Romania regularly reports hate crime data to ODIHR. Romania's criminal law contains a general penalty-enhancement provision and a substantive offence. Police data and prosecution data also include hate speech offences. The Ministry of Administration and Interior, the police, the Prosecutor's Office and the Superior Council of Magistracy collect hate crime data.
The Romanian Police continued implementing the project "Integrated approach for prevention of victimization in Roma communities" in partnership with ODIHR and funded by a grant from the government of Norway. The project also addressed hate crimes.
The National Institute of Magistracy (NIM) organized an initial training for future judges and prosecutors. The programme included the scope of hate crimes and the manner in which they should be addressed. Three hundred and two judicial trainees participated.
Hate crime workshops for judges and prosecutors were conducted focusing on European Court of Human Rights case law.
In a letter to Prime Minister of Romania, the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe observed that police violence against Roma people remained a concern, as attested to by the number of such cases pending before the European Court of Human Rights.
ODIHR observes that Romania's law enforcement agencies have not recorded the bias motivations of hate crimes.