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 Justice. The Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security, the Norwegian Courts Administration and the Directorate of Norwegian Correctional Service (KDI) are Donor Programme Partners (DPPs). The Council of Europe is International Partner Organisation (IPO).
The programme objective, "Strengthened rule of law", shall be attained through four outcomes:
- The programme shall support the outcome "Improved correctional services" (Outcome 1) by way of three predefined projects (PDPs): "Ensuring safe and secure conditions in places of detention" (PDP no. I), "Enhancing the capacity of the prison staff, building a pilot prison facility connected to a training center and improving the rehabilitation of prisoners" (PDP no. 2) and "Strengthening the application of alternative sanctions to imprisonment" (PDP no. 3).
The programme shall support the outcome "Improved application of European legal framework by the Bulgarian judiciary" (Outcome 2) by way of three predefined projects: ''''Enhancing the national capacity for effective implementation of the judgments of the European Court of Human Rights" (PDP no. 5), "Modern learning environment for legal professionals" (PDP no. 6) and "Strengthening the professionalism of the judiciary" (PDP no.8).
The programme shall support the outcome "Improved capacity of Bulgarian Authorities in the area of child friendly justice" (Outcome 3) by way of predefined project "Enhancing the capacity of the police and establishing child friendly conditions and procedures for children in conflict with the law and children in need of protection" (PDP no. 4) and one small grant scheme (SGS).
The programme shall support the outcome "Improved capacity of Bulgarian Authorities in the area of domestic and gender-based violence" (Outcome 4) by way of two pre-defined projects "Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence" (PDP no. 7), "Improving the access to justice for people living under the poverty line" (PDP no. 9) and one small grant scheme (SGS).
The SGS under this programme will address the Roma, in particular vulnerable women and children, thus complementing the results of the predefined projects.
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 ''Home Affairs'' in order to strengthen the justice chain, inter alia, regarding access to justice, good governance, gender based violence and trafficking in human beings.
Interaction and cooperation with relevant civil society organisations shall be encouraged.
Special concern shall be given to domestic and gender-based violence (improving legislation and training).
Special concern shall be given to the implementation of Human Rights standards - to strive towards a European judicial culture as well as to the child friendly justice.
Synergies between the programme areas within this programme shall be ensured to strengthen the justice chain, inter alia regarding the use of alternative sanctions to imprisonment.
The Norwegian Courts Administration (DA) shall be actively involved in the preparation and may also be involved in the implementation of the programme, especially related to bilateral activities.
The programme shall include measures to increase the use of alternative sanctions to imprisonment.
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.
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