Justice

Key facts

Programme Operator:
Ministry of Justice - Romania
Programme ID:
RO-JUSTICE
Programme Donors
NMOJ | KDI | DA
Date of approval:
Total amount:
€48,700,000
Norway Grants fund:
€ 48,700,000

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 program. 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 Ministry of Justice (MOJ). The Norwegian Ministry of Justice, (NMOJ), the Directorate of Norwegian Correctional Service (KDI) and the Norwegian Courts Administration (DA) shall act as Donor Programme Partners.

The programme objective ''Strengthened rule of law'' shall be attained through five outcomes:

The programme shall support the outcome ''Improved application of European legal concepts by the Romanian judiciary'' (Outcome l) by way of a pre-defined project ''Judicial training and capacity building'' (PDP No l).

The programme shall support the outcome ''Improved correctional services'' (Outcome 2) by way of four pre-defined projects, ''Correctional'' (PDP No 2), ''Improving the correctional services in Romania by implementing the principle 4NORM(-ality) (PDP No 3), ''CHILD — Children''s inclusion by learning and developing'' (PDP No 4) and `SE – CURE: A Safe and Educated Community Undertaking Responsible Engagement`(PDP No 8).

The programme shall support the outcome ''Improved capacity of the Romanian authorities to implement the Istanbul Convention'' (Outcome 3) by way of two pre-defined projects, ''Supporting the implementation of the Istanbul Convention in Romania'' (PDP No 5) and `VERA - Positive change through integrated action in turbulent times` (PDP No 9).

The programme shall support the outcome ''Increased capacity of the Public Ministry to fight criminality and corruption'' (Outcome 4) by way of a pre-defined project ''Fighting criminality and corruption'' (PDP No 6).

The programme shall support the outcome ''Improved access to justice for vulnerable groups, including Roma'' (Outcome 5) by way of a pre-defined project ''Protecting victims of crime'' (PDP No 7).

The programme shall support the outcome `Renewed anticorruption policy in Romania` (Outcome 6) by way of one pre-defined project (PDP No 10) `The evaluation of the implementation of the National Anticorruption Strategy 2016-2020 and the development and recommendations for future steps’.

Programme Concerns

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.

No more than 60% of the total eligible expenditure of the programme and 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).

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 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.

Bilateral Ambitions

€ 250,000 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.