Affiliations to international bodies


The People’s Advocate Institution is member of:


Association of Ombudsmen and Mediators of La Francophonie (AOMF)

AOMF is a non-profit association and has the primary mission of promoting knowledge of the role of the ombudsman and mediator in the French-speaking space and to encourage the development of independent institutions of mediation in the French-speaking space.
The current president of the AOMF is M. Mohamed BENALILOU, Médiateur du Royaume du Maroc.
The People’s Advocate Institution is a voting member.

European Ombudsman Institute (EOI)

Established in 1988, the European Ombudsman Institute (EOI) is an independent non-profit organization that seeks to promote the ombudsman concept and the exchange of experience on a national, European and international level. The EOI is an association with the seat in Innsbruck, Austria, having a scientific, independent and non-profit character, aiming to promote the ombudsman concept and the exchange of experience on issues relating to human rights, civil rights protection and ombudsman activities; provide scientific support to local, regional, national and international ombudsman institutions; cooperate with local, regional national and international institutions sharing the same or similar goals; promote the exchange of experience on a national, European and international level etc.
Mr. Milkov Dragan (Univ. Prof. – University of Novi Sad) is currently the president of the EOI.
The People’s Advocate Institution is institutional member since 1998.

International Ombudsman Institute (IOI)

The International Ombudsman Institute established in 1978, is the only global organization for the cooperation of more than 150 Ombudsman institutions. In addition to its periodic conferences the I.O.I. fosters regional and international information exchange. The International Ombudsman Institute is organized in regional chapters in Africa, Asia, Australasia & Pacific, Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America, and North America.
Mr. Peter Tyndall the Ombudsman of Ireland is currently the president of the IOI.
The People’s Advocate Institution is institutional member since 1998.

European Network of Ombudsmen (ENO)

The European Network of Ombudsmen consists of over 90 offices in 32 European countries. The Network includes the national and regional ombudsmen and similar bodies of the Member States of the European Union, the candidate countries for EU membership, and certain other European countries, as well as the European Ombudsman and the Committee on Petitions of the European Parliament. The national ombudsmen and similar bodies in the Network have each appointed a liaison officer to act as a point of contact for other members of the Network.
The Network was established in 1996 and has steadily developed into a powerful collaboration tool for ombudsmen and their staff, serving as an effective mechanism for co-operation on case handling. It is of particular importance to the European Ombudsman to enable him to deal promptly and effectively with complaints that fall outside his mandate. Experiences and best practice are shared via seminars and meetings, a regular newsletter, an electronic discussion forum and a daily electronic news service. Visits of the European Ombudsman organized by the ombudsmen in the Member States and accession countries have also proved highly effective in developing the Network.

South East European Children’s Ombudspersons’ Network – CRONSEE

CRONSEE is an informal network of independent children’s rights institutions, established and operating at national, regional or local levels in the countries of South East Europe.
The aim of CRONSEE is to contribute to the protection and promotion of children’s rights at local, national and international levels, by facilitating the exchange and dissemination of information, the collaboration and empowerment of its members, and by producing and publishing joint statements relating to children’s rights.
CRONSEE operates through annual conferences (general assemblies), topical meetings, working groups and other forms of communication decided by its Members.
The People’s Advocate Institution is member since 2009.

South-East Europe Network of National Preventive Mechanisms – SEE NPM

The network was set up in 2013 through a Declaration signed by the National Preventive Mechanisms in Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia.
The department on the prevention of torture in places of detention within the People’s Advocate (the Romanian NPM) is a member of the network since 2016.
The purpose of the network is offer exchange of experience and mutual support on the implementation of the NPM mandate specified in the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT) in the region.

Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF)

Director – Ambassador Thomas Guerber
Romania is a member since 2000.
DCAF – Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance is dedicated to making states and people safer through more effective and accountable security and justice. Since 2000, the Centre has facilitated, driven and shaped security sector reform (SSR) policy and programming around the world.
Good security sector governance (SSG), based on the rule of law and respect for human rights, is a cornerstone of development and security. DCAF assists partner states in developing laws, institutions, policies and practices to improve the governance of their security sector through inclusive and participatory reforms based on international norms and good practices. In everything we do, DCAF adheres to the principles of impartiality, local ownership, inclusive participation and gender equality. DCAF also advises governments and international organizations in designing and implementing their own programmes for supporting states in developing their security sector governance.
DCAF creates innovative knowledge products, promotes norms and good practices, and provides legal and policy advice. DCAF supports capacity building of state, civil society and private sector stakeholders by providing access to independent expertise and information on Security Sector Governance and Reform (SSG/R). DCAF’s Foundation Council comprises representatives of 63 member states and the Canton of Geneva. With programmes that touch on more than 80 countries, DCAF is internationally recognized as a leading centre of excellence for SSG and SSR. Headquartered at the Maison de la Paix in Geneva, DCAF has field offices in Addis Ababa, Bamako, Banjul, Beirut, Brussels, Kyiv, Ljubljana, Niamey, Ramallah, Skopje, Tegucigalpa, Tripoli and Tunis. DCAF employs more than 200 staff with a broad range of expertise from over 40 countries.


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