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22 March 2013

Second Progress Meeting for the FIDUCIA project takes place in Parma

Representatives from all partner entities met at the Law Department of the University of Parma to discuss the status of the FIDUCIA research project, share the new key findings and identify possible strategies for implementing trust-based policies in Europe.

EU project officer, Cristina Marcuzzo, actively participated to the meeting. With the view of promoting fruitful synergies, she introduced the partners to some of the newly EU-funded projects that deal with those European crimes (Trafficking of Human Beings, Trafficking of Goods, Criminalization of Migrants, and Cybercrimes) that the FIDUCIA project focuses on.

The meeting took place one year and a half since the beginning of the project. Since then, 68 deliverables have been completed -a significant success in Cristina Marcuzzo's own words - yielding qualitative research work in the area of European crimes and trust-based policies.

Mike Hough (BBK) further developed the key concept of “trust-based policy”, with examples from several EU Countries.

Elena Vaccari (UNIPR), presenting a paper that was finalized under the supervision of world leading scholar Andrew Ashworth (OXFORD), explained that although "criminalization" is an increasingly significant feature of modern democracies, criteria for criminalization started being developed by scholars only recently. And alternatives to criminalization - "decriminalization" and "legalization" - must be part of a comprehensive strategy to address those longstanding social problems such as vagrancy, drunkenness, drugs, prostitution etc.

Paolo Campana (OXFORD), setting forth the key findings of the research on the crime of Trafficking of Human Beings, underlined the importance of maintaining the dichotomy: "smuggling" (an offence against the state) vs. "trafficking"(an offence against the person).

Matteo Allodi (UNIPR), analyzing some common misperceptions on the relationship between migrants and crimes, presented some statistical data demonstrating that crimes in Europe have significantly decreased despite an increase in the number of migrants.

In an effort to increase the visibility of the FIDUCIA research project, a new leaflet will soon be produced and disseminated featuring the most recent findings of the project.

The FIDUCIA team is planning to meet again in Budapest in September 2013, at the Annual Reunion of the European Society of Criminology.

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