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Key justice fields get 3.6 million Swiss francs in financial support

Romania is to receive 3.6 million Swiss francs from the Swiss Federal Council under a bilateral framework agreement between the government of Romania and the Swiss Federal Council for strengthening key areas of the judiciary, the Ministry of Justice informed in an Oct. 4 release.Following the signing of the agreement, the Ministry of Justice will be one of the major beneficiaries of assistance granted by Switzerland; the financial resources will be spent for the professional training of judges and prosecutors, strengthening the capacity of the judiciary to fight corruption and the development of the probation system by setting up a nationwide network of workshops for community labor.

'This agreement is highly important also because it will allow us to organize a program for the training of the magistrates with a view to implementing the new Codes, one of the most important actions we will have to carry through together with the Higher Council of the Magistrates (CSM) and the National Institute of Magistracy (INM), but also with the support of magistrates' associations and of other liberal professionals in the justice system, until the Codes come into force,' Justice Minister Catalin Predoiu said in the cited release.

One of the projects in for financing is titled 'Assistance for strengthening the institutional capacity for training judges and prosecutors for the enforcement of the new laws,' a program aimed at providing training for the magistrates with regard to the provisions of the new Codes, as well as developing e-learning modules.

Another project receiving Swiss assistance is that titled 'Improving the capacity of Romanian judges and prosecutors to fight corruption and economic and financial crime,' which is aimed at developing the professional capacity and the creation of new skills of Romanian magistrates to fight corruption and economic and financial crime, as well as sharing experience and good practices on other issues relevant for this area.

A third project slated for funding is that called 'Setting up workshops for the execution of community labor sentences,' which refers to the obligations of persons sentenced to provide community labor without having to serve time in prison.

The Justice Minister specifies that the new draft act takes into consideration both the current legislative context, and the provisions of the Criminal Code, according to which a sentence to provide work to the benefit of the community can be handed down for most persons who do not have to serve time in prison, Agerpres informs.

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