CONTENTION Kick-Off Meeting

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The Migration Policy Centre is delighted to announce the start of the project CONTENTION (Control of Detention), co-funded by the European Union in the framework of the European Return Fund. CONTENTION will be implemented by the Migration Policy Centre (RSCAS, EUI) in partnership with the Odysseus Network (ULB).

The main objective of the project is to inform, analyse and compare the EU Return Directive based judicial control on pre-removal detention of third-country nationals in 11 EU Member States (AT, BG, BE, CZ, DE, FR, IT, NL, SK, SI and UK) with a view to improving it, in particular regarding the control of the length of detention. The identification and exchange of best practices among legal experts and practitioners in the field of return policy is one of the core objectives of the project. More generally, CONTENTION intends to launch the first basis for European networking between national judges hearing return cases and prepare the ground for further judicial cooperation and training of national judges in this field.

The kick-off meeting aims at bringing together project participants, in particular judges and academic experts from 11 EU Member States as well as the members of the Scientific Committee and a representative from the European Commission, to debate the project concept note on the extent of judicial control of pre-removal detention in the EU and to discuss the building blocks of the questionnaire which will serve as a basis for 11 national reports to be written by project participants.

Details can be found in the agenda

Date and Location

Friday 28 February 2014 13:30 – 18:30
Saturday 01 March 2014 09:30 – 13:30

Sala del Capitolo, Badia Fiesolana.


For further information regarding the consultation, please contact Ms Sarah Katherine St John,

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