As part of the second phase of the European Union and the Council of Europe co-funded cooperation framework “Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey” (Horizontal Facility II), the Council of Europe implements a Regional Action on “Enhancing penitentiaries capacities in addressing radicalization in prisons in Western Balkans”. The Action is implemented in close cooperation with the Ministries of Justice and the P/CVE coordination bodies of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Republic of Serbia, Montenegro, North Macedonia…. The Action includes a wide spectrum of other national stakeholders and civil society organizations active in the penitentiary field and countering violent extremism and radicalisation in prisons.

The main aim of the Action is to enhance regional security by improving the inter-institutional exchange of knowledge and good practices in the region in respect of radicalization in prisons, with a view on providing penitentiary system staff with necessary standards, tools and instruments needed to respond appropriately. Another important goal is to empower in-county multi-agency coordination to counter radicalization in prison and to provide adequate post-penal support to released violent extremist offenders.

The Action will also assist the national authorities to ensure that the application of the tools and mechanisms on national level with regards to addressing radicalisation in prisons further strengthens in light of the identified good practices in the region.

The Action’s duration is set at 36 months and it is expected to be completed by 23 May 2022, with an overall budget of 2,000,000.000 Euros.

* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence.

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Assessment tool for Violent extremist Prisoners (VEPs) in Kosovo* developed

8 July 2020 Strasbourg/Pristina

The working group (WG) on the development of rehabilitation tools and programme for violent extremist prisoners (VEPs) in Kosovo continued its work towards the finalisation of the VEP-specific risk and needs assessment (RNA) tool and its user’s guide. The session took place on 08 July 2020 as...

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Well trained prison and probation staff are precondition to successful disengagement and reintegration of violent extremist offenders (VEOs)

6-7 July 2020

The second regional Working Group session on „Capacity building and training of prison and probation staff on addressing radicalisation and violent extremism“ discussed the needs and strengths of the current training and education curricula applied in practice in all 6 Beneficiaries in the...

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Practices related to rehabilitation of Violent Extremist Prisoners (VEPs) exchanged between prison staff from the Western Balkans region

9-10 June 2020

The second regional Working Group on rehabilitation and disengagement from violence of VEPs in the Western Balkans (WB) region took place via an on-line platform on 09-10 June 2020. Mr Gianluca Esposito, Head of the Action against Crime Department of the Council of Europe, welcomed the...

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First grant signed under the Regional Action on addressing radicalisation in Western Balkans

20 May 2020 Strasbourg/Pristina

The first grant for the organisition of local inter-agency coordination forums on enhancing the management and rehabilitation of violent extremis prisoners (VEPs) has been signed with regards to Kosovo*. The recipient of the grant, namely the Kosovo Corrections Service (KCS), confirmed their...

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Prison staff in Serbia equipped with the Basic screening tool for identification of violent extremist behaviour

April 2020 Belgrade, Serbia

Notwithstanding the challenges that COVID 19 outbreak imposed on the everyday professional life of the prison authorities, a Working Group (WG) composed of representatives of Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Internal Affairs, prison management and prison staff in Serbia developed a Basic...

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First Working Group session on rehabilitation tools for violent extremist offenders (VEO)

16 April 2020 Pristina, Kosovo*

The first session of the working group (WG) on the development of rehabilitation tools for violent extremist offenders (VEO) in Kosovo* provided the CoE international consultant with the necessary local input needed for the development of the VEO specific identification and rehabilitation tools...

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Serbia received recommendations for effective radicalisation prevention and addressing violent extremism in prisons

29 January 2020 Belgrade, Serbia

More than 30 recommendations referring to enhancement of the Serbian penitentiary capacities in preventing and addressing radicalisation and violent extremism in prisons were voiced at a Round Table on January 29th, 2020 in Belgrade, organised by the Council of Europe and supported by the...

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Discussing post-penal assistance to violent extremist offenders in the Western Balkans region

21-22 January 2020 Skopje, North Macedonia

The Council of Europe assists the six Western Balkans Horizontal Beneficiaries, namely Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia, in overcoming the shortcomings and practical deficiencies and building synergies throughout the region related to identification...

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Enhancing training provision in Western Balkans region with regards to radicalisation in prisons

11-12 december 2019 Tirana, Albania

The Council of Europe assists the six Western Balkans Horizontal Beneficiaries, namely Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia, in overcoming the shortcomings and practical deficiencies and building synergies throughout the region related to identification...

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Addressing radicalisation in prisons and fighting violent extremism in the Western Balkans with EU and Council of Europe support

22 October 2019 Sarajevo

The growing number of violent extremist offenders, including foreign terrorists fighters, in prisons in the Western Balkans calls for reconsidering the existing measures and common approaches to dealing with this category of inmates, concluded the participants of the conference “Facilitating...

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