EDU Partner leads Roundtable on:

"Training for prison personnel in the field of preventing radicalization”

8 November 2017 - The Budapest Centre for Mass Atrocities Prevention organized a roundtable discussion at the Faculty of Military Sciences and Officer Training, Hungarian National University of Public Service (NUPS) within the framework of the project

Funded by the Internal Security Fund of the European Union, it aims at contributing to the coordination and improvement of national and international capabilities of preventing and countering radicalization. At the event, the Budapest Centre aimed to provide a forum for practitioners and researchers to discuss experiences of focus-groups interviews – that have mapped local particularities and needs of Hungarian prisons – conducted with prison personnel and to make recommendations to further improve the content of trainings to be provided for prison personnel within the framework of this project.


The event was opened by Colonel István Resperger, Head of the Institute of National Security of NUPS and Colonel Mihály Kovács, Head of Central Transfers and Records, Hungarian Prison Service Headquarters. István Resperger, having introduced the European trends of radicalization and the activities of the Institute in this field, highlighted that the combination of practice and theory is crucial in preventing and countering radicalization.

He underlined that the current event is a perfect example of such an approach. Mihály Kovács stressed that although the risk of radicalization in Hungarian prisons is lower than in Western European countries, trends in society will trickle into prison sooner or later. Therefore, it is indispensable to focus upon prevention. Lastly, he highlighted that the project is fully supported by the Hungarian Prison Service Headquarters and emphasized that the way forward lies in the intensified cooperation of professionals, non-governmental organizations and the law enforcement sector.

György Tatár, Chair of the Budapest Centre for Mass Atrocities Prevention, coordinator of the project, talked about the importance of dialogue as a tool for prevention, the role of polarisation in the conflict-cycle and the main objectives of the project.

Budapest Centre for the International Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities attained Accreditation from EDU in 2014 through a Memorandum of Understanding and also become a Partner Organization.

Part of a policy adopted by EDU to highlight and recognize the work of institutions promoting peace, diplomacy or international relations, has seen EDU Accreditation attained by the Earth Charter Center for Education for Sustainable Development at the University for Peace (Costa Rica), the Diplomatic Corps Institute (London, Berlin, New York), the Institute of Protocol, The Hague, (Holland) and the International Peace and Development Training Centre (IPDTC), operated by the Peace Action, Training and Research Institute (PATRIR) of Romania.

On behalf of EDU, the Secretary-General of EDU (himself a former child refugee), signed a MOU partnership with the Budapest Centre in 2016.

H.E. Irving Le-Vance, Secretary-General of EDU (left) with Dr. György Tatár, Chair of the Budapest Centre (right)


Prior to becoming Chair of the Budapest Centre, Dr. György Tatár was a career diplomat accumulating almost 30 years in international diplomacy:


  • Coordinator of the Politico-Military Group of the Council of the European Union.

  • Head of Task Force for Horizontal Security Issues/Conflict Prevention in the Policy Planning and Early Warning Unit of EU High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy of the European Union.

  • Deputy Head of the General Directorate of the European Political Cooperation and responsible for the coordination of CFSP activities of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

  • Economic Attaché to Hungarian Embassy in Baghdad.

  • Commissioner of the Minister for the Gabcikovo-Nagymaros Water Dam System and Expo’96 Budapest.

  • Deputy Chief of Mission in the Hungarian Embassy in Vienna with the rank of Minister.

  • Chief of Cabinet of the State Secretary for EU Integration in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

Dr. György Tatár is a graduate of the Moscow State University for International Relations and postgraduate at the Budapest University of Economics. He earned Doctor of international economic relations degree at the Budapest University of Economics.


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