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Projects

Engaging the Future: Development Cooperation for High School Students

Period of implementation: October 2016 – March 2017

In 2007, following its accession to the European Union (EU), Romania has become donor of official development assistance (ODA), offering financial support to developing countries and contributing in this way to the global efforts to eradicate extreme poverty worldwide. Since then, Romania has strived to position itself on the international development arena as an innovative donor, with the main comparative advantage of being able to share its direct experience and knowledge in the democratic transition and EuroAtlantic integration processes. Romania’s strategic objective in development cooperation is to contribute to poverty reduction by promoting security and economic welfare, state of law, sustainable economic development, climate change mitigation and investments in education, complementing international efforts in the field.

The main objectives of this project are:

Objective 1 – Raising awareness of 400 high schools students from Bucharest on the Romanian development cooperation programme during a 3 months campaign;

Objective 2 – Supporting 8 high school students to broaden their knowledge in the field of development cooperation during a three days workshop of activities;

Objective 3 – Encouraging and supporting 8 high schools students to pursue a career in the field of development cooperation.

Donor: The project is funded by the Romanian Government, through the budget for Official Development Assistance of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and implemented in partnership with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Bratislava Regional Centre.

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Increasing the capacity of potential beneficiaries of European cross-border funding from the Republic of Moldova and building partnerships with potential beneficiaries from Romania

Period of implementation: September 2016 – March 2017

The development of the Republic of Moldova, but also of the border counties in Romania can receive substantial support through European Cross-Border cooperation funds.

The analysis and experience of former trilateral program revealed that beneficiaries encountered problems with the identification of compatible partners with whom to develop projects with transboundary impact. Meanwhile, there were problems with the capacity of the beneficiaries to understand the specific requirements of European funding and to develop projects that meet the needs identified in the guidelines.

The project  will focus on three main areas:

  • Informing potential beneficiaries about the specific requirements of cross-border programs and popularization of future funding opportunities;
  • Facilitating partnerships between entities in the eligible area;
  • Strenghtening the capacities required to properly identify the development needs by providing specific training.

Donor: The project is funded by the Romanian Government, through the budget for Official Development Assistance of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and implemented in partnership with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Bratislava Regional Centre.

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Supporting the implementation of the Association Agreement with the European Union in Georgia

Period of implementation: July 2016 – July 2017

The European Union and Georgia have signed the Association Agreement on 27th of June 2014. The signature of the Association Agreement is not the end in itself, proper planning and carrying out reforms in the fields of food safety, environment, taxation, energy etc. would make impact on the daily life of citizens of Georgia. The Romanian Center for European Policies together with its partners Open Society Georgia Foundation is proposing a project that aims at making the Association Agreement implementation process more inclusive and at ensuring external support through expertise.

The goal of the project is to support the government of Georgia and civil society organizations to engage in the implementation of the Association Agreement in an efficient and transparent way, by providing them with innovative tools and external expertise. The main result will consist of a database that monitors over 300 European Directives and Regulations from the Association Agreement for the use of officials and civil society organizations, as well as of 4 working visits by Romanian experts on different areas of legislation that will provide support on request.

Donor: The project is funded by the Romanian Government, through the budget for Official Development Assistance of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and implemented in partnership with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Bratislava Regional Centre.

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State Owned Companies – Preventing Corruption and State Capture

Period of implementation: January 2016- December 2017

The project proposes an innovative, comprehensive approach to evaluate risks of state capture and corruption in SOEs across the EU, by combining corporate governance issues with indicators of economic performance to identify misappropriation of funds and with the responses of the judiciary and administrative bodies to such acts of funds misuse (case studies in Romania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic and Italy)

The consortium will to develop strategic analysis to assess the degree of state clientelism and exposure to corruption within state owned companies and will provide specific and measurable indicators assessing the level of political influences in state owned enterprises and the level of funds allocation from public and European sources.

The project methodology, which capitalizes also on the participation of representatives of relevant SOEs (survey targeting relevant SEOs in each participating country will be designed, tested and applied) can provide a clear picture on how Member states are dealing with the issue of state capture within SOEs and what type of instrument are using to deal with it, both ante factum and post factum.

