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NORWAY GRANTS 2009-2014






Programme No LT14 “Correctional Services including Non-custodial Sanctions” under Norwegian financial mechanism of 2009 – 2014

On 5 April 2011 the Memorandum of Understanding on the Implementation of the Norwegian Financial Mechanism in Lithuania was signed between Norway and the Republic of Lithuania.

The aim of the Norwegian Financial Mechanism is to reduce economic and social disparities between EU countries and beneficiary state and to strengthening bilateral relations between Norway and beneficiary state. The main objective of Programme No LT14 “Correctional Services including Non-custodial Sanctions” under Norwegian financial mechanism of 2009 – 2014 (hereinafter – Programme) is to improve Lithuanian correctional services system in compliance with relevant international human rights instruments. The implementation of the Programme will contribute to increased application of alternatives to prison, improvement of conditions of vulnerable groups in prison, improved competences of both inmates and prison staff.

In accordance to the Resolution No 57 of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania of 18 January 2012 on the Administration of the European Economic Area and Norwegian Financial Mechanisms 2009–2014 (hereinafter – Regulation) (Official Gazette “Valstybės žinios”, No 10-393, 2012) the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Lithuania was appointed a Programme operator.

Norwegian Financial Mechanisms 2009–2014 Programme Agreement No 1S-42 between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Norway and the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania for the financing of the Programme “Correctional Services including Non-custodial Sanctions” was signed on 3 June 2013. Agreement No NOR-LT14-TM/1S-46/3S-65/2013/4-9-6 among the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania, the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Lithuania and the Public Institution Central Project Management Agency on the Implementation of the Programme “Correctional Services including Non-custodial Sanctions” was signed on 4 July 2013.

Programme consists from six projects.

Pre-defined projects:

• “Conditions providing for the reduction of re-offending of persons serving their sentences in Closed Prison No 3 of Pravieniškės”;
• “Reduction of the number of persons incarcerated in closed prisons, by setting up 4 new half-way houses (open prisons)”;
• “Application of electronic monitoring for conditionally released convicts”;
• “Improvement of conditions for inmates from vulnerable groups”;
• “Prison staff competency building, with the focus on inmates training”.

Open call project

• “Mediation programme for criminal justice established and applied”

Applicants and project promoters will be able to use allocations from Bilateral fund for search of partners for donor partnership projects prior to or during the preparation of project application as well as for strengthening of bilateral relations during project implementation.

The amount of assistance granted under the Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2009–2014 for the implementation of the Programme is 31,3 million LTL. Of which: 26,6 million LTL comprise the assistance funds and 4,7 million LTL is the co-financing provided by the Republic of Lithuania.

The functions of preparation and implementation of the Programme is carried on the  Division of Penitentiary and Probation System of Administrative and Criminal Justice Department of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Lithuania:

Marius Rakštelis – Head of the Division, tel. (+3705) 2662 874, e-mail: marius.rakstelis@tm.lt
Inga Griškevičienė – Adviser, tel. (+3705) 2662 885, e-mail: i.griskeviciene@tm.lt
Snieguolė Kriščiūnienė – Chief Specialist, tel. (+3705) 2662 974, e-mail: snieguole.krisciuniene@tm.lt
Tauras Rutkūnas – Chief Specialist, tel. (+3705) 2191 895, e-mail: tauras.rutkunas@tm.lt
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