The Italian Ministry of Justice, Department of Penitentiary Administration, Office for Veneto, Trentino-Alto Adige and Friuli Venezia Giulia (based in Padua) together with eight institutions, from seven different countries, compose the J-S.A.F.E. Consortium and will work jointly on this aspiring project.
Other members of the consortium are the Real Instituto Elcano based in Madrid (ES), the Czech Technical University in Prague (CZ), the College for Administration of Justice in Bavaria – Police Department (BAY-FHVR) in Munich (DE), the Center of the Study of Democracy in Sofia (BG), the KEMEA in Athens (GR), the Peace Action Training and Research Institute of Romania (PATRIR) in Cluj-Napoca (RO), and Agenfor International Foundation, based in Milan (IT).
The members of the J-S.A.F.E. Consortium
The Elcano Royal Institute (RIE) is a think-tank for international and strategic studies that analyses world events and trends from a Spanish, European and global perspective. Its aim is to make its research available to policy-makers, academics, business leaders, the media and society in general. Its activities – including frequent working groups, seminars and conferences – and outputs are designed to be of use to decision-makers, both public and private, while also helping to provide rigorous and consistent information to public opinion. (website)
The Czech Technical University (C-VUT), established in 1707 by Rescript of the Emperor Joseph I, is the oldest technical university in Central Europe. The Faculty of Transportation Sciences is the youngest one. Faculty covers all necessary know-how to challenge new trends in intelligent, sustainable and safe/secure transport for the future. The Department of Security Technologies and Engineering is one of the departments of the Faculty of Transportation Sciences, conducting education and research in the respective domains throughout the whole University. The decision to establish the department with such cross cutting activities just at the Faculty of Transportation Sciences was based on the common character of the Faculty covering system view on large systems and territories. (website)
The University of Applied Sciences for Public Administration and Legal Affairs in Bavaria – Police Affairs (BAY-FHVR) is the key institution for educating future higher ranked police officers in Bavaria. Its aim is to train the students for the career of the professional and executive level of the Police Enforcement Service. BayFHVR has strong ties with the police practice in all parts of policing and is also involved in certain research projects on several aspects of policing. It holds strong links and collaboration with the Ministry of the Interior and the police stations in Bavaria to keep upgrade their competences and serve the needs of the members of the police officers and the citizens. At European level, BayFHVR supported the police academy in Bulgaria within an Erasmus project, a partnership with the Police Academy in Bucharest (Romania) and a partnership with the Police Academy in Prague (Czech Republic). (website)
The Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD), has 29 years of experience in the field and it is an interdisciplinary public policy institute dedicated to the values of democracy and market economy. CSD is a non-partisan, independent organization fostering the reform process in Europe through impact on policy and civil society.
CSD objectives are to:
• provide an enhanced institutional and policy capacity for a successful European integration process, especially in the area of justice and home affairs;
• promote institutional reform and the practical implementation of democratic values in legal and economic practice;
• and finally, to monitor public attitudes and serve as a watchdog of the institutional reform process.
Building bridges is the old-fashioned way of bringing together social actors and cementing new alliances. Born as a think-tank, the Center for the Study of Democracy has evolved into policy development through dialogue and partnership.
Bringing cutting-edge solutions to transition problems is our way of keeping the middle ground between academia and social practice.
To conclude, the CSD has pioneered in several areas traditionally perceived as the inviolable public property, such as anti-corruption institutional reform, and national security. Our belief is that bringing a new culture of cooperation and trust in a milieu of inherited fragmentation and opacity is equally rewarding as the achievement of concrete social goals. (website)
The Center for Security Studies (KEMEA) has been established by the Law 3387/2005 as the Hellenic Ministry’s of Public Order and Citizen Protection think tank on security policies. KEMEA is supervised by the Minister of Public Order and Citizen Protection and it is a scientific, consulting and research agency, whose purpose is to conduct theoretical and applied research and to perform studies, particularly at the strategic level, on security policies.
The Presidential Decree No39 (06.05.2011) appointed KEMEA as the “National Contact Point” for the protection of European Critical infrastructures (ECIs) – “ECIP contact point” – following the implementation of the 2008/114/EC Directive of the European Council of December 8th 2008 “regarding the definition and designation of the European Critical infrastructures and the assessment of the need to improve the protection of such infrastructures”. It also provides professional certification through examinations (in cooperation with the National Organization for the Certification of Qualifications and Vocational Guidance-EOPPEP no 3200/09−02/2012) to Private Security personnel.
KEMEA represented the Hellenic Government to the European Research and Innovation Forum (ESRIF) of the European Commission (EC) and is a Member to the Board of Directors of the European Organization for Security (EOS).
To conclude, KEMEA is also successfully participating in many funded Projects by the EC and the European Space Agency (ESA). (website)
The Peace Action, Training and Research Institute of Romania (PATRIR) has more than 14 years of experience working internationally in peacebuilding, early warning, strategic conflict and risk analysis, mediation and peace processes, and addressing radicalization and violent extremism.
Above all, the institute works in the fields of research, policy development, training and professional development, and direct operational engagement in early warning, prevention and peacebuilding in areas affected by war and armed conflict. PATRIR is an initiator and member of the global partnership of organizations, think tanks and institutes in the Beyond Violent Extremism platform gathering best practices, lessons identified, tools and methods for addressing radicalization and violent extremism.
Finally, the institute is also a member of the Working Group on Prevention of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) and the Global Alliance on Armed Violence Reduction and Prevention (GAAV) – platforms which facilitate exchange and learning of best practices, tools and methodologies; development of handbooks and toolkits; and analysis of drivers, causes and factors contributing to violent extremism, terrorism, armed conflict and armed violence. (website)
The Agenfor International Foundation, born in 2016 as an independent branch from the long established Agenfor Group, is the International member of non-for profit network specialized in participative security.
Its specific sectors of interests are security and human rights. The main office is in Milan (Italy), with branches in Padua (Italy), Lugano (Switzerland), Tripoli (Libya) and al-Qamashly (Syria). Agenfor International’s mission is the balancing of relationships between International agencies, states, nations and individuals within the post-modern societies. Moreover, Agenfor International is active in the field of counter-radicalization with training courses and research activities addressing the needs of first-line practitioners from the public and private sectors all around Europe. It connects communities and local leaders or experts to institutions, with the aims to share experiences, information and best practices and to ensure security through a better protection of human rights and socio-political participation with a particular focus on minorities, prisoners and other vulnerable groups.
To conclude, over the past years Agenfor has lead several EU funded projects operating in the field of prison and probation, minorities, and counter radicalization: public-private partnership and multi-agency approaches are a substantial part of the organization’s work. (website.)