Romania - OPCAT Situation
Romania became a state party to the OPCAT in 2009 and made a declaration under Article 24, postponing the implementation of its national obligations to establish a NPM for three years. Following a request made to the Committee against Torture, Romania was authorised to further delay the designation of its NPM for an additional two-year period. Romania was the first State Party to the OPCAT that used this procedure to extend the initial three year postponement to establish the NPM.
The legislative process to designate the Romanian ombudsman as NPM was completed on 6th January 2015, when the Parliament adopted a law approving the Government Ordonnance designating the People's Advocate as the Romanian NPM and amending its founding legislation accordingly.
The SPT member Malcolm Evans is the SPT Focal Point for Romania.