Innenministerien Belgien, Niederlande, NRW, Universität Maastricht, Universität Loewen, Hochschule für Polizei und öffentliche Verwaltung NRW.  

EURIEC ist ein tri-nationales Pilot-Projekt zwischen den Niederlanden, Belgien und Nordrhein-Westfalen zur Bekämpfung der grenzüberschreitenden Kriminalität mit dem administrativen Ansatz. EURIEC ist eine gemeinschaftliche Initiative der Innenministerien der drei Staaten. Die Universität Maastricht erstellt eine wissenschaftliche Evaluation des Projekts.

Kriminelle nutzen nationale Grenzen, um ihre Aktivitäten vor Ermittlungs- und anderen Behörden zu verbergen. Ziel des EURIEC-Teams ist es, die grenzüberschreitende Verwaltungszusammenarbeit zwischen Belgien, Deutschland und den Niederlanden zu stärken. Es bietet Unterstützung bei Fallstudien an, organisiert internationale Expertenplattformen und schärft das Bewusstsein für die administrative Bekämpfung der grenzüberschreitenden Kriminalität.

Am 17. Mai 2018 wurde das RIEC Limburg zusammen mit den belgischen ARIECs und den zuständigen Behörden in Nordrhein-Westfalen beauftragt, ein euro-regionales Informations- und Kompetenzzentrum zur Unterstützung der administrativen Bekämpfung der grenzüberschreitenden organisierten Kriminalität, das EURIEC, einzurichten. Dieser Auftrag wurde durch eine Absichtserklärung erteilt, die von Jan Jambon (ehemaliger Minister für Sicherheit und Inneres in Belgien), Herbert Reul (Innenminister von Nordrhein-Westfalen) und Ferdinand Grapperhaus (Minister für Sicherheit und Justiz in den Niederlanden) unterzeichnet wurde.

Protection of Hate Crime Victims in the European Union

Research Project for the Dutch Ministry of Justice, 2019

Hate crime victims involved in a criminal procedure experience difficulties that are different from problems encountered by other victims. In trying to meet the specific procedural needs of hate crime victims many EU Member States have introduced protective measures and services in criminal proceedings, but the adopted approaches are widely disparate. By reporting the results of an EU-wide comparative survey into hate crime victims within national criminal procedures the authors aim to: (1) make an inventory of the national (legal) definitions of hate crime and the protection measures available (on paper) for hate crime victims; and (2) critically discuss certain national choices, inter alia by juxtaposing the procedural measures to the procedural needs of hate crime victims to see if there are any lacunae from a victimological perspective. The authors conclude that the Member States should consider expanding their current corpus of protection measures in order to address some of the victims’ most urgent needs.

CrossBES was tri-national research project funded by the European Union on prisoner transfers and cross-border confiscations between the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.

The objective of this project was to improve judicial cooperation in the field of Cross Border Execution of Sentences (CrossBES) between the three countries and other EU-countries, contribute to the effective and coherent application of the EU legal framework, strengthen mutual confidence, trust, recognition and the network of legal practitioners and to prevent convicted persons from abusing borders to escape punishment.

To successfully execute sentences across borders, increase the level of reintegration of the convicted person into society, the sense of security and decrease impunity, it is imperative that neighbouring countries know each others’ and EU’s possibilities, limitations and structures in this field.

Building on “BES Practice”, the partners within the project created a network of practitioners and to improve the knowledge and cooperation in this field, by offering the practitioners the outcome of a comparative law study including the (new) EU framework decisions, three in-depth trainings and a practical guide being the roadmap on how to successfully execute sentences across borders.

EU Horizon 2020 Research Project

Understanding human security in post-conflict areas is at the core of this project. Where conventional, top-down police reforms fail, Community-Based Policing (COP) holds promise – but also entails challenges. Post-conflict societies, although they vary in most respects, have something in common: public institutions are considered weak and untrustworthy. This is true for policing institutions as well. Abuse of policing powers, corrupt practices, and impunity are characteristics people often ascribe to their authorities. Meanwhile, conflicts have regional and global ramifications. Citizens everywhere are endangered by problems arising from conflict, such as human and drug trafficking, and terrorism.

Robin Hofmann conducted explorative research in Kosovo over the period of two years. The aim was to evaluate Community Oriented Policing in the region and to gain a better understanding of the dynamics of policing in post-conflict settings. A focus was on how new infromation communication technologies can be utilized to build stronger police-community relations and increase security. In an extensive practitioners handbook this research was transformed into a practical guidelines for police reform initiatives. Find out more about the research here.