Currently available funding
Strengthened rule of law
This Annex sets out the operational rules for the programme. The programme agreement is based on the MoU, the concept note and comments made by the NMFA. Commitments, statements and guarantees, explicit as well as implicit, made in the concept note, are binding for the National Focal Point and the Programme Operator unless otherwise explicitly stipulated in the annexes to this programme agreement.
The Programme Operator is the Ministry of Interior. The National Police Directorate (POD), the Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security and the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) are Donor Programme Partners (DPPs). The Council of Europe (CoE) is International Partner Organisation (IPO).
The programme objective, “Strengthened rule of law”, will be attained through four outcomes:
- Outcome 1 “Increased capacity of the national authorities in the asylum and migration area”. The outcome shall be supported by way of two calls for proposals and one predefined project: “Increasing the administrative capacity of the national authorities in the asylum and migration area” (PDP no. 2). The calls for proposals shall focus on:
- Return of third-country nationals;
Improving the national asylum and migration capacities, especially as regards provision of conditions for vulnerable migrants and in particular for unaccompanied minors.
- Outcome 2 “Improved capacity for law enforcement agencies in crime prevention and investigation”
The outcome shall be supported by way of six pre-defined projects: “Increasing the capacity of General Directorate “Combating Organized Crime” for more effective investigation of organised and transnational crime” (PDP no. 3), “Extension of the Communication Infrastructure of MoI” (PDP no. 4), “Enhancement of the International Police Cooperation and the Prevention of International Criminal Activities” (PDP no. 5), “Improvement of the capacity of police and forensic activity dealing with material evidence in pre-trial investigation process” (PDP no. 6), “Development of Expert Forensic Examinations and Activities at the Research Institute of Forensic sciences at the Ministry of Interior (RIFS) and technical upgrade and expansion of the possibilities of five basic regional forensic laboratories” (PDP no. 7), “Development of the cooperation within the Schengen area” (PDP no. 8).
- Outcome 3 “Improved situation for Roma population”
The outcome shall be supported by way of four pre-defined projects: “Capacity building of the police officers working in multi-ethnic environment, including Roma communities and prevention of ill-treatment by the police” (PDP no. 9), “Improvement of the efficiency of the police activity in the field of domestic and gender-based violence” (PDP no. 10), “Improvement of the coordination and dialogue between police and Roma society” (PDP no. 11) and “Awareness raising of local communities in areas with significant share of Roma population on asylum and migration issues” (PDP no. 12).
- Outcome 4 “Increased capacities of Bulgarian authorities to tackle economic crime and corruption”
The outcome shall be supported by way of two pre-defined projects: “Preventing and combating corruption” (PDP no. 13) and “Enhanced capacities of Bulgarian authorities to recover and manage criminal assets” (PDP no. 14).
In case of savings in the projects funded under this programme, reallocation of funds to PDP no. 14, through a modification of this programme agreement, for activities relevant to the newly established anti-corruption unit of CCCIAF, shall be prioritised.
A maximum level of funding available from the total eligible expenditure of the programme for infrastructure (hard measures) shall be identified in the concept note.
In developing the concept note and during the implementation of the programme, the Programme Operator shall seek to ensure synergies with the programme ''Justice'' in order to strengthen the justice chain, inter alia, regarding access to justice, good governance, gender based-violence and trafficking in human beings.
Special concern shall be given to asylum and migration with special focus on unaccompanied minors.
Special concern shall be given to domestic and gender-based violence (police training).
Special concern shall be given to police cooperation.
Special concern shall be given to the prevention and combating of corruption within the police.
The possibility of pre-defining project(s) with the National Police Directorate (POD) and the Norwegian Police Service shall be explored when developing the concept note.
This programme shall contribute to the improvement of the situation for the Roma population and shall contribute towards the target set in section 2 ''Specific concerns'' of this Annex.
€100,000 shall be allocated to the programme from the fund for bilateral relations. This does not prevent the Joint Committee for Bilateral Funds from allocating additional funds to the programme.