Justice and Home Affairs

Key facts

Programme Operator:
Central Project Management Agency
Programme ID:
LT-JUSTICE
Programme Donors
NMOJ | KDI | DA | POD
Date of approval:
Total amount:
€34,376,000
EEA Grants fund:
€8,000,000
Norway Grants fund:
€ 26,376,000

Currently available funding

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Programme Summary

Objective

Strengthened rule of law

Programme summary

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 FMC. 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 Central Project Management Agency (CPMA).  The Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security (NMoJ), the Directorate of Norwegian Correctional Service (KDI), the Norwegian Courts Administration (DA) and the National Police Directorate (POD) are the Donor Programme Partners, and and the Council of Europe (CoE) is International Partner Organization (IPO). The Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Lithuania (MoJ), the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Lithuania (MoI), the National Courts Administration of Lithuania (NCA) and the Prosecutor’s General Office of the Republic of Lithuania (PGO) are the Programme Partners. 

The programme objective, “Strengthened rule of law”, will be attained through four outcomes:

  • Outcome 1: “Improved effectiveness and efficiency of the Lithuanian judiciary and prosecution service”

The outcome shall be supported through two pre-defined projects (PDPs): “Increasing the Quality, Services and Infrastructure in Lithuanian Courts” (PDP no. 1) and “Building up Modern and Open Prosecution Service in the Republic of Lithuania” (PDP no. 2), both funded under the EEA Financial Mechanism.

  • Outcome 2: “Improved correctional services”

The outcome shall be supported by way of pre-defined project “Development of Quality Based Lithuanian Correctional Service System” (PDP no. 3), funded under the Norwegian Financial Mechanism.

  • Outcome 3: “Domestic and gender-based violence preventive and response system improved”

The outcome shall be supported by way of pre-defined project “Improving Work Quality and Enhancing Competences of the Justice Chain to Protect Victims of Domestic and Gender-Based Violence” (PDP no. 4), funded under the Norwegian Financial Mechanism.

  • Outcome 4: “Increased effectiveness of the Lithuanian law enforcement in fighting crime”

The outcome shall be supported by way of pre-defined project “Strengthening of Inter-agency Cooperation and Increasing of Crime Investigation Quality in the Lithuanian Police” (PDP no. 5), funded under the Norwegian Financial Mechanism.

Programme Concerns

Synergies between the programme areas within this programme shall be ensured to strengthen the justice chain, inter alia by strengthening access to justice, the use of alternative sanctions to imprisonment and fight against gender-based violence. Interaction and cooperation with relevant civil society organisations shall be encouraged.

The programme shall include measures to increase the use of alternative sanctions to imprisonment.

Approximately 10% of the total eligible expenditure of the programme shall be allocated to programme area ‘Domestic and Gender-based Violence’. The possibility of predefining projects focusing on the objectives and values behind the Istanbul convention, policy improvements, police investigations, court proceedings and best practice developments, shall be explored when developing the concept note.

Approximately 12% of the total eligible expenditure of the programme shall be allocated to programme area ‘International Police Cooperation and Combating Crime’. The possibility of predefining projects focusing on bilateral cooperation with the Norwegian Police Service to combat cross-border and organised crime, in order to facilitate operative cooperation based on current trends and criminal cases i.e. concerning trafficking in human beings and other profit motivated crime, shall be explored when developing the concept note.

Approximately 25% of the total eligible expenditure of the programme shall be allocated to programme area ‘Effectiveness and Efficiency of the Judicial System, Strengthening Rule of Law’, including a possible prosecution component. The possibility of predefining projects focusing on addressing the concept of European judicial culture and the European Convention on Human Rights, shall be explored when developing the concept note.

Approximately 53% of the total eligible expenditure of the programme shall be allocated to programme area ‘Correctional Services and Pre-trial Detention’ in order to improve the Lithuanian correctional system. The possibility of pre-defining projects, including the establishment of a training centre and up to two pilot correctional centres, shall be explored when developing the concept note.

No more than 50% of the total eligible expenditure of the programme area ‘Domestic and Gender-based Violence’ shall be available for infrastructure (hard measures).

The exact budget allocation among programme areas shall be specified in the concept note.

The Ministry of Justice of Lithuania, the Ministry of Interior of Lithuania, the National Courts Administration of Lithuania and the Prosecution General’s Office of Lithuania shall be Programme Partners and shall be actively involved and effectively contribute to the development and implementation of the programme. They shall, inter alia, be actively involved in policy issues and in facilitating bilateral cooperation.

There is an ambition that no more than 60% of the total eligible expenditure of the programme shall be available for infrastructure (hard measures).

There should be special focus on transition from prison to probation through means of halfway house and electronic monitoring.

Bilateral Ambitions

€ 125 000 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. | € 75 000 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.

Information on the projects funded by the EEA and Norway Grants is provided by the Programme and Fund Operators in the Beneficiary States, who are responsible for the completeness and accuracy of this information.