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EU Supports Turkey’s Efforts in Fight Against Addiction

Fri, 06/11/2021 - 15:28
10 June 2021, Ankara – The opening ceremony of the project ‘Technical Assistance for Strengthening Institutional Capacity of the Judiciary and Execution System for the Fight Against Addiction’ was held on 10 January 2021. The project is funded by the European Union and the main beneficiary is the General Directorate of Prisons and Detention Houses of the Ministry of Justice. The ceremony was held with the participation of the Deputy Minister of Justice Mr Yakup Moğul; Mr André Lys, Head of Cooperation at the Delegation of the European Union to Turkey; representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, members of the judiciary, as well as other public institutions and international community.
Preventing and countering addiction in prisons as well as in probation systems are common priorities for  Turkey and the European Union. The new EU Agenda on Drugs 2021-2025 emphasises the need for continuity of treatment, rehabilitation and recovery for drug-using offenders and calls for alternative to coercive sanctions. The Human Rights Action Plan recently launched by Turkey foresees cooperation with civil society in delivering rehabilitation services for offenders with drug addiction both in prisons and on probation.
This new EU-funded project will contribute to the fulfilment of these common policy priorities. Over the next two years, the project which has a budget of EUR 1.9 million, will develop rehabilitation and integration programmes customised for the needs of convicts and probationers; and deliver capacity building for judicial personnel on the effective use of alternative measures for drug -using offenders. The project will also establish a monitoring mechanism with an integrated risk assessment tool for supervision of probationers; and will conduct comparative legal analyses, including practices in place in the EU, to inform future legislative and regulatory reform in this area.
Mr André Lys, Head of Cooperation at the Delegation of the European Union to Turkey, said in his remarks: ‘I am convinced that over the next two years this project will strengthen Turkey’s efforts on tackling drug addiction in prisons and probation, further increasing compliance with EU standards and practices in this field’.