One of the short and medium term outcomes of the project consists in designing a comprehensive assessment methodology for SOEs which could feed into EU’s anticorruption strategy for Member States.

The project “State-Owned Companies – Preventing Corruption and State Capture” is financed through Economic and Financial Crime, Corruption, Environmental Crime Programme,  DG Migration and Home Affairs, European Commission and co-financed by Open Society Foundation.  

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Roma integration across the Danube: Best practices and social entrepreneurship models exchange between Romania and Bulgaria

Period of implementation: January 2016 – July 2016

With the vast majority of Roma population in Europe (80%) living in the  the Danube region, a framework for cooperation, share of best practices and knowledge is fundamental in promoting efficient Roma integration policies in the region. While Roma inclusion actions have been supported in the last years through some European funds, the effects remain limited, at least in the south of Romania.  While Romanian civil society have succesfully implemented social economy initiatives (ex. Romano Boutique’s small Roma crafts co-operatives), municipalities are lagging behind in providing improved living standards to the Roma. In Bulgaria, on the other hand,  Kavarna, a small town in the North East region has become in recent years a model for its comprehensive approach to Roma integration. Nevertheless, social economy initiatives dedicated to Roma are yet to be developed in the South of the Danube.

The current project sets out to facilitate the reciprocally useful exchange of experience between muncipalities, civil society and Roma entrepreneurs from the two countries, document the process and the findings, encourage common projects (also on the cross-border Romania -Bulgaria EU Programme), disseminate the findings and approaches to impact-ful accessing EU and national funds for Roma in the Danube region.

The project activities will concentrate on: i) identification of the delegation comprised of 3 small municipalities’ representatives, civil society and Roma entrepreneurs from Romania and 2 from Bulgaria to take part in the best practice exchange visit in Kavarna; ii) Drafting a report on Kavarna’s best practice model  – the investments, and projects implemented, funds accessing by the municipality iii)Organizing a two days workshop in Kavarna: first day sharing best practices derived from the Kavarna experience on Roma integrations, 2nd day sharing successful Roma entrepreneurship models and experiences in Romania that could be replicated in Kavarna and the other Bulgarian municipalities; Roma business models in mixed groups brainstorming, identifying business opportunities in the region iv) Drafting a follow-up report on best practices – administrative, entrepreneurial, cooperation possibilities, Roma integration financing opportunities for communities in the Danube space in Romania and Bulgaria; disseminating the results and findings to existing municipalities networks and social entrepreneurs in the Danube Region, to the public by social media

The project is part of START – Danube Region Project Fund, part-financed by the European Union and the City of Vienna. 

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Raising awareness of the Europeanization process in Georgia

Period of implementation: December 2015 – May 2016

The project meets the two main challenges remained after Georgia signed the Association Agreement with EU: (1) the population’s level of knowledge regarding the agreement remains very low; (2) the public institutions and the civil society still need expertise.

The project directly addresses these two issues, proposing activities that enhance the situation of the beneficiaries: (1) raising the level of understanding of the Europeanisation process ( the measures referred to in the Association Agreement) for the interested parts, like local administration, mass-media, civil society but also for the citizens, through lectures and public events, and (2) strengthening the ability of the Georgian Parliament to promote (including through legislative measures) the implementation calendar, by means of organizing trainings and giving specific recommendations.

Donor: The project is funded by the Romanian Government, through the budget for Official Development Assistance of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and implemented in partnership with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Bratislava Regional Centre.

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Research and advocacy for positioning agriculture high-schools as hubs for small and medium farmers

Period of implementation: October 2015 – October 2017

The current project is part of a more complex program/intervention implemented in partnership/consortium with four other organisations (JAR, Civitas, World Vision, CEED), aiming to support agricultural high-schools to make their educational offer more relevant for the local economy. In the consortium’s vision, the high schools take an active role as community educational hubs for the development of small and medium farms and agricultural businesses, providing services for both youngsters and adults.

