Lord McNally is in Turkey to visit a joint project with the Turkish Probation Service that is helping reduce reoffending among young people in the country.
The UK was chosen by the European Union to run the probation project, which aims to improve victim support and reduce youth reoffending in Turkey.
The project involves MoJ experts working with Turkish probation staff to develop training programmes and manuals for staff working with young offenders. It also encourages more cooperation between the Turkish Probation Service and other bodies working with victims and young offenders. National standards have also been introduced to ensure consistency across the Turkish justice system.
Speaking about the project Lord McNally said: 'I am delighted that this project has been such a success, achieving and in many cases exceeding all its aims in the 21 months it has been up and running.
'Both of our countries share a common goal of seeing Turkey as a full member of the EU. It is a natural progression of our close trading links, our cooperation in defence and a shared desire to see a strong Europe in today’s turbulent world.
'These twinning projects are an expression of our support for Turkish accession to the EU, and I am encouraged by the efforts I have seen to bring the justice system here into line with the best in Europe.'
This is the second twinning initiative the Ministry of Justice has undertaken in Turkey – the first established Turkey’s National Probation Service between 2005 and 2007.