Justice Program

The Justice Programme is managed by the Ministry of Justice, as Programme Operator, in partnership with the Ministry of Justice in Norway,

Donor Programme Partners are:

Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security,

Directorate of Norwegian Correctional Service,

Norwegian Courts Administration

The Council of Europe is the international partner organisation

The programme’s objective is strengthened rule of law through measures aiming at:

  • strengthened capacity of the  Romanian penitentiary and probation system
  • improved access to justice for vulnerable groups, including Roma
  • improved capacity of the Romanian authorities to implement the Istanbul Convention on combating violence against women and domestic violence
  • improved application of European legal concepts by the Romanian judiciary
  • increased capacity of the Public Ministry to fight organised crime and corruption

Total amount of funding available for the programme is 52,941,176 EUR (45,000,000 EUR Norway Grants and 7,941,176 EUR contribution of the national budget)

6 Predefined projects are funded under the programme.


Correctional (31,000,000 EUR)

Project implemented by the National Administration of Penitentiaries in partnership with the National Probation Directorate, the Penitentiaries in Baia Mare, Botoșani,  Vaslui, Târgu Mureș, National School for Training of Prison Staff Târgu Ocna, Norwegian Correctional Academy, Halden and Stavanger Penitentiaries in Norway, Rogaland Probation Office and Østfold Probation Office.
The objective of the project is to improve the capacity of the correctional services in Romania  (penitentiary and probation) to provide reintegration services for convicted persons, by establishing their smooth transition from prison to the probation system and their further reintegration into the community, through close cooperation with local authorities.


Judicial Training and Capacity Building (4,100,000 EUR)

Project implemented by the Superior Council of Magistracy in partnership with the National Institute of Magistracy, National School of Clerks and with the donor partner Norwegian Courts Administration.
The project addresses the need for professional training for judges, prosecutors and other legal professionals in order for them to fully understand and apply the European legal concepts in their professional activity.


Supporting the implementation of the Istanbul Convention in Romania (2,500,000 EUR)

Project implemented by the National Agency for Equal Opportunities for Women and Men in partnership with the Secretariat of the Shelter Movement, St. Olavs University Hospital, Department for Research and Education in Forensic Psychiatry in Brøset – Norway.
The objective of the project is to improve the capacity of Romanian authorities to implement the Istanbul Convention in Romania, by assessing the prevalence of various forms of violence against women, assessing the capacity of the Romanian authorities to implement national policy in the field of combating domestic violence and gender-based violence, elaboration of working tools and professional training of the specialists involved, as well as establishment of centres for the victims of sexual violence and counselling centres for the perpetrators.

Fighting criminality and corruption (4,250,000 EUR)

Project implemented by the Prosecutor’s Office attached to the High Court of Cassation and Justice in partnership with the National Anticorruption Directorate and the Directorate for Investigation

Organized Crime and Terrorism.

The project aims at enhancing the capacity of the Public Ministry to tackle organized crime and corruption, through measures for the development of the professional and technical capacity.



Improving the correctional services in Romania by implementing the normality principle – 4NORM(-ality)(5,000,000 EUR)

Project implemented by the National Administration of Penitentiaries, in partnership with the Ploieşti Penitentiary, Poarta Albă Penitentiary, Craiova Penitentiary, National School for Training Penitentiary Agents in Târgu Ocna, National Probation Directorate and with the donor partners Norwegian Correctional Academy, Norwegian Correctional Services and Hedmark Penitentiary.
The project aims at contributing to a better social reintegration of convicts through the reform, in three prisons (Craiova, Ploiești, Poarta Albă), of their social reintegration programmes and daily activities, in order to make them more responsible before and after release.



CHILD – Children’s Inclusion by Learning and Developing (1,494,117 EUR)

Project implemented by the National Administration of Penitentiaries in partnership with the Târgu Ocna Education Centre and Tîrgu Ocna Town Hall.
The project will facilitate the social reintegration of minors and youngsters by improving the educational services and specific assistance provided within the Târgu Ocna Educational Centre.