The component address by CRPE within the consortium is related to documentation (for consortium and outside consortium) and advocacy in order to ensure further premises for program’s sustainability and for addressing the aim at a larger scale.

Within the “Research and advocacy for positioning agriculture high-schools as hubs for small and medium farmers” project, CRPE sets out to contribute to the above consortium’s program/initiative by:

(1)documenting the effects of the program on high schools and communities (pupils, teachers and other community members), as well as other initiatives (from Romania and abroad) that can contribute to the program

(2)communicating the program to the beneficiaries and to other NGOs, donors, authorities, farms and agro-industrial companies, the public at large in order to ensure the premises for the continuation/expansion of the project

(3) by researching relevant public policy topics, and based on the experience gained through the project, formulating policy recommendations and advocating them among policy makers, public administration institutions with responsibilities in the area, etc. in order to enlist their support in sustaining agricultural vocational and technical education in Romania.

The objectives of the project are:

O1. Documenting the RAF consortium intervention models as well as other similar initiatives, with a focus on changes in behaviors, relationships, actions of the people, organizations, target groups involved in the project, aiming at engaging the consortium, providing for it inputs on lessons learned and good practice examples, so that the pilot program timely adapts to the realities in the field.

O2. Drawing well substantiated policy objectives from the program implementation (both local and national), formulating policy recommendations and advocating them to policy makers, public administration institutions with attributions in this field, etc. in order to enlist their support in sustaining agricultural vocational and technical education in Romania;

O3. Communicating the main issues, models, best practices which arise from the documentation and opportune policy research and communicating them to the relevant stakeholders (other NGOs, donors, authorities, farms and agro-industrial companies, public at large), with a view to engaging them, pushing for policy adaptations and further continuation of the program;

In the overall consortium’s program, we aim to stimulate and support the stakeholders (public and private as well) to be involved in the development of rural areas, particularly in the agriculture field (in the 8 high schools and beyond them), including by prioritizing the agricultural education and establishing data-driven, coherent national strategies and programs in this respect.

Donor: Romanian American Foundation

 

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European judicial cooperation in the area of cybercrime

Period of implementation: September 2015 – June 2016

The project tackles the issue of European Cooperation on fighting Cybercrime from a judicial perspective, addressing the need of prosecutors and judges to have accurate knowledge of the present methods used in cybercrime investigation, national work procedures but also good practices in bi-lateral cooperation or cooperation with EU institutions. For this purpose, a target group of 60 judges and prosecutors from two Member States – Romania and Bulgaria – will benefit from trainings in this area. The target group will also benefit from a introductory Legal English training in the area of Cybercrime, utmost necessary in a technical and English language oriented area like information technology.

Also, in order to disseminate the information from the trainings to a wider group of magistrates across Europe, a Guideline will be drafted and it will be made available on the websites of the National Institutes for the Training of Magistrates’ in the two countries. Furthermore, the Guideline will be available for the two Institutes to share within their available networks on European Judicial Cooperation.

The project aims at contributing to a further development of an European area of justice based on mutual trust and cooperation, with a view to fostering a common legal and judicial culture in Europe.

The project is implemented by Romanian Center for European Policies, in partnership with Center for Criminal Justice and Security Studies, National Institute for Magistracy in Romania and National Institute for Justice.

Donor: Project funded by the Justice Programme 2014-2020 of the European Union

 

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Social economy and Roma inclusion: state of play and prospects for development

Period of implementation: January 2015 – December 2016

Although there have been an increasing number of initiatives supporting social economy and Roma inclusion in Romania, a number of gaps still persist and affect the overall framework of fighting against poverty and  social exclusion, mainly the divergent policies and initiatives that  failed to provide a comprehensive view in this field.

Tackling this problem requires a wide ranging project that would essentially create an “umbrella” platform that would link the social economy enterprises dedicated to or including Roma beneficiaries with an entire array of financers that would provide the instruments to maximize  their impact. At this point, there is no user friendly up-to-date database that would enable these funds to be spent in a more  synergy-conducive manner, nor providing bridges between the enterprises  and the financers.

