Last month EuroPris celebrated its first year of existence with conducting our first Annual General Meeting in Rome on 21st November. This meeting gave us the opportunity to reflect on the developments in the past year and to look ahead to what EuroPris wants to achieve for its members in 2013 and beyond.
2012 was intended to be a year in which our resources would mainly be used to develop EuroPris from a mere idea into a real functioning organisation. Not only have we achieved this, but in addition we are proud to report that a number of ‘real’ activities were implemented which included:
– a workshop in Prague on Public, Private Participation: “Outsourcing Justice Services”;
– a conference in Bucharest on “Developments in Prison and Probation in Europe”;
– and three expert groups gathering on issues around Communication, the European Framework Decisions, and Information Technology.
During 2012 we began to engage with European prison agencies to form a Register of Experts across a number of areas and we continue to develop this. Work is also underway to create a dynamic website which we aim to use as a platform for communicating relevant information within the justice arena.
EuroPris board members represented the organisation at various international conferences and meetings across Europe, helping to transform the Organisation from a name and an idea into a recognized player within prisons and corrections.
And last, but definitely not least, we finish 2012 with a total of eighteen countries having already joined EuroPris. This is an incredible response in our first year and we look forward to the continued growth of our membership and support from our network in the months and years to come.
The Year Ahead
2013 is the year where EuroPris will concentrate on its solidifying its role as a centre of expertise. Through workshops and expert groups we want to address topics that are of core interest to our members, such as the use of technology and further work on the implementation of the Framework Decisions. EuroPris will connect with other European bodies and networks that are operating within the field, to develop partnerships that will support the exchange of information, knowledge sharing and collaborative working.
We will continue to develop an online European Prison Information System which will become a valuable resource for the comparative analysis of prison systems and conditions and will be further supported through our dedicated expert group on benchmarking activities.
EuroPris of course wants to shape its role and activities in line with the needs of its members and the wider network, to deliver value added initiatives for the benefit of European corrections. As such we value your contributions and look forward to any comments or suggestions that you may have for us.
Supported by the Justice Programme of the European Union