An international seminar on “International perspectives in Institutions which work on countering crime”, was promoted and organized by the Fondazione Giovanni e Francesca Falcone with the European partners of the project Waves of legality, waves of citizenship, co-funded by EACEA under the “Europe for Citizens” programme. The seminar took place in Paris at the Centre FIAP Jean Monnet.
Over a period of three days participants from various civil organisations from Belgium, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Italy, Macedonia, and from the German police contributed in debate and discussions on the possibility of applying the “Falcone method” at European level. This would involve both institutions and civil organisations in the process of educating young people in the culture of legality, law enforcement and crime prevention.
The meeting was opened by the President of the Foundation, Professoressa Maria Falcone and by Elizabeth Johnston, Executive Director of the European Forum for Urban Security. Maria Falcone drew attention to the importance of international cooperation with the support of European institutions highlighting the importance of linking work with young people and local communities with work being done at international level. “Giovanni was ahead of his time in offering a practical way of cooperating at international level – explained Maria Falcone- because he understood the danger of the international dimension of the crime and its connections. We need to create a society which is less acquiescent, complacent and dismissive. It must be pursued at international level. Hence the need for meetings like this and the involvement of society as a whole”.
Judge Francesco Lo Voi, an Italian member of EuroJust, the European Agency for judicial cooperation, took part in the seminar. Lo Voi stressed the importance of supporting the judiciary at social level: “The Italian experience, which began with the Antimafia Pool and with the ability of Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino to interact with young people – he said – is very important because it has been able to bring together investigative and prosecuting organisations with society as a whole”.
Italian representatives came also from the Ministry of Education and the Center for Juvenile Justice in Sicily. They demonstrated what had been achieved recently with young people in schools and including those at risk of delinquency. During the three days a questionnaire has been distributed and assessed. It will be circulated throughout Europe and will concentrate on people’s perception of organised crime amongst young people. The questionnaire will become a research tool for the development of future projects on the prevention of organized crime and juvenile crime.