Internal security: Efus members share their practices in Turkey

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Istanbul, Turkey, 29 January 2015 – Efus and five members of the network attended in Istanbul (Turkey) the conference on the second phase of the project on the “Improvement of civilian oversight on the internal security sector” in Turkey, which is financed by the EU and coordinated by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The conference was held on 29 January.

The project seeks to harmonise the functioning of internal security stakeholders and agencies in Turkey with European norms and standards; to strengthen the democratic rights of Turkish citizens; to promote transparency, and to strengthen the oversight by public authorities (ministry of the Interior and provincial and district governorates).

The conference was hosted by the governorate of Istanbul and gathered representatives of several Turkish provinces as well as of the Ministry of the Interior.

Efus had been invited to share European experiences and to present in particular the IMPPULSE project for the improvement of police-population relations. It had thus invited representatives of several European local authorities and local police forces – Lisbon (Portugal), Brussels (Belgium), Milan (Italy), Mannheim (Germany) and Cornwall (United Kingdom)  – to present their projects and practices.

Efus invited Turkish local authorities and central government to continue exchanges at the final conference of the IMPPULSE project, which will be held at the end of October 2015 in Brussels.

The main themes discussed at the conference were the improvement of relations between citizens and the “internal security sector”, as per the wording of the project, and also partnerships with local authorities.

Furthermore, this meeting was an opportunity to demonstrate the importance of direct exchange among security and prevention stakeholders from all over Europe and beyond, and the need to agree on a European position on matters of citizen participation in internal security.