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2015, 12 June
Some 20 Roma living in Valea Seaca, a commune of about 3,000 inhabitants in Eastern Romania, are facing constant administrative difficulties as they were not registered at birth, lack ID documents and therefore do not “exist” administratively. Ionela Ciobanu, for example, is a Roma woman who had lived for over 30 years without an ID card. As a direct consequence, her three children could not attend school and she could not qualify for any assistance mgm mobile from the State. Thanks...
Study visit of a Turkish delegation in Bulgaria
2015, 6 May
Between the 4th and the 5th of May, a Turkish delegation comprising representatives from the Ministry of Family and Social Policies and of two NGOs working in the field of Roma rights, Sıfır Ayrımcılık Derneği [Zero Discrimination Association] and Sosyal Değişim Derneği [Association for Social Change] visited a number of locations of ROMED2/ROMACT in Bulgaria in order to get acquainted with the different models of Roma social inclusion interventions. The ROMED2/ROMACT National Support Team...
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2015, 19 March
On 19 March 2015, the Hungarian National Support Team organised together with Partners Hungary a meeting of mayors from municipalities where the ROMACT and ROMED2 Joint Programmes of the European Commission and the Council of Europe are implemented in Hungary. Mayors of Nagyecsed, Nyirbator and Gyulaj, senior staff within the municipalities’ administrations and representatives of Local Councils discussed together with representatives of the Hungarian Government about the achievements of...
2015, 9 March
The Support Team of the Special Representative of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe for Roma issues rejects without reservation comments made earlier this month by Lega Nord MEP Gianluca Buonanno, during the Italian TV show Piazza pulita broadcasted on La7. MEP Buonanno indulged in hate speech against Roma and their representative during the programme, Ms Dijana Pavlovic, President of the Roma and Sinti Federation and National Project Officer for ROMED and ROMACT Joint...
2015, 10 February
Within the framework of ROMACT Programme, the Council of Europe is recruiting consultants to act as ROMACT National Experts in the following Member States: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Romania and the Slovak Republic. ROMACT promotes cooperation between the Roma communities and public authorities, through mutual working strategies, shared ownership and commitment to open dialogue. ROMACT provides support to local administrations to implement inclusive good governance...
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2015, 15 January
Elaboration of the joint planning finalized successfully in Shumen Report by Liliya Makaveeva, ROMED/ROMACT National Project Officer for Bulgaria On the 15 of January 2015, the Working Group consisting of 13 employees from the administration of the Municipality of Shumen under the leadership of Deputy Mayor Zhivka Toneva and the Community  Action Group established within the framework of EC and  CoE ROMED and ROMACT Joint Programmes finalized successfully the joint elaboration of the...
2014, 6 November
The European Union Agency for fundamental rights had issued recently three new reports regarding the situation of employment among Roma communities, the situation of discrimination against and living conditions of Roma women and  the situation of education  of Roma in 11 EU Member States. In these reports, FRA presents the results of the 2011 FRA Roma pilot survey on poverty and employment and of the 2011 Roma survey on education. For full information on the reports please follow the...
2014, 2 October
Commissioner Andor and Ulrich Bunjes, Special Representative of the Secretary General for Roma Issues meet local authorities to discuss first results of the ROMACT programme in favour of Roma inclusion At the European Commission’s initiative, mayors from cities in Belgium, Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia are meeting in Brussels today and tomorrow to take stock of progress and lessons learned in integrating Roma at...
2014, 19 August
via European Commission website. The European Commission - in cooperation with the Council of Europe - has convened a high level international conference in Brussels on 2 and 3 October 2014 to take stock of progress and lessons learned in integrating Roma at the local level with the support of the ROMACT programme. This event will bring together more than 400 participants from more than 10 countries representing public authorities at EU, national and local level, international institutions and...
2014, 19 August
The process of negotiating European Structural and Investment Funds - FESI 2014 – 2020  in each of the ROMACT countries is now complete.  The state of play concerning the Partnership Agreements (PA) and Operational Programmes (OP) in each country is presented below: • in Bulgaria, the Partnership Agreement was adopted on 07 August 2014 and all four OPs were submitted. • in Hungary, the Partnership Agreement was adopted on 07 March 2014 and all five OPs were...

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