The project “Developing directive-compatible practices for the identification, assessment and referral of victims” is implemented by the Centre for European Constitutional Law – Themistocles and Dimitris Tsatsos Foundation (GR) in cooperation with the European Training & Research Centre for Human Rights & Democracy (AT), the Center for the Study of Democracy (BG), the Cyprus Center for European and International Affairs, the Institute of Baltic Studies (EE), the Centre for Criminal Justice, University of Limerick (IE) and the Province of Livorno Development (IT). The project is co-financed by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme of the European Union.
Greece: Centre for European Constitutional Law - Themistocles and Dimitris Tsatsos Foundation
The Centre for European Constitutional Law (http://www.cecl.gr) is one of the most active Greek non-profit research institutes. Its objective is to contribute to the development of democratic institutions and the welfare state under the rule of law; to deepen European integration and to strengthen international cooperation with respect for the cultural identity of each state. Three specialized units operate within its structure: Unit for Better Regulation; Educational Policy Unit; Social Policy Unit. Moreover, a Training Department, the objective of which is to transfer specialized know-how and new skills to legal practitioners, entrepreneurs and business managers.
Bulgaria: Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD)
Founded in late 1989, the Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD) (http://www.csd.bg/) is an interdisciplinary public policy institute dedicated to the values of democracy and market economy. CSD is a non-partisan, independent organisation fostering the reform process in Bulgaria 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;
• to promote institutional reform and the practical implementation of democratic values in legal and economic practice;
• to monitor public attitudes and serve as a watchdog of the institutional reform process.
Areas of activity include: anti-corruption, judicial and penitentiary reform, advancement of human rights through new institutional mechanisms and legislative instruments, promoting good governance, prevention of and fight against crime, etc.
The CSD has pioneered in several areas traditionally perceived as the inviolable public property, such as anti-corruption institutional reform, and national security.
Cyprus: Center for European and International Affairs
The Cyprus Center for European and International Affairs (http://www.cceia.unic.ac.cy/) is an independent non-profit-making research center and think-tank, associated with the University of Nicosia. Since its establishment in 1993 the Center (formerly known as Research Center-Intercollege), has sought to advance research, contribute to the study and analysis of important economic, political, social and strategic issues of concern to Cyprus, the Eastern Mediterranean and the European Union at large.
The main thrust of its activities revolves around the engagement in national and international research projects, the organization of international symposia, conferences, round-table discussions, seminars, as well as the publication of books, policy-papers, studies, conference papers and research reports. The Center aims to enhance strategic thinking in Cyprus, encourage debate and analysis of current affairs and other issues, promote a constructive dialogue and create lasting partnerships.
In addition to its close collaboration with the University of Nicosia for the coordination of the BA program in European Studies and International Relations and the MA program in International Relations, the Center cooperates with overseas academic and research institutions such as the L. Lemnitzer Center for NATO and EU Studies of Kent State University, the Notre Europe – Jacques Delors Institute, the Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO), the Southeast Europe Association (Südosteuropa-Gesellschaft – SOG) in Munich, the Center for European Policy Studies – CEPS in Brussels, the European Policy Institutes Network – EPIN in Brussels and the Institute for European Studies of the University of Jerusalem.
With the support of a wide network of top academics and experts in Cyprus and overseas and the participation in EU and other research programs and projects, the Center seeks to advance quality scientific research, provide comprehensive and incisive analyses of current and other critical issues and affairs and pursue a fruitful academic and public debate.
Austria: European Training and Research Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (ETC)
The ETC is a non-profit organisation that commenced operations in October 1999. Its main aim is to conduct research and training programmes in the fields of human rights, democracy and the rule of law in close cooperation with the Karl Franzens University of Graz. The ETC specializes in four areas: fundamental rights, human rights education, human security and human rights at the local level. In addition to the research focus, the ETC also develops and conducts training programmes for civil servants, law enforcement, military forces, judiciary, as well as for staff of international organisations and NGOs in Austria and abroad. Since 2003, the ETC has published the manual ‘Understanding Human Rights’ which is now available in 15 languages. The ETC has been involved in numerous research projects, funded by agencies including inter alia the European Commission (coordinator of FP6 projects HUMSEC and PROMISE, and participation in the FP7 projects – MULTIPART and FRAME), EU Fundamental Rights Agency, UNESCO, EIUC, World University Service, Austrian Development Agency, various Austrian ministries including the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs, various national funding agencies including the Austrian Science Fund and the Anniversary Fund of the Oesterreichische Nationalbank.