Hence, the project will not only “map” the social enterprises, but also assess their sustainability and prospects to produce welfare. Putting  together all the secondary data available on Roma social economy  projects and enterprises set up since 2007 and then conducting field research on a relevant sample to determine their sustainability and prospects for creating welfare for their communities will provide a first clear  look on what has been done on Roma economic empowerment in Romania, thus  providing the opportunity to replicate best practice and transfer of  knowledge while improving the non satisfactory outcomes.

The project will be providing evidence-based solutions to all actors (state or non-state) interested in supporting the economic empowerment of Roma communities in Romania, derived from the accumulated experience and lessons learned in Romania post-EU accession and improve the policy framework shaping the development of Roma entrepreneurs and Roma social economy sector in Romania.

Donor: Open Society Institute

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Development of the Coalition “Initiative for a Clean Justice”

Period of implementation: July 2015 – December 2016

The Development of Coalition “Initiative for a Clean Justice” project aims to consolidate an initiative able to confront efficiently, counting on expertise of three organizations (Freedom House Romania, Expert Forum and Romanian Center for European Policies), major challenges in the field of justice and fight against corruption. The project tackles new problems as: recuperation of prejudices derived from deliquences, extended seizure, sustainability of the fight against corruption and monitoring of public acquisitions.

The project is focused on strenghtening the coalition and on growing its ability to react to events that are relevant for the justice reform and for good governance. The creation of three tools for monitoring aims to grow competence and sectorial expertise of the member organizations, respectively of the coalition.

Development of the Coalition “Initiative for a Clean Justice” is funded by SEE 2009-2014 Grants, within NGO Fund in Romania, and co-funded by Open Society Institute.

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Investing in quality journalism  on international development- a sustainable approach to raising public awareness on development cooperation and global issues

Period of implementation: July 2015 – November 2015

The grants for journalism are yielded within the project ’Investing in quality journalism on international development – a sustainable approach to raising public awareness on development cooperation and global issues’ implemented during the European Year for Development 2015 by Romanian Center for European Policies in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme – Regional Center for Europe and Central Asia, and financed by European Union and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania.

More details about the project, including the press materials resulted within the programme, are available here.

The content of this website does not necessarily represent the official position of SEE Grants 2009 – 2014. Full responsibility regarding the correctness and coherence of information presented pertains to the initiators of the website.

Donor: The project is part of the Romanian national work plan for the European Year for Development 2015 (AED2015) and it is financed by the European Commission and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania.

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“What’s next after the Eastern Partnership? Prospects for EU Eastern enlargement” – EUROSFAT 2015, May 29

The Riga Summit will be a key moment for the future of the Eastern Partnership and how the European Union will be seen by its neighboring countries. Described as a “survival summit” by Latvia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, the European Union will be facing a crucial dilemma: Push forward and deliver concrete results, especially to the three countries that have already signed Association Agreements, and, hence, exacerbate the relationship with Russia, or fail to provide a clear membership perspective and increase the possibility of alienating them?

The present lack of consensus on offering membership perspective to any of the Eastern Partnership countries, combined with the growing level of mistrust and criticism towards the Eastern Partnership initiative, requires setting up new approaches and review the current instruments.

A more tailored approach should take the place of the current one size-fits-all when dealing with each of the countries and clear medium and long term prospects should be provided.

The opening session of EUROSFAT, “What’s next after the Eastern Partnership? Prospects for EU Eastern enlargement”, organized by the Romanian Center for European Policies and Eurosfat, will be held on May, 29, at the Parliament Palace in Bucharest. EUROSFAT is the annual European debates forum which has been taking place in Romania since 2013.

The session will host high ranking officials from the European Commission, members of the European Parliament, politicians, experts and members of the civil society from Romania, Ukraine, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, the Visegrad and the Baltic Countries, that will discuss the relationship between EaP countries and the European Union following the Riga Summit.

More about EUROSFAT and the event’s schedule can be found at www.eurosfat.ro

The debate is organized within the „Eastern Neighbors and Russia: Close links with EU citizens-ENURC” – with the support of „Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union”.

