History

 

   In the beginning of 2000s the implementation of the execution of community service raised serious problems because of: the lack of places of execution, limited cooperation from local authorities, lack of specialized personnel on supervising community service in public institutions. Additionally, the lack of rigorous supervision in institutions, absence of diversity in choosing the place and nature of the activity, the difficulty of establishing rehabilitation results due to community service activities all came to add to the problem. The solution of developing   own workshops for the Ministry of Justice proved ineligible due to  legislative limitations, instead encouraged innovative proposals to be identified .
 
   The answer came during the European Probation Conference in Lugano, Italy, during which Mr. Peter Gruendler representing   VEBO - Probation Association for Development in Eastern Europe and Mr. Ioan Durnescu – representing the Romanian Ministry of Justice, discussed the possibility of developing a partnership.
 
   The beginning of the project started with the idea that European countries are developing community service generally within the public institutions or public or governmental organizations. Following difficulties in getting placements for community service, more probation services (in Switzerland, UK) have established, sometimes together with NGO partners, their own execution workshops of community service. These workshops can address community needs by carrying out activities that sometimes cannot be achieved in good condition within the institutions or in public spaces.

   Therefore in  August 2008 the Foundation for Promoting Community Sanctions was born, a legal body developed as a result of the Collaboration Protocol between VEBO and the Romanian Ministry of Justice, having the role of monitoring and coordinating the activities of the  "Workshops for community service“ project.