(Română) Digitalizarea Justiției: instanțele judecătorești vor primi 38 de milioane de lei pentru a achiziționa sisteme de videoconferință și echipamente informatice

Pentru a îmbunătăți accesul cetățenilor la actul de justiție în situații de risc epidemiologic crescut, Ministerul Justiției a alocat suma de 38 de milioane de lei către instanțele judecătorești pentru a achiziționa sisteme de videoconferință și echipamente informatice.

Fondurile au fost repartizate prin OUG nr.135/2020 cu privire la rectificarea bugetului de stat pe anul 2020, modificarea unor acte normative și stabilirea unor măsuri bugetare.

Alocarea fondurilor a fost făcută în urma demersurilor Ministerului Justiției, care a solicitat Ministerului Finanțelor Publice această sumă.

Demersul face parte dintr-un proces mai amplu de digitalizare a activităților administrative și judiciare desfășurate la nivelul instanțelor de judecată și parchetelor.

Elemente de context

În cursul lunii august 2019, a fost finalizată de către MJ procedura de achiziție referitoare la dotarea cu câte un echipament de videoconferință a instanțelor care fie nu dețineau astfel de echipamente, fie aveau defecte echipamentele de acest tip cu care fuseseră dotate anterior. Aceste echipamente au fost destinate utilizării în cauzele penale.

Odată cu declanșarea crizei pandemice actuale, instanțele au început utilizarea intensivă a echipamentelor de videoconferința și în cauzele civile, fapt ce a dus la o supraîncărcare a echipamentelor aflate în dotarea instanțelor.

În vederea stabilirii necesarului real de astfel de echipamente la nivelul fiecărui ordonator secundar/terțiar de credite din sistemul judiciar, Ministerul Justiției a solicitat informațiile necesare, respectiv numărul de echipamente existente, numărul sălilor de judecată și numărul necesar de sisteme la nivelul fiecărei instanțe: curte de apel, tribunal, judecătorie.

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The Ministry of Justice and the European Commission are supporting businesses in difficulty. The kick-off meeting of the European project for the transposition of the Directive on restructuring and insolvency

On July 7th, 2020, took place the opening meeting of the Early Warning Tools and Preventive Restructuring frameworks project, funded by the EU through the Structural Reform Support Program (SRSP) and implemented in cooperation with the European Commission.
The project aims to support the Ministry of Justice in transposing the Directive 2019/1023 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 June 2019 on preventive restructuring and insolvency.

The European directive and, implicitly, the national legislative and administrative transposition measures will contribute to the creation of a more efficient, accessible and friendly pre-insolvency restructuring system, which will allow debtors to detect their financial difficulties early and to take timely and appropriate recovery measures while benefiting from specialized assistance.

The new legislation aims to contribute to a change in the mentality and business culture of both entrepreneurs and of those called to finance or otherwise support the revitalization of a business in difficulty. At the same time, these measures will lead to increased chances for viable enterprises to continue their activity, to prevent the loss of jobs and the loss of the value of assets, which could be undergone in an insolvency procedure.

With the support of the current project, we aim to draft a simple and clear law, taking advantage of the fact that the Restructuring Directive is flexible and that it allows Member States an appreciable margin in designing their law for insolvency prevention, business protection, and restructuring.

I advocate for simple procedures, easy to apply, without high costs of legal services. Now, let's see what the specialists involved in the project will deliver to us. They are practitioners and theoreticiens with a lot of aurae and professional reputation. Let's see them at work. The Ministry of Justice will be very demanding on the quality of the result and the compliance with the project deadlines. I wish them success!”, said the Minister of Justice, Cătălin Predoiu.

The meeting was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Justice (Law Drafting Department and the European Programs Department), the European Commission (General Directorate for Support for Structural Reforms), as well as by the experts of the Consultant, contracted by the European Commission, respectively the consortium formed by AARC, Transilvania SPRL Insolvency House and Business Hub Central Denmark.

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The art of the remote meeting- Workshop (Thursday, may 7, 2020, 11 AM – 12 PM)

Weeks into global quarantine, the early, rosy promise that video conferencing would seamlessly supplant in-person work culture has given way to a dimmer reality: calendars overburdened with internal meetings and research indicating that our ill-equipped psyches are suffering “Zoom fatigue.” But authentic, productive, and even enjoyable remote meetings are possible — they just require a new set of skills.

SPEAKERS

Steven Rogelberg

Professor at the University of North Carolina Charlotte and author ofThe Surprising Science of Meetings

Amir Salihefendić

CEO and founder of Doist

Elissa Sangster

CEO of the Forté Foundation

TOPICS COVERED

  • How to avoid common pitfalls, connect authentically, and increase everyone’s engagement
  • When to step away from the video screen in favor of an old-fashioned phone call
  • Structures for managing both remote calendars and meetings
  • What’s missing from today’s remote-meeting technology and what the next generation of offerings might bring

To register and more info go to https://quartzatworkfromhome.splashthat.com/

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Seized Assets Returned to Romanian Government through Cooperation between Romanian Ministry of Justice -ANABI and U.S. DEA

The Government of Romania, through the Ministry of Justice – the National Agency for the Management of Seized Assets (ANABI), received over $170,000 seized by the United States Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as a result of investigations carried out jointly by Romanian and U.S. law enforcement agencies.

Romanian police from the Directorate for Countering Organized Crime, the Directorate for Special Operations and prosecutors from the Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism worked closely with agents from the DEA to investigate and apprehend members of criminal groups, based in Romania, responsible for exporting illegal drugs to the United States.  These same groups then used the proceeds to provide support for the terrorist organization Hezbollah.

Members of the groups were arrested by Romanian authorities and extradited to and convicted in the United States.  After the convictions, nearly $220,000 was recovered from the illegal operation and 80% of the confiscated funds were transferred to the Romanian Ministry of Justice – ANABI.

This is just one more example of how the coordinated work and close cooperation between law enforcement agencies in Romania and the United States can deprive criminals of their ill-gotten gains and make the world safer for all.

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Note: According to the Romanian law, the amount sent to ANABI will be transfered to the state budget.

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