As only one candidate did run for secretary, Astrid Utgaard is reelected as secretary of the EPEA. Only one candidate was also nominated for treasurer and Nyggi Aggernaes is new treasurer from July 1, 2014

The SC decided to prolong to nomination periode for deputy charperson until May 15, 2014

Elections to deputy chairperson

All the elections within the association shall be by secret ballot and by means of the single transferable vote.

(d) The Steering Committee

(i) The Steering Committee shall consist of officers elected by a postal ballot of members and members elected by Regional Sections.

(ii) Each person elected to officership of the association - with the exception of the Chairperson, shall be elected for a three-year period.

All members can nominate candidates, but it must be another Epea member. You will receive an email with information and nomination forms very soon. The EPEA SC need the nominations within the 20th of March.

Files for election:

Invitation to Policy and Quality in Education in Prison

the 8th European Conference for Directors and Co-ordinators of Education in Prison


European Prison Education Association is glad to announce that the next decision makers? meeting "Policy and Quality in Education in Prison" will take place in Tallinn, Estonia, on 01-04 October 2014.

The base for the Conference is the European Recommendations R (89) 12 on Education in Prison. The objective of the meeting is to spread new research based knowledge in the field and to share good practices. There will be a special focus on foreign prisoners and young offenders.

The Conference welcomes policy level representatives within education in prison from all the European countries. We all have similar challenges - together it is easier to find solutions. Our aim is to offer substantive possibility for decision makers to discuss the topics, share experiences and new ideas.

The registration for the conference is open: www.eestikonverentsikeskus.ee/epea-conference

The participation fee is 650 Euros. The fee will cover all costs for the conference, including prison visit and accommodation.

Conference organisers - thanks to the Swiss Foreign Department Section, DEZA - are pleased to provide a limited number of scholarships to cover partially or fully the participation costs of people from resource-limited countries* (one or two from each country). Scholarships enable to welcome at the Conference people whose participation will contribute to their work and transfer of skills and knowledge in their country.

*The DEZA definition of resource-limited countries: Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Serbia, Moldova, Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

More specific information will be additionally sent to you by the Conference Secretariat.


If you have any questions meanwhile, please contact the Conference Secretariat at epeaconference2014@gmail.com


Hope to meet You in Tallinn!

On behalf of the EPEA Conference Organizers and the Chair of EPEA

Yours sincerely,

Lya Männiste

Manager of prison education in Tallinn Construction School

CP of EPEA in Estonia


Belgium - the host of the next EPEA Conference in 2015

On behalf of the EPEA Steering Committee I am happy to announce that the 15th EPEA Conference will take place in

Belgium in 2015

We thank the Federal Public Service Justice - the DG Penitentiary, and Klasbak - the Network of Prison Education Organisations in Flanders for their interesting bid and willingness to host the conference. We are looking forward to the co-operation and to meeting in Belgium in two years.

More information will gradually be published on the web.

Lena Broo
EPEA Chairperson

EU commission

New report on Prison Education 

"He who opens a school door, closes a prison". Victor Hugo
We welcome yet another important contribution to the knowledge about education in prison in Europe.The European Commission, DG Education and Culture, has released a report on the current state-of-play and challenges of prison education and training in Europe. The report is available at http://ec.europa.eu/education/more-information/doc/prison_en.pdf  Please feel free to share the report with any interested parties you may know.

EPEA is registered as an NGO and non profit organisation Registration nr BRREG.NO 889 028 432 - more information

Conference for Directors and Coordinators of Education in Prison
1-4 October 2014, Tallinn
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