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PROJECTS FUNDED FROM EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AREA AND NORWAY GRANTS

The project “Improvement of Prevention and Treatment of Infectious Diseases in prisons” is being implemented in the framework of the Public Health Programme which is funded from the Norwegian Financial Mechanism for the period 2009-2014. The programme operator is the Ministry of Social Affairs and the programme is being implemented by the Ministry of Justice. The objective of the project is to reduce the spread of infectious diseases and to improve treatment possibilities thereof in prisons, including improving the knowledge of the staff. The grant amount for the project is EUR 800 000, including the Norway grant of EUR 680 000. The project is implemented from May 2013 until December 2015. Additional information concerning the public health programme is available at the Ministry of Social affairs homepage  and at E-mail address kristel.kivimets@just.ee.

In the framework of the programme “Children and Youth at Risk” which is coordinated by the Estonian Youth Work Centre the Ministry of Justice is implementing in cooperation with the Ministry of Social Affairs a project “Developing a System for Supporting Children and Youth at Risk”.

An effective support system will be created with the project where the problems of children and youth at risk are comprehensively assessed, efficient services and shared competences in social welfare, educational support and crime prevention are offered. The objective of the project is to develop a national cross-cutting support system in order to reduce risk factors which influence children and youth and to increase protective factors. The budget of the project is EUR 2 663 016 from which EUR 1 538 024 is assigned for the implementation of the activities of the Ministry of Justice. The project lasts from June 2013 until April 2016. Additional information concerning the project is available at E-mail address katlin.kruusmaa@just.ee.

In the framework of the programme “Children and Youth at Risk” which is coordinated by the Estonian Youth Work Centre the Ministry of Justice is conducting two application rounds: “Follow-up Support for Youth Released from Prisons or Special Schools” and “Community-based Crime Prevention”.

Follow-up support involves long-term activities which help to create, restore and preserve the relationships of youth released from a prison or a special school with their friends and family. These projects are supported within the framework of an open application round the objective of which is the provision of relevant services. The application round opened on 18th November 2013 and the deadline for submitting applications was 20 January 2014.

These projects will be supported within in the framework of crime prevention application round the objective of which is to carry out crime prevention initiatives of local communities in order to promote joint cooperation networks, to improve the knowledge and skills of specialists and citizen’s associations and to develop administrative capacity for implementing strategic crime prevention. The application round was opened on 3rd January 2014 and the deadline for submitting applications is on 10th March 2014 at 17:00. An amount of EUR 474 650 has been allocated for the application round for the follow-up support for youth released from prisons or special schools and EUR 295 146 for the application round for community-based crime prevention.  You will find additional information concerning the Children and Youth at Risk programme at homepage of Estonian Youth Work Centre. Additional information concerning the application rounds which are coordinated by the Ministry of Justice is available at E-mail address rainer.rohtla@just.ee.

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PROJECTS FUNDED FROM ESTONIAN-SWISS COOPERATION PROGRAMME

The objective of the project “Treatment and Rehabilitation of Drug-addicted Offenders” is to create an integrated and operating treatment and rehabilitation system aimed at persons with drug problems and to provide treatment and rehabilitation for convicted persons with drug problems whose imprisonment has been replaced by treatment or rehabilitation. The project is administrated by the Ministry of Justice. Main partners are the Ministry of Social Affairs and the National Institute for Health Development. Cooperation partners are also the Prosecutor’s Office, prisons and probation supervision departments and the Estonian Psychiatric Association. Total project cost is CHF 1 117 647, including the grant of CHF 950 000.  Project implementation period: August 2011 – December 2014. Additional information concerning the project is available at E-mail address triin.saulep@just.ee.

In course of the project “Telehearing of Arrested Persons” the majority of Estonian courthouses will be equipped with modern video conferencing equipment. The objective is to make the work of the courts more efficient and primarily to decrease the transport costs of arrested persons, as well as other parties to court sessions. The equipment will be installed to the detention cells of the Police and Border Guard Board by means of which the arrested persons can quickly and operatively take part in court sessions.

The Ministry of Justice is implementing the project in cooperation with the Centre of Registers and Information Systems. The project will be implemented during the period from February 2012 until July 2013. Total project cost is CHF 647 059, from which the external support is CHF 550 000. Additional information concerning the project is available at E-mail addresskaupo.karuse@just.ee.

In cooperation with the Estonian Forensic Science Institute the Ministry of Justice is implementing the project “Measures for securing borders – capacity enhancement in various areas of forensic science and pre-trial procedure to prevent crimes and the capacity for emergency response”. Information concerning the project is available at the homepage of the Estonian Forensic Science Institute.

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PROJECTS FUNDED FROM PROGRAMMES OF EUROPEAN COMMISSION

Together with the Estonian Chamber of Bailiffs and Trustees in Bankruptcy and the Centre of Registers and Information Systems the Ministry of Justice is implementing the project “Cross-Border Enforcement Proceeding Tool” (JUST/2011/JCIV/AG/3384), which is funded from the Civil Justice Programme (JCIV) of the European Commission. The project involves the International Union of Judicial Officers, the Lithuanian Chamber of Bailiffs and the Latvian Chamber of Bailiff. Project implementation period lasts from February 2013 until February 2015.

