“Capacity building of General Directorate “Security” staff in line with international standards to achieve a more effective judicial system” Project
Study visits in Poland and Italy were conducted between 17-21 February 2014г and 24-28 February 2014 under the NFM Project implemented by “General Directorate “Security” at the Мinister of Justice, Bulgaria. The visits were aimed at the identification of good practices in the two fields envisaged by the Project – compulsory brining of persons before judicial authorities and protection of magistrates. A total of 13 GDS officers took part in the visits, and in the light of enhancing the interagency cooperation, the two GDS delegations were further enforced with representatives of the National Service for Protection at the President of the Republic and the Ministry of Interior as these national authorities are respectively entrusted with similar competences in the indicated fields.
The study visit in Italy was coordinated and hosted by the Office for Coordination and Planning of Police Forces - International Relations Service at the Italian Ministry of Interior and the work agenda included meetings at the Multi-agency Central Office for Personal Security at the Ministry of Interior, Escort Service Unit of the Questura of Rome (Polizia di Stato), the Financial police (Guardia di Finanza), a Carabinieri Regional Unit in charge of protection of magistrates. A special focus on the agenda were the visits to training facilities such as those of the Polizia di Stato, Carabinieri Service and the Guardia di Finanza. Discussions were held also with prosecutors under protection to reflect the magistrate’s perspective on the topic.
The coordination of the work agenda in Krakow, Poland was conducted with the kind support of the Malopolska Voivodeship Police Headquarters in Krakow, the assistance of the Regional Court in Krakow and Krakow Penitentiary Service. Visits were paid to various police units, including the judicial police in Krakow and SWAT. We also held meetings with magistrates from the Regional Court, District Court and the Regional Prosecutor’s Office in Krakow and the penitentiary services from the Montelupich prison.
The study visits contributed to the ongoing inquiry on work practices in the host-states, facilitated the exchange of expertise and the identification of good examples, led to the establishment of valuable professional networking and last but not least to strengthening of the bilateral relations.
Forthcoming activities under the Project include the drafting of a Manual of Good Practices in the context of the standards on human rights envisaged by the ECHR and the case law on it, as well as the conduction of a serious of trainings for GDS officers in the two fields.
This project is implemented in partnership with the Council of Europe and with the financial support of the Norwegian financial mechanism 2009-2014. The content of the publication is however full responsibility of the General Directorate “Security” and the Council of Europe and under no circumstances may it be interpreted that it reflects the views of the Donor.