Italy: Provincia di Livorno
Provincia di Livorno Sviluppo ltd (PLIS) is the in-house company of the Province of Livorno and Livorno Port Authority. It was established on 2000 to support the implementation of European project financed by Programs such as Equal, Interreg, Art.6 FSE, LLP, Twinning, Regional Programs funded by ESF, Specific Program “Criminal Justice”, REC, Interreg MED, PO Italy-France Maritime, Erasmus+ 2014-2020.
It works at local, national and EU level on topics such as development of local strategies for the sustainability of transnational cooperation, training for workers through mobilities in EU and extra-EU countries, education and e-learning paths, transport and logistic in maritime sector, active ageing and citizenship, fragile people protection and social reintegration, gender equality.
It has a wide experience in project management and implementation, and has a broad network of transnational partners including bodies from ES, UK, IE, PT, HU, BG, RO, DK, FR, DE, MT, CZ, CR, SE, GR.
Provincia di Livorno Sviluppo is partner of the network built in Livorno within the “Vis Network” project, financed by the EC – DG Justice in 2012, the Vis Network Antioviolence Listening Center coordinated by the Province of Livorno – Advisor for Equal Opportunities is a project result still going on.
It is a training agency accredited by the Region of Tuscany, with ISO 9001 Quality Certification and is an observatory member of the EARLALL European Association. The staff including 16 people is an expert team highly specialized on project planning and coordination, management and administration, monitoring and evaluation, financial reporting.
Ireland: Centre for Crime, Justice and Victim Studies
The Centre for Crime, Justice and Victim Studies is a research centre at the School of Law, University of Limerick.
Over the past two decades, the work of the Centre has embraced a broad spectrum of themes, including Victim Studies, Policing, Criminal Procedure, Juvenile Justice, International Human Rights Law, International and European Criminal Justice, Financial and White Collar Crime, Penology and Hate Crime.
The Centre’s research revolves around interactions between law, criminal behaviour and criminal justice. The Centre interacts with the Department of Justice and Equality, the Garda Síochána, the Probation Service, the Legal Profession, human rights and civil liberties organisations at home and abroad and community organisations with an interest in criminal justice matters.
The Centre’s research activities encompass internally generated projects, and projects supported by: external academic funding bodies such as the Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences; policy based bodies such as the Department of Justice and Equality; and NGOs such as the Irish Human Rights Commission. Members of the Centre frequently engage as the Irish national experts in EU wide criminal justice projects funded by the European Commission
Estonia: Institute of Baltic Studies
The Institute of Baltic Studies (IBS) is an independent non-profit think-tank that focuses on different domains of public policy in the Baltic Sea region by providing high-quality socio-economic analysis. The policy analysis contributes to the increase of knowledge and understanding of the development challenges facing Estonia, the Nordic and Baltic Sea region and Europe in general. IBS has carried out research and analysis projects, from e-government initiatives and economic development in Estonia to social cohesion, migration, fundamental and minority rights in Europe. IBS main areas of expertise fall into three broad domains:
– science, technology and innovation policy, industrial economies and regional development;
– social cohesion policies in the areas of fundamental rights, including children rights, labour, migration and development, immigrant integration and gender aspects, equal treatment;
– policy analysis, policy evaluation and impact assessment studies related to the above.
Over the years, IBS has implemented dozens of joint projects with government, academic, business and NGOs from all around the world. IBS regional partner network extends to hundreds of experts and organisations. Several research and development projects have been carried out ranging from minorities and equal treatment, integration and migration, talent policy, child rights in judicial proceedings etc, including many State funded and over twenty EU 5th, 6th and 7th Framework Programme projects, in addition to EU Interreg projects. IBS is member of several European networks, including country coordinator for the European Commission’s European Website on Integration (EWSI) and national focal point for the EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA).
Institute of Baltic Studies has long-term experience and has participated in many projects in the field of fundamental rights, minorities, social cohesion and equal treatment. IBS has extensive knowledge both in policy research and data collection (both qualitative and quantitative), including skills and practices in advocacy and awareness raising activities. Also is the official lead partner for Estonia in the European Union Agency of Fundamental Rights (FRA) research network FRANET, which has ordered several analyses on the criminal justice field (e.g. ‘Gender-based violence against women – legislation and institutional aspects’, ‘Victim support services’, ‘Rights of the child in judicial proceedings’, ‘EU mapping of child protection systems’ etc). IBS has also a wide network of public and private partnerships and cooperation with different experts in the field of legal and judicial analysis.