Key facts

Programme Operator:
Ministry of Justice - Department for Strategy and European Funds
Programme ID:
Programme Donors
Date of approval:
Total amount:
Norway Grants fund:
€ 58,221,052

Currently available funding

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Programme Summary


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 Donor States. 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. All planned activities shall be in compliance with the European judicial culture, i.e., the effectiveness, efficiency, independence and quality of the judiciary as further defined by the European Court of Human Rights case law and the relevant recommendations of the Council of Europe.

The Programme Operator is the Polish Ministry of Justice, Department for Strategy and European Funds. The Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security (NMOJ) and the Directorate of Norwegian Correctional Services (KDI) are the Donor Programme Partners (DPPs). The Programme Operator and the DPPs intend to involve an international organisation with special competence in the implementation of the programme

The programme’s objective ‘Strengthened rule of law’ shall be attained through two outcomes: 

  • The programme shall support the ‘Improved correctional system’ (Outcome 1) by way of
    • one predefined project: ‘The Pilot rehabilitation complexes for inmates’ (PDP 1).
  • The programme shall support the outcome ‘Improved domestic violence prevention system’ (Outcome 2) by way of
    • two predefined projects
      • ‘The Integrated System of  Domestic Violence Prevention'' (PDP 2); and
      • ''Preventing Violence Against the Elderly and People with Disabilities'' (PDP 3).
    • and two small grant schemes
      • (SGS 1) ‘Pilot implementation of integrated prevention programmes’ (establishing family centres), linked to PDP 2; and 
      • (SGS 2) ‘Preventing violence against the elderly and people with disabilities (development of local support systems in selected municipalities) linked to PDP 3.

Programme Concerns

Cooperation with the National Council of the Judiciary shall be explored under the program area ''Effectiveness and Efficiency of the Judicial System, Strenghtening Rule of Law''.

In developing the concept note and during the implementation of the programme, the Programme Operator shall seek to ensure synergies within this programme, and with the programme Home Affairs in order to strengthen the justice chain.

International organisations with special competence shall be involved in the preparation of the programme. The role of such organisations in the pre-defined projects shall be defined in the concept note.

The possibility of pre-defining project(s) focused on inter alia mediation, legal education and human rights shall be explored during the concept note phase.

The programme will focus under the programme area ''Effectiveness and Efficiency of the Judicial System, Strengthening rule of law'' on; 1) European judicial culture, aimed at implementing European standard on Effectiveness, Efficiency, Independency and Quality 2) Child friendly justice, and 3) Efficient justice chain.

The programme will strenghten the implementation of agreements on the transfer of sentenced persons and EU framework decisions.

There is an ambition to have no more than 60% of the total eligible expenditure of the programme available for infrastructure (hard measures). The maximum level of funding available for infrastructure (hard measures) shall be identified in the concept note.

Under the programme area ''Domestic and Gender-based Violence'' a pre-defined project shall focus on implementation of relevant international conventions, agreements and standards.

Bilateral Ambitions

€400,000 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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