The Joint Programme “Capacity Building of the Law Enforcement Agencies for Appropriate Treatment of Detained and Sentenced Persons”, funded by the European Union, was implemented by the Council of Europe in close partnership with the final beneficiaries, namely the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Internal Affairs. The programme was implemented in the period 01December 2012 – 30 November 2015, with a total budget amounting to EUR 2,100,000, where the allocation by the European Union was EUR 1,800,000, the Council of Europe contributed with EUR 100,000 and the national contribution by the Government was EUR 200,000.

The programme focused on two major components, notably on the police service and the penitentiary system in the country.

With respect to the police service, the programme aim was to develop the capacities and strengthen the professionalism in guaranteeing full observance of fundamental rights of the persons held in police custody, through an efficient and reliable regulatory and operational framework.

With respect to the prison system, the programme aimed at strengthening the organizational and management capacity of the penitentiary with a view to ensuring full protection of human rights in the treatment of detained and sentenced persons.

Council of Europe consultants provided expertise on a regular basis, as coordinating consultants, or on an ad hoc,short-term basis for individual activities requesting specific expertise. During the programme lifespan, more than 50 consultants and experts, both international and national, have been involved and contributed towards the achievement of the results.

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Strengthening the coordination between the internal and external prison inspection bodies

7-9/10/2015 Bitola, Shtip, Skopje

Three 1-day round tables on strengthening the coordination between the internal and external prison inspection bodies were held from 7 to 9 October in Bitola, Shtip and Skopje. The aim of the round tables was to present the wider professional audience with the new prison inspection manual...

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Presentation of the National Strategy on development of the penitentiary system

29/09/2015 Skopje

On 29 September 2015, a press conference for presentation of the National Strategy on development of the penitentiary system wаs organized at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Skopje, with participation of: H.E. Mr. Aivo Orav, Head of the Delegation of the European Union, Mr Adnan Jashari, Minister of...

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Specialised Training for members of the police internal control sector

21-23/09/2015 Ohrid

A 3-day specialised training on human rights and police proceedings, discrimination, and hate speech for the staff of the Sector of Internal Control and Professional Standards (SICPS) within the Ministry of Internal Affairs was held from 21 to 23 September 2015 in Ohrid. The training was...

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