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11.06.2015
Державна пенітенціарна служба України

Norway and the State Penitentiary Service of Ukraine – dialogue continues for supporting the initiatives on Probation in Ukraine

June 10, 2015 representatives of the State Penitentiary Service of Ukraine Office joined in the conferencing regime to the working meeting between representatives of the Norwegian Governmental Delegation and the leadership of the officials of the State Penitentiary Service of Ukraine Regional Office in Kharkiv.

The event was held in the premises of the State Penitentiary Service of Ukraine Regional Office in Kharkiv headed by the Head of the Office Mr. Olexandr Krykushenko. Norwegian delegation was presented by the Senior Advisor of the Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security Mrs. Heidi Sodergen, the senior advisor of the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation Mr. Petter Bauck, the judge of the Norwegian Court of Appeal Mr. Walter Wangberg and the Chief Inspector of Norwegian Police University College Mr. Tor Damkas.

The goal of the meeting was to assess by the Norwegian Side the real needs of the State Penitentiary Service of Ukraine on the regional level in field of Criminal Justice Sphere Reforms that covers the Penitentiary Service activity and future Probation and adjoining criminal justice institutional subjects.

The working meeting became the continuous of the Norwegian-Ukrainian estimative dialogue that was held on May 22, 2015 in the Ministry of Justice premises headed by the Deputy Minister of Justice Anton Yanchuk. http://www.kvs.gov.ua/peniten/control/main/en/publish/article/779560.

During the negotiations the leadership of the State Penitentiary Service of Ukraine Regional Office in Kharkiv presented the needs (here is the document to download) on establishing the Model Office of Probation in Kharkiv region. It was noted that the significant number of issues related with implementation of Probation in Ukraine are being covered by international projects, however they do not provide the establishing the Model Office of Probation. In case of the positive decision by the Norwegian Side to promote this process the leadership of the State Penitentiary Service of Ukraine Regional Office in Kharkiv region is ready to work in that area. http://www.kvs.gov.ua/peniten/control/kha/uk/publish/article/123954.

Norwegian Side expressed readiness to work with Ukrainian Side after finalizing the evaluative mission to Ukraine and forming the complete decisions on the cooperation directions in the Criminal Justice Sphere. Participants of event agreed that the cooperation may be set on the central and the regional levels.

International Affairs and Public Relations Office
Vlad Klysha, org@kvs.gov.ua, + 38 044 207 34 36

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