Memorandum of Understanding Signed for VERLT Project
Albanian Daily News
Published November 13, 2017
The Ministry of Justice of Albania, the Albanian National Co-ordinator on Countering Radicalization and Violent Extremism and the OSCE Presence in Albania signed om Monday in Tirana a Memorandum of Understanding on the implementation of the project Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism and Radicalization that Lead to Terrorism (VERLT) in prisons and within probation services (Phase I).
Funded by the OSCE Austrian Chairmanship, the Swedish Government and the German Government, the project aims to support Albania in establishing a solid basis toward effective and human rights-based interventions aimed at preventing and countering VERLT in prisons and within probation services in Albania.
At a ceremony held at the Ministry of Justice, the Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the Head of the OSCE Presence in Albania, Ambassador Bernd Borchardt, Justice Minister Etilda Gjona and Agron Sojati, National Co-ordinator for Countering Violent Radicalization and Extremism. The memorandum aims to facilitate co-operation, support and mutual understanding among the signing institutions as part of the project implementation.
The first phase of the project will benefit the projects main partners, the General Directorate of Prisons and the General Directorate of the Probation Service at the Ministry of Justice. Other beneficiaries of the project include police, judges, prosecutors, prison staff, probation officers, policy makers, practitioners in the field of rehabilitation and reintegration of offenders, pre-trial detainees and offenders.
The project will focus on three main interlinked components, including a needs assessment, staff training and enhancing exchange of information and share good practices between Albanian authorities and international and regional counterparts.
This project will complement and intensify the existing efforts of the OSCE Presence in Albania in supporting the Albanian Government in the fight against Violent Extremism and Radicalization that Lead to Terrorism (VERLT).