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18 March 2014

The 2014 Progress Meeting of the FIDUCIA project took place in Freiburg on 7 March 2014

Partners met to discuss the status of ongoing FIDUCIA research on European crimes and future developments of a model of trust-based policy to fight penal populism across Europe.

Discussion focused primarily on the work done in 2013, and members of all the partner entities were present. Two members of the External Expert Group, that is to say David Sonenshein from Temple University (USA) and Besty Stanko from the London Metropolitan Police, also took an active part in the meeting.

Innovative research was carried out in the United Kingdom by BBK, as MAI SATO and MIKE HOUGH identified the trafficking in Rhino horns as an ideal case-study to distinguish deterrence-based and normative-based policies in addressing crimes. In fact, FIDUCIA works under the hypothesis that many European states focus on tougher penalties and imprisonment to foster compliance with the law, while the purpose of the FIDUCIA project is to identify and verify the effectiveness of innovative instrumental approaches other than classic punishment tactics.

Interesting findings on the process of decriminalization of cannabis use across Europe were produced by ELENA VACCARI (UNIPR), while Human Trafficking and its 4 "trust dimensions" were discussed by PAOLO CAMPANA (OXFORD). The current situation of Trafficking of Goods within the EU was analyzed by SUSANNE KNICKMEIER (MPICC) and the problems related to the criminalization of irregular migration and the criminalization of Roma people were highlighted by Joanna Parkin (CEPS). ZSOLT BODA (IPS) and JON JACKSON (LSE) explained what are the determinants of trust in the justice system and what are the factors that have an impact on the willingness of citizens to cooperate with the police, il light of the ESS-European Social Survey results. Also, several ideas were put forward by ANDREA DE MAIO (EPLO) in relation to the video through which the FIDUCIA findings will be disseminated.

Prof. Joachim Kersten, coordinator of the FP7 project COREPOL, attended the meeting and gave a presentation on the importance of mediation in the policing of ethnic minorities. Stefano Maffei, coordinator of the FIDUCIA project, presented Prof. with a copy of the latest FIDUCIA volume, since linking activities between COREPOL and FIDUCIA could certianly be an added value for both projects.

The next progress meeting of the FIDUCIA project will be held in Pargue in Septmber 2014