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2016, 17 October
The Romanian Government has recently approved a new measure meant to encourage children to stay in school, in particular children coming from the most disadvantaged families.   Since in Romania over 125 000 children were commuting on a daily basis during the last school year and that these type of costs are one of the main reasons why disadvantaged children drop out of school, the measure comes as a practical way to alleviate the financial burden of the poorest of families....
2016, 11 October
There is progress in ROMACT participant municipalities as they implement a new vaccination and information campaign. Due to the time required to clear necessary procedures for infrastructure projects, the wait can be rather long, so the Community Action Groups (CAG) in several locations in Romania chose to address some of their short-term priorities with measures that require little or no budgeting and which can be conducted immediately. Such was the case in Calvini and Ramnicelu where...
2016, 6 October
It was an ambitious goal, but the ROMACT T.C.C. mediation training was complete within only two days (3-4 October 2016), instead of three and a half as it is usually required. Organised in cooperation with the Good Relations Office of the Belfast City Council, the session was conducted by Ms Lisa Rose, and involved some 14 participants, representing both public bodies and NGOs from Belfast.  A small number of participants were representatives of the Health Service Executive of...
2016, 4 October
Between 4 – 5 October 2016, the ROMACT team in Slovakia – facilitators and the National Project Officer  – as well as municipal representatives from newly selected municipalities are following a coaching session in preparation of the implementation of the Programme. The new round of municipalities joining ROMACT includes the following locations: Hostice, Kolackov, Lomnicka, Radnovce, Stropkov, Vrbnica, Zbudske Dlhe. All mayors of these additional 7 municipalities in...
2016, 4 October
The Community Action Group (CAG) in Turda, representing residents of Barbu Lautaru Street, has been active since the beginning of 2016. With the guidance of the ROMACT facilitator, they have identified long-term and short-term priorities, a number of which they have already been able to address themselves.   The cleaning action organised on 30 September 2016 was one of the ideas that came up during their regular meetings with the ROMACT facilitator.  The action was...
2016, 3 October
On the 30 September, the campaign "A home for Simona" was launched online - an idea initated by the Community Action Group (CAG) in Alesd and put into practice with the support of the ROMACT Romania National Support Team. The members of the CAG were moved by the particularly difficult situation of one of the Roma citizens in Alesd - Obor, Ms Simona Csonka - a mother of four living in a shack that is on the point of collapsing.  Her health condition, the scarce employment...
2016, 30 September
On 9 September 2016, the Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) published a report on the promotion of the inclusion of Roma and Travellers, with a focus on access to education and employment. In line with ROMACT approach, the report underlines that “it is time to move beyond stereotypes and to recognise Roma and Travellers as actors in their own future”. Mr Tobias Zech, the rapporteur, also considers that the local...
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2016, 28 September
As a result of the call for proposals for the ROMACT Transnational Cooperation Component (T.C.C.) closed on 29 April 2016, mediators’ trainings are organised upon the requests expressed by applicant municipalities under Module B of ROMACT T.C.C – Training of Mediators. The first training under this new component is currently being held in Dortmund, Germany (27-30 September 2016), and is organised in cooperation with ISB Dortmund (Interessengemeinschaft sozialgewerblicher Beschä...
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2016, 21 September
In August 2016, Ms Desislava Todorova, Mayor of Borovan signed the Agreement letter for the implementation of ROMACT Programme in the municipality.  This initial commitment is the first out of four steps of implementation of the ROMACT process that is meant to help municipalities improve the living conditions of disadvantaged communities including Roma.   Located in the Vratsa Province, northwestern Bulgaria, Borovan has a total population of approximately 6000 inhabitants, out of...
2016, 14 September
Translation of Commissioner Věra Jourová speech, for the ROMACT Programme launch event in Czech Republic on  September 9th 2016 (VIDEO CZ ONLY)   Ladies and Gentlemen, Unfortunately I cannot be today with you at the launch of the ROMACT programme in the Czech Republic. Allow me to send my regards through this video. As you know the topic of Roma integration belongs to my agenda as Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality. The European Commission has built a...

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