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Post date: 2017, 21 April
Within the framework of the Joint European Commission and Council of Europe ROMACT Project, the Council of Europe is organising a call for tenders for consultants in Bulgaria, Italy and Romania. Consultants will support the implementation of ROMACT Programme by providing consultancy services on various topics: ROMACT methodology/Roma Inclusion/ Social Inclusion policies and practices; Strategic planning, Technical aspects related to implementation of the Local Action Plans and Strategies,...
Post date: 2017, 4 April
The Transnational Cooperation and Capacity Building component of the ROMACT programme (ROMACT TCC) aims at assisting local authorities in better integrating marginalised people, in particular non-nationals of Roma ethnicity. It is based on the assumption that local authorities are best placed to identify challenges and needs in their territories as no one-size solution fits all. It also draws on expertise of the Council of Europe, more notably in interventions at local level, intercultural...
Post date: 2017, 28 March
Civil servants from South Eastern Romanian ROMACT participated in Public Procurement training from March 24-26 in Buzau, Romania.   The training focused initially on strategic, legal and institutional considerations and then allowed the opportunity for participants to work on more practical, real-life cases where they were tasked to address issues and come up with solutions.   One participant remarked, “I really learned things that I can apply, and while this was a challenging...
Post date: 2017, 13 March
  Out of 10 Bulgarian  municipalities which submitted project concepts under the integrated procedure of Operational Programme Human Resources Development (OPHRD) and Operational Programme Science and Education for Smart Growth (OPSEIG) with the support of ROMACT experts, 9 received approval for funding.   Borovan, Boychinovtsi, Isperich, Nikola Kozlevo, Septemvri, Sliven, Sredets, Tundzha and Tvarditsa will therefore be able to implement new measures for the inclusion of...
Post date: 2017, 13 March
From 13 to 17 March, in the frame of ROMACT Transnational Cooperation Component and Capacity Building (TCC) Programme, a team of 5 representatives of ISB.e.V. – Interessengemeinschaft sozialgewerblicher Beschäftigungsinitiativen from Dortmund, Germany visited Sofia and Plovdiv in Bulgaria for a working visit.  The German delegation first joined the representatives of the National Council for Cooperation on Ethnic and Integration Issues in Sofia to discuss the general framework...
Post date: 2017, 8 March
A series of Community Action Groups trainings has started in North West Romanian ROMACT municipalities. Community empowerment and mobilisation are the main focus of this activity which started in Tarnaveni on 7th March. In that city, which has the largest Roma population in the county of Mures, representatives from the seven Roma communities shared their perception of what constitutes a developed community. They particularly highlighted the importance of education and schooling. “I was...
Post date: 2017, 7 March
Efforts of the ROMACT municipalities of Kolackov, Lomnicka, Stropkov and Vrbnica to improve the life of its citizen, including its Roma Communities, using an integrated approach were rewarded this year.   The four villages whose major part of the population are Roma joined ROMACT in 2016 and have demonstrated the deep will of all stakeholders to cooperate to bring positive change for the Roma and the municipality at large.   The grants received from the Ministry of Interior through...
Post date: 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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Post date: 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...
Post date: 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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