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 commitment towards ensuring efficient and sustainable multi-institutional cooperation, as a key precondition for successful reintegration of VEPs back to the society.
The responsibility to prevent extremist offending, manage extremist offenders and integrate them successfully into society is not just the responsibility of correctional services, but of various agencies and organisations. These may include police, intelligence services, employment agencies, social workers, municipalities, religious representatives and the civil society.
As a result from the preparatory meeting between the Council of Europe, KCS and ICITAP, which took place on 20 May 2020, KCS will submit a detailed work plan on the organisation of up to eight (8) inter-agency forums, starting as of September 2020.
The grants will be implemented within the scope of the Regional Action “Enhancing penitentiary capacities in addressing radicalisation in prisons in the Western Balkans” that is co-funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe within the “Horizontal Facility for Western Balkans and Turkey 2019-2022” and implemented by the Council of Europe.