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Romania battles child pornography

  • Romanian police officers will receive new equipment and training to fight child pornography on the internet. Until now, police officers have lacked dedicated work stations with internet access.

    Without the proper ICT equipment and training, Romanian police have been unable to efficiently investigate and combat the spread of child pornography. In 2007, 25 Romanian internet users were indicted for distributing child pornography. The majority of these investigations were initiated based on information forwarded from police structures in other countries.

    Thanks to half a million euro in support from the EEA Grants, the General Inspectorate of the Romanian Police will now be able to make combating child pornography a priority. More than 60 new computers will be purchased, and 104 police officers will be trained in combating paedophile networks. Some of these will go on study visits to the Norwegian National Police Directorate in Oslo and to Interpol’s General Secretariat in Lyon, where they will receive training in using the CAID (Internet Child Abuse Image Database); an analysis and identification tool.

    Raising public awareness
    The project will also raise public awareness about child pornography and abuse. The planned awareness campaign, especially targeting parents and school children, include 1200 presentations for fifth to seventh grade students in Bucharest and 41 counties. Informational videos and audio clips will be broadcasted on national and local television and radio stations. In cooperation with an NGO, the General Inspectorate of the Romanian Police will also establish a phone hotline for children and adults who wish to report abuses or get information on prevention methods.

    When the project has been fully implemented, the operational capacity of the Romanian police in investigating internet-based child pornography will have been brought up to international standards. Romanian police officers will be able to secure electronic evidence and identify perpetrators more efficiently.

    Mutual advantage
    At the project's opening seminar in Bucharest, Norway's Ambassador to Romania Øystein Hovdkinn stated that contributing to sustainable social development and strengthening the rule of law in Romania is not only an expression of solidarity from the donor's side. Combating criminal networks spreading child pornography is in the interest of Europe as a whole, and cooperation projects like these forge closer links between the two countries in a long-term perspective and to the benefit of both sides.

    Picture credit: Royal Norwegian Embassy, Bucharest.

  • Country:

    Romania


    Project title:

    Strengthening the capacity of the Romanian law enforcement agencies to prevent and investigate Internet child pornography cases

    Case number:

    RO0041

    Priority sector:

    Human resource development

    Grant:

    € 491,551

    Status:

    Concluded

    Type & project assistance:

    Individual Project

    Project promoter:

    General Inspectorate of the Romanian Police

    Type of institution:

    National authority

    Project duration:

    24 months

    Project cost:

    € 578,295

    Grant rate:

    85%

    Grant from:

    EEA Grants

    Grant agreement date:

    19 August 2009

    The purpose of the Project is training of the Romanian Police in dealing with and investigating child pornography cases and increasing public awareness, with the overall objective of strengthening the capacity of the General Inspectorate of the Romanian Police to prevent and investigate internet child pornography cases. Reference is made to the application dated 15 December 2008, and any subsequent correspondence with the Focal Point.



    The completed Project shall include the following activities and results:

    - project management,

    - study visits to Norway and France,

    - purchase of Information Technology (IT) equipment,

    - implementation of a prevention campaign, awareness raising and publicity, and

    - staff training.



    The Project Promoter is the General Inspectorate of the Romanian Police.



    Subject to national law the Project shall be implemented in partnership with the Norwegian National Police Directorate and the Interpol in Lyon France.



    The Focal Point shall ensure that the Romanian Ministry of Administration and Interior provides at least 15 percent of the estimated eligible Project cost.