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Active citizenship – a powerful tool strengthening the rule of law
Period of implementation: 1st of April 2015 – 1st of April 2016

Within the Active Citizenship – a powerful tool strengthening the rule of law project, Expert Forum, Romanian Center for European Policies, Freedom House and Liderjust aim to design and apply the tools through which citizens are becoming able to fight against corruption and bad governance.

We aim to operate on different levels of the Romanian society for the consolidation of the democratic status: young people, teachers, magistrates and journalists, experts and the academic field. We will be offering them a better understanding of the complex concept of the rule of law.

The project has also foreseen a number of meetings and debates involving citizens, experts and journalists on methods of deterring the dangers affecting the stability of a state.

More details about the project’s objectives and actions can be found here.

Project funded by SEE 2009-2014 grants, within NGO Fund in Romania.

The content of this website does not necessarily represent the official position of SEE Grants 2009 – 2014. Full responsibility regarding the correctness and coherence of information presented pertains to the initiators of the website. For official information concerning SEE and Norwegian Grants access www.eeagrants.ro

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Education for Justice and Democracy – a citizen training program in schools

Period of implementation: 1th of April 2015 – 31th of March 2016

Romanian Center for European Policies and Liderjust are launching the Education for Justice and Democracy – a citizen training program in schools project.

The project started from recent findings undertaken by the management of judicial system: in this moment, at least one out of six Romanians has a file in court. What follows after the arrests operated by DNA (National Anticorruption Directorate)? Repression techniques by themselves – criminal investigations, sentences – are not sufficient in the long term for fighting such an ingrained phenomenon. How prepared is the younger generation in order to be able to reject corruption and clientelism?

As consigned by a Justice-Education inter-governmental protocol, juridical education is prerequisite for preventing corruption, knowing one’s own civil rights and liberties and promoting respect towards law and democracy. All these are in fact the main targets of this project. It proposes an educative pilot program (targeting national colleges from Bucharest Ilfov and Muntenia Southern Region) for pre-university education system (1.000 highschool students, 9th and 10th grade) consisting in teaching education for justice and democracy, with the help of law practitioners (magistrates and future magistrates, judges and prosecutors), teachers and school managers.

The project has also proposed a long term strategy concerning early prevention of corruption, promoting respect for the rule of law, incorruptible behaviors and civic attitudes through implementation of adequate policies.

For more details regarding the projects, visit the website here.

Project funded by SEE 2009-2014 grants, within NGO Fond in Romania.

The content of this website does not necessarily represent the official position of SEE Grants 2009 – 2014. Full responsibility regarding the correctness and coherence of informations presented pertains to the initiators of the website. For official information concerning SEE and Norwegian Grants access www.eeagrants.ro

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Find a home! – Enhancing the transparency and accessibility of the social housing allotment process

Period of implementation: March 2015 – March 2016

The Centre for Urban and Territorial Development (CDUT) and the Romanian Center for European Policies are implementing the project “Find a home! – Enhancing the transparency and accessibility of the social housing allotment process” from March 2015 until March 2016.

 The project deals with the issue of social housing and the process of granting them, aiming to increase transparency and accessibility of the entire circuit of policies and procedures for granting social housing. The project will provide an overview and a comparative look on the challenges and vulnerabilities encountered at the Bucharest municipality level, concluding itself into a series of recommendations and proposals. Furthermore, the project will try to bring citizens – potential beneficiaries of social housing system – closer to it, facilitating transparency and access to granting procedures.

 The project aims at:

 1. Evaluating the local policies regarding social housing in the 6 districts of Bucharest.

 2. Increasing transparency of the allocation of social housing by developing a pilot instrument at the Bucharest Municipality level and the establishment of a network with the purpose of enabling citizens and all stakeholders to have an easy and interactive access to data related to the process.

 3. Formulating and promoting a series of recommendations and proposals on housing policies for each district.

 4. Monitoring the changes and the development of a warning mechanism for a period of 6 months.

The Project “Find a home! – Enhancing the transparency and accessibility of the social housing allotment process” is financed by EEA grants, 2009-2014 Grants, within NGO Fund in Romania.

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