Welcome to the official web page of the Programme Operator (Romanian Ministry of Justice) for the following financing programmes under the Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2009-2014:


 RO20 – Domestic and Gender-based Violence

 RO23 – Correctional Services, including Non-custodial Sanctions

 RO24 – Judicial Capacity-building and Cooperation


Closing of the programmes implemented by the Ministry of Justice within the Norwegian Financial Mech - 20 November 2017

The Ministry of Justice organized on Wednesday 15th of November 2017 the final conference for closing the three programmes financed through Norway grants 2009-2014, respectively RO20 ”Domestic and Gender-based Violence”, RO23 ”Correctional Services, including Non-custodial Sanctions” and RO24 ”Judicial Capacity-building and Cooperation”.


The conference was attended by high level representatives, namely Ms Sofia – Mariana MOȚ, State Secretary within the Romanian Ministry of Justice, Ms Anette CARNARIUS ELSETH, State Secretary within the Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security, Her Excellency Ms Lise Nicoline KLEVEN GREVSTAD, Ambassador of the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Bucharest. The event was attended also by representatives of the donor state, donor programme partners (Norwegian Court Administration, Norwegian Correctional Services, Norwegian Police Directorate, etc.) as well as of the Council of Europe, Programme Operators from other beneficiary states of the Norway grants (Poland, Lithuania), Romanian institutions involved in the implementation of Norway grants (Ministry of Public Finance, Ministry of Regional Development, Public Administration and European Funds), beneficiaries and project partners respectively of central institutions (the National Institute of Magistracy, the National School of Clerks, the General Inspectorate of the Romanian Police, the Prosecutor's Office attached to the High Court of Cassation and Justice, the National Agency for Roma, the National Administration of Penitentiaries, the National Agency for Equal Opportunities for Women and Men, etc.), and non-governmental organizations (Save the Children, the Foundation for Elderly Support, etc.).


State Secretary Sofia - Mariana Moţ launched the conference by highlighting the "special assistance that Norway grants offered for supporting the strategic development needs of the judiciary, the penitentiary system, and for combating the domestic violence phenomenon in Romania. For the Romanian judicial system, the Norwegian assistance was the first major non-reimbursable allocation after the pre-accession European financial funding arriving in a crucial moment that of the entry into force of the new legal codes. ".


Ms. Lise Kleven Grevstad, Ambassador of the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Bucharest, stressed the importance of cooperation between the two countries in the justice field. "During the programming period we are now concluding, Norway grants have contributed to the justice system in 11 European states. Combating domestic and gender-based violence was one of the areas of intervention. In Romania, the outstanding results achieved in these programmes, as well as the excellent collaboration with the Norwegian institutions, have encouraged us not only to continue, but also to double the funding. ".


The main results achieved within the 3 programmes financed through Norway grants 2009-2014 were presented during the conference.

As regards the judicial system, the Norwegian funding contributed to the training of approximately 9,000 judges, prosecutors and other law professionals in the context of the adoption of new legal codes. At the same time, investments were made in the IT infrastructure and in the training of specialists for the preparation of the future development of the electronic case management program used at the level of the judiciary (ECRIS).


The Norwegian assistance also provided the framework for implementing pilot policies targeting vulnerable categories of citizens, including the Roma population, aiming at improving their access to justice.


The programme dedicated to the penitentiary and probation systems as well as to the pre-trial detention centres managed by the Romanian Police have contributed to the improvement of the remand/detention conditions in compliance with international standards, to the increase of the personnel skills and to the development of specialized intervention programmes for people in custody.


Thus, a therapeutic centre for women was set up and equipped within the Gherla Penitentiary, the youth pavilion/wing from Bacău Penitentiary for the social reintegration of minors and youngsters deprived of liberty was rehabilitated, two self-management centres were set up at Craiova and Brăila-Tichileşti Detention Centres, 5 ecological workshops in the Danube Delta region were built for professional training of detainees, the Centre for Training and Specialization of Officers from the National Administration of Penitentiaries – Arad was renovated and equipped, over 1,350 persons (officers and specialists from the penitentiary system, policemen) were trained, the organizational management and the working tools for probation were