Launched in April of 2021, the first edition of the Regional Cooperation Magazine features the relevance of the European strategic partnership enabling the HOPE project — currently being implemented in the ‘Justice and Home Affairs’ priority sector of the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Regional Cooperation.
The online publication highlights HOPE’s primary objective of creating a Balkan, Southern and Eastern European learning hub to support radicalisation prevention. The project is enabled by a transnational consortium led by IPS_Innovative Prison Systems and comprising European public sector representatives of the prison and probation sector, research institutions and NGOs.
The Fund operator develops the Regional Cooperation Magazine on behalf of the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Regional Cooperation.
The Regional Cooperation Magazine’s primary goal is to showcase the results, updates, implemented activities, and main achievements of the projects participating in the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Regional Cooperation.
In brief, this Fund supports European cooperation-driven projects “focused on knowledge sharing, the exchange of good practices and capacity building over the priority sectors of the EEA and Norway Grants for 2014 to 2021”.
By recognising that, more than ever, Europe needs regional cross-border and transnational cooperation, the Fund aims to find shared solutions for the many economic, social, and environmental challenges felt across the European soil.
Indeed, national borders do not confine these issues and their effects. Therefore, the key to solving them should be based on a joint effort across countries — this is the motto by which both the Fund and the Regional Cooperation Magazine were born.
The five priority sectors of the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Regional Cooperation are:
The ‘Justice and Home Affairs’ priority sector is the umbrella under which the HOPE project falls into. This priority line aims to tackle the complex challenge of the “crime stretch across European borders” by “strengthening the European citizens’ confidence in their governments’ ability to ensure civil rights, equal treatment and protection”.