The objective of the project is to make the work processes of bailiffs more efficient by creating tool for European citizens and companies a new fully digital enforcement proceeding tool and a multilingual cross-border public user interface which enables to commence the procedure, follow the course of procedure and archive procedural documents for judicial bodies or bailiffs in other European countries. Total project cost is EUR 1 438 442.10, from which 80%, i.e. EUR 1 150 751.10 will be compensated by the European Commission and EUR 287 691 will be contributed by project partners. Additional information concerning the project is available at E-mail address riina.arund@just.ee.

In the framework of the European Commission Programme Prevention of and Fight against Crime (ISEC) the Ministry of Justice is implementing the project “Supporting Victims in Criminal Procedure: Training in the field of Combating Human Trafficking for Practicians of Criminal Law System”. The project has several partners from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Sweden and Bulgaria. The project is meant for police officers, prosecutors and judges, and indirectly also for possible victims of human trafficking and domestic violence. The objective of the project is to improve the knowledge of specialists how to treat victims better in criminal procedure and to protect the victims of human trafficking and domestic violence. A training programme will be developed for that purpose, trainings, workshops and study visits will be organized.  Information leaflet for victims and guidelines for specialists will also be drawn up. The project will open with an international training session which is held in Tallinn in April and end with a media campaign in every participating country. The project lasts from December 2013 until December 2015. The total project budget is EUR 168 000 from which the co-financing from the Ministry of Justice amounts to EUR 16 825. Additional information concerning the project is available at E-mail address laidi.surva@just.ee.

The European Commission finances from the Community Programme for Employment and Social Solidarity – PROGRESS the project “Bringing up a Violence-Free Generation” which is meant for conducting trainings and a media campaign for young people. The project focuses on young people of both sexes to avoid their exposure to patterns of violence so that they would not accept the role of the victim or the perpetrator of violence. Project partners are the Ministry of Social Affairs, the Ministry of the Interior, the Police and Border Guard Board, the Estonian Women’s Associations Roundtable and the Association of Estonian Open Youth Centres. Training sessions, interactive workshops in counties and a media campaign will be carried out in the project framework, as well as an international conference in 2015. The project will last from January 2014 until June 2015. The total project budget is EUR 226 360 from which the co-financing of Estonia is EUR 46 000.

The European Commission finances from the Civil Justice Programme an e-inquiry analysis project, Creating a Unified Environment for Citizens to Enquire Personal Data. Analysis Project” (JUST/2012/JCIV/AG/33839). The objective of the project is to prepare an analysis on legal and technical solutions in order to create an information technology environment by means of which people could enquire their personal data and personal data which are processed in the databases of the area of justice and in registers. Together with partners from the Centre of Registers and Information Systems, the Ministry of Justice of Lithuania and the Lithuanian Data Protection Inspectorate the possibility to make the solution international (on the direction of Estonia-Lithuania and Lithuania-Estonia) is analysed. The project is implemented from March 2013 until September 2014. The total project cost is EUR 144 742.50, from which the assistance from the European Commission is EUR 115 792.50.

Completed projects

Project “Database of Prisoners, Arrested Persons, Persons Held in Custody and Probationers” was implemented within the framework of the European Union Criminal Justice Programme (JPEN) from February 2011 until May 2013.  The objective of the project was to improve the identification of convicted persons in the punishment registers by creating paper-free information exchange with the information system of prisons. The European Commission supported the project with EUR 422 251, self-financing of the Ministry of Justice was EUR 180 965.

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PROJECTS FUNDED FROM EUROPEAN UNION STRUCTURAL ASSISTANCE

Legislative Policy Department is implementing a programme, which is funded from the European Social Fund, “Developing Better Regulation”. The objective of the programme is to codify the social, environmental, economic governance, construction and planning legislation, as well as the misdemeanour procedure and penal law legislation and to design the regulatory impact analysis system. The total programme scope is EUR 2 769 056 (EEK 43 326 316), from which the assistance from the European Union Structural Funds (European Social Fund) forms EUR 2 630 603 (EEK 41 160 000) and EUR 138 453 (EEK 2 166 316) is self-financing of the Ministry of Justice. Project implementation period is from 2007 until September 2014. Additional information concerning the project is available at E-mail address annika.leevand@just.ee.

Completed projects

From May 2011 until June 2013, the European Social Fund financed a project, which is implemented by the Ministry of Justice,“Community-based Crime Prevention and Support Service of People Released from Prisons in Nordic Countries”. The total project budget was EUR 34 708.60. The project involved partners from the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Education and Research, the Ministry of Social Affairs, the Estonian Youth Work Centre, the Police and Border Guard Board, local governments (Mäetaguse, Rapla and Kose Rural Municipality Governments and Viljandi and Rakvere City Governments), citizen’s associations (Baltic Institute for Crime Prevention) and umbrella organizations (Association of Estonian Cities). Study visits to Sweden (2012), Norway (2012) and Denmark (2013) took place within the project framework in course of which crime prevention practices and rehabilitation services were examined. Additional information concerning the project is available at E-mail address anu.leps@just.ee.

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Last updated: 6 June 2014