EPEA Election Results 2015

Thanks to all of you who voted in the last few weeks in this election for EPEA Chairperson.  The election has now closed, and here are the results:

1.  Annet Bakker, The Netherlands, 91 first choice votes

2.  Joseph Giordmaina, Malta, 15 first choice votes

3.  No Suitable Candidate, 0 first choice votes

We received 134 votes of which 28 were not valid (6 arrived too late, 10 was from unpaid members, 7 had invalid voting codes and 1 was completed incorrectly).  This left 106 eligible votes.

The votes were counted according to the principles of the Single Transferable Voting process, requiring at least one candidate to secure a majority of 54 (50%+1) votes.  Annet Bakker from The Netherlands secured this majority with 91 votes. Joseph Giordmaina from Malta got 15 votes.  There were 0 first choice votes for ?no suitable candidate?.

The votes were verified and counted by EPEA Steering Committee members Lena Broo, Chair, and Astrid Utgård, Secretary. Paul Talbot participated as technical assistant.  Both the verification and counting processes took place using online tele-conferencing facilities.  At all times the verification and counting was conducted by 2 persons, with a third person overseeing and monitoring the process.  All persons present were satisfied with the integrity and validity of the election process.

We congratulate Annet Bakker as the new EPEA Chair and Cecilie Høisæter, Norway, as new EPEA Secretary (no other candidates). They both take office from the 1st of July 2015. The best of luck to both of them in their new positions!

Lena Broo




We are happy to welcome  Annet Bakker from the Netherlands as the new Chairperson of EPEA and Cecilie Høisæter from Norway as the new Secretary, both taking office from the 1st of July 2015.


We are also happy to formally welcome Deirdre Brennan, Ireland, as the new co-opted webmaster of the Steering Committee. Deirdre has been active since the beginning of 2015.


Best wishes to all of you in your new positions.


Thank you


A big and warm thank you to Astrid Utgård, the EPEA Secretary since 2011. Thank you for excellent work during the Steering Committee meetings, informative and nice newsletters, current information to the members etc. It has been a pleasure working with Astrid. We wish her the very best in her important work within education for re-entry.


A big and warm thank you also to Per Thrane, the former webmaster co-opted to the Steering Committee until earlier this year. Per had then been working for EPEA for impressive 12 years and is still a passionate EPEA ambassador, active as the Chair of the Danish EPEA branch. Per still supports with EPEA information at social media.


Lena Broo Chairperson 2011-2015

Registration Deadline Extended to July 15th

Good news - we have extended the deadline to register for the EPEA Conference. Please register and pay your conference fee by July 15th to secure your place at the EPEA conference in September.

Find our registration form here

Rules upon registration:      

    - It is possible to let another person take one's place
    - Cancellations before 30th August 2015: refund of 80%
    - Cancellations after 30th August 2015: no refund

Download the draft programme for the conference here


Unlocking Innovation - the 15th EPEA Training Conference

It is our pleasure to officially invite you and your colleagues to attend the 15th Training Conference of the European Prison Education Association (EPEA), which will be held in the beautiful city of Antwerp in Belgium from September 30th - October 4th. The conference will be hosted by the Belgian Prison Service of the Federal Public Service of Justice in collaboration with Klasbak, the Flemish prison education network. The venue of the conference is the Hilton Antwerp Old Town hotel, located in the centre of the city.


Support and Officially Recognise The International Day of Education in Prison - 13th October

On the 13th of October 1989, the Council of Europe adopted a set of recommendations outlining the needs and responsibilities concerning the education of imprisoned persons in Europe. These recommendations stipulate that all imprisoned persons should be offered the opportunity to engage in educational activities and that these activities should serve to develop the whole person, be conducive to effective reintegration, and encourage a reduction in recidivism.

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 here. Please feel free to share the report with any interested parties you may know.

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