Strengthening the capacities of the penitentiary system in North Macedonia
20 févr. 2024
North Macedonia’s External Oversight Mechanism stakeholders raise their capacities on effective investigationsSkopje, North Macedonia 15 - 16 February 2024
In the framework of the continuous assistance to public authorities in North Macedonia for the...
23 janv. 2024Skopje, North Macedonia 22 January 2024
Twelve doctors and other medical personnel working in seven penitentiary institutions in North...
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Children’s corner and bakery oven inaugurated in Kumanovo Prison with EU and Council of Europe supportSkopje, North Macedonia 13 December 2023
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10 nov. 2023Skopje, North Macedonia 10 November 2023
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30 oct. 2023Skopje, North Macedonia 19 October 2023
Specific actions necessary for an improved provision of healthcare in prisons were discussed at a...
2 oct. 2023
Raising the capacities of penitentiary staff in North Macedonia through the development of a structured training systemSkopje, North Macedonia 2 October 2023
A particular focus of the EU and Council of Europe joint support in North Macedonia is to assist...
13 févr. 2023
Execution of ECHR’s judgements and the functioning of the External Oversight Mechanism discussed at a roundtable in SkopjeSkopje 13 February 2023
The authorities in North Macedonia are committed to working closely with the Council of Europe...
9 mars 2023
Authorities in North Macedonia engage to further enhance pre-release preparation and post-penal supportSkopje, North Macedonia 7 March 2023
North Macedonia’s stakeholders discussed the needs and specifics of developing Standard Operating...
3 avr. 2023Skopje, North Macedonia 29 - 30 March 2023
A group of experienced staff coming from the Directorate for the Execution of Sanctions (DES) and...
The action ‘Strengthening the capacities of the penitentiary system in North Macedonia’ is assisting the authorities in North Macedonia in enhancing the prison reform, as well as the protection of prisoners’ human rights.
In line with Council of Europe’s standards and best practices, the action is contributing in the process of improving the protection of human rights of the persons deprived of liberty. The action is being implemented in co-operation with the Directorate for the Execution of Sanctions (Ministry of Justice), and the Ministry of Health.
This action is part of the joint programme of the European Union and the Council of Europe “Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Türkiye” running from 2023 until December 2026.
What is the goal(s) and objective(s) of the action?
Supporting beneficiaries in strengthening the provision of healthcare to sentenced persons and overall co-ordination of the responsible institutions
Improving the training capacities of the prison staff, which will ensure a continuous and sustainable training programme based on identified needs
Strengthening the process of preparation for the release of sentenced persons and the post-penal assistance
Enhancing the oversight and monitoring system over the police and prisons
Introducing an effective communication structure within the penitentiary system
Who benefits from the action?
This action is closely working with public authorities in the field including the Directorate for the Execution of Sanctions, its Training Centre, as well as the Ministry of Health.
The prison staff (both security and rehabilitation departments), medical workers in the penitentiary institutions, as well as the management of all penitentiary institutions will also benefit from the implementation of this action
Certainly, final beneficiaries are the sentenced persons and those deprived of liberty, as well as the society at large
How does the action work?
The action will provide capacity building and technical assistance to related beneficiaries in the efforts to enhance the prison reform and improve prisoners’ rights, in line with European standards.
All objectives and activities were identified in an inclusive manner, with all the beneficiaries who are also part of the steering committee that periodically reviews the achievements of the action.
The action is implemented through desk reviews and providing consultants’ advice (both domestic and international), working sessions and trainings, as well as piloting the designed programmes. Annual roundtables are planned with the stakeholders, focusing on different topics that are relevant. The action is flexible and upcoming additional requests coming from the beneficiaries may be integrated in the workplan.
What do we expect to achieve?
This action builds upon the results achieved under the previous phases of the Horizontal Facility programme aiming to better protect the rights of sentenced persons, in line with European standards. It is expected that the action will achieve:
the overall provision of healthcare in prisons is improved;
enhanced co-ordination capacities within the Ministry of Health, concerning the provision of healthcare in prisons;
the inmates’ reintegration process is improved and supported by the actors in charge;
a training strategy and curricula for the prison staff are developed and operational for the needs of the Training Centre;
enhanced oversight and monitoring over police and prisons to ensure the protection of human rights of the persons deprived of liberty.
What is the budget of the action?
The total budget of the action is 950,000 Euros.
The budget allocated to the overall Horizontal Facility programme amounts to ca. 41 Million EUR (85% funded by the European Union, 15% by the Council of Europe).
How to get more information?
About Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Türkiye?
The “Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Türkiye” is a joint initiative of the European Union and the Council of Europe that enables the Western Balkans Beneficiaries and Türkiye to meet their reform agendas in the fields of human rights, rule of law and democracy and to comply with the European standards, which is also a priority for the EU enlargement process.