ROMACT

Post date: 2015, 18 August
The Council of Europe is establishing a pool of experts in local governance and access to EU funding to work within the National Support Teams of the ROMACT Programme in Bulgaria and Romania. ROMACT promotes the cooperation between the Roma communities and the public authorities, through mutual working strategies, shared ownership and commitment to an open dialogue. ROMACT provides support to local administration to implement inclusive good governance practices and sustainable plans of...
Post date: 2015, 14 August
The Council of Europe is recruiting Facilitators to work with public administration services in the municipalities included in the ROMACT Programme - political will and understanding of Roma inclusion at local and regional level in the following Member States: BULGARIA, CZECH REPUBLIC AND ROMANIA. ROMACT promotes the cooperation between the Roma communities and the public authorities, through mutual working strategies, shared ownership and commitment to an open dialogue. ROMACT provides support...
Post date: 2015, 12 June
There are 20 Roma living in Valea Seaca, a community of about 3,000 inhabitants in Eastern Romania.  As most in this community were not registered at birth, the Roma here are facing constant administrative difficulties resulting in a lack of identity documents, which essentially means that they do not “exist” administratively.    Ionela Ciobanu, for example, is a Roma woman who has lived for over 30 years without an ID card. As a direct consequence of her lack of...
Study visit of a Turkish delegation in Bulgaria
Post date: 2015, 6 May
Between 4 and 5 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 members in...
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Post date: 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...
Post date: 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...
Post date: 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...
Photo: Liliya Makaveeva
Post date: 2015, 15 January
Report by Liliya Makaveeva, ROMED/ROMACT National Project Officer for Bulgaria   On 15 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 ROMED and ROMACT Joint Programmes finalized successfully the joint elaboration of the Municipal Action Plan for the Integration of Bulgarian citizens of Roma origin and...
Post date: 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...
Post date: 2014, 2 October
Commissioner Andor and Ulrich Bunjes, Special Representative of the Secretary General for Roma Issues met 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 met in Brussels to take stock of progress and lessons learned in integrating Roma at the local level, in...

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