San Salvador, El Salvador, 26 and 27 November 2015 – Efus and the International Juvenile Justice Observatory (IJJO), who are executive partners in the European programme EUROsociAL, under the coordination of Expertise France, organised a meeting of technicians in charge of crime prevention policies in Latin America, on 26 and 27 November in San Salvador (Salvador). The objective was to present the operational manuals for the implementation of the Regional Model for an Integral Violence and Crime Prevention Policy.
It was the last meeting of the citizen security section of the EUROsociAL programme of cooperation between the EU and Latin America. It was held in San Salvador because this is where the activities of the programme started in 2011. The meeting was intended to support EUROsociAL participating countries to effectively implement the Regional Model thanks in part to the operational manuals.
The Regional Model for an Integral Violence and Crime Prevention Policy was conceived as complementary to national and/or local public policies for crime prevention based on evidence and implemented through multi-agency partnerships. Designed by the EUROsociAL operational partners, including Efus, it has already given tangible results in regional public policies and legislation on crime prevention.
The operational manuals include a series of tools for managers of prevention policies, designed to help them draft, implement and evaluate such policies. They also include examples of regional and European practices. These guidebooks were drafted following a thematic survey of the countries participating in the EUROsociAL programme.
The San Salvador meeting was opened by the Salvadorian Vice Minister of Justice and Public Security, Javier Martínez. “El Salvador has opted for prevention as the fundamental principle of its citizen security policy and this is why the Model and the manuals are very important to strengthen our national instruments,” he said. The European Union ambassador, Jaume Segura, and the representative of the System for Central-American Integration (SICA according to the Spanish acronym), Giovanna Rizzi, were also in attendance.
The session on the guidebooks was attended by representatives of Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and Panama. Mr Martínez officially signed the Declaration of Cartagena of Indias for the Prevention of Violence, and expressed his “gratitude for this initiative and the participation of El Salvador.”
Since the start of the programme in 2011, four ministerial meetings were held in Cartagena of Indias, in Colombia (2015), Antigua de Guatemala (2014), Panama City (2013) and San Salvador (2011), gathering ministers, vice ministers, directors and high level representatives of various international institutions and the European Union.