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2014, 12 May
 via the Bulgarian National Support Team On the 28th of April in Byala Slatina a meeting took place between the Community Action Group (CAG) and the Mayor of the municipality – eng. Ivo Tzvetkov. During the meeting the problems of the Roma community identified by the CAG were presented, along with proposals for initiatives to solve these issues, the question of the participation of the Community Action Group in the newly established Municipal Council on Ethnic and Integration Issues...
2014, 11 April
via The European Economic and Social Committee The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is announcing the launch of its sixth EESC Civil Society Prize, worth a total of EUR 30,000. This year's prize will be awarded to initiatives aimed at Roma integration. All civil society organisations and/or individuals who have carried out projects that improve the economic and social inclusion of Roma are invited to enter this competition.  Objective The aim of the Civil Society Prize is...
Zoni Weisz at the 3r Roma Summit © European Commission http://ec.europa.eu
2014, 11 April
On 4th of April, the European Commission organised the 3rd Roma Summit in Brussels – the first high profile meeting since the creation of the EU framework for national Roma integration strategies in 2011. The panels included high-level representatives, including EC President Barrosso, Vice-President Reding, and Commissioners Andor (Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion), Vassiliou (Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth), Borg (Health and Consumer Policy), as well as heads of...
2014, 26 February
Article by Szilvia Rezmüves - National Project Officer for ROMED2/ROMACT in Hungary   During the past weeks and months, new developments have taken place in Hungary within the ROMED2 process for Democratic Governance and Roma Community participation through mediation. Thus, a preparatory training for mediators took place in Budapest from 9 - 11 December 2013 the aim of which was to strengthen the ability of mediators and learn the intervention of ROMED2-ROMACT in the selected...
2014, 15 January
On 18 January 2014, the ROMACT and the ROMED 2 Programmes will be officially launched in Italy, during a conference to be held in Milan. This event will be opened by  Mrs Gabriella BATTAINI-DRAGONI, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Ms Cécile KYENGE, Italian Minister of Integration, Ms Maria Cecilia GUERRA, Italian Vice-Minister of Labour and Social Policies and Mr John WARMISHAM, Vice-President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of...
2013, 7 November
On 5 November, the ROMACT project, as well as the new phase of ROMED2, was officially launched in Slovakia, during a conference held in the City of Kosice. This event has been opened by Andreas Kiefer, Secretary General of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, Koos Richelle, Director General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion of the European Commission and Peter Pollák, Plenipotentiary of the Slovak Government for Roma Communities. On the...
2013, 23 October
Following the launching event, which took place in Budapest on 4 October 2013, the first workshop of the ROMACT and ROMED2 programmes took place on Friday, 18 Oct 2013 in the same city. Mayors and candidates from the municipalities of Szeged, Nagyecsed, Nyirbator, Pecs, Gyulaj, Jászfényszaru and mediators from the same municipalities and from Bag were present to start preparing, with the assistance of trainers, concrete plans of implementation in each municipality of ROMACT/ROMED2...
2013, 23 October
On 15 October 2013 in Bucharest, the ROMACT and ROMED2 programmes were launched in Romania. Having the largest Roma population in Europe, the implementation of the programmes in Romania will be extended from the average 5 to 6 municipalities in other participating countries (Bulgaria, Hungary, Italy and Slovakia) to 10 municipalities of various sizes among which Bucharest (6th sector), Botosani and Calarasi. The launch event was attended by Romanian and European officials the complete list of...
2013, 23 October
The ROMACT and ROMED and programmes were launched on Monday, 14 october 2013 in Albena, Bulgaria in the presence of Ms Zinaida Zlatanova, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Justice and Chair of the National Council for Cooperation on Ethnic and Integration Issues. The Minister of Labour, the Minister of Health and the Minister of Regional Development of Bulgaria were also present together with other high officials and representatives of municipalities, labour offices and mediators. The two...
2013, 15 October
The new ROMACT and ROMED2 Programmes were launched in Hungary on Friday 4 October at a national conference attended by over 100 national and international players. Laszlό Andor, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, Zoltàn Kovàcs, Hungarian Secretary of State for Social Inclusion, and Jeroen Schokkenbroek, Special Representative of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe welcomed and underlined the importance of these new activities. The...

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