument.(More)

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  • European Code of Police Ethics
  • Police reform
  • Public order, riot control and use of force
  • Combating ill-treatment and impunity
  • Policing minorities
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Tanja Rakusic-Hadzic
Head, Prisons and Police Unit

Willemien Los
Project Manager, Prisons and Police Unit

Directorate General of Human Rights and Legal Affairs
Council of Europe
F-67075 Strasbourg Cedex
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